It’s only been a few days since the festivities over the Easter weekend, but the big schoolboy action continues on Saturday.
There are two major derbies in the Western Cape this weekend.
Boland Landbou will travel to Paul Roos in what will be a big Boland derby. The match will also serve as the curtain-raiser for the Baby Boks/Argentina clash on the Markotter fields. Both teams come off respectable showings at their respective Easter festivals, with Boland Landbou winning all three of their fixtures at the St Stithians event while Paul Roos won two and drew one at the Kearsney tournament. Expect a physical match.
In the southern suburbs, Rondebosch host Wynberg in a traditional Cape rivalry. The two schools experienced a successful tour to the UK, and will be keen to kick-off their season on South African soil on a winning note.
Paarl Boys’, who went unbeaten at the St John’s Easter Festival, go on the road to take on Outeniqua.
Out in the east, Glenwood host George Campbell in what should be an easy outing for the former. Glenwood impressed at the Kearsney Easter Festival with an unbeaten run.
Maritzburg College will host Pretoria Boys’, while DHS will challenge Westville, who will be desperate to bounce back after suffering two defeats at the Kearsney Festival last weekend.
The highlight match will be Nico Malan tackling Grey PE. Both sides are showing good early form this season, especially at the Graeme Rugby Weekend in March. Keep an eye out for the wings in this fixture, who boast some serious talent.
Dale will tackle Grens in Kings William Town in what should be an easy contest for the hosts.
Selborne will face Queen’s in big game.
There’s some interesting fixtures up north.
Affies, who won all three of their matches at the Kearsney Easter Festival, will face John Vorster. KES, who also achieved this feat at their own Easter Festival, will duel against Spring Boys’. SACS make the trip up to Jeppe from the Cape in a major inter-schools sports clash.
Major schoolboy fixtures (14 April):
Paul Roos vs Boland Landbou
Outeniqua vs Paarl Boys’
Jeppe vs SACS
Kempton Park vs Centurion
Affies vs John Vorster
Rondebosch Boys’ vs Wynberg
KES vs Springs Boys’
Parktown Boys’ vs Potch
St Andrew’s vs Bishops
Grey High vs Nico Malan
Maritzburg College vs Pretoria Boys’
Grey College vs Jim Fouché
Glenwood vs George Campbell
Westville vs DHS
Dale vs Grens
Selborne vs Queen’s
Hudson vs Cambridge
Port Rex vs Stirling
By Gareth Duncan