Outeniqua will head into the big clash with HTS Drostdy with confidence after narrowly claiming a 19-15 win in 2017.
The Worcester side will be hosting this classic clash this year and will be looking to make up for last year’s slip-up. Coming off two losses during the Noord-Suid festival, Outeniqua will be wanting to regain the form they enjoyed during the Oakland World Schools Festival when they recorded massive victories over their international counterparts.
Drostdy, however, will head into this clash with much confidence after being on the right side of the scoreboard in their last two fixtures against Bellville High (40-19) and Stellenberg (36-19).
The home side will be relying on the educated boot of Shaun Baxter who has missed only two conversion attempts in the last four games. Baxter has slotted 14 of his 16 conversion attempts which means he has a strike rate of 88 percent.
The victory over EG Jansen at the Wildeklawer tournament, earlier in the year, is one that will buoy the spirits of Outeniqua, heading into their match against Drostdy.
This match, for Outeniqua against Drostdy, is held in high esteem by all involved at Outeniqua. The George side believes Drostdy are a very good side and will be tough to beat on home soil.
Barring a few niggles and light injuries, the overall mood in the Outeniqua camp is very positive and will do them good as they make the big trek down to the Boland.
Captain Aylan Schabort, who was part of the SWD Academy side, will have his work cut out for him as he hopes to lead his men into a memorable win away from home, against the old foe. The skipper will be well supported by his vice-captain and SWD Craven Week player, Braam van Huysteen while a handful of other Craven Week players including Darren Fortuin, Dillan Pieterse, and Elton Lotz will be sure to test the Drostdy defenders come match day.
The visitors will be hoping that these players and those in other key positions will make a big enough impact to repeat the 2017 result and record a remarkable win on away soil.