Epic Interskole as Grey College Face Maritzburg College

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Thu, 14/08/2014 - 18:04

On Saturday 16 August a long and memorable rivalry will be continued when Maritzburg College from Pietermaritzburg once again step onto the hallowed turf of Grey College in Bloemfontein. These two schools share a rich history in rugby and played each other on regular basis until the Interschools was discontinued after 2008. Now, in 2014, they once again take up the battle and a great tradition will continue.

College had to wait 45 years to avenge that defeat and in 1985 they eventually got that chance.

These two great schools first met on the rugby field as far back as 1940 when Grey won that encounter 6-0. College had to wait 45 years to avenge that defeat and in 1985 they eventually got that chance. Grey traveled to Pietermaritzburg with 4 SA Schools players in Chet Maherry (Lock), Frans Cronje (Hooker), Buks Steenkamp (Centre) and Henk Prinsloo (Fullback).

The famous 1985 match was also a showdown between two of South Africa’s most talented fly halves

Prinsloo came with a big reputation and a big boot. Both of these were demonstrated to the College crowd on that day. Grey Old Boy Marius Massyn remembers: “Henk had a fantastic game on fullback. He scored our (Grey’s) first try to go 4-0 up. His name was on everyone’s lips and with his long line kicks he kept driving College back into their own half”. College had two SA Players of their own in Joel Stransky and Shaun Glover plus they had a young Jeremy Thompson who would later represent South Africa during the End of Year Tour in 1996.

The famous 1985 match was also a showdown between two of South Africa’s most talented fly halves that both represented South African Schools (Joel Stransky – ’84 SA Schools and Pieter de Haas – ’86 SA Schools Vice-Captain) while Pieter and Jeremy Thompson were matching up as centers a year later in Bloemfontein.

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Grey College photo via martincallum.blogspot.com
Maritzburg College photo via Jon L!oyd Imagery

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