School go up to College
CLASSIC CLASH PREVIEW: On Saturday much-improving Durban High School go up to meet old rivals Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg.
They first played each other in 1910 - in Pietermaritzburg when College won 5-0. In 1914 DHS beat College for the first time, also 5-0 but this time in Durban.
They both have a lot in common, enough to make victory important. It was the College headmaster who took rugby to DHS when he became the headmaster of DHS in 1910. The great Skonk Nicholson, who did so much to develop the greatness of College rugby, went to school at DHS and the legendary Bill Payne of DHS went to school at College.
This year so far DHS have been doing slightly better than College. DHS are ranked 16th on the Schools Top 20 whereas College have just got into the small group under the Top 20 who are putting pressure on these ranked above them.
DHS have played 10 matches. They lost four of their first five and then won all of the next five, most recently beating Kearsney at Botha's Hill.
College have also lost four of their 10 matches. After losing 39-20 to KES they then beat Michaelhouse last Saturday 49-31.
College have done noticeably better than DHS against the two opponents they have in common.
Grey PE beat DHS 50-17 and College 27-19
DHS beat Michaelhouse 29-24 and College beat them 49-31.
DHS have four players who were at Craven Week last year - fullback Cham Zondeki, wing Tonderai Ndudzo, scrumhalf Sandile Nohamba and outstanding flank Phendulani Buthelezi. Both Nohamba and Buthelezi played for South Africa Under-18 Sevens.
The match, a Classic Clash, will be televised live on Supersport, Channel 210.
Maritzburg College: tba
Durban High School. 15 Cham Zondeki, 14 Luthando Buthelezi, 13 Asanda Kunene, 12 Lwandile Menze, 11 Tonderai Ndudzo, 10 Lwazi Moletshe, 9 Sanele Mohamba, 8 Sean Barnes, 7 Phedulanie Buthelezi (captain), 6 Kamvelihle Fatyela, 5 Marcel Nel, 3 Asande Mnguni, 2 Luthando Jojo, 1 Thomas Kempen
Replacements: Donovan Adams, Andile Nzuza, Michael Kyprou, Christopher Coleman, Malusi Ntuli, Nikita Mhloma, Zethembe Mbonambi.
Date: Saturday, 20 May 2017
1st XV kick-off: 13
Television: Supersport channel 210
Venue: Goldstones, Maritzburg College
Expected weather conditions: sunshine with a high of 29°C and a low of 9°C
Rugby Programme - Maritzburg College vs DHS, Voortrekker and others
08.15: 5th XV vs Linpark 1st XV
09.25: 4th XV vs DHS 3rd XV
10.35: 3rd XV vs DHS 2nd XV
11.45: 2nd XV vs Voortrekker 1st XV
13.00: 1st XV
11.30: 6th XV vs Voortrekker 2nd XV
10.30: 8th XV vs DHS 4th XV
09.30: 9th XV vs Linpark 2nd XV
08.30: 10th XV vs Voortrekker 3rd XV
10.30: Under-15C vs Voortrekker Under-15A
09.30: Under-15D vs Linpark Under-15A
08.30: Under-15E vs DHS Under-15C
08.30: Under-14C vs Voortrekker Under-14A
09.30: Under-14D vs DHS Under-14C
11.30: Under-14E vs Linpark Under-14A
09.30: Under-16C vs Voortrekker Under-16A
10.30: Under-16D vs Alexandra Under-16A
11.30: Under-16E vs Linpark Under-16A
08.30: Under-16F vs Voortrekker Under-16B
10.30: Under-15F vs Alexandra Under-15A
09.30: Under-14F vs Voortrekker Under-14B