Selborne, Dale set for almighty tussle

Selborne College face off against old foes Dale College in this weekend’s big schoolboy derby.

Both teams will be anxious for victory and the fact that the clash is being televised will certainly put the players under even greater pressure.

Two weeks ago, Selborne lost to the visiting Grey Bloem 33-0 in a game played in poor weather conditions. But Selborne managed to bounce back last week with a 48-3 win over Grens.

Dale were unlucky to lose their derby against Queen’s College in King William’s Town two weeks ago when a last-gasp penalty sealed a 17-15 win for Queen’s.

The game should be a battle of two contrasting styles with Selborne likely to favour a more structured approach while Dale should look to spread the ball wide utilising their exciting backline.

‘Attack is the best option,’  Dale coach Grant Griffith told the Daily Dispatch. ‘It’s another tough match with Selborne having the home crowd and home advantage. But we’ll give it a full go and hope we win enough second and third-phase ball.’

The first match played between these two schools was recorded in 1892 and since then the two teams have gone head-to-head on 177 occasions, with Dale winning 96 and Selborne 58 with 23 matches ending in a draw.