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2019 League season gets going, CPUT into Varsity Shield Final

04/04/2019
It’s all systems go for the clubs of Western Province as we officially start the league competition this weekend. With eight leagues and just over one hundred clubs taking to the field this season, we are indeed set for yet another year jam packed with rugby action.
 
The Super Leagues (A, B, C) with fifteen clubs each, will each play a full round against each other club in a format that has all clubs aiming to end in the top six of the log. Once the top six are decided the knock out stages begin.  The winners and runners up from leagues B and C are guaranteed promotion, while the bottom two teams in each league will be relegated.
 
In the zonal divisions, we’ll see the top three from each league play off against each other in what is now known as the Top Nine competition. The top three here will be promoted to Super League C.
 
Paarl RFC will get their first taste of Super League A, as they face off against Brackenfell who ended eighth on the 2018 log. Although not new to Super League A, Primrose are back in the league and will be looking for a good start at home against UCT, after lifting themselves out of Super League B. 
 
With Super League B full of teams with experience from Super League A and the best from Super League C, many now refer to Super League B as the league of death.  
 
Macassar and Busy Bees have a soft introduction to Super League B as both teams came up from Super League C, while the other changes to the league are Belhar and St Georges following their 2018 relegation. 
 
Belhar will be looking to tap into their experience and home ground advantage as they face Hamlets. Although St Georges start their season with plenty of Super League A experience, they face neighbours All Saints, and as with all derbies, it's always risky to predict. Collegians travel to Vineyards in Paarl, and this match is also expected to draw a large number of rugby fans.
 
Super League C also sees a new look with six changes including promoted clubs Blue Stars, Morning Stars and Raithby Universals and relegated Hands and Hearts, Kraaifontein and Pniel Villagers.
 
Newly structured Gardens will have their work cut out for them as they face a well drilled Masiphumelele. Masi, who tend to have an excellent initial run of wins only to let it slip in the last few games will be keen to avoid the same fate this year.
 
Albions make their debut in the Northern League after an excellent season in the Paarl League. 
 
The Paarl league starts off with a bang between Riverstones and Lower Paarl as these teams ended one and two respectively in the 2018 Paarl Top six competition.
 
CPUT scored an impressive 40-8 win over WSU in the Varsity Shield on Thursday. They now face the Madibaz away in the final on 11 April. We congratulate them on their debut season performance and wish them the best of luck. 
 
Still unbeaten in the Varsity Cup Maties now face Shimlas in the semi-final at the Danie Craven Stadium this coming Monday. 
 
After their 36-24 win over College Rovers in Durban last week, Durbell now face off against Swallows in the semi-finals this Saturday. Kick off is at 4pm, Durbanville Rugby Club.  We look forward to a good turnout and wish our boys the best of luck.
 
Clubs are reminded to RSVP for the Media and Sponsorship workshop to be held on Monday 8 April. The workshop will look at various methods to seek sponsorship, best uses of social media and content creation. Please check with your club delegate to RSVP on your behalf.
 
This weekend we hold our level two coaching course.  There are still additional courses this year, and those that still need to do this course should apply ASAP. Click here for the coaches application
 
Coach Jerome Paarwater will hold a video analysis workshop at the HPC for the Super League A, B and C coaches on Wednesday 10 April. Any coach who has not applied yet can do so via their club as soon as possible.
 
We are appealing to those of you that would like to get involved in the game, and earn extra income, to attend the WP Rugby Referees course on 4 May. Click here to apply. 
 
If you have not yet joined The Faithful, then now is your chance to do so and receive a fantastic hamper on joining. The hamper has loads of official DHL WP Rugby clothing apparel including the DHL Stormers or DHL WP Rugby replica jersey and cap, a membership card, and bonus gifts and vouchers and more. As always remember to use the hashtag #westandtogther in your various social media posts. Click here to sign up now
 

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