Pride at stake for KZN rivals

Hilton College take on the old enemy Michaelhouse at home on Saturday, in the final round of schoolboy rugby before Craven Week and the extended July holidays.

In recent years, Michaelhouse have had the advantage over Hilton, but Saturday’s clash could have a betting man scratching his head in despair as both sides have experienced a season of ups and downs, although Hilton’s results make better reading.

Pride and passion is at stake in this clash after the first match at Michaelhouse in March was abandoned due to a hailstorm and bad light, with Hilton 7-0 to the good.

Since then, Michaelhouse’s proudest moment has been the 19-13 win against Maritzburg College, the only bright light in a string of results best forgotton and filed in the annals of the school’s history.

After the high of the College match, Michaelhouse have looked rather ordinary, losing 19-10 to DHS, 27-8 to Glenwood and a surprise 13-11 loss to Northwood last week. However, a wounded animal is the most dangerous of all and facing up to Hilton will no doubt bring out the best of the men in red and white.

Hilton’s season has had a few hiccups, most notably the 26-3 loss to College and 26-9 loss to Westville. In between, there have been glimpses of what the side can do on their day when the pieces of the puzzle come together and solid performances against KES (22-14) and St Alban’s (43-21) in recent weeks, should tip the scales in their favour.

Whatever the result, the large crowd attracted to one of the highlights on the school rugby calendar in KZN should be entertained by two sides keen to win and delivering a spectacle of schoolboy rugby at its best.

Other KZN matches this weekend include the return showdown between Glenwood and Maritzburg College, at College (Glenwood won 20-13 earlier in the season) and DHS hosting Kearsney.

By David Knowles