Dale College are in red-hot form and have taken their play up a gear in 2016, writes KAMVA SOMDYALA.
Dale, rich in rugby history, have always been a force and produced many rugby stars such as Bjorn Basson and Gcobani Bobo.
In 2016, they have dominated the Border region, with Queen’s and Selborne having struggled for consistency. Dale’s ability to play with strength and speed has separated them from their rivals, with their main field, ‘The Graveyard’, becoming a fortress.
Under the guidance of their celebrated coach, Grant Griffiths, Dale have the ability to finish the season on a high, with a win against Selborne on Saturday.
The team won two of their three matches at the Kearsney Easter Festival this year, beating Maritzburg College and Framesby, before going down to Glenwood in their final match at the festival. Two of their players, Aphelele Fassi and Sibulele Mbana, received Sharks Academy bursaries.
Queen’s and Selborne have been good, rather than great, this year. Selborne have lost to both Queen’s and Dale but have got one over Queen’s (last weekend). Their record of 12 wins from 17 games is satisfactory. The latest Rugby365 rankings place Dale sixth, with Grey High ninth and Selborne 13th.