The 2018 schoolboy rugby in the Northern Hemisphere is no more with the Southern Hemisphere's schoolboy rugby in full swing. South Africa is all waiting for the Wildeklawer Festival next weekend where some of the top schools will compete in two action-filled days of brilliant rugby. New Zealand is also playing several preseason games with Ruggas.co.za all good to go next weekend with match reports and results. Watch out for our 1st 1stXV rankings later today with the results received of some 40 preseason games.
Two big clashes with Witteberg playing against the impressing Goudveld and then Welkom Gim against Voortrekker Bethlehem. Goudveld unbeaten since their loss of 29-39 against Diamantveld early in March will face Witteberg who only lost two games during 2018 against Noord Kaap (27-49) and Oos Moot (26-28). Welkom Gim comes off a big win against Wilgerivier (58-5) last weekend and should be the favourites against a Voortrekker team that struggled at the Oakdale festival.
Some good matches to attend but the Selborne v Queen's should be a cracker. Selborne establishing itself as an early front-runner in the province faces Queen's College who beat early season favourites Stirling convincingly with 43-22. Selborne should win this one but expect them to "struggle" in the early parts of this match. The struggling Daniël Pienaar should be easy prey for Framesby who will represent South Africa at the Sanix tournament in Japan from 28 Apr - 05 May 2018. Marlow should be too strong for Grens with Stirling looking for a win against a very young but rapid improving Dale College.
Glenwood should be an easy winner against Kearsney at Kings Park on Saturday with Hilton out to again prove me wrong when Maritzburg College visits them. Hilton unbeaten this season so far will face Maritzburg College who had an awful Easter weekend losing all three matches at the St Stithians festival. DHS should/will/must beat a struggling Michaelhouse who will look for their first win in 2018.
Jeppe who seems to have found their mojo, almost, hosts Westville and should be the winners, but not without a big fight. Affies should be too good for KES but the mindset of the Affies boys could prove me wrong with Oos Moot with an easy victory against John Vorster HTS. The battle between Parktown Boys and Pretoria Boys High will be massive with Pretoria Boys High under pressure to start winning. Both schools not that impressive this season.
TUKS Series - The two big matches will be Menlopark v EG Jansen and Monnas v Garsfontein. The game between Menlopark and EG Jansen will decide the one semi-finalist in this competition. Both Menlopark and EG Jansen is playing some excellent rugby at this stage with EG Jansen with a certain Mr Schwartz just just the favourites. Monnas, on the other hand, needs to beat Garsfontein and earn a bonus point for tries scored otherwise their draw against Transvalia will cost them their place in the finals. Should Garsfontein win this battle Transvalia will face the winner between Menlopark and EG Jansen. Transvalia must just beat a struggling Pietersburg and wait for a Garsfontein victory. Monnas v Garsfontein? Monnas without their regular scrummy and centre with a lock returning should have just enough to beat a Garsfontein who will miss their u/19 players a lot. Monnas the winner but if Garsfontein wins, not that a big upset.
NWU 16 Final - Pionier who is having a brilliant season will face Leeuwenhof in the final. Pionier shared this Series last year with Bekker Hoërskool and should be favourites.
NWU Prestige Series - All matches will be played at the Izak Steyl Stadium with the semifinals to be played between Zwartkop v Lichtenburg and Potch Volkies v Middelburg. Zwartkop unbeaten in this competition only lost against Brandwag and Bellville at the Oakdale festival will face Lichtenburg who also suffered their only two losses at the Oakdale Festival against Oakdale and Diamantveld. Lichtenburg the favourites to meet Potch Volkies also unbeaten in this competition who will play against Middelburg who only lost to Zwartkop in this competition. Our pick for the final Lichtenburg v Potch Volkies
Boland Landbou should have more than enough in their tank for Rondebosch but it will not be one-way traffic. Rondebosch was unbeaten this season before their somewhat surprising loss against a very good Wynberg side. Boland should win with a 15-20 point margin at the fires should burn into the early hours of Sunday morning. Paarl Gim will, unfortunately, just be too good for SACS no matter what SACS brings to the field on Saturday. The big match of Saturday is when high riding Wynberg hosts Paarl Boishaai. Again everybody will think they just maybe can achieve the ultimate upset in beating Paarl Boishaai but myself do see Paarl Boishaai winning this one with relative ease. Just too much talent both on the field as next to the field. Paul Roos hosts Grey College and although the country still waits for the boys in Maroon to be tested properly up front Paul Roos should win this one too. Grey High, only lost to Bishops at the St Stithians festival but will unfortunately not be the team to end the winning streak of the boys from Paul Roos. Oakdale should easily beat Durbanville at home with Stellenberg another easy win against Parel Vallei.