Northwood Host Kearsney in Classic Clash
On Saturday Kearsney go down from their Botha’s Hill to Durban and up to Durban North where they play Northwood in a Classic Clash.
It is Northwood’s last match of a season that has done them proud. Not only have they beaten DHS, College, Westville and Michaelhouse, but they have six players in the KwaZulu-Natal Craven Week side.
Kearsney, who last lost to Northwood in 1996, will not be pushovers.
Season So Far
Northwood, have played 12, winning nine and losing three – Selborne, Grey PE and Hilton who were the only KZN side to beat Northwood this season.
Kearsney have played 12, winning five and losing seven, battling as they did at their own great Eastern Festival.
Results against Common Opponents
DHS: Northwood won 34-19; Kearsney won 24-20
Maritzburg College: Northwood won 30-26; Kearsney lost 14-12
Michaelhouse: Northwood won 20-13; Kearsney won 27-17 & 23-20
Westville: Northwood won 19-15 ; Kearsney lost 34-12
Craven Week Selections
Northwood have six, Kearsney three in the KZN team for the 2019 Craven Week in Bloemfontein
Northwood: Sasko Ndlovu, Ntokozo Makhaza, Danie van Huizen, Ryan Francis, Vernon Matongo, Ranger Mfakadolo
Kearsney: Massimo Fierro, Connor de Bruyn, Derick Marshall
The 2019 season suggests that Northwood are favourites and they have home advantage. If it rains, as the forecast says it will, that can make a nonsense of predictions.
Kearsney: 15 Derick Marshall, 14 Luke Dudley, 13 Connor de Bruyn, 12 Luke Wilson, 11 Josh Muller, 10 Matthew Hind, 9 Jordan Bamber, 8 Massimo Fierro, 7 Dean Burrell, 6 Aaron Smith, 5 Timothy Patton, 4 Max Immelman, 3 Oliver Carmody (captain), 2 Ulrich Botha, 1 Bradley Taylor
Replacements: 16 Mpendulo Dlamini, 17 Connor Griffiths, 18 Liam Breytenbach, 19 Aidan Forte, 20 Cade Carmichael, 21 Jared Uys, 22 Cameron Ferguson
Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019
1st XV kick-off: 14.00
Televised live: SuperSport channel 210
Venue: Northlands High School
Expected weather conditions: Rain with a high of 23°C and a low of 14°C
Rugby Programme – 8 June 2019
08.00: 5th XV
09.10: 4th XV
10.20: 3rd XV
12.40: 2nd XV
14.00: 1st XV