College face mammoth task against KES
SCHOOL PREVIEW: An inform King Edward VII side from Johannesburg travel to Pietermaritzburg to take on Maritzburg College at Goldstones on Saturday.
This year the two schools are playing each other twice on a home and away basis. KES was the victor in the earlier match in May, but College will want to avenge that loss on their beloved Goldstones field.
The home team will have their work cut out as this KES team boasts a host of Golden Lions provincial players that was so successful during the Craven Week tournament at St Stithians College.
KES could only record one win in the two teams last five encounters, with College winning two and two matches ending in a draw.
Thus far, College have lost their last 4 matches and with their last match of the season coming up at Goldstone, losing is not an option.
Thus far, College have won eight of their 18 matches, KES have won 14 of their 15 matches - their only defeat was a 19-24 loss to Hoerskool Monument.
KES' great season made sure the Johannesburg side occupy the fourth spot in the SA TOP20 rankings.
KES' players are eligible for Golden Lions teams, College's players are eligible for Sharks.
2013: College won, 30-8
2014: Draw, 25-25
2015: College won, 34-33
2016: Draw, 32-32
2017: KES won, 39-20
College: Fezokuhle Mbatha, Nthuthko Mchunu, Njabulo Mjara
KES: Keagan Glade, Travis Gordon, Marc Morrison, Yanga Hlalu, Leon Mpeku, Kennedy Mpeku, Tyler Hayward
College: Phelelani Zuma, Sephekahle Dube
KES: Tokolo Molotsi, Bandile Lekhuleni, Jason Cloete
College: Fezikuhle Mbatha
KES: Keagan Glade, Travis Gordon, Yangu Hlalu, Kennedy Mpeku
Maritzburg College: TBC
KES: 15 Tyler Hayward, 14 Cade Robertson, 13 Kevin Mpeku, 12 Neil Hoffman, 11 Tokollo Molotsi, 10 Marc Morrison, 9 Luke Bramhall, 8 Ziyanda Msipha, 7 Thomas Berman, 6 Bandile Lekhuleni, 5 James Parsons, 4 Echardt Cloete, 3 Luke Woolway (captain), 2 Dylan Whitcombe, 1 Jason Cloete
Date: Saturday, August 12
1st XV kick-off: TBC
Venue: Goldstone at Maritzburg College
Expected weather conditions: Cloudy with a high of 18°C and a low of 9°C.