Graeme up against it

Kingswood College should be too strong for Graeme College at Somerset Field on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides go into the game on the back of big victories, with Kings having dispatched Winterberg 42-12 and Graeme claiming a clinical 34-7 win over Mary Waters.

However, it will take an excellent performance from Graeme to beat Kingswood, who have been consistent this season, while Graeme have been found wanting against the bigger schools.

While both sides have been in the shadow of St Andrew’s this season, the game will serve up some interesting contests. Graeme, who have had some good results after some big early season losses at the hands of Grey High, St Andrew’s and Selborne College, will have to front up in the physical stakes if they are to have any chance of taking the spoils, which is where their experienced front row of Chad Banfield, Tyrone Rankin and Jade Bowles will be key.

Kingswood’s forwards have looked solid on defence and at scrum time, but the centre pairing of Chris Keets and John Hale is bound to keep the College defence honest with their hard running and incisiveness.

The breakdown contest is more or less where games are decided and whoever bosses the rucks and keeps the ball in hand the most, will certainly be all smiles at the end of the game.

Graeme 1st XV coach Brendan Grant expects a hard game from Kingswood, but will treat it like any other fixture.

‘We will work hard on defence and try to keep the ball in hand,’ he said.

Kingswood coach Graham Carlson said they will not deviate from their usual structure, but will keep an eye on the weather as it might influence proceedings.

Kick-off is at 4pm.

By Khanyiso Tshwaku