South Africa's schoolboy rugby is in full swing with New Zeeland and Australia started with some warmup games.
New Zeeland's season is picking up some pace with interesting results coming through. Feilding High beat #4 ranked school Hamilton Boys High with 26-18 while Auckland Grammar #5 putting up their hand early in the season beating Rororua Boys High convincingly with 22-12. Gisborne BHS had to work hard initially but scored a convincing win against St Paul's Collegiate and Francis Douglas continued their early season success when the won against St Bedes 35-17. Sacred Heart College kept St Andrew's from scoring winning 19-0.
Hastings Boys High had an easy 73-7 win against St Edmund College. Hasting will represent New Zealand this week in the SANIX youth tournament held in Japan. Hastings was last year unbeaten in 21 games and beat Hamilton Boys High 25-17 in the National Top Four final. 10 boys from 2017 squad are again available for Hastings with 4 of them, regular starters. 5 year 11 boys have come from last year's u/15 team with the rest coming from last year's 2ndXV.
South Africa is having a great season already with next weekend's Wildeklawer tournament in all participant's minds. A lot of action with no real big surprises in the week. The biggest surprise maybe the Wynberg side that gave Paarl Boishaai a serious run for their money.
Central Union - With Grey College not in action this past weekend it was up to the other big schools to provide some action. Welkom Gimnasium was again firing on all cylinders with Voortrekker Bethlehem the victim this time. Welkom Gim easy winners with 66-0. Goudveld is also looking good early in the season with Witteberg who lost 29-41 on their home turf against a well trained Goudveld. Kroonstad AHS had to work hard against Hentie Cilliers winning 31-24 while Jim Fouche had an uphill battle in beating Fichardt Park 29-19.
Eastern Cape - Big victories were the order of the day with Selborne's 54-0 victory against Queen's maybe the biggest surprise. The ease of this victory must have sent shivers up the spines of the Grey High supporters. Especially after their hiding of 43-8 Grey got against Paul Roos. Union won 40-22 against a game Victoria Park while the young boys of Dale beat Stirling 22-17. Brandwag did what was expected and demolished Itembelihle 76-8, with Despatch's 53-0 against Otto du Plessis also no surprise. Marlow's victory of 52-7 maybe put their strength this year in perspective after Grens was beaten by Grey College and Paarl Boishaai with similar margins.
KwaZulu-Natal - Glenwood is clearly on a high and this time it is Kearsney who were properly beaten by the boys in green. Glenwood scored 9 tries to 1, beating Kearsney 58-8. Hilton is also in good form beating Maritzburg College 29-18 with DHS the winners against Michaelhouse with 27-14. Westville travelled to the city of gold to only return with despair after their loss of 59-32 against Jeppe.
Pionier was crowned NWU 16 Series after their victory of 38-13 against Leeuwenhof with Brandwag Benoni and Heidelberg Volkies advancing to the finals in the NWU Super Series after their victories against Ligbron (19-15) and Genl Hertzog (41-37) respectively. Lichtenburg will play Middelburg Hoër in the finals of the NWU Prestige series after their victories against Zwartkop (19-18) and Potchefstroom Volkies (24-22) respectively. In the TUKS series, Menlopark will play in the final against Monnas on the 5th of May. Menlopark advanced to the finals after a very close game for EG Jansen (27-22) while Monnas absolutely demolished Garsfontein with 68-31 to reach the finals.
Affies had to work very hard to beat KES 12-3 while Jeppe played some exciting rugby against Westville beating the boys from Durban with 59-32. Oos Moot had a relaxing day against once giant John Vorster HTS (52-0) while Pretoria Boys High won against Parktown Boys High (24-12). Schoonspruit and Ferrum were in a titanic battle which ended in a draw (31-31) while Secunda was too strong for Standerton (45-29).
Bishops had an easy win against Tygerberg (66-5) while Boland Landbou showed no mercy to the visitors, Rondebosch (67-12). Oakdale struggled initially but won 39-21 against a good Durbanville side while Paarl Gim got a big scare in the first half eventually winning 56-38 against an ever game SACS team. Paul Roos continued their superb season with an easy victory of 43-8 against Grey High School from Port Elizabeth whereas Paarl Boishaai again struggled to beat at that stage the unbeaten side of Wynberg. Wynberg eventually losing 28-32. Stellenberg again showed they are a Premier A school by beating up and coming Parel Vallei with 74-10. Why Stellenberg is still stuck in the Premier B division is a question that needs to be asked every day of the week and then on Saturdays twice.