Queen’s will host Selborne on Saturday in the pick of the weekend’s schools clashes.
The two teams will have studied each other’s games meticulously, having both been involved in the Kearsney Easter Festival.
Selborne have done well so far this season, claming impressive festival wins over HTS Middleburg (18-0) and Marais Viljoen (23-13) before drawing with EG Jansen (20-20). Queen’s also put in a good showing at Kearsney, beating Marais Viljoen (50-7), KZN Development (39-3) and DHS (17-7). However, Selborne will go into the derby as favourites having won both Classic Clashes against Queen’s last year.
The opening exchanges should be explosive with the Queen’s pack looking to assert their dominance at the set phases and at ruck time.
Director of rugby Brett Janse van Vuuren recently parted ways with Queen’s and this could have a negative impact on the side. Head coach Clint Loest will have to mentally prepare his side for a black and white onslaught, while Selborne coach Kevin Taylor knows that games of this nature are won up front and that if his pack does the basics well his skillful backs could run riot.
Queen’s will be playing in front of a massive home crowd, which will definitely give them a boost.
By Gareth Wright