Grey College lie in wait for Selborne in Bloemfontein this Saturday.
Selborne will be hoping to build on the strong performance that saw them beat HTS Louis Botha 60-10 in their second game at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival, while Grey College will be looking to extend their winning run this season to 10.
While Selborne started the season well, winning their first four games, they’ve since hit a pothole and gone off course. They began with a 19-10 victory over Grens at the Border Rugby Day, and went on to thump Framesby 36-10 the following week at the Graeme College Rugby Day. They then won their first two fixtures at the Kearsney Easter Festival, taking down HTS Middelburg (22-14) and Maritzburg College (18-7), before drawing 10-10 with SACS.
After a 38-5 thrashing of Grens at home two weeks later, they succumbed to old rivals Queen’s (33-29) away from home, before losing 24-19 at home to Dale College. They drew their next match against Monument (3-3) at the Wildeklawer Festival, before thumping HTS Louis Botha 60-10 in their final festival match. Their game against Stirling last Saturday was abandoned due to a waterlogged field.
Grey College are unbeaten in 2016, with two of their last five games having been ended early by match officials to prevent further carnage. They started with a 54-22 win at home against Welkom Gym, before recording another two victories at the Union High Rugby Festival against Framesby (57-6) and Stirling (99-7).
They next beat Maritzburg College 60-13 at home, before the 50-0 scoreline against Louis Botha the following week prompted the referee to end the match after 43 minutes, according to school rugby rules in the Free State. Grey’s next game at home against Sentraal was ended after just 36 minutes after they had run in their ninth try to race into a 57-3 lead.
The Bloemfontein side then went unbeaten at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival, beating Garsfontein 31-13 in their opening game, before coming back from a 13-0 deficit to beat Oakdale 48-23 in their final fixture. They confirmed their dominance with a crushing 53-29 victory over Affies in Pretoria last weekend.
Grey will be expected to dominate Saturday’s encounter, despite being without regular flyhalf Chris Schreuder, who is injured. Inside centre Rikus Pretorius will start at 10 against Selborne.
In other Free State-based fixtures, Fichardtpark will host HTS Louis Botha, Sentraal travel to Jim Fouché, Welkom Gym welcome Sasolburg, Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kroonstad take on Goudveld, Witteberg clash with Hentie Cilliers, and Bethlehem Voortrekker come face to face with Kroonstad.
Free State schools fixtures (14 May):
Grey College vs Selborne
Goudveld vs Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kroonstad
Fichardtpark vs Louis Botha
Witteberg vs Hentie Cilliers
Jim Fouché vs Sentraal
Bethlehem Voortrekker vs Kroonstad
Welkom Gym vs Sasolburg
Compiled by Lea-Ann van der Merwe
Photo: GB Jordaan