Schoolboy Rugby – Preview – Wildklawer Set To Start At A Blistering Pace

 

The 2024 Wildeklawer Rugby Festival will kick off with a bang on Wednesday when two great fixtures will get the Festival underway.

First up will be hosts Diamantveld who will host Marlow at 16:00 (SA Time). Diamantveld's three losses came against some of the top schools in South Africa. The first was against Affies (10-33) followed against Helpmekaar (07-47) and three weeks ago against Duineveld. Their six wins were against most of the top teams in the Central Region.

Marlow had a up and down season up till now and won five from eight matches. However, apart from their recent loss to Hudson Park the losses to Glenwood and Worcester Gim was close matches.

A brilliant closely matched match will keep the spectators on the edge of their seats with the hosts, maybe the favourites by the smallest of margins.

The main match of day 1 is the battle between the kings of Pretoria, Affies against Paarl Boishaai, who is ranked fifth on the Ruggas.co.za 1stXV Rankings, one place lower than Affies on four.

Affies had two close losses to Paarl Gim (19-20) and Paul Roos (25-30) while beating Garsfontein (33-31) who are all ranked in the top five. Paarl Boishaai was unbeaten until they lost to Wynberg (27-30) and Paul Roos (10-25) in their last two matches.

Both teams have large packs of forwards with Affies' pack definately the better of the two, however, according to rumours Affies lost their second outside centre to injury and it is expected that Affies will shuffle the backs a bit to lessen the blow.

The difference between the two teams will be at the back where vital players' decision-making will be under the magnifying glass. Who will win? It should be, but could also be, if, or.

Other Fixtures

02 May 2023
B-Field
13:50 Drostdy HTS vs Welkom Gim
15:00 Framesby vs St John's - New Zealand
16:10 Nico Malan vs Kirkham Grammar (England)
A-Field
08:00 Noordheuwel vs Glenwood
09:30 Outeniqua vs Waterkloof
11:00 Oakdale vs Durban High School
12:30 Paarl Gim vs EG Jansen
14:00 Boland Landbou vs Helpmekaar
15:30 Paul Roos vs Monument
17:00 Garsfontein vs Stellenberg
18:30 Grey College vs Maritzburg College

04 May 2023
B-Field
11:30 Waterkloof vs Marlow
12:40 Noordheuwel vs Nico Malan
13:50 Framesby vs Welkom Gim
15:00 Glenwood vs HTS Drotsdy
16:10 Diamantveld vs St John's College New Zealand
A-Field
08:00 Stellenberg vs EG Jansen
09:30 Affies vs Oakdale
11:00 Kirkham Grammar (England) vs Outeniqua
12:30 Boland Landbou vs Monument
14:00 Paarl Boys High vs Durban High
15:30 Paul Roos vs Maritzburg
17:00 Paarl Gim vs Helpmekaar
18:30 Grey College vs Garsfontein