Hoërskool Framesby of Port Elizabeth host Hoërskool Nico Malan of Humansdorp for their FNB Classic Clash involving two of the top schoolboy sides in South Africa.
Both are teams unafraid to play top opposition anywhere in South Africa.
Framesby have played 15 and won 10 of them. They have beaten Oakdale and Glenwood who feature on the FNB 20 Top but lost to Noord-Kaap, Outeniqua, Drostdy and Grey PE who are on the top 20. One of their defeats was in the wet against Selborne when they scored two tries to none and lost 12-10.
Nico Malan won 12 out of 16, drew with Langenhoven Gim, and lost to Grey PE and Michaelhouse. Their best win was that over the strong Kearsney side. Their opposition was not as strong as Framesby's. They played only three Top 20 sides - Kearsney, Michaelhouse and Grey PE.
Results against Common Opponents
Despatch: Nico Malan won 11-0, Framesby 33-15
Die Brandwag: Nico Malan won 32-29, Framesby 34-15
Grey: Nico Malan lost 60-31, Framesby 35-29
Otto du Plessis: Nico Malan won 44-15, Framesby 59-15
Selborne; Nico Malan lost 15-10 in East London; Framesby won 12-10 in PE
Framesby's look a bit better but that could all be irrelevant on Saturday.
Both schools fall under Eastern Province, the coastal strip between Uitenhage and Humansdorp.
Framesby: Bart le Roux, Erwin Slabbert, Theo Stapelberg, Roche van Hall,
Nico Malan: Selvyn Davids, Luan Nieuwoudt, Jonathan Louw
Framesby: Anrich Alberts
Nico Malan: Gerhard Engelbrecht
Neither school had a player at the Grant Khomo Week for Under-16 teams.
Framesby have back eight of the 2011 team - Divo Welgemoed, Jaco Bernardo, Lourens Kapp, Rochë van Hall, Erwin Slabbert and the whole front row - Bart le Roux, Anrich Alberts and Ruhann de Jager.
Nico Malan also have eight back - Tremayne de Jager, Selwyn Davids, Phillip Solomons, Petrus Meyer, Luan Nieuwenhoudt, Xanti Matangeni, Jonathan Louw, and Deon van der Westhuizen.
Prediction: The last three matches between the two schools have been desperately close. Framesby won 16-6 in 2009 and 22-18 in 2010 but Nico Malan won 20-17 last year. One can comfortably predict yet another close encounter this year.
Framesby: 15 Divo Welgemoed, 14 Lourens Kapp, 13 Jean Mouton, 12 Jaco Barnardo, 11 Dustin Gilbert, 10 JP van Deventer, 9 Anton Moore, 8 Jacques du Preez, 7 Ryan Bennin, 6 Elwin van Drey, 5 Roché van Hall, 4 Erwin Slabbert, 3 Bart le Roux, 2 Anrich Alberts (captain), 1 Ruhann de Jager.
Nico Malan: 15 Tremayne de Jager, 14 Phillip Solomons, 13 Petrus Meyer, 12 Juan Maritz, 11 Selvin Davids (captain), 10 Luan Nieuwoudt, 9 Xhanti Malangeni, 8 Jacques du Preez, 7 JJ Killian, 6 Stian Olivier, 5 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 4 Lean de Vos, 3 Rykie Rautenbach, 2 Jonathan Louw, 1 Deon van der Westhuizen.
Replacements: 16 Wayne du Plessis, 17 Dean Biggs, 18 Luhan Thiart, 19 Dean van der Westhuizen, 20 Ruben Botha, 21 Armandt de Lange, 22 Dehan Dumas
Coaches: Gerrit Pienaar, Hein Vermeulen
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2012
Venue: A Field, Hoërskool Framesby in Port Elizabeth
Expected weather conditions: Fair weather, light wind from the south, no rain, a high of 20°C, dropping to 10°C.
08.30: Under-14 A
09.30: Under-15 A
10.30: 4th XV
11.45: 3rd XV
13.00: 2nd XV
15.00: 1st XV
09.00: 6 XV vs St Dominic's
10.15: 5th XV
11.30: Under-15 B
10.15: Under-14 B