With New Zealand entering their official season this weekend with all the schools participating in an official competition sanctioned by New Zealand Rugby and South Africa there will be a lot to report on next week.
The New Zealand schoolboy rugby is administered by the four rugby franchise (1) Blues, (2) Chiefs, (3) Hurricanes and (4) South Island. Prior to advancing to the Top 4 competition to determined New Zealand's top rugby school, the schools must first compete in several regional competitions. 17 Competitions are played within the 4 franchises. A lot of schoolboy rugby this weekend in New Zealand and then Ruggas will start dissecting the results and first New Zealand ranking during the weekend.
Goudveld should continue their great season in beating Wilgerivier, Voortrekker Bethlehem should beat Hentie Cilliers. Witteberg who lost last weekend against Goudveld will host Kroonstad AHS and Welkom Gim and Noord Kaap is taking a breather after the Wildeklawer Festival.
Brandwag will travel to Daniël Pienaar hoping to continue their success against Eastern Cape school against a Daniël Pienaar who lost their last 9 matches. Nico Malan will also look to make Muir's season even worse as Muir has not won one game this year, while Marlow also would expect for an easy day against Midlands. Queen's host a Grey High that will not show them any mercy with the other top Eastern Cape school Selborne hosts Dale College. Selborne should win this one with ease. St Andrew's also an easy one at home against Graeme. No surprises expected here.
Kearsney hosts Westville and would want to get their season back on track after losses against Glenwood (8-58) and Hilton (34-38) the past two weekends. Westville who is also experiencing a bad season themselves may be the underdog in this clash. The unbeaten Hilton should have an easy day against a struggling Michaelhouse. DHS is playing against a KZN development team and Glenwood is in Pretoria visiting Affies.
Several early season competitions in the Noorvaal season are having their finals on Saturday.
TUKS Series: The final between Menlopark and Monnas should see Monnas retain their title with relative ease while Transvalia should clinch the number 3 spot against EG Jansen. Garsfontein should beat Rustenburg even without their u/19 players with the biggest battle the one between Nelspruit and Middelburg HTS. Eldoraigne should also be the favourite against Kempton Park although Kempton might just win this one.
NWU Prestige Series: The final will be played between Lichtenburg and Middelburg Hoërskool. Lichtenburg is still unbeaten in this competition with their only losses against Oakdale and Diamantveld at the Oakdale festival. Middelburg's season is not that impressive with losing 4 from 8 games. Lichtenburg to take this one?
Affies host Glenwood in what must be one of the top games for this weekend. Affies must be favourite after their performances at the Wildeklawer but need to ensure that the Glenwood side does not get quality ball. Glenwood's backline ran both Outeniqua and Stellenberg defence to pieces but showed against Outeniqua that they struggle against a big forward pack.
Jeppe should have an easy day against St Benedicts while KES hosts a struggling Maritzburg College. KES themselves not having a good season should win this one. Pretoria Boys High hosts St Alban's and will have to improve a lot to beat St Alban's who are playing great rugby this year. Northwood should beat Parktown Bous High.
Action action and action.
Paarl Boishaai host Grey College to decide who will wake up on Sunday morning at number 1 while Paarl Gim and Paul Roos will battle it out for the number 2 spot. A lot has been said regarding these two matches where all 4 sides are still unbeaten. My pick is Grey College and Paarl Gim, but will not put any money on the results.
Stellenberg should be the winner against an injury-affected Brackenfell while Parel Vallei will hope for better results against Belville in their last season before being promoted to the Premier B league.
SACS will host the unbeaten Bishops but should be able to end Bishop's run. Boland Landbou will be looking for their first win since 2012 against a highly rated Wynberg.
Drostdy HTS should not even sweat in their game against Hermanus.
Durbanville takes on Hugenote in Wellington and an encouragingly rejuvenated De Kuilen team ought to come away with the spoils from their game against Swartland in Malmesbury.
In the Boland’s local-is-lekker department, Hopefield vs Porterville, Montagu vs Bonnievale and the North Boland derby between Augsburg Gym and Lutzville all promise plenty of entertainment.