With the Easter Weekends done and dusted in South Africa, we were all privileged to witness some fantastic talent. This talent on display was from all over the world thanks to a brilliant Boishaai 150th Festival, not to forget all the other Easter Tournaments where every effort possible was put in to make these festivals memorable for all participating and attending.
The Northern Hemisphere's schoolboy rugby is something of the past with the top boys now playing at the various clubs. The European schoolboy season only starts in September 2018 again so not a lot happening over there.
New Zealand's season is almost in full swing and with Ruggas.co.za having to find a new partner over there we did not report much in the past two weeks. But with the help of the schools who attended the Boishaai 150th, we made contact with several people willing to contribute. This week will see the first rankings for New Zealand released, and if we missed any results please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. Match reports will soon also be part of our New Zealand sector and if anybody has any criticism or constructive suggestion please forward to email@example.com.
Some of the Top Schools have started playing with Rotorua Boys High beating Feilding High School in a very close game 28-26, Kings College dominated in their win against Wellington College with 52-5. St Patrick's Silverstream had not an easy day at the office in their victory against Francis Douglas of 31-17. Gisborne lost 23-29 to Kelson Boys in an upset for the bookies and the powerful King's College had an easy match beating Scots College 59-0. Sacred Heart won 26-7 against Tauranga Boys College with Neldon College beating Rontogai College 21-19 in another close match.
South Africa not recovered from the Easter Rugby hangover as of yet was again spoilt for choice with some of the best games live streamed or televised.
Central Region - The match between Grey College, Ruggas.co.za #1 team in SA and Waterkloof just confirmed what everybody knew. Grey College is going to be very difficult to beat with Waterkloof once a powerhouse in South African schoolboy rugby going through a bad patch. Waterkloof lost 15-60 in a match where Grey College took complete control in the second half. Voortrekker Bethlehem beat Kroonstad AHS 33-26, with Welkom Gim beating a willing Wilgerivier 58-5. Goudveld continued their good season in the victory against Hentie Cilliers of 28-0.
Eastern Cape - With most of the matches going to the early season favourites not much to report. The big victories of Selborne 73-0 against Grens and Grey High 72-12 against Daniël Pienaar should serve as an early warning to any other 1stXV who has dreams of ending no1 in the Eastern Cape. Queen's College's victory of 43-22 against the highly rated Stirling could just add Queen's as one of the maybe Top1 schools in the Eastern Cape for 2018.
KwaZulu-Natal - Maritzburg College had a big scare against Pretoria Boys High but managed a 15-14 win, with Glenwood 47-7 Westville and DHS 50-22 Northwood doing what everybody expected.
Noorvaal - Two champions were crowned in a few early season competitions. Alberton was crowned as champion in the NWU Sports Series after their victory of 38-27 over Florida. Alberton remained unbeaten in this series. Ben Vorster was crowned in the NWU Interprovincial Series as winners after their victory against Oos Moot of 52-50. This close fought match was only decided in injury time by a Ben Vorsters penalty that was converted by their flyhalf.
Pionier and Leeuwenhof will meet in the final for the NWU 16 Series after their victory of 42-12 against Pretoria North. In the TUKS series Monnas, Garsfontein Transvalia and EG Jansen won as expected. Rustenburg won against Nelspruit 56-29 in the only "surprise" of the weekend where maybe the margin of 27 points was the surprise and not the result.
Jeppe had to work very hard in their victory of 24-21 against a very young KES side. St Benedict's loss of 13-14 against Parktown a "shock" to some of us. The big upset, however, the Affies 1stXV's effort in their expected loss of 41-21 suffered at the hands of a brilliant Paarl Gimnasium.
Western Cape - Paarl Boishaai visited Outeniqua and manage to salvage a close win of 21-10. I can not make up my mind if Boishaai is that bad or Outeniqua that good, the future will reveal. Oakdale and Drostdy HTS were in a bruising battle with when Oakdale just managed to sneak a win of 37-34 and that at Trappepark where many claimed that nobody but Drostdy can win. Paul Roos ran SACS of their feet in the second half eventually winning 70-21. Wynberg had a good win of 31-19 against Rondebosch with Stellenberg beating Strand 76-0 and Boland Landbou as expected beating Brackenfell 68-24 in another easy one.
Some excellent rugby, with the season only just a few weeks old. We are privileged.