Maritzburg College play Kearsney College on Goldstone’s at Maritzburg College in an FNB Classic Clash on Saturday.
It will be a lustrous occasion. If 27 rugby matches and 15 hockey matches were not enough it is Reunion Day at College and the place will be teeming with spirit – the great love for the old place that brings Old Boys backs and the enthusiasm of the present boys to grace the occasion with the comforting assurance to the Old Boys that the old place has lost none of its vigour and determination.
And then on top of it all the match will be broadcast live, and the broadcast of school matches in South Africa has a huge viewer ship.
The weight of history is very much with College. The two schools started playing in 1943 when Maritzburg College went down to Kearsney and won. The next year Kearsney came up to College and won, but winning for Kearsney has indeed been rare.
In theory the two teams this year are close indeed. Kearney are now 19th on the FNB Top 20, Maritzburg College 20th, but Kearsney have dropped to 19th, College risen to 20th. They could be passing each other.
Maritzburg College have played 11 matches, losing only to Paul Roos, KES and Michaelhouse. Kearsney have played 13, losing to Affies, Paul Roos, Nico Malan and Hilton. Kearsney had good wins over Queen’s and Glenwood. College had good wins over Grey PE, Hilton and Westville.
Results against common opponents:
Paul Roos: Kearsney lost 30-20, Maritzburg College 22-21
Hilton: Kearsney lost 13-6; Maritzburg College won 24-14
Northwood: Kearsney won 49-6, Maritzburg College 43-6
DHS: Kearsney won 27-21, Maritzburg College 20-0
Kearsney have three players who were in the KwaZulu-Natal Craven Week wide in 2011 – the Du Preez brothers, Daniel and Jean-Luc, and outside centre Sandile Kubheka. They have three sons of Springboks in their side – the two De Preez and Matthew Reece-Edwards, the scrumhalf son of Hugh, a burly fullback. The Du Preez twins are both forwards, son of scrumhalf Robert.
Maritzburg College have their twins – the Kriels, Jesse at fullback and Daniel at centre, both powerful, game-changing players. Sadly Daniel is injured and will not be playing against Kearsney.
On the surface it seems that the weight of emotion and history will be on the side of Maritzburg College while Kearsney will have the weight of top players. But it could still be that the weight – and strength – of the College forwards could have the last say.
The match will be televised live on SuperSport One at 2.45pm.
Maritzburg College: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Marcel Coetzee, 13 Richard Bamber, 12 Murray Janse van Rensburg, 11 Banele Ngwenya, 10 Lukas Booysen, 9 Josh Rencken, 8 Reegan Smith (captain), 7 Cameron Christie, 6 Jacque Conradie, 5 Robert Kamhoot, 4 Everett Pieterse, 3 Mvelo Khumalo, 2 Vuyo Khathide, 1 Alex Cahill.
Replacements: 16 Banele Mhlong, 17 Jonathan Grobler, 18 Seko Buthelezi, 19 James Smith, 20 Kelvin Elder, 21 Gareth Orr, 22 Cyle Muil.
Coaches: Ryan Strudwick, Steve Botha
Kearsney College: 15 Joshua Devine, 14 Dean Seals, 13 Sandile Kubheka, 12 Tyler Smith, 11 Isolethu Ngidi, 10 Tristan Tedder, 9 Matthew Reece-Edwards, 8 Ayron Schramm, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jarred Hayes-Hill, 5 Daniel du Preez, 4 Jayson Hirshovitz, 3 Mthunzi Moloi, 2 Roy Meaker, 1 Jono Deighton (captain).
Replacements: 16 Biaggo Pelliccia, 17 Ben Karnezos, 18 Sean Kelly, 19 Guy Francis, 20 Blair Cremer, 21 Travis Pears.
Coaches: Barend Steyn, Francois Lubbe
Date: Saturday, 2 June, 2012
Television broadcast: Live on SuperSport One (Further broadcasts 3 June at 12.45 on SS5, 4 June at 04.30 on SS1, 5 June at 19.15 on SS1)
Venue, Goldstone’s. Maritsburg College
Expected weather conditions: Partly cloudy with a high of 23°C, dropping to 9°C
Referee: Jaco van Wyk (KZN Referees’ Society)
Rugby programme, 2 June:
10.00: 5th XV
11.10: 4th XV
12.20: 3rd XV
13.30: 2nd XV
15.00: 1st XV
10.00: 9th XV
11.10: 8th XV
12.20: 7th XV
13.30: 6th XV vs St Patricks
12.00: U15F vs Kearsney D
13.00: U14F vs Kearsney D
Midweek: U15G vs Hilton E
09.00: U14D vs DHS
At St Charles:
09.00: U16C vs St Charles B
11.00: U15C vs St Charles U16C
12.00: 15E vs St Charles C
10.00: U14E vs St Charles C
Griquas 5, Blue Bulls 15
Griquas 23, Eastern Province 50
Griquas 15, KwaZulu-Natal 50
Players: 15 Manie van der Merwe (HLNK Jan Kempdorp), 14 Ruben Coetzer (Postmasburg), 13 Clement Penny (Kalahari HS), 12 Riaan Swanepoel (Noord-Kaap), 11 Thabiso Moditsuane (Noord-Kaap), 10 Jaques van Heerden (Noord-Kaap), 9 Kenny von Wielligh (Upington HS), 8 James Stander (Diamantveld), 7 Pieter van Dyk (Noord-Kaap), 6 Johan Fourie (Upington HS), 5 Tinus Botes (HLNK Jan Kempdorp), 4 Izak van der Westhuizen (Diamantveld), 3 Theo Cwaile (Noord-Kaap), 2 Errol van der Westhuizen (Noord-Kaap), 1 Sammy Leburu (Kathu). Replacements: 16 Abraham Pretorius (Vaalharts), 17 Divan Manus (Diamantveld), 18 Lodewickus Liebenberg (Upington HS), 19 Rashied Isaacs (Carlton van Heerden), 20 Charl van Tonder (Koffiefontein), 21 Chester Ngonyoza (Kimberley Boys’ High), 22 Edward Bosman (Saul Damon).
Hilton College 7, Michaelhouse 0 (game abandoned)
Hilton College 18, Louis Botha 12
Hilton College 11, Grey Boys’ High School 16
Hilton College 49, Graeme College 3
Hilton College 7, Westville Boys’ High 26
Hilton College 24, Kearsney College 15
Hilton College 22, Durban High School 22
Hilton College 24, George Campbell 15
Hilton College 3, Maritzburg College 26
Hilton College 22, King Edward VII 14
Hilton College 43, St. Alban’s College 21
Hilton College 22, Michaelhouse 23
Grey Boys’ High School 28 (15) – Tries: Henry Turner 2, Carl van Niekerk 2. Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalties: Coleman 2. Rondebosch Boys’ High 8 (8).
Teams: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004