Around The World In Seven Days – Week Ending 29/07/2018

South Africa

Central Region

Doudveld with their victory against Witteberg (41-23) has set up yet another match up against Welkom Gym in the Griffons League final. Welkom Gym overpowered Voortrekker Bethlehem in a convincing win in the other semi-final. Duineveld's victory against Diamantveld (22-19) gave a lot more credibility to their claims as the best team in the Central region apart from Grey College it is.

Eastern Cape

Some great games in the Eastern Cape with the victory of Dale College against St Andrew's College (40-25) may be the biggest surprise. Selborne again showed their class in beating Queen's College with 76-13 with Nico Malan scoring an impressive win against the struggling Daniël Pienaar (28-14). The biggest upset or maybe disappointment must be the manner in which Grey College dominated Grey High School in their complete display of rugby (63-8).

Gauteng

VirSeker - Cup - Monnas and Garsfontein did what everybody expected with the surprise coming from Menlopark who travelled to Vanderbijlpark to beat Transvalia 38-37 with a penalty trie awarded to Menlopark in the last minutes of the game to win. Transvalia does only need a bonus point next weekend to secure the number 4 spot on the log and a place in the semi-final playoffs. Menlopark will hope that Garsfontein will keep Transvalia to score a bonus point while they should be able to secure an easy win against EG Jansen.

VirSeker - Plate - Eldoraigne, Marais Viljoen, Kempton Park and Noordheuwel all secured their places in the semi-finals with only the pecking order to be determined.  Eldoraigne currently leading the log with 26 points while the other 3 teams all have 23 points.

VirSeker - Shield - Oos Moot had an easy win (42-15) against Lichtenburg while Middelburg had to work very hard at home to beat Pietersburg (29-24)

In the match between Affies and Waterkloof, unfortunately, the referee, or the lack thereof almost had the match spoiled when the morones of the players got the better of themselves. Affies secured the win mainly due to the slow poison of the forwards who were in control from the first minute. Helpmekaar had a surprisingly easy win against Parktown Boys (40-15), while Jeppe won the double against KES for 2018.

Western Cape

Stellenberg again showed why they need a place in the Premier A as the pushed Boland Landbou all the way in their loss of 20-31 while Oakdale had a surprisingly easy game against Marlow (47-3). Outeniqua managed a must neede win against Framesby (22-14) while Paarl Gim again showed why they are the favourites for the 4th of August against Paarl Boishaai.

Paul Roos tested some new combinations for the 18th of August against Grey College but still managed an easy win against Bishops (52-27) while Boishaai pressured SACS in making a lot of mistakes in their victory of 25-10.

New Zealand

Auckland Premier 1A

St Kentigern remained unbeaten in beating St Peter's College 36-15 and not only secured their top of the log position for 2018 but also took over the number one spot on the Ruggas.co.za rankings.

Central North Island

Feilding High who is the current leader in the log did not play this weekend but second place Sp Paul's Collegiate was very active. On Monday they face Wesley College which they won 59-14 and then on Saturday they hosted but lost to Lindisfarne College 12-35. However, they are only 2 log points behind Feilding High and played one game less. Third place St Peter's school who is only 4 points behind log leaders Feilding High hosted Francis Douglas Memorial and kept their hopes alive beting FDMC with 24-8.

North Harbour Canon 1A 

Westlake Boys High manage to beat Takapuna Grammar (21-16) after the draw in the first round of this competition. Westlake now the leader with 58 points with Takapuna trailing by only 3 points on 55. The rest of the schools not really competition for these two log leaders with Westlake more or less assured for the number 1 spot on the log after the final matches next weekend.

Super 8 1stXV-

Hamilton Boys high, unbeaten had a not so easy day against Gisborne beating them 26-17 while second-placed Napier Boys High won 36-15 against New Plymouth Boys High to keep their hopes alive. Hamilton only needs a bonus point next weekend against Hastings Boys' to remain at the top of the log.

UC Championship 1stXV

Christchurch unbeaten after 11 matches seemingly on their way to end at the top of the log for 2018. Christchurch had to work hard for the win this weekend against Nelson (22-12) while second-placed Christ's College kept the pressure on with a win against Marlborough Boys' (38-15)

Wellington Premiership 

St Patrick Silverstream won the battle of the St Pat's against Town with a big victory of 52-10 and is still unbeaten and on top of the log after 8 matches. Second-placed Scots College had a big win against St Bernard's (62-7) and will pray for a miracle next weekend when St Pat's Silverstream face Kapiti College who could only win 2 of their 8 matches this season.

 

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