Jake believes in Jeppe

Saturday’s match between Jeppe and KES will be a tight encounter, according to Jake White.

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Both schools recorded notable victories last weekend with KES defeating Pretoria Boys (28-19) and Jeppe beating St John’s (13-7) for the first time in six seasons.

‘It really is pleasing to see that the biggest schoolboy game in Johannesburg will be a close affair,’ said White, who will be at his former school to observe the talent on show. ‘Both sets of old boys will admit that the standard of their rugby wasn’t great a few years ago, but they have made a concerted effort to get things right.’

KES will start as favourites after last year’s 65-10 annihilation of their old foes, but Jeppe director of rugby Ronald White believes they can reverse that result at home.

‘We will back our talent and ability to win our first derby since 2002,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘It should be a wonderful spectacle and we are hoping to perform well for the full 70 minutes on Saturday. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for the boys involved to showcase their talent live on television [14:45 on SuperSport 7].’

If the Reds are to maintain their stranglehold over their arch-rivals, they will have to neutralise Jeppe’s exciting centre pairing of Grant Noble and Ricky Matteucci, as well as No 8 Arnold Vosloo. While KES will rely on the boot of scrumhalf Ruan van Rensburg to keep the visitors inside their own half, they will also look to move the ball wide in an attempt to wear out Jeppe’s pack.

Jeppe – 15 Chumi Matsiliza, 14 Kyle Green, 13 Grant Noble, 12 Ricci Matteucci, 11 Sifiso Shabangu, 10 Sergio Peral, 9 Devan McDermid, 8 Arnold Vosloo (c), 7 Kyran Odendaal, 6 Louis Meyer, 5 Devon Abbot, 4 Marius Vosloo, 3 Boni Syiathula, 2 Duane Goodes, 1 Danny Whyte.
Subs: 16 Jarred Engelbrecht, 17 Lee Morris, 18 Bruce Richardson, 19 Peter Ngoveni, 20 Donovan Saunders, 21 Fabrice Renaud, 22 Eddy Silva.

KES – 15 Aaron Jackson, 14 Burt Fraser, 13 Lonwabo Ntleki, 12 Travis West, 11 Senzo Shabalala, 10 Kazlo Holtzhauzen, 9 Ruan van Rensburg, 8 Malcolm Marx, 7 Christian Kazadi (c), 6 Sean Johnstone, 5 James Somers, 4 Simphiwe Nkosi, 3 Gey Domaingo, 2 Stefan van Rooyen, 1 Brett Grant.
Subs: To be confirmed.

Last 10 results: KES vs Jeppe
2001: Draw 15-15
2002: KES won 38-3
2002: Jeppe won 20-14
2003: KES won 27-7
2004: KES won 12-0
2005: KES won 30-7
2006: KES won 12-0
2007: KES won 40-18
2008: KES won 24-14
2009: KES won 65-10

Saturday’s schools fixtures:
11:00 – Framesby vs Dale
12:15 – Selborne vs Marlow
13:30 – Kingswood vs Grey High
14:45 – St Andrews vs Glenwood
14:45 – KES vs Jeppe
15:00 – Michaelhouse vs Hilton
16:00 – Graeme vs Queen’s
16:10 – Diamantveld vs Paarl Gym

By Gareth Wright