Unbeaten Glenwood face a tricky task when they travel to Durban High for Saturday’s Classic Clash match, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.
There is no love lost between these KwaZulu-Natal rivals and with both teams enjoying relative success in 2016, this encounter has been billed as the showcase event of the weekend.
Glenwood, one of just two undefeated schools in the country, are on a 12-match winning streak and fifth in the latest Top 20 rankings. Having made a perfect start to the season with three wins at the Kearsney Easter Festival, Glenwood followed that up with victories over Framesby, Michaelhouse and Kearsney before heading to Japan where they were crowned Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament champions.
DHS have exceeded expectations with nine wins in 12 attempts this year. Coach Scott Mathie is adamant his team, who will be at full strength, has prepared sufficiently for KZN’s form team.
‘We’ve had a good training week. We didn’t have long sessions, but we trained with intensity and I’m very confident going into this game,’ he told SARugbymag.co.za.
Mathie says they haven’t given the fact that they could end Glenwood’s winning streak much thought.
‘We are focused on ourselves. If our boys play to their ability and bring that intensity they trained with during week, then we stand a very good chance.’
In other matches around KZN this weekend, Westville host Maritzburg, Kearsney welcome St Stithians, Hilton travel to Northwood, Michaelhouse take on St John’s, Voortrekker square off against Clifton and George Campbell play Empangeni.
KwaZulu-Natal schools fixtures (28 May):
DHS vs Glenwood
Westville Boys’ vs Maritzburg College
George Campbell vs Empangeni
Voortrekker vs Clifton
Northwood vs Hilton
Kearsney vs St Stithians
Michaelhouse vs St John’s
Photo: Durban High School