Green Machine favoured in Durban derby

DHS will be looking for an upset win when they travel to Glenwood on Saturday.

The ‘Green Machine’ is dominating KwaZulu-Natal’s schoolboy rugby scene yet again, while neighbours DHS have looked good on occasion and pulled out all the stops to ensure the school celebrates its centenary year of rugby as a respected force.

Both sides have enjoyed a solid run of form of late and Glenwood will be keen to maintain their undefeated run and justify their position as one of South Africa’s top 10 rugby schools.

Playing in replica jerseys of 100 years ago and using the same numbering system from those years (fullback is No 1 and so on), DHS have managed to deliver productive rugby when the situation has demanded and face Glenwood with confidence and belief of causing an upset win.

An early season clash against Pinetown saw DHS emerge 22-10 winners in a match where penalties proved the difference, and since then recent conquests have included Michaelhouse (19-10) and Northwood (24-15). In between, there was a creditable 22-22 draw against a talented Hilton outfit and a 20-0 loss to Westville in a match played in wet, muddy conditions, which saw Westville make better use of the elements.

Glenwood on the other hand have grown accustomed to the sweet taste of victory, although it hasn’t been plain sailing. Last weekend’s 34-6 win against George Campbell served more as match practice for them against a competitive side that has had a tough season and takes encouragement in a more evenly-matched contest against Pinetown this weekend.

Kearsney gave Glenwood food for thought in a narrow 21-17 loss and, while Michaelhouse was dealt with 27-8, and Maritzburg College 20-13, Glenwood’s toughest test on KZN soil has been against the enterprising Westville side that fought tooth and nail in going down 9-6.

Saturday’s match could be decided by the boot of Glenwood skipper and flyhalf Fred Zeilinga and his opposite number Brendon Cope, although Glenwood’s firepower and bullocking forwards should prove too much for DHS’s defence.

The weekend’s other match of interest is Maritzburg College hosting Affies. College come off a 20-20 draw against Westville, scoring in the last minute to share the spoils, while Affies mean business wherever they play and should have the edge in this one.

Other KZN fixtures include Westville traveling to KES, Kearsney hosting St Stithians, Hilton away to St Alban’s and Michaelhouse visiting Northwood.

By David Knowles