This FNB Classic Clash is the biggest schools match in Kimberley and one of the biggest in South Africa. Of course, it will be a great day in Kimberley.
Noord-Kaap have been having an excellent season and are ranked sixth on the FNB Top 20 and the improving Diamantveld are ranked 11th. Last week we had 16th beating third. Anything can happen when 11th play sixth.
Results against common opponents
Framesby: Diamantveld won 47-10, Noord-Kaap 28-16
Marlow: Diamantveld lost 28-25; Noord-Kaap won 14-6
Sentraal (Bloemfontein): Diamantveld won 26-20, Noord-Kaap 40-5
No Diamantveld achievement could equal Noord-Kaap's victory over Affies. Any team that can beat Affies can beat anybody.
The Kimberley schools play their rugby in Griqualand West. That is their province for Craven Week, the Academy Week, Grant Khomo Week and so on. Both Schools are amply represented.
Diamantveld: Boetie Maketlo, Jean McLean, Pieter Scholtz, LP Potgieter, Graham de Reuck, Elrico Fielies, Granville Adams, Adriaan Smit, Herman Scholtz, Curtley Kiewiet - 10 in all.
Noord-Kaap: Andrich Nortjé, Christiaan de Haast, Jaco Buys, Zane le Roux, Charlton Koopman, Len le Roux, Dawid Minnie, whose father coaches the Griquas senior team, Heinrich van der Walt, Humann Oerson, Kobus du Plessis, Vuyani Maqina - 11 in all.
(There was just one in the Griqua side not from these two schools - Emile Jansen of Homevale.)
Diamantveld: AJ Jaquire, André Roberts, Ronaldo Abrahams
Noord-Kaap: Gilbert Chalmers, Henco Olivier
In addition Noord-Kaap had Berné Bergh who was at the 2010 Craven Week and Gerhard Roux and, Waldo Botha who play for Griquas Under-19.
Pukke chose an Under-19 side from the teams at their week and they included Nico van der Westhuizen, Stephen de Pradines, Ruan Roets and Eddie Rall from Diamantveld.
That is a lot of representatives from two schools. It would suggest that this is a contest between two classy teams.
Diamantveld: 15 Granville Adams, 14 Ronaldo Abrahams, 13 Ernst Coetzee, 12 Ruan Roets, 11 Eddie Rall, 10 Elrico Fielies, 9 Curtley Kiewiet, 8 Herman Scholtz, 7 Andre Roberts (captain), 6 Graham de Reuck, 5 Adriaan Smit, 4 LP Potgieter, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Nico van der Westhuizen, 1 Boetie Maketlo
Replacements: 16 Jean McLean, 17 Stephan Malan, 18 Stephen de Pradines, 19 AJ Jaquire, 20 Jacques Nel, 21 Lucky Mpete, 22 Dries du Plooy
Coach: MJ Smith
Noord-Kaap: 15 Henco Olivier, 14 Heinrich van der Walt, 13 Dawid Minnie, 12 Len le Roux, 11 Charlton Koopman, 10 Kobus du Plessis, 9 Zane le Roux, 8 Jaco Buys, 7 Christiaan de Haast, 6 Hendrik du Plessis, 5 Pikkie Nortjé, 4 Gilbert Chalmers, 3 Berné Bergh, 2 Waldo Botha, 1 Gerhard Roux
Coaches: Henk Brand, Dirk Cloete
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2011
Venue: Hoërskool Noord-Kaap, Kimberley
Expected weather forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 18°C, dropping to 1°C.
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