With the current school holidays, there certainly is a lot of attention on junior rugby. At the continuation of the Craven week, we see our u18 sides still performing well.
Our u18’s will be playing in the final against the Blue Bulls on Saturday at 2 pm, this match will be televised on SuperSport. The curtain raiser to this game will be the top-performing DHL WP Craven week XV u18. Additionally, the DHL WP Academy week side will be playing in the final against Free State.
On the club rugby side, False Bay jumped to the top of the Super League A log this week after their narrow 31-29 win over Durbell. The Bay leads here on points difference over UCT. UCT will be watching in anticipation as they only return to action in a fortnight.
Brackenfell who still have a game in hand and are only seven points off the pace seem well positioned after their 35-10 win over NTK. They will rest this weekend but then go on to face four teams which are position at the top of the log. Even though Villagers are floating around the bottom of the log this past weekend 33-27 win over Hamiltons, their oldest rival will go a long way towards boosting their confidence. With this match being one of the oldest derbies, Villagers will be proud of the bragging rights for another year.
SK Walmers showed their win over Uni-Mil was no flook as they delivered another great performance over Paarl. Similarly, Tygerberg continued their winning ways, beating Primrose 46-6. This weekend Tygerberg host Uni-Mil in what some would say is the featured match of the week. Even though Tygerberg has a higher win rate and significantly fewer points scored against they are still lower on the log, but on the other hand, they still have three games in hand and remain a big threat.
Franschoek remains in the top spot in Super League B while Kuilsriver and Bellville still have two games in hand and Vineyards and Hamlets with three games in hand. This keeps this league super exciting as there are still a number of contenders for the top three spots.
The match between Bellville and Belhar turned out to be a fantastic event for fans, and some coaches even going so far as to say that this was the best club rugby match they have seen this season. It was eventually Bellville taking the win 31-27.
Collegians showed they are back in action proper and can win away from home also as they travelled to Somerset West to take on All Saints and score a 25-12 win. This week The Coll host Kuilsriver, and even with the home ground advantage will have their work cut out for them against the former Super League A outfit.
Hamlets return to the Helderberg basin, where they have had some recent success as they face Macassar at home. Helderberg travels to Paarl to face Vineyards.
Langa is making a late challenge in Super League C as they come off a 52-24 win over Kraaifontein and still have two games in hand and only three points behind log leaders Hand and Hearts. Hands scored a 24-15 win over Blue Stars and remain unbeaten.
Second, on the log Scottsdene host Strand United this weekend. United have won their last five matches in a row and will be no pushover. A win for Scottsdene will take them to the top of the log as contenders Hands and Hearts, Strand and Langa are resting this weekend.
We see a top of the table clash between Hamediehs and Masiphumelele in the City League this week. Masi is unbeaten in the top spot and Hamediehs only stumbled against Young Ideas this weekend.
Depending on the former result Violets are in with a chance to take the second spot as they face Western Zebras while Young Ideas is off this weekend.
Noordlelikkes are in with a good chance to take the number one position on the log in the Southern League as the face Thistles, while the current log leaders Peninsula are on a bye. And with CPUT also off this weekend, we’ll see all top three on equal games played.
Blakes and Eersterivier have it all to play for as it’s make or break in the top five in the Northern League with only a six-point margin. Van der Stel-Evergreens might have left it too late as they have now completed their season and have to watch their fate from the sidelines. Albions, who face Strand Pioneers are also in with a chance to take first on the log should the results not go in favor of Blakes.
Even though Riverstones put up a good show against Paarl Rangers, it was simply a bridge too far as Rangers won 41-27. The same can be said for Young Gardens as they went down 27-12 to Lower Paarl. Even though this league still has a long way to go this does start splitting the log as these two winners increase the gap at the top of the log.
It’s a top and bottom clash as Perel United host Paarl Rangers, and with the significant difference between these two teams, Perel United need to bring a big game to stand a chance. Allandale will be looking to unseat Riverstones as they face Violets.