Premier Interschools kicks off the 2019 season with a 98-year-old rivalry when Glenwood High School hosts Maritzburg College on Saturday, 6 April.
The first match between the two schools was played in 1921 at Glenwood, which was won 5-0 by Glenwood. In the Maritzburg College Reunion encounter in June 2010 Maritzburg College beat Glenwood on Goldstones, the first time that Maritzburg College had beaten Glenwood since 2006.The biggest victory for Maritzburg College over Glenwood was 61-13 at College in 1995, while the biggest victory for Glenwood over College was 57-12 at Kings Park in 2015. Maritzburg College had the best in the earlier years and still have the most wins overall, but Glenwood is fast catching up, having won all games since 2010.
Matches Played: 170
College: Won 109
Glenwood: Won 44
Last 10 Years Results:
As can be seen by the last games played, Glenwood is dominating the scoreboard while the best College could do was two draws in 2012.
Early season form looks to favor Glenwood once again but form alone is not always the key to winning such fierce derbies. Passion and the willpower sometimes get surprising results.
Rugby at Maritzburg College
Maritzburg College is traditionally the dominant school rugby force in KwaZulu-Natal. The first recorded rugby match in the province of Natal took place in the Market Square of Pietermaritzburg in October 1870. The contestants were Maritzburg College (then known as Pietermaritzburg High School) and Hermansburg School. Played on a sun-baked, wheel-rutted, gravel surface, the contest lasted for more than three hours and ended in a victory, for the High School, by two goals to nil.
The arrival of James Mervyn (Skonk) Nicholson, as a master at Maritzburg College, signalled a revival in the school’s rugby fortunes. From 1948 he coached the First XV for 35 consecutive seasons, until 1982. In 1949 the First XV was unbeaten, as were ten other teams of his, while a further thirteen First XVs during that period lost only one match each.
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In addition, several College Old Boys have represented other countries: Hubert Freakes and Geoff Appleford (England), Juan Grobler and Chad Erskine (United States), Brenton Catterall (Zimbabwe), Wim Visser (Italy), Frank Goedeke (Germany) and Andrew Binikos (Cyprus).
Rugby at Glenwood
Rugby at Glenwood is the major sporting code. It is a sport that instills values such as integrity, sportsmanship, loyalty, discipline and hard work. Glenwood’s policy of participation in extra mural activities as well as the passion shown by the boys enables almost five hundred youngsters the opportunity of experiencing the ultimate team sport.
Glenwood fields thirty teams on a regular basis. This allows boys from all levels and ability to be part of this wonderful game. The sports department endeavors to provide games for all teams, this has allowed Glenwood to embark on tours out the province to play fixtures against some major rugby playing schools in South Africa such as Affies from Pretoria and Grey College from Bloemfontein.
The School represented South Africa at the Sanix Youth tournament in Japan in 2008 and won top honors by winning the finals.
List of Glenwood Springboks (Test Caps Only)
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Glenwood can also be very proud of Warren Whiteley who was named the 58th Springbok captain for the 2017 test series against France, the first Glenwood old boy to have this honor bestowed upon.
The game will be broadcast live on Saturday 6 April on SuperSport Ten from 13h55.
You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 3 April at 18:45 on SuperSport 1 featuring Kerron van Vuuren and Ntuthuko Mchuno.