The Weekend To Come – 05/08/2018

South Africa

Central Region

Finals time galore. Welkom Gim will look to repeat their victory two weeks ago against Goudveld in the Griffons League. Welkom Gim won 36-16 in a very hard-fought game. Goudveld will look to take revenge as they have all their players back who missed out on the first game against Welkom Gim due to injury. Bultfontein and Hoopstad will fight it out for the Colts crown while Riebeeckstad and Bothaville will compete for the Irawa crown.

Eastern Cape

Dale College will host Selborne with a lot more positivity taking into account that they seemed to found some form in the latter part of the season. Selborne, however, must be the favourites to win this one with a big score. St Andre's, whose season is becoming a nightmare of late will look to improve a lot and win against their guest Queen's and with Queens also experiencing a nightmare of a season themselves this could become an entertaining game with nothing at stake except for pride. Nothing much happening with everybody waiting for the game between Grey High and Selborne next week.

KwaZulu Natal

The biiiiiigggggggggg one of the weekend - Grey College travels to Glenwood with the Glenwood faithfulls hoping and praying for a win against the mighty Grey College. Both sides are unbeaten with both sides still having their SA Schools players available. This is going to be a massive game and only the 1stXV' results will determine the success of the entire school on the day. Grey College, however, must be the favourites as they are just better equipped up front while both sides have some exciting runners at the back. A very close game in the first half but do think that Grey might run away with it in the last quarter of the game.

The other big, and seemingly only, game in KZN will be that between Maritzburg College who hosts KES from Johannesburg.  Maritzburg had a close loss against Affies at home and a good win last weekend against Pretoria Boys High in Pretoria last weekend while KES also have beaten Pretoria Boys High with a similar margin and lost against a rampant Jepper team last weekend. KES from the heart but Maritzburgh says the brain.

NoordVaal

All eyes on the schools as they still fight to claim semi-final playoff spots.

VirSeker Cup - At this stage, Garsfontein is at the top of the log and play against number 4 Transvalia this weekend. Garsfontein should win this one after a big battle against Transvalia but can the keep Transvalia from earning a bonus point to give Menlopark some chance to sneak through the back door. Unfortunately not. Personally, I think that the matches between Garsfontein v Transvalia and Helpmekaar v Monnas are dress rehearsals for the semi-finals to be played next weekend, with Garsfontein and Helpmekaar getting a boost of confidence after this weekend's matches.

VirSeker Plate - Four Teams are sure of their semifinal playoff spots with the big question not answered yet. Eldoraigne leads the other three schools with 3 log points on 26 while Kempton Park, Marais Viljoen and Noordheuwel all have 23 log points. Eldoraigne should maintain their number one spot after beating Marais Viljoen while Kempton Park plays Rustenburg and should also, maybe win? Noordheuwel host Montana and should also be able to win their match. So we could see Eldoraigne v Marais Viljoen, again and Kempton Park v Noordheuwel in the semis.

VirSeker Shield - Log Leaders Ben Vorster should have an easy day against Pietersburg with Oos Moot, Lichtenburg and Middelburg all in for some easy wins before the semifinals next weekend. Next weekend we should see Ben Vorster v Middelburg and Oos Moot v Lichtenburg.

Affies hosts Pretoria Boys High a should win this one comfortably while Parktown Boys have the unfortunate task to hosts Jeppe, with Jeppe in for an easy if not brutal win.

Western Cape

Previous all eyes would have been on Brug street where Paarl Boishaai hosts Paarl Gim, in the biggest schoolboy derby in the world, but according to the people in the know, it is going to be a very easy win for Gimmies. I, however, see a very close game with the bounce of the ball determining the winner but must admit in Gimmies does not win I will also be surprised.

Paul Roos host Boland Landbou in what could be a humdinger. Boland Landbou will do their best to upset the dream season Paul Roos has been having and should be able to scare Paul Roos spectators in the early parts of the match. Paul Roos to win but they will know they were in a war. Wynberg should be able to repeat their win earlier in the season against Rondebosch.

In the oldest rivalry in South Africa SACS host Bishops. If SACS want to stand any chance to upset Bishops they will have to minimise their mistakes. Bishops, however, are the favourites to remain unbeaten against the southern suburb teams. Stellenberg should again prove to be too strong for the other Premier B sides and should win against Tygerberg.

New Zealand

The whole country's schools are still playing to make the semi's of their respective competitions.

Auckland Premier 1A

With the top 4 positions already decided it is now just who will play who in the semis. The unbeaten St Kentigern, who should beat Auckland Grammar this weekend will host the 4th placed team in one semi-final. Sacred Heart play St Peter's this weekend while King's College has an easier fixture so the loser of the Sacred Heart v St Peter's game is likely to play St Kentigern.

Central North Island

The top four will likely be St Pauls Collegiate, Feilding, St Peter's and Wesley in that order after this weekend. However, if Wesley loses to Wanganui Collegiate and Francis Douglas in fifth topple Rathkeale the latter will go through to the semi-finals.

North Harbour

Ist and 2nd place decided as Westlake Boys High and Takapuna are miles ahead of the other schools with Westlake BHS who beat Takapuna last weekend after playing to a draw in the first round the current leader on the log.

Super 8

Hamilton v Napier in the final. Hamilton is unbeaten so far this season and should not have any problems against Hastings Boys while Napier has already beaten Palmerston North earlier this week to book their place in the finals.

UC Championship

Christchurch BHS, Christ's College, St Bede's College and Lincoln Combined are the Top Four at present. With two rounds remaining, the top two are likely to remain the same. St Bede's should stay in third place, but the fourth place could change with Lincoln on 37 points with Nelson and Christchurch to play. Three other teams are within six points with two rounds renaming.

Wellington Premiership

St Patrick's Silverstream, Scots College, St Pats Town and Wellington College is the top four with a round to play and that order is unlikely to change after this weekend. St Pat's Silverstream is the only unbeaten team and must be the favourites to reach the final against Scots College whose only loss this season was against St Pat's Silverstream.

Otago

Otago BHS is on top followed by John McGlashan College and King's High School. The top three is unlikely to change, though the order could with only two points separating McGlashan and King's. Fourth place is wide open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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