Around The World In Seven Days – Week Ending 05/08/2018

In a weekend where "upsets" was the order of the day in New Zealand as well as South Africa and both countries preparing for Cup and league finals a lot to say a lot to report.

New Zealand

Auckland Premier 1A

As expected St Kentigern College remained unbeaten and will now play against St Peter's College who lost this past weekend against 2nd placed Sacred Heart College with 23-26. Sacred Heart College will play against King's College who had an easy victory against Dilworth School with 31-3. So St Kent's (1), Sacred Heart (2), King's College (3) and St Peters College (4).

In the 1B League, Botany Downs will play 4th placed Otahuhu College while Tangaroa Coll and Tamaki College will play in the other semifinal.

Central North Island 1st XV

Feilding HS who ended first will host Wesley College in the first semi-final while St Paul's Collegiate will play St Peters School in the other semifinal.

North Harbour Canon 1A

Westlake BHS who ended number 1 after a big win against Birkenhead (76-8) will face Orewa College who have beaten 4th placed Rosmini College (20-12). Takapuna will play Rosmini College in the other semifinal.

Otago Competition

Otago Boys High and John McGlashan College will face each other in the final.

Super 8

This competition goes straight to the final with Hamilton Boys high who ended at number 1 who beat Hasting Boys High the past weekend with 26-0, who will play Napier Boys High. Napier Boys High made sure of the number 2 spot earlier this weekend when they hosted Palmerston North and won 36-19.

UC Championship First XV

Rangiora High's surprise victory against the unbeaten and log leaders Christchurch Boys High (35-33) opened up the race for the number 4 spot in this competition. Christchurch BHS, Christ's College and St Bede's College are all sure of semi-final spots even though there is still one round of league games left. The last spot for the semifinals spots is still wide open with Rangiora, Nelson College, Lincoln Combined and Shirley Boys High.

Wellington Premiership

St Patrick's Silverstream ended the season unbeaten and at the number 1 spot after their victory against Kapiti College (61-0). St Pat's Silverstream will face Wellington College who ended at number 4 after their victory against Rongotaai College (30-15). Scots College ended at number 2 and will face St Patrick Town in the second semifinal to be played.

South Africa

Central Region

In the Central Region, Welkom Gim was crowned as champion in the Griffons league after their win of 30-8 against Goudveld. Louis Botha who have beaten Sentraal (47-15) will be Welkom Gim's opponent in the one semi-final of the Kovsies Series. Sentraal will play against Duineveld in the other semifinal. Bothaville became the Free State Country champions after revenging their loss in the Sandveld league final against Riebeeckstad with 20-19.

Eastern Province

Selborne still beating anybody and everybody with Dale College their victim last weekend (66-17) with good wins for St Andrew's v Queens (57-19) while Marlow was not in a kind mood after their big loss against Oakdale last weekend beating Daniël Pienaar 51-12.

KwaZulu-Natal

Grey College lead 13-10 at halftime and when leading 25-20 with 5 minutes to play surely thought they did enough to win but when Glenwood stole the line out from Grey and sent it wide to  Rynhardt Jonker to score the equaliser Glenwood erupted. The final conversion was missed but Glenwood who is still unbeaten certainly caused some problems for the bookies. KES controlled the game most of the time against Maritzburg College and won 28-17 in the only other game in KwaZulu-Natal.

NoordVaal

Affies with an expected and easy win against Pretoria Boys High (62-20) while Parktown Boys High did the unthinkable beating highly rated Jeppe 38-24. The rest of this region's attention was on several VirSeker playoffs and the final rounds that were played in the VirSeker Cup, Plate and Shield.

VirSeker Cup - Helpmekaar needed a moment of brilliance and Michael Amiras again provided. Two tries from this talented boy help Helpmekaar score a bonus point try to end at number one on the log. Helpmekaar beating Monnas deservedly 27-18. In the other match Transvalia needed only one point to advance to the finals and after their loss against Garsfontein (20-22) they will play the top school, Helpmekaar in the one semi-final while Garsfontein and Monnas will play each other int he second semi-final.

VirSeker Plate - Eldoraigne ended number 1 after beating 4th placed Marais Viljoen (33-19) while Kempton Park and Noordheuwel will play in the other semifinal.

VirSeker Shield - Ben Vorster ended number 1 after their win against Pietersburg (21-15) while their opponents in the semifinal, Middelburg lost against Florida (19-24). Oos Moot have beaten Jeugland (71-14) to end number 2 who will play against Lictenburg in the other semifinal.

Western Cape

Drostdy HTS had an easy enough game against Noord Kaap (40-22) with Outeniqua beating Durbanville in a similar fashion (47-13). Paul Roos had to really work hard to beat Boland Landbou. SACS lost against Bishops (20-22) for the second time this season. Bishops remain unbeaten against the other Southern Suburb teams while Wynberg just had enough in the tank to keep Rondebosch from scoring the winning points (24-22).

Then the big one. Paarl Boishaai won the interschools against Paarl Gim (24-21) for the 4th year in a row. Some spectacular moments of individual brilliance from Evan Roos and Dusty Kellerman on both sides but again the captaincy of Adrian Alberts just maybe the difference on the day. And lets not forget the coaching team of Paarl Boishaai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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