Transvalia of Vanderbijlpark plays host to Vereeniging Gimnasium in an FNB Classic Clash on Saturday. It is a new experience and yet not really so new.
Vereeniging Gimnasium is a new school, and yet not really so new. Towards the end of last year a new school was born – Vereeniging Gimnasium out of the amalgamation of HTS Vereeniging and Hoërskool Vereeniging, a bigger and stronger school.
Before this Valia played HTS Vereeniging, the Tekkies, in FNB Classic Clashes and beat them three years in a row though last year they had to come from behind to win 24-20.
This year they are both strong sides who play top sides. They have each played three teams who are currently on the FNB Top 20. They have each lost all three but Transvalia ran Nelspruit close, losing 24-21 and Vereeniging Gim lost by just one point to Centurion – 28-27.
They have both played Rustenburg and Florida. Transvalia beat Rustenburg 34-14 while Vereeniging Gim won 33-22. The Florida results was a big difference. Transvalia won 17-15 while Vereeniging Gim lost 31-17.
It will be a good and enthusiastuic day in perfect weather.
Transvalia: 15 Theunis Janse van Rensburg, 14 Danie Marais, 13 Delmond Venske, 12 Arno Kotzé, 11 Dylon van Zyl, 10 Dudley Thompson, 9 Marco Janse van Vuren, 8 Johan Grundlingh, 7 Brentton Fossati, 6 Juandré Swanepoel, 5 Juandré Prins, 4 Marnus Erasmus, 3 Danie Janse van Vuren, 2 Gert Mulder, 1 Arnoudt Malherbe. Replacements: 16 Stephan Schoeman, 17 Brendin Strauss, 18 Dawid Lansberg, 19 Locky van der Merwe, 20 Echardt Breet, 21 Juan Toerien, 22 Raymond Labuschagne, 23 Ernst Snyman, 24 Kevin van Staden.
Vereeniging Gimnasium: 15 Erjee Heenop, 14 Donovan Thompson, 13 Elden Schoeman, 12 Joswin de Wee, 11 Wally Ungerer, 10 Ickie Roos (captain), 9 Bernard Louw, 8 Rudolf Pretorius, 7 Devin Kruger, 6 Justin Bannister, 5 Donovan du Toit, 4 Christiaan Boshof, 3 Donovan Venter, 2 GE Pretorius, 1 Dylan van Zyl. Replacements: 16 Eldrin van Rooyen, 17 Darren Nortje, 18 JP Lessing, 19 Hannes Judeel, 20 Jacquin de Villiers, 21 Pietman Groenewald, 22 Stuart de Lacey, 23 Bezuidenhout Claude.