GARETH DUNCAN previews the Schoolboy Derby feature match of the weekend between Waterkloof and Monument.
Monnas have enjoyed more success in recent years as they’ve triumphed in four of the last seven fixtures between the two teams. However, the Krugersdorp-based school has suffered a inconsistent season, while Klofies have enjoyed a good run of form in recent weeks.
Waterkloof 1st XV head coach Jan Mollentze is confident that his team can do the job on Saturday.
‘A win over Monnas will be huge for us,’ Mollentze told keo.co.za’s Schoolboy Derby. ‘I’ve been very happy with our results of the last couple of weeks. It was all due to team work and dedication. We also suffered many injuries during the season, and most of our first-choice players are back.’
Klofies will be without star players outside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and scrumhalf Justin Phillips, while Monnas will have their key players like flyhalf Jako van der Walt and skipper Chris Massyn. But Mollentze stressed that he has replacements who will fill in well.
He also added that the forward battle will be telling between the two teams.
‘Monnas have a massive pack and their strengths lie at the scrum and lineouts. We have a smaller pack, but our forwards are quite mobile. It will be interesting to see if my forwards will be able to handle the pressure and the physicality Monnas bring on Saturday.’
The match will be televised on SS1 at 1:30pm.
Waterkloof - 15 Brendon Swanepoel 14 Werner Rossouw, 13 Raynardt Honiball, 12 Lourens Boddington, 11 Francois de Kock, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 John-Henry Collen, 8 Marnus Steyn (c), 7 Stephan Smith, 6 Sean Joyce, 5 Henco Saayman, 4 Werner Fourie, 3 Johan van Wyk, 2 Jovan Erasmus, 1 Dimitri Ttappous
Subs: 16 Reinach Venter, 17 Xander van Wyk, 18 Nico Steenkamp, 19 Jeandré de Beer, 20 David Joyce, 21 Shaun Pike, 22 Ernst Naudé.
Monument – 15 Barend Herbst, 14 Cisko du Toit, 13 Abrie Reynolds, 12 Rigard Viljoen, 11 Sheldon Bester, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Steven du Plessis, 8 Chris Massyn (c), 7 Dylon Vlok, 6 Ruan MacDonald, 5 Frans van Wyk, 4 André Venter, 3 Ruan Snyman, 2 Wehmeyer Joubert, 1 Günther Janse van Vuuren.
Subs: 16 Zybrandt Lombaard, 17 Francois van Heerden, 18 Dwayne Pienaar, 19 Nico Swartz, 20 Stefan Fitzgerald, 21 Ruan Conradie, 22 Gerdus van der Walt.