Yesterday the first round of the u/18 International Series was played in South Africa. France has beaten England comprehensively with 41-21. France lead 31-0 at halftime with England score 21 unanswered points in the second half before France score a late try to seal the victory. South Africa have beaten Wales 43-40 in a try fest or otherwise in a match where defence was the last thing on the mind of any player.
Next Tuesday South Africa, which unfortunately was not convincing will come up against a very powerful French side who at this stage must be the favourites at this early stage. The match between England and Wales should be a close game with Wales, maybe playing a better game yesterday. However, taking into account the strength of the French and England's second half England could just surprise us all.
A lot of games was played before the long weekend but toady the Noordvaal region is all about semifinals.
The semi-finals of the Kovsies Competition with the favourites Welkom Gim to play Louis Botha in what should be an easy game while in the other semifinal Duineveld should be too strong for Sentraal from Bloemfontein.
All the games already played by Wednesday. Selborne won the unofficial Eastern Cape crown after beating Grey PE with 31-26 while Framesby won 118-3 against Otto du Plessis.
Nothing nada and ziltch apart from Glenwood without their stars on duty at the u/18 International Series for the Bokkies who have beaten Helpmekaar earlier this week.
VirSeker Cup - The favourites to win the Cup competition will again host Transvalia against whom they lost earlier the season with 20-23. Transvalia built up an early lead with Helpmekaar just running out of time in the second half to complete a what would have been a miracle comeback. Helpmekaar must be the favourite in this game.
Monnas lost last weekend against Helpmekaar in a very exciting game and also have beaten Garsfontein 68-31 earlier in the season in the Tuks Series. Garsfontein, however, has beaten Monnas in the league game later on with 49-39 with the big difference the u/19 players of Garsfontein are allowed to play in the VirSeker series and not in the TUKS Series. Garsfontein has lost Keagan Johannes at flyhalf but will still have captain fantastic van Dyk in this semi-final. A very close game which maybe is too close ..................
VirSeker Shield - Eldoraigne v Marais Viljoen with Eldoraigne winning last weekend's fixture between these two schools 33-19. Noordheuwel should be too strong for Kempton Park but again too close to call.
VirSeker Plate - A Ben Vorster v Oos Moot final is what everybody predicts and I can not find ant reason why I do not agree.
Only a handful of games that were already played with Drostdy HTS beating Diamantveld with 83-14 a major surprise. Strand just managed to beat Swartland 17-16 while Bishops won 38-22 against St Andrew's.
Auckland Premier 1A
St Kentigerns who is still unbeaten must be the favourite not to only beat 4th placed St Peters College but also the winner between King's College and Sacred Heart who will be in a massive game in the other semi-final.
Central North Island 1stXV
Wins for St Paul's and Feilding High against respectively Wesley and St Peter's Cambridge with the match between Feilding HS and St Peter's maybe where dreams are shattered and desperation survive.
North Harbour Canon 1A
Westlake v Orewa should see Westlake advance to the finals with Takapuna also clear favourite to beat Rosmini.
Otago Boys High to beat John McGlashan with easy in the final.
Hamilton Boys High who is still unbeaten should win Napier Boys high in the final of the Super 8 competition but Napier could pull off a major surprise. The game between these two powerhouses earlier this season was a massive game with Hamilton just winning.
After the surprise loss of Christchurch last weekend against Rangiora the 4th place is still wide open with the final round still to play.
St Pat's Silverstream who is still unbeaten in this competition should/will win this semi-final against Wellington College with ease while the other semi-final between St Pat's Town and Scots College should provide a lot of fireworks and action. Rangiora should be able to sneak in as they play Aoraki Combined who is second from the bottom. A bonus point victory for Rangiora will see them advance to the playoffs.