St John’s will face a tough challenge when they travel to Jeppe on Saturday, writes TYRONE ENGEL.
Saturday’s hosts have lost just two of their 15 games this season, while St John’s have won seven of their 12.
Notable wins by Jeppe include all three of their games at the KES Easter Festival against Eldoraigne (33-18), Waterkloof (12-7) and Queen’s College (41-20). They also went unbeaten at the Wynberg Rugby Festival, beating Huguenote (60-15) and Bishops (38-24).
Jeppe’s only losses this season came against Ben Vorster (34-19) in a Super Rugby curtain-raiser at Ellis Park, and at home to Affies (52-32) two weeks ago. They returned to winning ways at Pretoria Boys’ last weekend (36-22), completing the double over their rivals after beating them 59-18 at home earlier this year.
St John’s have struggled to gain momentum this season, only managing three wins in a row early on in the season against St John’s Harare (23-15) and Italy’s Viadana (33-7) at their Easter festival, and St Alban’s (19-16) away from home.
They started their season with a 31-7 win at St Andrew’s School, before losing to Parktown Boys’ (31-25) in their Classic Clash and to Nelspruit (21-5) in their opening game at their Easter festival.
They also lost their opening game at the Wynberg Rugby Festival against the hosts (38-12), but pulled off a 26-24 win against Durbanville in their second festival game. They next beat Pretoria Boys’ (23-18) at home before winning away at St Stithians (27-22). They lost their next two away games against Michaelhouse (19-8), and KES (59-10) last Saturday.
Elsewhere in Gauteng, Menlopark will host struggling Waterkloof, while KES travel to Krugersdorp to face in-form Monument.
Gauteng schools fixtures (11 June):
Jeppe vs St John’s
Marais Viljoen vs Kempton Park
Monument vs KES
Menlopark vs Waterkloof
Oos-Moot vs Midstream
Pretoria Boys’ vs St Stithians
St Alban’s vs St Charles
St Benedict’s vs Kearsney
St David’s Marist (Inanda) vs Clifton
HeronBridge vs St Peters
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