It is all systems go for our WP Club Rugby teams as we see more than two hundred and sixty teams take to the field this weekend. Our WP Rugby u18 and u16 girls rugby sides traveled to Johannesburg, and our u21’s to Pretoria to face the Bulls in the Currie Cup competition.
Our juniors have been in action at the SA Schools week with some sterling performances. Our LSEN team went unbeaten with solid victories over EP, Griffons and SWD. We’re thrilled to say that twelve of our LSEN players have been accepted into the LSEN SA Fifteens team and five into the LSEN SA Sevens side.
Our u16’s DHL WP Rugby girls side went unbeaten against Border Country Districts, EP and Border and our u18’s were victorious against SWD, EP and the Blue Bulls. All this is again showing the success of our youth development programmes.
Closer to home we see Primrose back in action at home against Paarl in Super League A. Primrose will be looking for a good result here as their next four matches will be away from home against some well-oiled outfits. Brackenfell host Hamiltons in what seems to be a pretty even match but with both teams hovering at mid-table and the concern over a top-six position this could be an exciting match.
The annual match between SK Walmers and Uni-Mil has turned into somewhat of an occasion and this week sees SKW back after only three games to date. SKW travel to Milnerton. Our University sides are all on a break and return in four weeks.
Super League B is slowly developing a slight spread between the top and bottom teams but remains ever so close as only seven points separate the top six. With all the teams in the Super divisions off last week, the teams will be well rested and ready for action. With only one log point difference between Goodwood and Vineyards, and Vineyards getting back on the park for the first match since early May, this match promises to be spectacular..
A big talking pointy this week will no doubt be Collegians return to action and finally back on their home ground, as they face St Georges at Lentegeur. St Georges will still be smarting from their loss to Young Peoples and will know that playing at Lentegeur is always tough.
Franschhoek will be looking to take a clear lead at the top of the log over Kuilsrivier who is on bye this weekend. Franschhoek will need only one point from their match against a struggling Busy Bees to go to the top. Kuilsriver will never the less know that they still have a game in hand.
The ever-dangerous Hamlets travel to Helderberg this weekend and even though they scored a home win over leaders Franschoek their work will be cut out for them.
In Super League C log leaders Scottsdene United face Morning Star, but even with Scottsdene’s unbeaten record, travelling to Morning Star will keep them on their toes.
The match of the week in this league is no doubt Hands and Hearts up against Pniel Villagers as these teams sit in two and three respectively. It is worth noting, that should Pniel not succeed here, a win for either Strand over Young Wesleys, or Langa over Kylemore could see Strand or Langa jump into third on the log.
In the City League Hamediehs made a significant return with their win over Gardens thereby moving into second on the log and have now played an equal amount of matches as the unbeaten Masiphumele. Another team returning to action is the unbeaten Violets up against Police. A bonus point win for Violets could propel them to third considering the current third place Young Ideas is resting this weekend.
In the Southern League, it is virtually make or break for Retreat as they face Rocklands in what some would say is a derby match. For Retreat as is the case with CPUT, the ever coveted third place is up for grabs as Noordelikes are on a bye this weekend. The current Varsity Shield Champions are likely to be just a bit too strong for Stars as having amassed more than double their rivals season points, double the average tries and more than double the average points per game with thirty eight vs eighteen.
Albions will be looking to go top of the log and take advantage of the Eersterivier bye as they face Windmeul United in the Northern League. Blakes meet Whistling Wheels who are one point behind and fourth on the log.
Lower Paarl and Paarl Rangers still share the log lead in the Paarl Region, but this weekend will see some big challenges. Games in hand are not a major factor for most of the Paarl teams as, unlike the other leagues Paarl play two rounds with all teams playing home and away.
Phizantekraal and Faure have games in hand, and with Phizantekraal’s win over Excelsior, they continue to share second place with Faure behind Gordon Leopards. This weekend sees all six teams in the Simonsberg Region in action.