Again a week with a lot of upsets especially as the playoffs in New Zealand are taking its toll.
In the u/18 series that is currently being played in South Africa the first round of matches was played on Friday at Boland Landbou. The French u/18 team showed the same form that made them the 2018 u/18 Six Nations Champions in dominating the English with their big forwards. France lead 31-0 at halftime and although England "won" the second half 21-7 France must be the clear winners to win this series.
South Africa and Wales both did not want to defend and with 83 points scored in a 70-minute game. South Africa scored the winning trie in the final minutes of the game. Exciting perhaps to some but more or less like a live lotto draw. Only the final result really created a stir.
Not a lot of rugby played this weekend as it was a school long weekend with Thursday being a public holiday.
Voortrekker Bethlehem had a surprisingly hard time to beat Jim Fouche with 27-14 while Duinelveld just managed to hold off Upington (22-14) to surprise.
Framesby won 118-3 against a very poor Otto du Plessis side while Selborne, without their u/18 Bokkies, worked very hard to turn a first-half deficit of 10-26 into a spectacular win of 31-26 against Grey High School. Nico Malan also had an easy day when hosting Pearson High and won 56-12.
Glenwood ended their season unbeaten after their win against Waterkloof with 39-15. Glenwood was in the lead 29-8 at halftime with Waterkloof looking a lot better but could not convert scoring opportunities into points.
VirSeker Cup - Monnas had a surprisingly easy victory against Garsfontein with 45-14 running Garsfontein to pieces. Helpmekaar had to work a lot harder in a game which could have gone either way. Helpmekaar scored the winning try with seconds to spare to beat Transvalia 34-33. The contribution of the referee or rather the lack thereof will be remembered for a long time.
VirSeker Plate - Eldoraigne showed why they ended at the top of the log beating Marais Viljoen 44-38. Eldoraigne's opponents in the final, Noordheuwel was surprised by the fight still left in Kempton Park. Noordheuwel won 24-22 against a spirited Kempton Park.
VirSeker Shield - Oos Moot won as expected 35-19 against Lichtenburg while Ben Vorster had to work extremely hard to beat Middelburg 34-25. Oos Moot will hope that the injuries which cost them 6 players in the semis are something of the past as Ben Vorster is the favourites to win in the finals.
The finals for the other leagues in the VirSeker Competition was also decided. In Division 2 Secunda and Frikkie Meyer will play in the finals with Brandwag en Leeuwenhoff fighting for the crown in Division 3. Stella and Morgenzon is playing the final in Division 4.
No matches on Saturday with Bishops beating a struggling St Andrew's of late (38-22) while Diamantveld visited a Drostdy HTS not in a good mood. Drostdy winning 83-19 in a very one-sided match.
Auckland Premier 1A
St Kentigern lost to St Peter's College 21-22 in the one semifinal. St Kentigern was unbeaten and ranked number 1 in New Zealand before the semi-final against St Peter's who has lost 3 games in the league games and was certainly not regarded as even a slight possibility. In the other semi-final, second-place Sacred Heart College lost 29-22 against 3rd placed King's College. A weekend of upset for sure in Auckland.
Central North Island 1stXV
Feilding High won against St Peter's Cambridge (15-12) while St Paul's Collegiate won against Wesley College (41-27) to make it a final between the two top schools in this competition.
North Harbour Canon 1A
Westlake Boys will meet Takapuna Grammar in the finals after beating Orewa College 62-5 in the one semi-final. Takapuna won against Rosmini College (24-3) to set up a 1,2 semifinal next weekend.
Otago Boys High was crowned as champions for 2018 after beating John McGlashan in a closer than expected final with 24-17.
UC Championship 1stXV
Semi Final time next weekend with Christchurch College to face Rangiora High School in the one semi-final and Christ's College to play St Bede's College in the other. What makes the match between Christchurch v Rangiora just that much more interesting is the fact that Rangiora cost Christchurch two weeks ago their unbeaten record with a win of 35-33.
Hamilton Boys High had to work hard again to beat Napier Boys High in the final of the Super Eight Competition. Hamilton beating Napier Boys 23-22 and regaining the number one spot in New Zealand.
St Patrick's Silverstream had an easy as expected win in the one semi-final against Wellington College (34-12) and should be the favourite to win the title and remain unbeaten on the 19th August 2018. St Patrick's Town came back from trailing 11-19 at the end of the first half to beat Scots College (33-26) in a very close and hard fought match.