Grey College out to defend crown

South Africa's top-ranked school Grey College will kick off their 2015 season with a match against Hoërskool Menlopark in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Grey were held to a surprise 34-34 draw in their final warm-up match against Diamantveld last week. Coach Wessel du Plessis will be hoping for a better showing in their first official match of the season, in which all eyes will be on 16-year-old flyhalf Mario Vieira.

Menlopark were thrashed 65-15 by Grey last year, but responded with seven straight victories to finish 11th on the Top 20 rankings.

In other matches this weekend, Waterkloof, who are coming off a 48-5 win against Sentraal, will take on Pretoria Boys' High.

Defending Tuks Series champions EG Jansen will face a stern test from Monument in Group A, while there's an interesting Group B clash between Kempton Park and Garsfontein (the latter finished third on the Top 20 rankings last year). Affies take on Helpmekaar, who have won two of their three matches this year.

In the Cape, Paarl Gym take on Durbanville High at the Boland Landbou Rugby Day, while Paarl Boys' vs Framesby will be the highlight of the Porterville rugby weekend.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Glenwood will be up against Michaelhouse, with Hilton College, who lost to Westville last week, taking on Kearsney College.

In Kimberley, a strong Noord-Kaap team, who have scored 157 points in four matches, will welcome Jacobsdal.

Three of the best Eastern Cape schools – Queen's, Dale and Selborne – will feature in the Border Schools Day.

Weekend fixtures:

Affies vs Helpmekaar 

Die Anker vs Oosterlig
Florida vs Vereeniging
Fourways vs Heronbridge College
Kempton Park vs Garsfontein
Klerksdorp vs Eldoraigne
Lilyfontein vs Alphendale
Linden vs Standerton
Monument vs EG Jansen
Oos Moot vs Montana
Parktown vs St Davids
Pionier vs Pretoria-Noord
Pretoria Tuine vs Ellisras
St Albans vs Sutherland
St Johns vs KES
Transvalia vs Centurion
Waterkloof vs Pretoria Boys'
Cambridge vs Zweliyandila
Dale vs Port Rex
Daniel Pienaar vs Oakdale
Die Brandwag vs St Andrews
Maclear Academy vs Stirling
Marlow vs Nico Malan
Muir vs Kingswood
Queen's vs Grens
Selborne vs Hudson Park
Clifton vs Port Shepston
Glenwood vs Michaelhouse
Grantleigh College vs Treverton College
Hillcrest vs George Campbell
Kearsney vs Hilton
Maritzburg vs Durban High
Northwood vs Westville
AHS Kroonstad vs Louis Botha
Fichardtpark vs Voortrekker Bethelehem
Grey College vs Menlopark
Kroonstad vs Harrismith
Jim Fouche vs Witteberg
St Andrews School vs St Charles
Welkom Gym vs Sasolburg
Welkom THS vs Vryheid
Brackenfell vs Upington
Dirkie Uys vs Langenhoven
Hugenote Wellington vs Outshoorn
Labori vs Bredasdorp
Paarl Boys' vs Framesby
Porterville vs Union
Tygerberg vs Namakwaland
Merensky vs Ben Viljoen
Frikke Meyer vs Ben Vorster
Stoffberg vs Oosterland
Ermelo vs Marais Viljoen
Hans Strijdom vs General Hertzog
HTS Middelburg vs Rustenburg
Nelspruit vs Pietersburg
Diamantveld vs Duineveld
Noord-Kaap vs Jacobsdal

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