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Back You are here: Home Sports Rugby Kwa Zulu Natal National Rugby Preview: 22 May, 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010 08:22

National Rugby Preview: 22 May, 2010

For many years, an unfortunate subculture has emerged in schoolboy rugby with nobody able to gauge the source. A despicable brawl stemming from one of the country's most prestigious schools has made the answer abundantly clear. Many parents attempt to live their aspirations through their children, but the manner in which some lose all control is laughable when you put the level of competition in context. Yes, tradition dictates that schoolboy rugby is a source of much pride and passion, but that is what it is; a game of sport between kids. Hopefully this serves as a reminder to such parents that losing all control is a source of great embarrassment for the kids themselves. After all, they have to deal with the repercussions for the next five days in class. Here is a preview of some of the big matches this weekend.

MONUMENT v AFFIES

Following defeat to Grey College, Affies will be using this fixture to get their season back on track with victory over Monument. Yes, Monnas may rank above the boys from Pretoria, but their brand of playing it tight will be countered with the more complete arsenal of Affies. Once you get past Monument's massive forward pack, they simply don't match up. That being said, an upset wouldn't be the strangest result.

KES v HILTON

Despite some unfortunate bad press (due to the actions of a single father gone wild), Hilton will look to put all distractions aside when KES come to town. Though using 'vicarious results' is never advisable, KES' loss to Maritzburg College earlier in the season will provide some sort of yardstick for Hilton to weigh up their relative strength this year. Or will it? The truth of the matter is that facing a school across provincial lines is a lottery; more the reason to give this game a watch.

BISHOPS v WYNBERG

There can only be one result here, it's just a question of the margin. Wynberg's fragile confidence will no doubt be in tatters following the cricket score Paarl Gim posted against them over the weekend (101-0). Conversely, Bishops are in the midst of undoubtedly one of their best seasons in recorded memory. Not since the days of Herschelle Gibbs and Robbie Fleck have they sat this high on the national rankings. Expect more of the same for both sides.

BOLAND LANDBOU v PAARL BOYS

On paper, the agricultural school should be a run of the mill minor rugby school; producing a good player here & there. In reality, they somehow manage to consistently challenge the big boys on the national scene. Boishaai will undoubtedly be favourites, but (with the exception of Grey College) any side in our top 20 has the ability to beat another on the day.

WESTVILLE v MARITZBURG COLLEGE

As College continue their climb back to the lofty heights that they were once accustomed, Westville will provide a brand of rugby that ironically made the Maritzburg boys top 5 contenders in the days of Peter Grant and Cedric Mkhize. That being said, the fact that Westville have hardly faced a serious challenge this season (barring their 9-6 defeat to Glenwood) may in fact prove detrimental in the long run. Should College contain the powerful Westville loose trio, they will undoubtedly be able to upset the apple cart.

GLENWOOD v GEORGE CAMPBELL

Though seemingly out of place on this list, this fixture is worth its weight for the inevitable physical battle it promises. Campbell continue to punch above their weight in KZN and barring a few lapses in concentration and discipline, they could quite easily have seen off Kearsney in muddy conditions. The result of this weekend's clash is hardly in doubt as Glenwood will prove too powerful for Campbell, but don't expect a landslide.