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Maritzburg College v Afrikaans Höer Seunskool (Affies) Historic Overview

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Saturday 29th July sees the 8th edition of Premier Interschools for 2017 move up to Pretoria where Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies) hosts Maritzburg College for their annual derby.

The yearly fixture started in 1996 and since then they have played twenty-two games of which Affies has won nineteen and only three wins by College. The visitors will have to dig deep again this year if they want to overcome the Affies juggernaut as the local team is packed with provincial players with eight players representing the Blue Bulls at Craven Week and another five players at the Academy week.

College themselves had three players representing the KZN Sharks at the final of the Craven Week in 2017.

Scores through the Years:

YEAR AFFIES MC
1996 12 9
1997 21 16
1998 36 15
1999 29 7
2000 10 16
2001 20 5
2002 20 19
2003 25 24
2004 33 3
2005 32 7
2006 15 19
2007 31 19
2008 52 15
2009 10 0
2010 32 20
2011 55 7
2011 19 6
2012 33  7
2013 51  20
2014 10  37
2015 50 19
2016 59 7

Affies started the season well, beating Diamantveld and a very strong Helpmekaar team. They then traveled down to Paarl for the first Premier Interschools match for 2017 where they narrowly lost in the dying seconds of the match to Paarl Gymnasium. From there, their season had some ups and downs winning another five games, but losing four.

Affies season so far: 

Date                 Opp                                Result    For    Against  
2017/03/11 Diamantveld Win 45 10
2017/03/18 Helpmekaar Win 31 19
2017/03/25 Paarl Gimnasium Lose 33 35
2017/04/13 Hilton College Win 17 6
2017/04/15 Florida Win 28 24
2017/04/17 Paarl Boys’ High Lose 10 14
2017/04/29 Paul Roos Lose 14 21
2017/05/01 Outeniqua Win 34 0
2017/05/06 Grey College Lose 32 35
2017/05/20 Westville Boys’ High Win 29 9
2017/05/27 Jeppe Win 52 22
2017/06/03 Waterkloof Lose 15 24

College is also not having one of their best seasons, but good wins against Michaelhouse, Hilton and Westville Boys will set them up in good stead for the Affies match.

College Season so Far:

Date                Opp                              Result   For   Against 
2017/03/25 Grey College Lose 3 30
2017/04/13 St Benedicts Win 38 6
2017/04/15 Grey PE Lose 19 27
2017/04/17 St Stithians Win 36 29
2017/04/22 Pretoria Boys’ High Win 36 24
2017/04/26 Northwood Win 48 7
2017/05/06 King Edward VII Lose 20 39
2017/05/13 Michaelhouse Win 49 31
2017/05/20 Durban High School Lose 31 48
2017/05/27 Hilton Win 23 8
2017/06/10 Westville Boys’ High Win 50 15
2017/06/17 Kearsney College Lose 7 32
2017/06/24 Glenwood Lose 17 34

Rugby at Affies

Affies is famed and regarded as one of the best rugby schools in South Africa. It has delivered many Springbok players in the past and continues to supply loads of talent in the SA Schools and SA Academy sides. Affies also has many players’ at all provincial levels of rugby.

Affies have a huge talent pool in the school and one that is rich in depth. There are more than ten senior teams each year, and teams as far as G-teams are filled at each age group.

Each year Affies challenge the country’s leading rugby schools such as Grey College (Bloemfontein), Maritzburg College, Glenwood High School, King Edward VII and much more.

At these derby matches each and every team gets a chance to take the field for the Rooi, Geel and Groen. In the last few decades Affies has produced top quality players such as Louis Schmidt, Wynand Olivier, Fourie du Preez and former Blue Bulls captain Pierre Spies (also an Affies choir boy) to name, but a few.

Perhaps Affies’ most unknown star was Francois Swart who played flyhalf for Die Witbulle (the school’s first team) alongside scrum-half Fourie du Preez. The formidable duo played for the Blue Bulls and was fast becoming the next Springbok halfback pairing.

Tragically Francois Swart died in 2004 and since then Affies hosts an under-15 rugby tournament in the Easter Holidays bearing the name of Francois Swart. The long standing legacy of Affies rugby builds each year and upcoming stars are still being produced.

List of Affies Springboks

Player Debut Year
Louis Schmidt 1958
Tonie Roux 1969
Pierre Edwards 1980
Grant Esterhuizen 2000
Fourie du Preez 2004
Wynand Olivier 2006
Pierre Spies 2006
Dean Greyling 2011

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, signaled 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.

The legendary JM (Skonk) Nicholson

His teams in the 1950s and early 1960s were particularly successful, at one stage losing only five matches in eleven years!

Skonk’s successors were scarcely less successful. 1985, 1985, 1988 and 1995 teams were unbeaten and four other First XV lost only one match.  Since the turn of the new century, College has often found it difficult to match those statistics. The reasons for this are many: the increasing importance placed on sporting success by schools; the greater spread of talent, often owing to lucrative bursaries offered to promising players; the erosion of the rural core of College borders; and the greatly strengthened fixture list.

The First XV’s record, however, represents only a fraction of the rugby played at Maritzburg College. Every weekend, as many as thirty teams take the field, playing the game with fierce enthusiasm and pride. The school’s rugby success is therefore built on a very firm and broad foundation.

For many years, Maritzburg College’s rugby has been characterized by the rugged qualities and outstanding support work of its forwards, the hard running and punishing tackling of its backs and an eagerness to move the ball at every reasonable opportunity. Most notable, however, is the fierce determination and spirit typifying College teams and imbuing them with an indomitable will to win.

Maritzburg College’s superbly consistent record, great depth of talent and enviable reputation for a hard but sporting approach to the game have made it, historically, the premier rugby school in KwaZulu-Natal. No one would seriously dispute College’s right to that title.

List of College Springboks

No    Name                            
157 Wally Clarkson
183 Bill Payn
190 Bertram Vanderplank
199 Phil Nel
359 Keith Oxlee
380 Ormond Taylor
432 Andy van der Watt
592 Joel Stransky
648 *Jeremy Thomson
713 *Pieter Dixon
715 Butch James
789 Peter Grant
837 *Craig Burden
867 Jesse Kriel

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).

Match Schedule including repeatsThe game will be broadcast live on Saturday 29 July on SuperSport Ten from 12:55 (kick-off at 13:00)

Schedule Date Schedule Time  Duration Channel Name
Saturday, 29 July, 2017 12:05 1:55:00 SuperSport Ten
Saturday, 29 July, 2017 20:05 1:25:00 SuperSport Ten
Sunday, 30 July, 2017 4:30 1:25:00 SuperSport One Africa
Sunday, 30 July, 2017 4:30 1:25:00 SuperSport One
Sunday, 30 July, 2017 4:35 1:25:00 SuperSport CSN
Sunday, 30 July, 2017 6:35 1:25:00 SuperSport Ten
Monday, 31 July 2017 3:35 1:25:00 SuperSport Ten
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 7:00 1:30:00 SuperSport Ten
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One Africa
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 3:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One Africa
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 3:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 6:40 1:25:00 SuperSport One Africa
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 6:40 1:25:00 SuperSport One
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:05 1:25:00 SuperSport One Africa
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:05 1:25:00 SuperSport CSN
Saturday, 05 August, 2017 11:00 1:30:00 SuperSport Ten

 

You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 26 July at 19:45 on SuperSport 1  Africa featuring Dan Kriel.


Preview Magazine Show schedule

Schedule Date Schedule Time Duration Channel Name
Wednesday, 26 July , 2017 19:45 0:15:00 SuperSport One Africa
Wednesday, 26 July , 2017 19:45 0:15:00 SuperSport CSN
Wednesday, 26 July , 2017 19:45 0:15:00 SuperSport One
Thursday, 27 July, 2017 7:00 0:15:00 SuperSport One Africa
Thursday, 27 July, 2017 7:00 0:15:00 SuperSport One
Friday, 28 July, 2017 3:45 0:15:00 SuperSport One Africa
Friday, 28 July, 2017 3:45 0:15:00 SuperSport One
Friday, 28 July, 2017 9:00 0:15:00 SuperSport One
Friday, 28 July, 2017 9:00 0:15:00 SuperSport One Africa
Saturday, 29 July 2017 4:15 0:15:00 SuperSport One Africa
Saturday, 29 July 2017 4:15 0:15:00 SuperSport One

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