Gauteng crown up for grabs

Krugersdorp’s Hoerskool Monument travel to Pretoria on Saturday to take on Affies.

The game will determine the No 1 school side in the area covered by the former Transvaal province.

Monnas are the defending Beeld Trophy champions and two weeks ago they retained the trophy in the NuPower Tuks tournament – a competition that involves just about all the top schools in the region – with the notable exception of Affies.

Affies also do not compete in the Beeld Trophy – they prefer to play friendlies only in the fashion of the English-medium schools, so Monument’s titles have to be seen that light.

Having said that, it must be noted that Monnas do play Affies annually and last year they beat them 43-35, so they can claim to be the reigning top school in these parts.

Monument coach Wynand Moolman is aware of the size of the task that awaits them.

‘Our respective scorelines against Grey College are almost identical,’ he told, ‘so there shouldn’t be much to choose between the two sides, but playing them on their home field is never easy.’

Moolman believes Monument have the pack to match them up front, so it will depend on solid defending and on being able to penetrate in the backs.

‘One thing is for sure, it will be a hard game, there is a tradition of no mercy shown on the field between the two schools and we are looking forward to it.’

For the first time, Monument will be fielding 18 teams in the fixture this year. Kick-off is at 1:30pm.