Maritzburg College vs Glenwood High School
Premier Interschools proudly presents a 100-year-old rivalry when Maritzburg College hosts Glenwood High School at Goldstones on Saturday 11 September.
The first match between the two schools was played in 1921, at Glenwood, which the hosts won, 5-0. In the Maritzburg College Reunion encounter in June 2010 Maritzburg College beat Glenwood on Goldstones, the first time since 2006 that College managed to beat Glenwood here.
The biggest victory for 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. College had the best in the earlier years of this encounter and still have the most wins overall. Glenwood was on a 16-match unbeaten streak against College, but for the first time since their 35-16 win back in June 2010, College managed to outplay Glenwood 20-12. This period also included two back-to-back draws in 2012.
Matches Played: 173
College: Won 110
Glenwood: Won 46
Results since 2010:
Rugby at Maritzburg College
Maritzburg College is traditionally the dominant school rugby force in KwaZulu-Natal. The first recorded rugby match in this coastal province 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 teams 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 of America), 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 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 nearly five hundred youngsters the opportunity to experience one of the ultimate team sports.
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 honours 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. Their latest Springbok is scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse who was included in the squad for the 2021 Rugby Championship and scored a try on his debut against Argentina.
The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 11 September from 12:55 on SuperSport Rugby (211)
Media release issued by Terras Communications on behalf of Premier Interschools.
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About Premier Interschools
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 April 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”, Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its ninth year, is expected to grow even stronger.
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