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Universities in good form, scramble for top six in all leagues

16/08/2019
This weekend sees an extraordinary amount of WP Club Rugby action roll out with just over one hundred and forty club matches on the cards.
 
The universities are showing good form this year which is illustrated by Stellenbosch rapid rise to second on the log after seven matches in four weeks, with their most recent result being the mid-week match away to UWC where they scored a 35-13 win in Super League A. UCT remains in first place with two matches to go while UWC is in fifth and still to have to face False Bay and SK Walmers.
 
This weekend Tygerberg host Brackenfell and for both these teams, it’s a must-win if either is to have any chance of making the top six, much of which will be dependent on Uni-Mil and UWC over the next two weeks. Brackenfell is one lower on the log and is scoring an average twenty-nine points away versus Tygerberg home average of twenty-five once again shows just how competitive the top of Super League A can be.
 
Both Paarl and NTK will know that one of them is heading for an end of season playoff, depending on their results over the next two weeks. This weekend NTK is away to Hamiltons while Paarl host Stellenbosch. Regardless of the weekend's results for Paarl and NTK, they will face each other next week to most likely determine who goes to the playoff as there is only a five-point difference between the two going into the weekend.
 
St Georges travel to Hamlets, Belhar face Collegians and Helderberg face neighbours All Saints in Super League B this weekend. These matches are critical in the race for the top six and. St Georges has the odd against them facing Hamlets who are now second on the log, but after their draw to log leaders Franschhoek and their 39-21 win over Belhar a fortnight ago they will feel that their chances of an upset are good.
 
The top of the log clash in Super League C this weekend is no doubt between Hands and Hearts and Strand who are two and three on the log respectively. A win for Hands will see them back into first place on the log over Scottsdene who are off this weekend. Strand, however, come off five straight wins and will go into this match full of confidence even though all the stats are against them. In the mid-table, we see Pniel Villagers up against Morning Star and Strand United against Raithby Universals. A positive result for Morning Star and Strand United could see a mid-table change and keep Strand United in the hunt for sixth place.
 
The Promotion League now rolls into the third week and already we are seeing some movement towards the top of the table. After two matches and their 45-7 win over Violets CPUT head the log followed by Albions and Eerste Rivier. This weekend CPUT faces Noordelikes who managed the upper hand the last time they met in the Southern League and Coach Ricky Peterson will be reminding his players of the South League standard.
 
We again see teams playing across the leagues as Violets who hail from the City league are up against Northern League hotshots Blakes, while similarly, Masiphumelele faces Albions.
 

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