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WPRFU Federation of the year and Top Nine ready to go.

The Western Province Rugby Football Union once again walked away with the prize of the Federation of the Year at the annual Western Cape Sports Awards.
In addition DHL WP Rugby player Salmaan Moerat took the prize of Junior Sportsman of the Year and Amee Barrett-Theron the prize for Technical Excellence. As winner of these categories we now go onto the nominees list for the South African Sports Awards later in the year. Damian Willemse (Newcomer of the Year) and John Dobson (Coach of the Year) also received formal nominations for their sterling achievements over the last year.

We still have a few matches left in the divisional leagues, but in the City League Masiphumelele can’t be caught and have ended at the Top of the log. In the Northern League Blue Stars take the honours on points difference.

This weekend will determine who ends on top in the Southern League, as log leaders Morning Star face Retreat at home. Retreat will however need the full five points to take the honours. You can watch highlights of this game on Cape Rugby TV DStv Ch263 next week Wednesday at 9pm.

Now that we know who the top three are in each division, we go into the Top Nine promotion challenge. On Monday (03 September) we will see the teams gather at the Sport Science Institute to determine the home ground fixtures.

The competition for the top six in the Super Leagues remains close. Stellenbosch are firmly on top of the pile in Super League A  and are unlikely to be challenged having extended their lead further with a  72- 14 mid week win over St Georges. The race for the second place, and a guaranteed semi-final is on between False Bay and Durbell, after Hamiltons chances were slightly dented, having lost 35-24 to UWC. The students, who, at some stage in the season would have been concerned about the relegation, will be very happy with this result. Other mid week results include a 49 -37 win for Victorians over Villagers, and UCT beating Belhar 69-24.

Super League B remains one of the tightest leagues this season with only a ten point margin between positions one and seven, and with three weeks of play remaining there are still eleven teams in the running for the top six. Both Kuilsriver and Primrose will know they lost some vital points and the chance for the top two spots after their 26 all draw. Paarl remain at the top of the log but third place Franschhoek could challenge this spot this weekend when they face Pniel Villagers.

Super League C log leaders Macassar face fourth placed Kylemore this weekend and will be hard pushed to defend that position. Kylemore have a higher points per game average and higher total season points, but Macassar will know that Kylemore’s defence is weaker considering the higher points against factor for Kylemore.

Albions secured their position as the the Paarl League winners after beating Violets ( Paarl ) 24-17. Their closest rival Allandale lost by just one point 24-25 to Paarl Rangers.  This weekend sees the final round of matches and second place could still change as Lower Paarl challenge for this position against Young Standards. This match is tough to predict as both teams have a 75% win ratio, Standards has home ground advantage, Lower Paarl are scoring more points on average with 40 points per game vs Standards 19. 

The Paarl League will now play in a Top Six and Bottom Six Championship. The bottom six will be joined by the top two teams from the Simonsberg Region, being La Motte and Faure. The draw for home fixtures will take place along with the Top Nine next week.

On the DHL WP Rugby front a big congratulations to our Currie Cup side that got their Currie Cup campaign off to a good start with a 32-0 win over the Free State. This weekend the boys face the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. We welcome back Wilco Louw and Damian de Allende, who have been released from Springbok duty and wish the team the best of luck under the watchful eye of Captain Dillyn Leyds.

The DHL WP Women’s team will host the Toyota Free Sate Cheetahs at City Park tomorrow and will hope to bounce back from their unexpected loss to Border 2 weeks ago. Kick-off is at 14h00 and will be preceded by some girls under 19 fixtures.

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