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Club Rugby, Super Rugby, WP Rugby and Womens Rugby all in one day

24/05/2019
We have a host of rugby activities on the cards for the weekend, in addition to plenty of club rugby. 
 
On Saturday our DHL WP Rugby Women's side take on the Boland Women's rugby side at City Park, the DHL Stormers are up against the Highlanders at Newlands and as curtain raiser the DHL WP Rugby side is up against the EP Elephants. 
 
The ladies will be preparing for the interprovincial tournament which will see the current squad trimmed from 45 players to 35. This follows the trials we held last month, which saw participation from all six of our women's club rugby teams. This weekend’s match can be considered a second set of trials. It’s been great seeing the ladies preparing at our HPC in Bellville, which included conditioning, fieldwork and other high-performance activities
 
After Saturdays match, the squad of 35 will go on to the third set of trials in Riversdale on 1 June against SWD, before the first league match against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria 22 June. This Saturday's match at City Park Kicks off at 11:30.
 
We would like to congratulate former DHL WP Rugby Women's rugby team manager Laurian Johannes on her appointment as the SA Rugby women u21 head coach. Laurian is a stalwart of WP Rugby, having played in excess of fifty matches in the blue and white hoops.
 
Saturdays Supersport Challenge match against the EP Elephants for the DHL WP Rugby side at Newlands will again see a host of selected club rugby players get an opportunity to don the WP Jersey. A win here will be the fifth successive win for Coach Jerome Paarwater, following his win over the Zimbabwe Academy side at DHL Newlands last Saturday. Kick-off 12:15
 
After seven matches, UCT are top of the log in Super League A, with UWC in second place with a game in hand. This comes after UCT beat Uni Mil 38-22 and UWC beat NTK 33-16. Both these university sides will know that the pack is chasing and have several games in hand.  
 
In the City League, we see Young Ideas up against Progress. This is the only fixture in the City League this weekend.
 
Retreat would have been hoping to get a five-pointer and go into fourth place on the Southern League log, but with Rocklands currently in fourth and facing bottom of the log, Silverleaf, this is unlikely. A full house win for Rocklands will see them move to second above Noordelikes. Noordelikes will be hoping this is not the case, as they are now positioned in second place after their impressive 34 – 27 win over the Varsity Shield Champions, CPUT.
 
After a week off in the Northern League, Eerste Rivier could take the top spot with a bonus point win over Delft, but this will depend on the results between Blakes and Albions, which could very well see Blakes move to number one on the log. The permutations seem endless here as a big win for Whistling wheels could move them into the second spot as they come up against the bottom of the log Imiqhayi.
 
Only Riverstones is on a bye in the Paarl Region this weekend and there is no doubt that the focus match there is the top of the table challenge between Paarl Rangers and Lower Paarl who sit one and two on the log respectively. Rangers will be full of confidence after their 55-13 win over Perel United and Lower Paarl is rested after last week’s bye. Add to that the fact that both teams are unbeaten, are scoring 43 points on average per match and equal on a six try average per match, this game is just too close to call.
 
In the Simonsberg Region, Lamotte are away against Faure and will be desperate to get their first win on the board.
 
This Saturday sees our DHL Stormers side up against the Highlanders at DHL Newlands and we‘d like to congratulate Pieter Steph du Toit on his fiftieth cap. The boys are flying high after last week’s spectacular performance against the Crusaders. Kick off 15:00

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