Please note changes to the programme
|14:00||03-Mar||Vories u16||DHS u16|
|16:45||03-Mar||DHS 2||Westville 2|
|18:35||03-Mar||Maritzburg College u16||17||13||Westville u16|
|19:30||03-Mar||DHS 1||12||18||Westville 1|
|20:35||03-Mar||Vories 1||0||26||Maritzburg College 1|
|14:00||10-Mar||Carter 1||Vories 3|
|14:55||10-Mar||Treverton 1||Linpark 1|
|15:50||10-Mar||Vories u16||Westville u16|
|16:45||10-Mar||Sarel Cilliers 2||Westville 2|
|17:40||10-Mar||Vories 2||Weston 1|
|18:35||10-Mar||Maritzburg College u16||Sarel Cilliers u16|
|19:30||10-Mar||Maritzburg College XV||Sarel Cilliers 1|
|20:25||10-Mar||Pom – Pom’s|
|20:35||10-Mar||Vories 1||Westville 1|
Voortrekker in Pietermaritzburg will once again host several KZN schools on successive Friday evenings (03 March and 10 March 2017). Well-known schools DHS, Maritzburg College and Westville will use the shortened matches as part of their pre-season preparations. Adding some unique Country Districts flavour to the event are the likes Sarel Cilliers, Treverton and Weston.
Fixtures are still to be confirmed.
DHS’s Scott Mathie, a former Sharks scrumhalf and quickly rising up the ranks provincial youth week coach these days, will guide his alma mater for the second season. He has a more than capable and experienced starting XV under his wing, and if they can stay injury free it could turn out the be a very rewarding campaign for DHS.
College and Westville will both pitch up with brand new 1st XV coaches.
Like DHS, College will look to an old boy in the form of Ryan Kyle who reunited with the Red, Black, White for a second time from Creston College in Port Shepstone. Due to their rich rugby history it’s hard for any College team to fly under the radar. Word is that their preparations have been going very well, which is good news because their last game of the 1st term is a home encounter against another very high respected rugby school – Grey College.
Westville named Dirkie Strydom as Roland Norris’ successor. That makes it three different 1st XV coaches in three seasons for ‘Ville who will be hoping that Strydom can bring about both stability and success. Strydom is an Affies (Pretoria) Old Boy, who like Mathie has represented the Sharks. He recently coached at HTS Middelburg. Prior to the promotion to 1st XV, he coached the Westville u16A and is still the Head of Rugby, which is a role both Kyle and Mathie are also very familiar with. The benefit of coming off a poor season like 2016, is that the Westville 1st XV is likely to be underestimated and eager to perform well to set a few records straight. Based on the players available, if they do gel, better than expected resulted are a probability this season.