Oudtshoorn High School will tumble over the Outeniqua Pass to play their FNB Classic Clash against Hoërskool Outeniqua of George. They must feel anxious as they do so.
This will be the 48th Interschools between the Kwaggas of George and the Struisies of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich (volstruis) capital of the world. When it's played in George it's called Kwaggadag. In Oudtshoorn it's Striusiesdag. Wherever it's played itis a match that Kwaggas usually win. When the Struisies won 22-20 in 2010 it was their first win in 17 years. Last year Outeniqua won 68-14 and they have several of that team back.
Back for Outeniqua are Douw Schoeman, Warrick Gelant, Duhan van der Merwe, Dewald Human and Leighton Eksteen, who were in the starting team and Marné Botha, Stefaan Grundlingh, Hendri Storm, Geor Malan, Remu Malan and Hennie Barnard, who were on the bench.
Oudtshoorn have three back from last year's match - Jayden Onkers, Wynand Kuhn and Chris du Toit.
Last year Oudtshoorn played at home; this year they are away.
Season So Far
The seasons are very, very different. Outeniqua are fourth on the FNB Top 20; Oudtshoorn are nowhere like that.
Outeniqua have played 13 matches, won 12 and lost just to Paarl Gim. Eight of their matches have been against Top 20 teams and they won seven of them.
Oudtshoorn have won four of their 12 matches. Three of those matches are against Top 20 Teams - Die Brandwag, who beat them 51-3, Oakdale and Marlow who beat them 22-8.
The only opponent they have in common is Oakdale, Outeniqua beat them 13-7; Oudtshoorn lost to them 57-3
Outeniqua: Dewald Human, Duhan van der Merwe, Warrick Gelant who played in 2012 as well, Remu Malan
Outeniqua: Dewald Human, Duhan van der Merwe, Warrick Gelant who played in 2012 but was injured in 2013, Remu Malan, Marné Botha, Stefaan Grundlingh, Eduard Zandberg, Geor Malan (captain), Dian Koen, Douw Schoeman, Leighton Eksteen, Hennie Barnard and Anton Smit who will be on the bench this Saturday.
Outeniqua: Gregory Nel, Hendri Storm, Christopher Roelofse, Le Roux Baard, Wynand du Preez
Oudtshoorn: Jayden Onkers, Dale Links
Results and representative players suggest that Outeniqua could have a huge win.
Outeniqua: 15 Hennie Barnard, 14 Leighton Eksteen, 13 Douw Schoeman, 12 Warrick Gelant, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dewald Human, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Dian Koen, 7 Christopher Roelofse, 6 Geor Malan (captain), 5 Eduard Zandberg, 4 Hendri Storm, 3 Stefaan Grundlingh, 2 Marné Botha, 1 Gregory Nel
Replacements: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Wynand du Preez, 18 Dirk Oosthuizen, 19 Anton Smit, 20 Wynand du Preez, 21 Corné de Klerk, 22 Stephen Terblanche
Coach: Piet Cloete
Oudtshoorn: 15 Francois McKnight, 14 Jacques van Zyl, 13 Jayden Onkers, 12 Luther du Toit, 11 Wynand Kuhn, 10 Chris du Toit, 9 Corné Marais, 8 Jaun Swanepoel, 7 JP du Plessis, 6 Anver Goliath, 5 Juan Calitz, 4 Willie Lategan, 3 Dale Links, 2 Mihan Fourie (captain), 1 SJ Swart
Replacements: 16 Marvin Hartman, 17 Skye Josephs, 18 Mark West, 19 Adriaan Coetzee, 20 JN De Wet, 21 Clayten Isaacs, 22 Calib January
Coaches: Gerrit Rudolph, EP. Olivier, Janus Engelbrecht
Date: 3 August 2013
1st XV kick-off: 15.00
Venue: Hoërskool Outeniqua
Expected weather conditions: Partly cloudy with a high of 21°C, dropping to 11°C
08.30: Under-14 A
09.30: Under-15 A
10.30: Under-16 A
11.40: Old Boys
12.40: Under-19 B
15.00: Under-19 A
08.30: Under-16 B
09.30: Under-19 C
10.30: Under-14 B
11.40: Under-15 B
12.40: Uniondale vs Oudtshoorn Under-19D
10.30: Oudtshoorn Under-15C vs Glenwood House Under-15A