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Festival of rugby at Tygerberg RFC and lots of WP Club Rugby

07/06/2019
As always we are loaded with WP Club Rugby fixtures, the WP Rugby SuperSport Challenge match and the DHL Stormers in action this weekend. 
 
Coach Jerome Paarwater and his WP Rugby side remain unbeaten after their 37-33 win over the Free State XV. This now means Western Province is the only team that is guaranteed a semi-final in Nelspruit next week. This Sunday sees us taking WP Rugby to the clubs when we play against the Boland Kavaliers at Florida Park in Ravensmead. Kick-off at 14:30. Fans can also watch the Sharks take on the SWD Eagles at 12:30 as part of this festival of rugby. 
 
Tygerberg is taking full advantage of the WP Rugby fixture and has moved their league match against Durbell to Sunday morning at 10:30. After last week’s narrow 13-15 away loss to Hamiltons, Tygerberg will be looking to get ahead of Durbell on the log. Both these teams are equal on log points, but Durbell does have a game in hand. Also in Super League A, it will be a tough weekend for Villagers as they face False Bay in what they refer to as a regional derby. Villagers have only two wins from five matches and will know that time is running out for them if they want any chance of reaching the top six before the round stages end. 
 
Further north newcomers to Super League A, Paarl will be looking for their first season win when they face Hamiltons. Hamiltons have not had an easy run so far this season, but after last week’s win over Tygerberg, they would have drawn confidence and will be no pushover. Both teams are scoring an average of 23 points per game and have equally scored exactly 115 points this season. Interestingly Paarl is scoring more tries per game than Hamiltons but is still not on the scoreboard. 
 
NTK will be licking their wounds after their loss to False Bay, and also with no wins on the board they know that getting points soon is critical to avoid the relegation zone as they host a strong Uni Mil outfit. 
 
Kuilsrivier bounced back to the top of Super League B after their win over Busy Bees while Franschhoek was unable to hang onto the top spot having lost 15-19 to Hamlets. These log positions are very close at the moment as it is only the point’s difference separating the teams and only seven log points difference between Kuilsrivier in first and Goodwood in ninth. 
 
It will be interesting to see how Hamlets do away from home this weekend against Busy Bees. Still, with no wins on the board, Busy Bees will be desperate to get the win as they are certainly also thinking about avoiding the relegation zone. In other top and bottom clashes, Young Peoples face a spirited St Georges and Kuilsrivier travel to Macassar. 
 
The match of the week in this league is no doubt Bellville up against Franschhoek, Bellville is unbeaten and after beating Franschhoek by just one point in the pre-season friendly Franschhoek will be out to settle the score. 
 
The number one spot in Super League C has now changed hands with Scottsdene on top after their 27-17 win over Kylemore. This week’s top three could change again as second place Hands and Hearts return after their bye to face a struggling Blue Jets while third place Pniel Villagers host Blue Stars. One down on the log Strand faces Raithby Universals who along with Morning Star who face Kylemore will want to show that they deserve the place in this league after last year’s promotion. 
 
After letting promotion slip through their fingers last year, Masiphumelele seems to again be on track for a top of the table finish and remain unbeaten in top spot on the log in the City League after their 50-0 win over Progress. This week they face Western Zebras who upset their run last year and will know that both challengers Violets and Hamediehs return next week. Police who come off a 63-0 win over Temperance and City will be looking for the second spot, but to do this, they need five points against Young Ideas. These two teams have a rather average win ratio at the moment, but Police certainly have the points scoring record in their favour as they have already amassed 263 points this year versus the 120 of Young Ideas. 
 
Noordelikes have their tails up in the Southern League after their 21-14 win over Lagunya and are threatening top spot. This is however not a foregone conclusion as log leaders Peninsula face Young Brothers who have only one win on the board this year and they face Rocklands who themselves are showing some good form. 
 
Lagunya has a slightly better win rate than Atlantis, but Atlantis is still higher on the log. Only two points are separating these two on the log and this weekend’s match between these two will no doubt go down to the wire. A bonus point win for either of these teams won’t affect the top five log spots this week, but this league will now have reached the halfway mark and both teams will know that every point counts if either of them are going to stand any chance of making the top three by the end of the first round.
 
The top three log positions are shared equally in the Northern League with Blakes, Sir Lowrians and Eerste Rivier all on 25 log points and Whistling Wheels and Albions close behind on 24 and 22 respectively. The closest log challenge here will be Sir Lowrians up against Van der Stel-Evergreens who sit on 2 and 6 respectively. Log leaders Blakes take on a struggling Khayelitsha while Eersterivier is on a bye this week. There is an outside chance that Whistling goes to the top of the log this week, but to do so, they would have to get a bonus point win against Windmeul United and hope that those above them do not get too lucky.
 
All the Paarl region teams will be well rested this weekend after last week’s break. This weekend could see the split between top and bottom in this league as most of the matches featured here are high versus low. Only Young Standards versus Simondium sees a somewhat equal match fixture with both teams on 14 log points and six and five on the log. 
 
In the Simonsberg Region Gordon Leopards stay at the top of the log even though they went down to 28-17 to Phizantekraal this past weekend. 
 
Our DHL Stormers team face the Sunwolves at Newlands in their final home game before the knock out stages. Even though we have a number of injuries our boys are still up to the challenge, we wish them the best of luck. Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 17h15 are available from all Computicket outlets and online at wprugby.computicket.com.
 

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