WP Club Rugby Promotion league starts, universities back in league action as leagues heat up

Western Province Club Rugby leagues action continues as the promotion league gets going, and our DHL WP Rugby Ladies are back in action.

With results from last weekend showing some unpredictable outcomes and narrow margins, WP Club rugby fever is certainly running high.

There is no doubt that our club rugby across all the leagues is getting stronger every year, and the past few weeks have again shown just how seriously our members take the matter of club rugby. After Durbel’s loss to Villagers and Hamilton’s recent win over Helderberg, the match between Durbel and Hamiltons promises to be a humdinger. On paper, third-place Hamilton seems to have the edge, having won eight out of ten versus Durbel’s five out of nine, but Durbel has the home ground advantage, which will go a long way.

UCT and Maties are this week back in action as Maties host Uni-Mil, and UCT travels to Helderberg. Both these teams have a number of games in hand, and the current Super League A top six contenders will be watching anxiously to see the students performance, knowing that these results could upset the apple cart.

Super League B remains as closely contended as ever and is again filled with several permutations as Franschhoek and All Saints lead the pack, with SK Walmers unbeaten and three games in hand, and CPUT with as many in hand. With only four points separating positions six to ten, it could go any way.

Super League C sees Van der Stel-Evergreens and Goodwood at the top of the log with Macassar in third. The latter, however, has a game in hand and is only two points adrift. Fans can look out for a big match between Hamediehs, who are fourth, and Goodwood.

In the Paarl Region, it’s very much a top of the table versus bottom of the table clash as Perel United host Young Standards, Violets Paarl host Paarl Rangers, and Lower Paarl travel to Simondium. The only exception being Riverstone vs Allandale, which is a five and six clash.

This weekend sees the start of the much-awaited Promotion League as the top three from each of the regional leagues now go into the nine-team challenge for promotion to Super League C. The challenge provides an excellent contribution to social cohesion as these teams from separate leagues now rub shoulders.

Southern League winners Atlantis host City League runners-up Elsies River United, the City League’s third-placed Manenberg Rangers take on Southern third-place finishers Young Wesleys, while both top finishers Gardens and Whistling Wheels go head to head. Last week saw Rocklands needing the points against Atlantis, but although they ran a close match with a draw, it was not enough, and Titans go through and now face Sir Lowrians in their first match.

Our DHL WP Rugby Ladies team is back in action on home ground this weekend as they host the Border Ladies team in the SA Rugby Women’s Premier division at City Park, kick off at 14:00, and live streaming on the Super Sport Schools app.

Next week Friday sees us host yet another World Rugby Level One coach course, and all interested members are encouraged to sign up now. The course is the ideal way to get into rugby. Applicants are reminded to complete the World Rugby passport prior to doing the course. Click here to sign up now.

We look forward to yet another thrilling weekend of action-packed club rugby and hope that all our members are holding thumbs for our South African Netball team as we see the start of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.