The Weekend to Come – 29/07/2018

New Zealand

Auckland Premier 1A - The two log leaders in this competition will meet at St Kentigern. St Kentigern is still unbeaten after 9 matches while St Peter's College has only lost one game earlier this season. St Kentigern is the favourite and does play at home. Sacred Heart College who lost two games earlier this season is playing against Kelston Boys High. Sacred Heart will hope for a win for St Peter's as they play them in the last round of this competition and could still pull off a major upset.

Central North Island 1stXV - this competition will play their final round next weekend with Feilding High the log leader with 8 points.

North Harbour Canon 1A -  Westlake and Takapuna, who played to a draw earlier this season are still sharing the top spot with exactly the same log point. Westlake, however, does have a better points difference and the only way Takapuna can still end on top of the log is beating Westlake at home. This is going to be a massive battle with the winner almost guaranteed the top spot.

Super 8 - Hamilton Boy's High is first on the log and should not have much trouble beating Gisborne Boys High who is second last on the log. Second place Napier Boys High hosts New Plymouth Boys High and although Napier will have to work a lot harder than Hamilton for a victory they should be able to maintain their number 2 position.

UC Championship - Log leaders by 9 points, and still unbeaten Christchurch Boys High should maintain their spot at the top with relative ease. Second place Christ's College travels to Marlborough Boys College and should also win with ease.

Wellington Premiership - The battle of the two St Patrick's. St Pat's Silverstream will visit St Pat's Town this weekend as the favourites but this match always goes with a lot of passion by the teams as well as the supporters. As it is the second last round of this competition and St Pat's Silverstream still unbeaten with 9 log points ahead of their nearest rival, it seems that the only thing at stake here is the bragging rights. Scots College will travel to St Bernard's College hoping for a victory for St Pat's Town as it could narrow the gap between them and St Pat's Silverstream. Scots should win this one with relative ease.

South Africa 

Central Region

Diamantveld travels to Jim Fouche and should go home with a relatively easy win while Noord Kaap hosts EG Jansen it what could be an interesting game. With kingpin Dyllan Schwartz out injured the EG Jansen without their star player will have to show all what they are capable of, as next weekend they play their final match in the VirSeker Cup, a match they must win against MenloPark if they still want any say in the VirSeker Cup.

Eastern Cape

St Andrew's should be too strong for Dale but if their loss against Marlow is anything to go by, Dale could just surprise. Selborne should be too strong for Queen's but the match all eyes will be on is the game between Grey High and Grey College. Grey High the highest ranked team in the Eastern Cape host a Grey College that everybody doubts after their dismal performance at the Craven Week. Just hope Grey High does not make the same mistake. Grey College should win this with ease but do not expect the same margin as last year when grey College won 73-10.

Gauteng

Three big matches after taking into account last weekend's results. Helpmekaar is playing Parktown who whipped DHS last weekend. What makes this match so interesting is the fact that Parktown's reason for success, their forwards is the only maybe "weak point" in the Helpmekaar team. Parktown kept the ball from the dangerous runners of DHS and used mauls from anywhere as their weapon of choice. Interesting match. Mmmmm .....

The second big derby is between Affies and Waterkloof. Affies had a big scare against Maritzburg College and Waterkloof got a hiding from a very good Jeppe side. Although much may be said about both teams strong points and weaknesses the team who wants it most normally wins this emotional battle. Go Affies ..................

The last one must be the one between Jeppe and KES. Jeppe the overwhelming favourite but as with Affies v Waterkloof the side who wants it the most .... But Jeppe should be too strong for KES.

VirSeker Cup - With log leader Helpmekaar not in action and easy wins expected for Garsfontein against Nelspruit and Monnas against Middelburg HTS it is only the match between Transvalia and Menlopark that need attention. Menlopark must win this game and hope Transvalia loses against Garsfontein next weekend in order to qualify for the semi's So expect Menlopark to visit Transvalia with everything they could gather from the kitchen and toilets at home. The winner? I think Menlopark may just maybe cause an upset.

VirSeker Plate - With Eldoraigne, Marais Viljoen, Kempton Park and Noordheuwel at this stage the semi-finalists I can not see any of them dropping the ball at this late stage of the competition. But two weeks of competition left with anything still possible.

VirSeker Shield - All eyes on Oos Moot v Lichtenburg this weekend. Oos Moot at home should be the favourite.

Western Cape

Several big games this weekend with the first one when Boland Landbou hosts Stellenberg. Boland Landbou for sure but expect Stellenberg to work hard for a victory and not to give up before the fat lady does her thing.

Oakdale will be tail in the air after their big win away from home against Boishaai should not underestimate Marlow who also had a great win against St Andrew's last weekend. Oakdale at home must be the favourites but ..... Outeniqua will try to forget the hiding they received by Paarl Gim and should be able to compete with Framesby for the first 60 minutes. I do think that Framesby should be able to win this one.

Paarl Gim v Bishops? Why even ask with the same result for Paul Roos v Rondebosch. Again two big hiding for the boys from the suburbs. Paarl Boishaai visits SACS and should be the favourite although SACS will not have taken notice of the Boishaai's haters opinion. This should be the battle to be at in the Western Cape but Boishaai should win this. If only they had a proper backline. If only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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