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Super Leagues back, WP Womens Rugby team putting on final touches

There are just over eighty WP Club Rugby fixtures on the cards for the weekend with only the Paarl Region taking a break, and with more women's rugby action it’s going to be a busy weekend.
All our Super League sides were on a break last week and are raring to go with some big matches expected this weekend. Many of our coaches are starting to run the numbers to make sure they get into the top six. The top six must be the priority for the clubs as this ensures a chance at the league title in the playoffs.  
Durbell who have a number of games in hand are up against Uni-Mil who will be looking to close the gap on the top of the log. A big match is expected between Hamiltons and Tygerberg as Hammies will be looking to find some momentum. They are however up against a well-oiled Tygerberg who are now coached by the former Hamiltons mentor Anton Moolman. NTK who have yet to get a win on the board has a tough task ahead as they face the unbeaten False Bay. The Bay has been taking a full boat of points from each match and will be hungry for rugby after a few weeks off.
Super League B is also well rested and will again see some big matches. We would have to consider St Georges vs Macassar match, with a derby flavour as the pick here. Current log standings will mean very little to these two teams from the Helderberg region, as we know derbies can go any way. Even though five log positions are separating Helderberg and Belhar, there is only a two-point log difference. Bellville and Goodwood are equal on the log with Bellville only leading on points difference, but the points averages are pointing in favour of the unbeaten Bellville. Top of the log Franschhoek travels to Hamlets while runners up Kuilsrivier face the struggling Busy Bees. Considering these matches, it does look like the top of the log will remain mostly unchanged.
Hands and Hearts will lose their number one spot in Super League C if their rivals Scottsdene United beat Kylemore. Scottsdene is unbeaten and is scoring an average of forty-four points per game versus the twenty of Kylemore. The same can be said if we see a Strand victory over Blue Stars. This is, however, not a foregone conclusion as both teams are on a 75% win ratio and scoring an equal average of thirty points per game. The only statistic that shows that this match could go in Blue Stars favour is the points against, while an average five tries per match is in favour of Strand. 
We have two matches in the City League this weekend with Progress up against unbeaten log leaders Masiphumelele and Temperance City hosting Police. Progress will be disappointed with their 29-5 loss to Young Ideas last week and missing the opportunity to take second spot on the log, which would have made this weekends match a challenge between first and second spot.
The Southern League sees a one and three fixture between leaders Peninsula and Rocklands, Peninsula will have their work cut out for them knowing that Rocklands had a close 12-17 run against second-place CPUT. Similarly, fans can expect a big match when Noordelikes take on Lagunya. 
In the Northern league, we expect a big clash between Eersterivier and Van der Stel Evergreens. Eersterivier will be going into this match knowing that they go on a long break and return to three away matches in a row while VDS-E will be keen to bounce back after their derby loss to Blakes. Albions come off a 17-13 win over Blakes and now move on to face Khayelitsha. Albions had a good 2018 season, but we did suspect an upset on the cards here.
In the Simonsberg region, Phizantekraal is up against log leaders Gordon Leopards. Both teams come off a break, and Phizantekraal goes into this match with a game in hand. A win for them here will see the log top three very close after Faure beat Lamotte 56-12 to give them second place on the log.
Last weekend saw women's rugby in action at City Park where our women's rugby side played trials against Boland. Under the guidance of coach Labeeb Levy and Sammy Mahlatsi, our women's rugby is looking good. We have a number of young ladies coming through the ranks combined with some experienced players which include SA Sevens and fifteens players. 
The squad which has now been trimmed to thirty-five travel to Riversdal to face SWD this weekend. This is their last set of trials before they take on the Blue Bulls in their first interprovincial.   

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