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WPRFU News Update 18th July

The WP U18 Craven Week team has landed in Johannesburg ahead of their attempt to win this prestigious National tournament.
The Western Province team made a strong statement with a 36-10 victory against the Pumas in their opening game.

The Western Province U18 Academy Team, meanwhile, overcame a tough challenge from Boland in the Western Cape derby to register a narrow 38-31 victory late in the match.

Congratulations to the WP U16 Grant Khomo team who beat SWD 33 – 10 in the final last week. What an effort from the team!

The SA School Sports Championships 2017 Winter Games took place in Durban last week.

Joe Slovo High School from Khayalitsha represented WP Rugby at the tournament and came away with a third-placed finish. Well done girls, Head Coach Simnikiwe Ngunda, and the management!

A large training squad has been named by the WP 7’s coaches ahead of the 2017 Interprovincial 7’s competition. Trials will take place after the President’s Cup where after the final squad will be named.

In HUBS Development news, On Saturday the Athlone girl’s Regional team hosted Tygerberg R.F.C girls team at City Park. The day was really a match showing progression of how both teams’ hard work paid off.

This was just another example of how committed our regional teams are, thanks in part to the exposure and training afforded to them through the HUBS Program and its coaches.

DHL Western Province won all 11 of their SuperSport Rugby Challenge matches this season to claim the inaugural title.

Coach John Dobson’s unbeaten team lifted the trophy in front of a packed crowd at Florida Park in Ravensmead on Sunday, after beating the Tafel Lager Griquas 28-19 in a pulsating final.

The DHL Western Province coach said that the atmosphere at Florida Park was a massive factor in lifting his team’s performance in the final.

“We were privileged, Mdantsane was special, so was Oudtshoorn and the Green Point Track but this [Florida Park] was amazing. The size of the crowd, the energy and that wall of support with ‘WP jou lekker ding’ as we ran on the field, you could see the team lift and it contributed today, I think their support helped a lot,” Dobson added.

The feverish home crowd was treated to a double header as Tygerberg took on Belhar in the curtain raiser to the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Final. In the end it was a convincing 40  - 18 win for the hosts who move into the Top 4 and are right in the mix for a Gold Cup place.

Tickets are now available for the Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal between the DHL Stormers and the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

After winning Africa Conference One with 10 wins from their 15 games, the DHL Stormers secured third ranking heading into the play-offs which means they face the sixth-ranked Chiefs in a quarterfinal which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday.

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