Maritzburg College vs Glenwood High School

The Supa Quick Premier Interschools 10th match for the season moves to the last outpost for a very traditional derby between Glenwood and Maritzburg College at Colleges’ famous Goldstones field in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday the 13th of August.

The first match between the two schools was played in 1921 at Glenwood, which was won 5-0 by Glenwood. College dominated the earlier exchanges from then and has their current winning margin thanks to great teams during the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s.

Since the late 90’s Glenwood has developed into a real rugby powerhouse and have been so dominant the last 10 years that College could only manage one win and 2 draws in the 16 matches played. They did not get to play in 2020 due to the pandemic, but did manage to play two matches in 2021, which resulted in in a win for each team away from home.

The biggest victory recorded for College over Glenwood was 61-13 at College in 1995. While the biggest victory recorded for Glenwood over College was 57-12 at Kings Park in 2015.

Matches Played: 174

College: Won 110

Drawn: 17

Glenwood: Won 47

Last 10 Years Results:

Date GW MC
2012/06/09 16 16
2012/08/04 27 27
2013/05/25 44 40
2013/08/03 33 15
2014/05/24 27 14
2014/08/09 21 20
2015/04/18 57 12
2016/08/06 33 26
2017/06/24 34 17
2018/03/10 7 0
2018/03/24 37 12
2018/06/16 41 0
2019/04/06 15 7
2019/08/03 36 25
2021/09/04 12 20
2022/05/14 23 22

Early season form looks to favor Glenwood once again, but form alone is not always the key to winning such fierce derbies. Passion and willpower sometimes get surprising results. College showed against Affies they have plenty of both and could upset the favourites Glenwood on the day.

Rugby at Maritzburg College

Results for 2022

Date Opp For Against
2022/03/19 St Charles 45 7
2022/03/26 Fichardpark 63 7
2022/03/28 Ligbron 47 13
2022/04/09 Pretoria Boys High 28 5
2022/04/14 Michaelhouse 32 33
2022/04/16 Bishops 10 31
2022/04/18 Grey PE 36 27
2022/04/23 DHS 14 38
2022/04/30 HJS Paarl 3 38
2022/05/02 Helpmekaar 16 25
2022/05/07 Northwood 29 21
2022/05/14 Glenwood 22 23
2022/05/28 Hilton 11 30
2022/06/04 Kearsney 31 20
2022/06/11 Westville BHS 42 26
2022/07/23 Affies 12 29
2022/07/30 Pretoria Boys High 50 26
2022/08/06 KES 34 30

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.

List of 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
926 Ntuthukho Mchunu

Their latest contribution to the Springbok legacy is prop Ntuthukho Mchunu. Who debuted for the Boks against Wales on 9th July 2022 at the Free State Stadium.

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

Results for 2022

Date Opp For Against
2022/03/12 Northwood 42 19
2022/03/19 Michaelhouse 17 10
2022/03/26 Noordheuwel 47 33
2022/03/29 Paarl Gim 17 64
2022/04/14 Pretoria Boys High 27 12
2022/04/16 Selborne 15 14
2022/04/18 EG Jansen 10 17
2022/04/23 Kearsney 31 10
2022/04/29 Paul Roos 20 43
2022/05/02 Affies 14 49
2022/05/07 Westville BHS 7 22
2022/05/14 Maritzburg College 23 22
2022/05/21 Clifton College 26 10
2022/06/04 Hilton 28 29
2022/07/23 Northwood 54 13
2022/07/30 Welkom Gim 41 31

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 2016 and won top honours over both years by winning the finals.

List of Glenwood Springboks (Test Caps Only)

Debut Year Player
1921 Wally Clarkson
1937 Mauritz van den Berg
1938 Roger Sherriff
1964 Don Walton
1968 Rodney Gould
1993 John Allan
2014 Warren Whiteley
2021 Jaden Hendrikse

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 him. Their latest contribution is scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse who made his debut for South Africa off the bench against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on 14 August 2021.

The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 13 August from 13h55 on SuperSport Variety 3


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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.

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