Cambridge High will be up against it when they travel to the in-form Dale College on Saturday, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.
Cambridge have had an indifferent season and it is not going to get any easier as they prepare to take on the premier side in the Eastern Cape. Of the 11 games played this year, Cambridge have just four wins – against Maria Louw (29-0), Graeme College (11-10), Port Rex (27-10) and Stirling (19-10) – and seven defeats.
By contrast, Dale chalked up their ninth straight and 13th overall win of the season when they edged Grey High 26-21 last week to reaffirm their status as the best in the region.
Dale boast a flawless record on their A field, commonly referred to as the Graveyard, in 2016 and if you take into account their 38-15 triumph over the same opposition last year, the hosts should win this match to maintain their perfect run. But Cambridge should also not be underestimated. They will be keen to shake a two-match losing streak and with the spotlight fixed on Dale, they’ll not have a better opportunity than this clash to make a statement.
Despite last week’s result, Dale did show glimpses of vulnerability against Grey, particularly at the set pieces, and if Cambridge can exploit those areas of the game, Dale will have a much tighter match on their hands than anticipated.
In other matches to look forward to in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Muir welcome Grey High, St Andrew’s play Hudson Park, Kingswood travel to Grens and Queen’s take on Stirling.
Eastern Cape schools fixtures (11 June):
Muir vs Grey High
Hudson Park vs St Andrew’s
Grens vs Kingswood
Queen’s vs Stirling
Photo: Aaren/Grey High