Grey gear up for Affies

Grey College expect a physical contest when they face Affies in Pretoria on Saturday.

It is arguably the biggest clash of the season as the two top-ranked schools face off this weekend. Affies will host Grey, who have been at their usual best this year with an undefeated run so far.

First XV head coach Ingo Machts believes Affies will be their toughest challenge of the season.

‘Preparations are going well but things have been tough for the boys. We arrived back from our victory [against Paarl Boys] in Paarl last Sunday at 5pm and now we are off to Pretoria on Friday morning,’ Machts told keo.co.za.

‘We face Affies, who have a massive pack. Their forwards are much bigger than ours, so things aren’t getting any easier for us.’

Machts added that they will need to adapt against a physical Affies team if they want to pick up the win.

‘After beating Paarl Boys, we are confident. We just need to continue our 15-man rugby,’ said Machts. ‘I saw Affies play at the recent SuperSchools event and they did very well in the wet conditions with their heavies.

‘We need to dominate Affies up front as their game plan depends a lot on their forwards. We will need to adapt and take our opportunities because they will be scarce.’

Grey will be without two 1st XV players as wing Ruwellyn Isbell and flank Henco Venter are sidelined with injuries. Machts hopes flyhalf Johan Goosen continues his impressive scoring form.

By Gareth Duncan