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Friday, 27 May 2011 12:36

Rugby Preview: DHS v Glenwood

Hope springs eternal at Durban High School tonight as they look with confidence to their annual derby match against their neighbours Glenwood.


glenwood_v_dhs_copyIn the last few years DHS has struggled to contain a rampant Green Machine who have outmuscled and outplayed the Horseflies consistently.

Tonight’s match, under floodlights, however one can expect to see “School” running onto the park with a little bit of self-belief bearing in mind that last week Northwood caused a massive upset by beating Glenwood. If Northwood can do it why not DHS will be the reasoning.

In a match that seems to go beyond the result on the day these two rivals will face each other in an passionate match that will give the winner bragging rights for another year.

Horseflies v Grasshoppers who will take the honors? Well it is going to be a good one for either side to win. DHS who have been on a rebuilding phase have probably not enjoyed the season they promised and went down to a few teams that they should have beaten however it can be argued that Glenwood have also struggled to recapture the form they displayed a season or two back.

Looking at the form book you will note that they both have ironically lost to Northwood this year but Glenwood have without doubt had a fixture list that have included some bigger names. They have beaten Paul Roos, Kearsney and narrowly went down to Monnas and they would be expected to not just to beat DHS but too beat them handsomely.

Yet with derby matches you can throw away the form book because it is the passion and hunger that will be the greatest advantage come the kick-off. And with the added advantage of playing at home it could just be possible for DHS to do a “northwood” and cause an upset.

Glenwood on paper have the personnel to be the favourites with nine of their players in the KZN Craven Week side, whilst DHS’ Captain Brendan Cope and fullback Mbembe Payi are they only representatives from DHS. Cope is a hugely talented flyhalf that will keep Glenwood on their toes and the sight of Payi in full flight is great to witness.

Still with the big men of Jacques Taylor, Carel Swart and the speedster Siyabonga Tom the occasion is tilting heavily in Glenwood’s favour and School will need a special effort to take the victory.