This Sunday our DHL WP Rugby team plays against Griquas in the semi-final of the SuperSport Challenge in Nelspruit. In addition to our regular Western Province and club rugby players coach Jerome Paarwater has included four players from the Super Rugby ranks. Kick off is at 12h30 on Sunday. Fans can watch the match live on SuperSport.
After eight matches UCT is still on top of the log in Super League A, but the rest of the pack is catching up fast. False Bay who has two matches in hand is now only six points behind after their 69-3 win over Villagers. By the time UCT return to action on 20 July a number of teams such as Durbell would have caught up with games in hand which could threaten their position. UWC and Uni-Mil will be watching closely to see how the log unfolds as they are next in line.
With no wins on the board yet for NTK and Paarl, and knowing that Primrose and SK Walmers return shortly, these two will be quite concerned about the relegation zone.
This weekend will see Villagers looking to show some grit as they travel to face Maties in Stellenbosch at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Super League B remains a hotbed, and where we saw the top nine teams split by only seven log points last week, it was evident that any team in the league is up for the challenge as Young Peoples scored a 31-26 win over St Georges. Kuilsrivier and Franschhoek have now jumped ahead of the crowd slightly as both teams sit on 27 points with Kuilsrivier only slightly ahead on point’s difference after their respective wins over Macassar and Bellville. There are no matches scheduled for Super League B this weekend. Excluding Kuilsrivier all teams are back on the park next week and which means we could see a change in the log lead as Franschhoek need very little from their match against Busy Bees.
Scottsdene remains on top of the log and four points ahead of Hands and Hearts after their 43 – 15 win over Elise Rivier in Super League C. These two log leaders will, however, be put to the test when they face Pniel Villagers and Morning Star respectively. Morning Star scored a 28-18 win over rivals Kylemore and Pniel Villagers 19 – 12 over Blue Stars. There are no fixtures in Super League C this weekend and teams will be itching to get on the park next week.
After stumbling against Western Zebras last year, Masiphumelele regained some pride this weekend past as they walked away with an impressive 55-15 win to keep themselves unbeaten and on top of the log in the City League. In our other City League match, we saw Young Ideas beat Police 32-11. This was a good result for Young Ideas as they climbed four places on the log to fourth. Police, on the other hand, have now exhausted nine matches and will know that the remainder of their season matches are must wins if they are to reach the top three. It’s a full house of fixtures in the City League as we see several teams return to action this weekend.
Peninsula and Noordelikes remain unbeaten and one and two on the log in the Southern League after beating Young Brother and Rocklands respectively. CPUT, Retreat and Rocklands share the next three spots on the log with only point’s difference separating them. Lagunya is threatening to challenge as they have some games in hand and this weekend face Young Stars. Excluding points against Lagunya do have the upper hand on paper.
Albions and Whistling Wheels were the big climbers on the Northern League logs this week. Albions jumped from fourth to third with their 50-17 win over Stellenbosch Coronations while Whistling Wheels climbed into the second spot behind Blakes with their 26-23 win over Windmeul United. We have only one fixture on the cards here this week as Strand Pioneers host Stell-Corr. Pioneers who have played only four matches this year will be raring to go and will know that they have their next three matches at home, which will add a swing to their step.
Paarl Rangers and Lower Paarl remain on top in the Paarl Region, and Riverstones unseated Allandale to move up into third place. Young Standards took full advantage of their match against Simondium winning 22-10 and move up to fourth place. Allandale drops two places to fifth.
In the Simonsberg region, Phizantekraal could go into second place if they score a full house against Excelsior, but with Excelsior currently scoring an average of 32 points per match versus the 21 of Phizantekraal, this might be easier said than done.
On the ladies front, we see Tygerberg host Busy Bees. After five games, Busy Bees is unbeaten in the Women’s League. Tygerberg is in second place with only one loss this season and will be up for the challenge. Blue Jets Ladies are away to Dolphins.
The DHL Stormers face the Cell C Sharks at Newlands this weekend. This is a knock out match which will sees both teams needing a win to secure a place in the quarterfinals next week. We wish our boys the best of luck. Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 15h05 are available from all Computicket outlets and online at wprugby.computicket.com.