Some brilliant rugby was played in the finals of the Schools Cup in England during the week and in South Africa, a 100 games will be played this week, that we know of. In the Schools Cup in England Warwick triumphed with 29-7 over QEGS Wakefield at Twickenham. What makes this victory even more special was that in this same age group at the u/15 level they were beaten by Wakefield 6-15, 3 years ago, at the u/15 level. Oh yes, and it is the 2nd year in a row that Warwick took the Trophy home.
How privileged we are to watch our boys playing the game we all love. But sometimes we just need to do exactly that, watch and enjoy the game and our kids. Just that, forget about the van der Merwe's and their kids. Our kids are the most important gifts we will ever receive.
The u/20 Six Nations enters its final round this weekend with three teams still able to claim the title. The big clash is the one between England and Ireland as both teams are still able to win the Championship. France, however, is in control as they only need to win and collect 5 points against Wales to secure the title. The game between Italy and Scotland will decide the winner of the wooden spoon, and I know both teams will give their all to avoid that trophy.
Eastern Cape - With 7 games being played at the Border Rugby day most of the attention will be there. Dale face Hudson Park with Dale having a very young team Hudson Park could just "surprise"? The Queen's v Grens game should and could go to Queen's although they did lose against Daniel Pienaar last weekend. But the big one will be between Selborne and Stirling. These are the two teams who apparently will be the top dogs in the Border region. Stirling may be the underdog, but everybody is talking about them. Let's see. Two other matches worth mentioning is the 2017 Eastern Cape champions St Andrew's who visits Framesby. Framesby's game last weekend was stopped before the end as they were all over Gill College and for St Andrew's it will be the first time on the pitch in 2018. The Muir v Kingswood should be quite an exciting game with both schools playing in their first matches.
Central Region - Nothing much to report apart from a game between Duineveld and Marlow?
KwaZulu-Natal - PMB Rugby Day hosts 5 top games with the one between Hilton and DHS to be the one getting the most attention. DHS is definately busy challenging the establishment in KZN in becoming one of the leaders in this region. Hilton's rugby program is well known and they were invited to the Boishaai 150th Festival for a reason. This could become quite interesting. Kearsney will be full of confidence after their game against Michaelhouse and should be able to go home smiling after their game against Northwood. Michaelhouse, on the other hand, will play Westville who is also showing some early season promise.
Noordvaal - Action action and action galore. All the early season competitions enter their 2nd or 3rd week with favourites starting to announce their intentions. The NWU Prestige Series will see Die Anker and Potch Gimmies facing each other. Die Anker "surprised" us all beating Noordheuwel and Potch Gimmies demolishing Oosterlik. Montana, Middelburg, Lichtenburg and Jeugland are also still unbeaten but the big game will be Die Anker v Potch Gimmies. In the NWU Vaal Series, the champions could already be crowned with Alberton and Secunda facing each other. Alberton winning with big margins but Secunda did get rid of Florida. A close game with a lot of excitement? In the Super Series it is still early days but if I had a choice I would attend Heidelberg Volkies v Dinamika. Both teams playing some exciting rugby and one could end up ............ The Tuks series is not that exciting this weekend as no deciders on the menu. A match that will create some excitement is the one between Transvalia and Middelburg HTS. THS gave Garsfontein a scare while Transvalia gave Monnas an almost fatal heart attack. May we call Transvalia the giant killers of 2018? The match between Garsies and Kempton Park 1stXV and seccies has been moved to Tuesday 20 March 2018 as Garsfontein is attending the Boland Lanbou Rugby Day in the Paarl.
The friendlies in the Noordvaal should provide some entertainment. Poor Diamantveld is again going to Pretoria to face the mighty Affies. And this year could be very very ugly. Affies 1stXV is on the form they showed at the Bulls Prestige Evening a real contender for the no1 spot this year. Jeppe and St John's should be interesting with Jeppe starting to flex their muscles. Jeppe must be the favourite. The struggling Waterkloof faces Helpmekaar in what could become a thrilling match. Helpmekaar only started to perform in the 2nd half of their game against Eldoraigne and then showed some excellent backline play. Waterkloof? We will only say that we hope to see some drastic improvements, otherwise..................
Western Cape - The only place to be this weekend if you are stuck in the Western Cape is the "Plaas" home of Boland Landbou. A lot of popcorn rugby between some exciting teams and then the two biggest games in the country. First up, will be Drostdy HTS v Stellenberg. Drostdy must have their best team in a long time with Stellenberg not too far behind. This could become a real battle with the team bringing the most kitchen and toilet fixtures to the game to take this one. And then a full strength Garsfontein travelling to face Boland Landbou. And that is where I will stop as both coaches will kill me if I pick a winner as they both claim underdog status whenever asked. Let me say this, home ground advantage and Suzie could determine the outcome. But if you are close go watch this.
Both the Border Festival and Boland Landbou are live streamed by SchoolSportsLIve and a link is available on Ruggas.co.za (Click To View)
And remember nobody competes to lose but losing while you enjoy yourselves is not that bad.