Northwood’s memorable 2019 can finish on high

It has been Northwood’s best season in a long while but one piece of unfinished business remains to be sorted out on Saturday as they take on Kearsney in televised FNB Classic Clash in Durban North.

As things stand, of all the top rugby high schools in KZN, Kearsney now represents the Northwood Knights’ longest winless streak in terms of year. It dates back to 1996. During this decade Northwood have definitely had their chances to beat the One-Stripes on at least two occasions but ended up leaving the field frustrated at what could have been as Kearsney pulled out the all stops to sneak  home in those said matches.

Northwood are favourites going into this season ending home match. Should they win it, Glenwood, a school they have not been playing of late, will become their longest drought once again following that incredible giant-killing 9-8 feat of 2011.

2019 has perhaps already delivered its biggest highlight for Northwood. They beat Maritzburg College for the first time ever. They also beat DHS, Michaelhouse and Westville in 2019. They were made to work very hard for each of these wins. The last win against Hilton was in 2014.

# KWAZULU-NATAL P W D L PF PA PD MP BP Pts Avg
1 Glenwood 5 5 0 0 186 60 126 20 3 23.0 4.60
2 Hilton 6 5 1 0 129 81 48 22 2 24.0 4.00
3 Northwood 6 5 0 1 147 119 28 20 3 23.0 3.83
4 Michaelhouse 6 3 0 3 158 100 58 12 5 17.0 2.83
5 Maritzburg College 7 3 0 4 155 137 18 12 5 17.0 2.43
6 Kearsney 7 3 1 3 136 161 -25 14 2 16.0 2.29
7 Westville 7 2 0 5 152 162 -10 8 5 13.0 1.86
8 DHS 7 1 0 6 122 254 -132 4 2 6.0 0.86
9 St Charles 6 1 0 5 80 173 -93 4 1 5.0 0.83
10 Clifton 1 0 0 1 12 30 -18 0 0 0.00

Team

# NORTHWOOD # KEARSNEY
1 1 Bradley Taylor u18
2 2 Ulrich Botha u17
3 3 Oliver Carmody u18
4 4 Max Immelman u17
5 5 Timothy Patton u18
6 6 Aaron Smith u17
7 7 Dean Burrell u18
8 8 Massimo Fierro u17
9 9 Jordan Bamber u18
10 10 Matthew Hind u17
11 11 Luke Dudley u17
12 12 Luke Wilson u18
13 13 Connor De Bruyn u17
14 14 Josh Muller u18
15 15 Derick Marshall u18

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