St Stithians are unlikely to snap a four-match losing streak when they travel to St John’s on Saturday.
St John’s will be looking to build on recent wins against Durbanville (26-24) at the Wynberg Rugby Festival and Pretoria Boys’ (23-18) at home last weekend, while St Stithians are hoping to bounce back from a 31-3 loss to Jeppe at home.
St John’s have recorded six wins from nine games this season, including victories against St John’s Harare (23-15) and Italian side Viadana (33-7) at their Easter festival.
They started their season with a 31-7 win away at St Andrew’s School before suffering a last-minute defeat at home to Parktown Boys’ in the first Classic Clash of the season.
Following the Easter festival, where they also lost 21-5 to Nelspruit, they secured a 19-16 victory over St Alban’s away from home before going down 38-12 to Wynberg Boys’ at the Wynberg Rugby Festival. They bounced back with a 26-24 win against Durbanville in their second festival game, before beating Pretoria Boys’ 23-18 the following Saturday.
St Stithians, however, have only managed three wins from eight matches this season, two of which were against Graeme College (17-16) and Clifton (46-21) at their Easter festival (they lost their second festival game 17-16 to DHS). They followed up that win against Clifton with a big 55-21 victory against St David’s Marist.
Saints haven’t won a game since, losing away to Kingswood (37-23), St Andrew’s College (59-24) and Parktown Boys’ (34-7) and at home to Jeppe last Saturday.
In other games to look forward to in Gauteng, Waterkloof will aim to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Monument last week when they host Affies, while Pretoria Boys’, who beat Westville 6-3 at home last weekend, host St Benedict’s.
Gauteng schools fixtures (21 May)
St Stithians vs St John’s
Waterkloof vs Affies
Pretoria Boys’ vs St Benedict’s
Kempton Park vs EG Jansen
Centurion vs John Vorster
Randburg vs Linden
Lichtenburg vs Klerksdorp
Zwartzkop vs Eldoraigne
Rustenburg vs Monument
St David’s vs Parktown
Photo: St Stithians