The South African squad to face Wales, France and England have been announced. Some desperate unlucky kids are left on the sideline, but that is life. The first matches in this u/18 series will be played at Boland Landbou on the 10th of August followed by matches on the 14th at Stellenberg, with the final matches played at SACS on the 18th of August.
The French will travel to South Africa as the u/18 Six Nations champions and will also be favourite to "win" this series. As good as the South African team may be, they only get to start their preparations on the 5th of August when they come together for a training camp.
New Zealand's competitions only start next week again after a short recess but we had a few odds games being played. Kings College had a very good win against Palmerston North with 25-19. Both these teams are Top 10 schools and Kings College just manage to hold on for a win in this very entertaining match. St Peter's College also cemented their top 10 position in beating Gisborne BHS 35-17. John McGlashan College had an easy win against Waitaki BHS with 36-7, while, Otago BHS won 78-17 against Dunstan HS.
In the central not many, if any upsets with Diamantveld having an easy victory against Jim Fouche with 46-15 while Noord Kaap won against Fichardtpark with 41-12. Welkom Gim stopped a very good Goudveld team with 36-16 while Riebeeckstad won against Bothaville with 20-15. Drostdy HTS travelled to the Central Region and almost got sent back with a loss against Duineveld. Drostdy just managed to hang on for a victory of 34-28 with Duinelveld just running out of time.
Grey High School made sure their king of the Eastern Cape crown is safe in beating Framesby 39-13. The chasing Selborne team was full of confidence after the SWD side's success at the Craven Week and took no nonsense from Hudson Park. Selborne winning 54-10. Graeme College just hung on to beat Pearson 23-17 with Marlow causing the first real "upset" when the won against St Andrew's College 39-31 away from home.
The only match played in KwaZulu-Natal was between Maritzburg College and Affies. Did Affies disappoint or did Maritzburg College surprise? Let's hope it was the latter. Affies in the lead the whole time winning 17-13.
A lot of action with the VirSeker Beker getting ready for the playoff stages and some great action from the schools not participating in the VirSeker Competition.
VirSeker Cup - Helpmekaar maintained their number 1 spot on the log by beating a struggling Garsfontein with 31-25. Monnas again showed that they are determined to play in the playoffs beating Menlopark with surprisingly ease with 40-26. Transvalia showing that their mishap against EG Jansen is something of the past won Nelspruit with 33-19 in Nelspruit.
VirSeker Plate - Nothing much to choose between the schools with Marais Viljoen beating Kempton Park 34-33 and Centurion beating Noordheuwel 39-36. Eldoraigne had a much easier win against Rustenburg with 46-28.
VirSeker Shield - Oos Moot won 45-3 while Ben Vorster had to work a lot harder to beat Middelburg 39-21. Lichtenburg made sure nobody forgets them beating Pietersburg 39-21.
Glenwood had a massive and expected win against a struggling Middelburg HTS winning 83-0. DHS also from KwaZulu-Natal however, got a rude awakening tosing to a brilliant Parktown Boys High on the day, Parktown winning 51-25. Jeppe continued their great form beating Waterkloof 41-26 at Waterkloof with Pretoria Boys High again playing good rugby but again lost, this time against KES with 10-23.
Boland Landbou showed no mercy when they hosted SACS at the "Plaas" beating SACS with 47-24. Paarl Gimnasium was in a similar cruel mood sending Outeniqua back to George with a loss. Gimmies won 57-0. New no1 1stXV was even an even worse mood beating Wynberg 73-14 in Stellenbosch. The only Western Cape school who did not comprehensively beat their visitors but unexpectedly lost was Paarl Boishaai. Oakdale who is experiencing a spectacular season beat Paarl Boishaai at Brug street with 47-29.
Stellenberg had a very good day against Rondebosch beating Rondebosch with 31-12, continuing to perform against Premier A schools. Stellenberg visited Rondebosch with 12 teams winning ten from twelve with only the u/15 teams losing both their games. Premier B hopefuls Parel Vallei lost 17-26 against Milnerton. Bishops had an easy day beating Strand 81-5 at home.