Archives May 2021

Club Derbies, DHL Women win again, Juniors Qualify and another Varsity Cup Final

This week again saw more positives for Western Province Rugby as we saw highlights from our Junior players, more friendly fixtures for our clubs, good news from the Varsity Cup, and our DHL Women’s Rugby squad keeps on shining with yet another victory.

Our DHL WP Rugby Women’s rugby side beat the Cell C Sharks Women’s Rugby side 10-0 in the Inter-Provincial, in Durban this Saturday. The match which live-streamed for more than 110 minutes via Springbok Rugby saw the fitness and conditioning work our team put in during pre-season paid off in what was arguably their toughest this season.

We remain top of the log with four from four and now return home to face Border Ladies at DHL Newlands in what will now be a top-of-the-table clash.

After ten rounds of FNB Varsity Cup fixtures, FNB UCT goes into the finals against TUKS this Monday. This comes after their 54-36 win over FNB NWU this past Friday. FNB UCT will be looking to lift the FNB Varsity Cup for the third time.

After lots of hard work, we’re thrilled to see that we have eight DHL WP Rugby players called up for the Junior Springbok squad in the upcoming International series. Many of our players were part of the u18 International Series in 2019 and this again shows the success of our player retention program. The team will begin their U20 International Series campaign against Uruguay on Friday, 18 June, and will line up against Argentina on Wednesday, 23 June, and Georgia on Monday, 28 June.

This past Thursday saw a fantastic turnout for our Lotto funding workshop for our clubs at DHL Newlands. This workshop series continues from our previous engagements with regard to various funding opportunities. Lotto funding is particularly important for clubs who look to secure funds for the club structures. It’s clear that our clubs have since been working hard at ensuring all administrative boxes are ticked in order to qualify for application to Lotto funding.

After last week’s successful World Rugby level one course for our Junior Referees our campaign to build on Junior Referees structures continues with our next course to be held at the Brackenfell Primary School on 12 June 2021.

To attend the course, it is compulsory that the applicant completes the course material on the World Rugby website. Upon completion, the applicant will receive a certificate which must be emailed to referees@wprugby.co.za The closing date for applicants is 2 June 2021. Please click here to go to the new World Rugby passport domain now.

This weekend saw in excess of sixty club rugby friendlies involving more than fifty clubs, scheduled across the province including several u20 matches. Amongst these friendlies, we again saw a number of derbies on the cards. Notably, Hamilton’s hosted Villagers, St Georges hosted Sir Lowrians, Paarl Rangers were are up against Franschhoek and Caledonian Roses traveled to Violets while Hamediehs hosted Rangers.

Although these matches are friendlies we have no doubt that there will be no love lost in any of the challenges as clubs will be seeking bragging rights. It’s important to point out that no friendlies are going ahead without prior approval from the WPRFU.

We have now structured the remainder of the year’s coaching courses. Our next World Rugby Level one for Sevens is on 23 July 2021 and our Level two Fifteens on 25-26 June 2021 and this coming weekend sees the final Level One course for this month. For a full list of courses and to sign up now. Please click here.

On a final note, we again remind all our clubs to make every effort to abide by and enforce all COVID regulations. We are aware of the fact that matches have now taken on a new dimension with the exclusion of spectators, but we urge all our clubs to adjust to the regulations and use every other possible tool at their disposal to reach their fans.


Club Friendlies and coaching courses on the cards and DHL Western Province Women’s Rugby win again

WP Club Rugby remains active as we saw just over fifty clubs take to the field for approved friendlies last weekend on more than twenty separate venues in Western Province and this weekend sees more action on the cards while our DHL Senior rugby side keeps shining.

It was another double for us as our DHL Stormers team traveled to Durban to beat the Cell C Sharks 25-22 in the Rainbow Cup this Saturday and our DHL WP Rugby Women’s side scored their third successive win as they beat the Eastern Province Women’s Rugby side 72-19 at DHL Newlands.

Although we are not quite in the grips of winter yet the weather did have an impact last weekend as a number of clubs put their teams on the field in rather wet weather. In addition to all clubs fielding first and second sides we also several u20 teams in action.

Although the current matches are still friendlies it’s clear to see that our clubs are taking these matches seriously as we see a fair amount of friendly banter going around. Many clubs are however not at full strength as not all players are available for play just yet.

Some interesting results included Bellville having a somewhat tougher match with a narrow 14-10 win over Langa, Hands and Hearts scored a 29-12 win away to NTK, Brackenfell scored a 14-5 win over Hamiltons, and False Bay scored a narrow 10-7 win over Helderberg. In what we could consider derby matches we saw a 19-19 draw between Franschhoek and Paarl, Albions scored a 38-12 win over Young Gardens and Kylemore beat Blakes 29-21.

This weekend sees more approved friendlies on the cards for our clubs including a number of derby matches. Although Albions and Paarl RFC play in different leagues both hail from the same area and will no doubt be looking for bragging rights. Young Gardens will be looking to bounce back when they face Paarl Rangers and the match between Faure and Excelsior will also draw much excitement. St Georges travel to All Saints in what many will also consider being a derby match as both teams reside in the Helderberg Basin.

Clubs are reminded that all friendlies’ fixtures must be approved, not only as an official friendly match but also with a valid COVID clearance certificate from the WPRFU. These friendlies are required to be approved seven days in advance and clubs are reminded that included in the COVID regulations no spectators are allowed.

This Friday saw us host yet another World Rugby Level 1 Seven Coaching course at DHL Newlands and aspiring coaches are reminded to sign up for the World Rugby Level 1 Fifteens coaching course to be held on 4 June 2021 before 28 May 2021. Click here to sign up now.

After eight rounds FNB UCT remains the log leader in the FNB Varsity Cup after beating the FNB NWU Eagles 42-36 on Thursday. FNB Maties scored a solid 49-14 win over FNB UJ to remain third on the log, and FNB UWC scored a big 60-19 win over the FNB Ixias. The teams now go into the final round this Sunday before the semi-finals on 28 May 2021.

We remind our clubs of the strict compliance regulations that remain in place. These regulations are not negotiable, and any club found breaching these regulations will face action.


CPUT wins Varsity Shield, Women’s Rugby milestones and more

Victory for FNB CPUT in the Varsity Shield this weekend saw more milestones reached at Western Province Rugby including milestones for Women’s Rugby, Club rugby, Varsity, and referees.

FNB CPUT scored a dramatic win over FNB WSU in the Varsity Shield at TUKS Stadium this Sunday in a match that saw both sides giving their all. The match went to a nailbiting extra time which eventually saw CPUT winning 30-26. After eight rounds of CPUT lost only one match under the guidance of head coach Alistair Theys. This is an outstanding performance for our boys who had to play all their matches in a bubble away from home under the COVID regulations.

In The Varsity Cup Round, six will now see Maties take on FNB Madibaz at TUKS while we see our two clubs FNB UCT and FNB UWC face each other at Loftus on 10 May 2021. All matches are live on SuperSport from 14:00.

Our DHL Women’s Rugby side made their debut at the Cape Town Stadium in fantastic fashion to get their Women’s Premier Division participation started with a bang as they scored a 38-6 win over the Boland Women’s Rugby side. After winning the tournament in 2017,2018 and 2019 we’re now looking for a fourth consecutive title.

This was a first on several levels for our DHL Women’s Rugby side as they played their first match at the Cape Town stadium and first-ever match live broadcast as the team took to the field in the curtain-raiser to the DHL Stormers vs the Cell C Sharks match.

The team under the guidance of Head Coach Laurian Johannes-Haupt and lead by Captain Babalwa Latsha will now face the Bulls Women’s Rugby side at Loftus this weekend and will now be playing back-to-back matches home and away.

Last week saw us meet online with our Super League, Regions and Metro club structures to draw for home positions for the clubs during the 2021 season. Historically we did this draw physically but this year due to COVID we modified the process to accommodate everyone online.

Even though all club rugby fixtures are currently regulated to take place without spectators the clubs were clearly excited about the draw process as home ground advantage remains the first prize.

This year sees a slightly different format in that each league now has a Pool A and Pool B with the top two in each league going through to the semi-finals. Although there is no promotion and relegation this year there is no doubt that our clubs will still give their best to walk away with the annual trophies.

In addition to the draw, the attendees were given a thorough rundown of the COVID regulations including process, procedures, and limitations.

Our junior rugby continues to excite as we recently saw just over fifty juniors attend the WP Rugby junior referees’ course at DHL Newlands. In addition to the studies of becoming a referee, the attendees enjoyed the rare privilege of sleeping over at DHL Newlands. This certainly bodes well for WP Rugby as we continue to invest in our youth and anticipate many young referees coming through the ranks. We are most grateful to Old Mutual for their support in supplying goody bags, t-shirts, and caps.

Whilst many of our juniors are preparing to blow the referees whistle, we also see several juniors players in training at the HPC, all intending to make the selection for the Grant Khomo and Craven Week which is set to take place in the first and second week of July in Port Elizabeth and Krugersdorp respectively. The teams will begin trials towards the end of May. This is certainly very exciting for us as we look forward to making up lost ground after COVID denied so many of our school’s rugby players the opportunity to play at a higher level in 2020.

Having completed the various return-to-play phases as per SA Rugby regulations, and after receiving clearance from the WPRFU, this weekend saw thirty-nine clubs in action across sixty-three approved club rugby friendlies at nineteen separate venues. Included in the approved fixtures were Kuilsrivier who hosted a number of players for trials. Amongst other results Whistling Wheels scored a 20-12 win over the newly established Gordons Bay Pioneers, Bellville beat Eerste Rivier with their u20 and 2nd team in action, Ellsies Rivier drew 22 all with Rocklands and the Hamiltons RFC touring group beat Hamlets away.

In addition to our clubs returning to action, we also saw just over forty referees take to the field as our WP Rugby referees society rolls out their support for club rugby. It’s heart-warming to see that our referees are as eager to get back on the field as our players.

We look forward to following the progress of our clubs as they continue to drive the spirit of WP Club Rugby even during these difficult times where matches are limited to COVID regulations and still with no spectators allowed.

Our WP Rugby Education department hosted a full house of delegates for the World Rugby Level One course at DHL Newlands on Friday and we look forward to seeing these coaches come through the ranks. Our next coaching course is for the World Rugby Level 1 Sevens coaching course on 21 May 2021 with the deadline to signup on 14 May 2021. Please click here to register now.

Our fans are reminded that they can buy their striking new The DHL Stormers replica jerseys online by simply visiting either stormersshop.co.za or blksport.co.za

On a final note, anyone who has registered on the World Rugby Passport website should be on the lookout for an important message from World Rugby concerning their online access and registration. World Rugby has recently made some changes to its website and now requires you to re-activate your account on the new platform to preserve your records. Please click here to go to the new World Rugby Passport registration page. Once registered the system will send you an activation code which will help you log on with your previous data still intact.


DHL Women’s squad getting ready, Fixture planning and Friendlies get started

With this weekend’s win for FNB CPUT in the Varsity Shield, several of our clubs playing their first friendlies, our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team enjoying their first training camp and the DHL Stormers kicking off the Rainbow Cup at the Cape Town Stadium the excitement in the WP Rugby circles keeps climbing.

FNB CPUT scored a 53 -12 win over FNB UKZN this past Sunday to keep them unbeaten and firmly on top of the Varsity Shield log while FNB UCT remains the log leaders after six rounds in the Varsity Cup. Having two Western Province Clubs lead two logs in these tough competitions and all being played far from home gives us an enormous sense of pride as we see all the hard work our club coaches have put in deliver these dividends. Additionally, an excellent performance from FNB UWC saw them score a resounding 31-5 win over FNB UJ at Loftus on Friday.

Round six will now see Maties take on FNB Madibaz at TUKS while we see our two clubs FNB UCT and FNB UWC face each other at Loftus on 10 May 2021. All matches are live on SuperSport from 14:00.

Having completed the various return to play phases as per SA Rugby regulations, and after receiving clearance from the WPRFU, this weekend saw a number of club rugby friendlies. Amongst others Northerns hosted Whistling Wheels with Wheels scoring a narrow 20-19-win, Van der Stel Evergreens hosted Excelsior to win 22-5. Bellville hosted Belhar and scored a 50-29 while their u20 side beat Durbell u20 21-5.

Under normal circumstances, any Kraaifontein Hands and Heart’s match would be considered one of our biggest annual derbies. This past Friday night the spoils went to Hands and Hearts across all three sides with Hands and Heart’s first team winning 29-12.

We look forward to following the progress of our clubs as they continue to drive the spirit of WP Club Rugby even during these difficult times where matches are limited to COVID regulations and still with no spectators allowed.

This weekend was a big weekend for our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad as they enjoyed their final team building and training session at DHL Newlands before starting the interprovincial championships at the Cape Town Stadium next weekend. The first match is scheduled against the Boland Women’s Rugby side and thereafter it will be back-to-back home and away matches each week until the finals on 17 July 2021.

The event saw the Women arrive early for breakfast and strapping after which it was a full day of training and team building before the squad ended the day with a relaxed braai and time to watch the DHL Stormers take on the Cell C Sharks in the opening match of the Rainbow Cup at the Cape Town Stadium.

We will now host the Vodacom Bulls next week, before their first match away at Emirates Airline Park where they will face the Emirates Lions on 15 May 2021.

Our fans are reminded that they can buy their striking new The DHL Stormers replica jerseys online by simply visiting either stormersshop.co.za or blksport.co.za

This week sees us host our clubs online in the regional forum meetings on Tuesday for Super League clubs and Regions on Wednesday. Please be on the lookout for more official news regarding the 2021 season.