Neighbours Clash in Jo'burg's North
CLASSIC CLASH PREVIEW: Hoërskool Linden and Hoërskool Randburg are similar schools and live close enough to each other to be keen rivals.
Up in Johannesburg's northwest, the two schools are roughly two kilometres apart. Despite their proximity and similarity as Afrikaans-medium coed schools and despite their enthusiasm for rugby, they have not always played, partly because rugby organisers labelled Linden a large school and Randburg a medium schools and then vice versa till in 2013 they were both considered large schools, and have played since then.
In 2013 they drew 25-all.
The next year Linden, reduced to 13 players, won 19-17. In 2015 Linden won the Classic Clash 36-20 and in 2016 36-0.
They are both strong schools who can mix it in good company, but this is the really enthusiastic match, the one that gets emotions bubbling over.
This year's Classic Clash will be played at Linden.
Linden Hoërskool: 15 John-Dee Burger, 14 Riku Botha, 13 Deveaux Bakkes, 12 Michael van Duyn, 11 Hugo Hendrikse, 10 Steven le Roux, 9 Hanno de Wet, 8 Waldo de Bruyn, 7 Dawid Axsel, 6 James Harris, 5 Juandré Labuschagne, 4 Damon Kruger, 3 Christo Swanepoel, 2 Brendon Olivier, 1 Damian Botha.
Randburg Hoërskool: 15 Schalk van der Merwe, 14 Ethan Barnard, 13 Juan Janse van Vuuren, 12 Dewaldt Jacobs, 11 Roan van Niekerk, 10 Ryno du Toit, 9 Max Terrblanche, 8 Nico Pretorius, 7 Sarel Bonoko, 6 Karabo Afrika, 5 Sean Otto (captain), 4 Carl Munster, 3 Stephan Bresler, 2 Basil van der Merwe, 1 Shaun Olivier.
Date: Saturday, 20 May 2017
1st XV kickoff: 13.15
Venue: Hoërskool Linden
Expected weather conditions: Sunny with a high of 20°C and a low of 8°C - good rugby weather.
Rugby Programme for 20 May 2017
10.00: 2nd XV
11.00: Old Boys' Match
13.15: 1st XV