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.