KES to play running rugby

King Edward will travel to the capital on Saturday for the second leg of their double-header fixture against Pretoria Boys.

A win would make 2010 a pretty decent season for the Joburg school.

They have lost just three times so far – to Jeppe, Hilton and Maritzburg College – and, according to coach, Carl Spilhaus, those were all games they could easily have won.

‘This team has shown a tendency to not finish off the chances they create and this has cost us,’ he told ‘Last weekend, in our win over Westville, we were far more clinical, and we need to continue that on Saturday if we are to end the season on a winning note.’

KES won the first encounter between the schools 28-19, back in March, but last year they surrendered their unbeaten record to Boys High, in Pretoria, after also winning the first game.

‘We know it won’t be easy in front of their home crowd, with a local referee,’ Spilhaus said.

Last year there was much unhappiness at the handling of the game in Pretoria, but Spilhaus stresses that they cannot let that affect them.

‘Referees are only a factor when the game is tight,’ he said. ‘We need to get our style of open running rugby going and remove the ref as a factor by scoring backline tries.’