Mutual & Federal Premier Interschool Afrikaans Höer Seunskool (Affies) vs Maritzburg College

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Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries from South Africa’s top rugby schools, which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

 

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

 

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

 

Maritzburg College takes on Affies on their home turf on Saturday, 25 July with kick off at 13.55pm. The match will be televised live on Supersport Select (channel 210)

 

The Preview Show featuring Heino Kuhn, Adrian Penzhorn and David Miller will start airing Wednesday evening, 22 July 2015 at 17.45 on SuperSport One

 

 

Schedule Date Series Episode Start Time Channel
22-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 17:45 SuperSport One
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 00:15 SuperSport Select SA
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 05:45 SuperSport Select SA
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 06:15 SuperSport One
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 13:45 SuperSport Five
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 13:45 SuperSport Five Nigeria
23-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 17:30 SuperSport Select SA
24-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7 – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 16:00 SuperSport Select SA
25-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7A – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 13:50 SuperSport Select SA
25-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7A – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 23:45 SuperSport Select SA
27-JUL-2015 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Eps. 7A – Afrikaans Hoer Skool vs Maritzburg College 15:05 SuperSport One

For all results, fixtures, videos, photos and information visit the new Premier Interschools website at http://www.premierinterschools.co.za/

 

All stats provided by Nelio De Sa from www.RUGBY15.co.za

 

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Historic overview

Afrikaans Höer Seunskool (Affies) vs Maritzburg College

On Saturday, 25 July Maritzburg College will meet Affies for the 21st time in an Interschools rivalry spanning over 20 years. Affies have by far the better record since 1996 and have won 17 games to Maritzburg’s three.

The average score of 27-14 in favour of Affies is a sign of just how much they have dominated their opponents from the coast.

With 10 Craven Week players and a further two Academy Week stars against Maritzburg College’s two Craven Week and one Academy player, Affies have the personnel in 2015 to make life difficult again for the KZN boytjies in Pretoria.

Seven of the Affies pack are in the Blue Bulls Craven Week team and you can bet it will be up front that they will seek to dominate. College will likely have to use all of their never-say-die spirit to come away with a positive result.

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

 

Rugby at Affies

Affies is famed as one of the best rugby schools in South Africa. It has delivered many Springbok players and continues to supply talent to the SA Schools and SA Academy sides. Affies also produced a number of current stars at all provincial levels of rugby.

Affies has a huge talent pool and one that is rich in depth. There are more than 10 under-19 teams each year and as many as eight teams per grade 8 to 10.

Each year Affies challenge the country’s leading rugby schools such as Grey College (Bloem), Maritzburg College, Glenwood High School and KES. At these derby matches, 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 including Louis Schmidt, Wynand Olivier, Fourie du Preez and current Blue Bulls captain, Pierre Spies (also an Affies choir boy).

Perhaps Affies’ least known star was Francois Swart, who played fly-half for Die Witbulle alongside scrum-half Fourie du Preez. The formidable duo played for the Blue Bulls and were fast becoming the next Springbok scrum and fly-half pair.

Tragically Swart died in 2004 at the age of 21 and since then Affies has hosted an under-15 rugby tournament in the Easter Holidays bearing his name.

Rugby Alumni of Affies

South Africa Schools

1991

Bennie Botes

1995

Riaan Olckers

1996

Nicolaas Alberts

1997

Eduard Coetzee

1997

Tiaan Snyman

1998

Tiaan Snyman

1998

Robbie Janse van Rensburg

1999

Kobus van der Walt

2000

Rudolf v/d Westhuizen

2001

Deon Venter

2001

Cliff Milton

2002

Cliff Milton

2002

Derick Kuün

2006

Frik Kirsten

2006

Cornell Hess

2007

Cornell Hess

2008

Andries Ferreira

2010

Schalk van Heerden

2010

Nardus van der Walt

2010

Rudi van Rooyen

2011

Pierre Schoeman

2012

Pierre Schoeman (c)

2012

Ryno Eksteen

2012

Nicolaas Janse v Rensburg

2012

Jurie Linde

2013

Jurie Linde

2013

Francois Steyn

2013

RG Snyman

2014

Eduan Keyter

South Africa Academy

1990

Christo Potgieter

1991

Schalk de Lange

1992

Trevor Jobe

1997

Theo Erasmus

1998

Nicol Knoetze

1999

Hugo Mulder

1999

Jacques De La Porte

1999

Werner Pieterse

2000

Francois Swart

2001

Carel Hoffman (C)

2003

Henjo van Niekerk

2004

Nico du Plessis

2005

Frik Kirsten

2005

Okkie Kruger

2005

Henri van Eetveldt

2006

Gerrit-Jan v Velze (C)

2007

Simphiwe Ntimkulu

2011

Luan de Bruin

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Internationals from Affies

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

Wynand Olivier, Fourie Du Preez and Pierre Spies. Three old Affies played together for the Boks against Australia on 15 July 2006.

The 2015 Squad

1

Jano Espag

2

Schalk Erasmus

3

Niell Bezuidenhout

4

Ruben van Heerden

5

Henk Pretorius

6

Regardt du Plessis

7

Phillip Krause

8

Eduan Lubbe

9

Divan Henning

10

Eddie Fouché

11

Christian Strydom

12

Louritz van der Schyff

13

Henco Jordaan

14

Carel Koch

15

Pieter Coetzer

16

Viaan Mong

17

Cabous Eloff

18

Dylan du Preez

19

Lombard Grobler

20

Jack Hart

21

Ruan de Swardt

22

Jacobus van Staden

23

Arno van Wyk

 

Rugby at Maritzburg College

Maritzburg College is traditionally the dominant school rugby force in KwaZulu-Natal. The first recorded rugby match in the province took place in the Market Square of Pietermaritzburg in October 1870 as Maritzburg College (then known as Pietermaritzburg High School) took on Hermansburg School. Played on a sun-baked, wheel-rutted, gravel surface; the contest lasted for more than three hours and ended in a 2-0 victory for the High School.

 

The 1897 1st XV

 

The arrival of James Mervyn (Skonk) Nicholson as a master signalled a revival in the school’s rugby fortunes. From 1948 he coached the First XV for 35 seasons until 1982. In 1949 the First XV was unbeaten, as were ten other teams of his, while a further 13 First XVs during that period lost only one match each.

His overall record was:

Played 

Won  

Drew  

Lost     

504

403

49

52

The legendary JM (Skonk) Nicholson 

His teams in the 1950s and early 60s were particularly successful, at one stage losing only five matches in 11 years.

Skonk’s successors were scarcely less outstanding. The 1985, 1988 and 1995 sides went unbeaten and four other First XVs lost just one match apiece. Since the turn of the century, College has unsurprisingly found it difficult to match those heady statistics.

Other schools’ increasing desire for sporting success, a greater spread of talent, the erosion of the rural core of College boarders and a greatly strengthened fixture list have all pegged Maritzburg back in the modern era.

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 built on a firm and broad foundation.

For many years, Maritzburg College’s rugby has been characterised by the rugged qualities and outstanding supporting work of its forwards. Hard running and punishing tackling of its backs, as well as an eagerness to move the ball at every opportunity has also played a part.

Maritzburg College’s consistent record, depth of talent and enviable reputation for a hard but sporting approach to the game has made it, historically, the premier rugby school in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Skonk Nicholson Dream Team (1948-1982)

Back: PJ Lindsay (1977), LM Sharp (1972), K Oxlee (1952).

Centre: JF Eliot (1955), JGM Anderson (1971), OB Taylor (1954), GD Adam (1972), JD McIntosh (1963), IL Smith (1948).

Front: BL Dennison (1973), A van der Watt (1965), DM Anderson (c) (1963), Mr JM Nicholson, CM Jamieson (vc) (1979), BA Sharp (1964), GC de Graaf (1978).

 

Springbok internationals from College (Test Caps Only)

Debut

Player

1913

Eddie Shum

1921

Wally Clarkson

1924

Bill Payn

1924

Bertram van der Plank

1928

Phil Nel

1937

George Van Reenen

1960

Keith Oxlee

1962

Ormy Taylor

1969

Andy van der Watt

1993

Joel Stransky

2001

Butch James

2007

Peter Grant

2015                Jesse Kriel

 

Famous Maritzburg College Springbok Flyhalves

       

        Keith Oxlee                Joel Stransky              Butch James                           Peter Grant

A further two players received Springbok colours for going on tour, but never played in a test match: Jeremy Thomson (1996) and Pieter Dixon (2000).

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Crop

The 2015 vintage for College boasts a number of KZN provincial representatives at either Craven Week, Academy Week or Under-16 Grant Khomo in their squad.

Wingers Xolisa Guma and Kudzaishe Munangi played Craven Week and Academy Week respectively in 2014. Hooker Samuel Swanepoel, prop Andrew Reintges, flyhalf Corey Rattray, loosie Matthew King and winger Hloni Thamahane have all represented KZN at the Grant Khomo Week.

8th man Craig Glover is the son of former Natal player and College old boy Shaun Glover. Together with Joel Stransky, they formed a formidable halfback pairing for College in the 80s.

 

 

The 2015 Squad

1

Matthew Smith

Prop

2

Samuel Swanepoel

Hooker

3

Andrew Reintges

Prop

4

D’Niel Immelman

Lock

5

Bjorn Olivier

Lock

6

Kelton Thunder

Flank

7

Durang Atembe

Flank

8

Craig Glover

No.8

9

Kyle Bowman

Scrumhalf

10

Corey Rattray

Flyhalf

11

Xolisa Guma

Wing

12

Charl Frackers

Centre

13

Matthew Kriel

Utility

14

Kudzaishe Munangi

Centre/Wing

15

Ruben Van Blerk

Flyhalf/Fullback

16

Matthew King

L/Forward

17

Tanaka Chikwezvero

Prop

18

Nic Odendaal

Lock

19

Jonathon Colenbrander

Lock

20

Austin Landman

L/Forward

21

Jean De Wet

Flyhalf

22

DN Griffiths

Utility

23

Hloni Thamahane

Wing

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