Grey High host Dale College in an Eastern Cape derby that will determine the province’s leading rugby school. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Traditionally strong Eastern Cape schools Selborne, Framesby, St Andrew’s, Queen’s, Nico Malan, Hudson Park and Marlow have lost their way this season, but Dale and Grey have stood firm with little separating the two.
Dale, with 12 wins from 13 games this year, have set the tone in the region. Their only loss came against the unbeaten Glenwood (32-5), but since then they have won eight matches in a row.
Meanwhile, Grey have won 11 of their 13 matches, losing only to Paul Roos (36-21) and Daniel Pienaar (24-20). They quickly put those defeats behind them, though, and have since beaten Die Brandwag (45-12), Parktown (27-8), DHS (16-7), Queen’s (31-17), Wynberg (27-7), Graeme (52-14) and St Andrew’s (61-7).
Grey were 31-17 victors in this fixture last year, but given how both sides have fared in 2016, Philip Field is set for an enticing contest that could go either way.
In other matches to look forward to in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Framesby tackle Die Brandwag, Selborne welcome Port Rex, St Andrew’s play Queen’s, Pearson take on Otto du Plessis, Kingswood travel to Stirling and Volkskool square off against Muir.
Eastern Cape schools fixtures (4 June):
Grey High vs Dale
Framesby vs Die Brandwag
Selborne vs Port Rex
St Andrew’s vs Queen’s
Pearson vs Otto du Plessis
Stirling vs Kingswood
Volkskool Graaff-Reinet vs Muir
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