The schoolboy in the Southern Hemisphere is in full swing with South Africa experiencing a weekend where the Top 4 schools met and New Zealand who played their first official league matches. Australia will hopefully be on board within a week or two. With the u/20 World Cup to start on 30 May, the action is almost on us.
France u/18 t's team retained their Europe u/18 7's title in Panevezys, Lithuania. The rankings after the tournament have France as #1 and then followed by Ireland #2, Spain #3, Germany #4, Great Britain #5, Italy #6, Georgia #7 and Portugal #8.
The rest of the Internationals are reserved to the South African u/20 team who is currently on tour in the UK playing warm-up games. New Zealand u/20 retained their Oceania u/20 title after beating Australia 43-28 in the title decider at Bond University Rugby Club on the Gold Coast on Saturday. Fiji and Tonga were the other two nations participating with Fiji proving too strong for an injury-hit Tonga side winning 54-0.
The first Ruggas.co.za ranking for New Zealand's 1stXV will be available early tomorrow and then combined with the South African ranking to start the international rankings. St Kentigern College had a close game against MAGS but eventually won 17-6. Kings College won 29-6 against De La Salle College while Fielding HS had an easy day at the office beating Lindisfarne College 54-20. Sacred Heart College won 39-27 against Auckland Grammar while Otago BHS ran amock against Otago High with 87-5. Some big victories for Otago BHS and Palmerston North BHS.
Paarl was the place to be in South Africa with the Top 4 schools competing against each other. Noordvaal saw the finals played for the TUKS Series and the NWU Pukke Prestige Series and the commencement of the various VirSeker competitions.
Central Region - Goudveld continued with their good season beating Wilgerivier 33-16 while Hentie Cilliers had to work very hard against Voortrekker Bethlehem winning 29-27 at the end. Blouskool had a good day against Henneman winning 33-12, Louis Botha HTS won 28-16 against Jim Fouche while Witteberg were red hot in beating Kroonstad AHS 63-12.
Eastern Cape - St Andrew's continued with their unbeaten streak with Graeme College their latest victim. St Andrew's proved too strong for Graeme Collge beating them 34-14. Grey High won in a try-fest against Queen's College with 45-38 while Selborne beat the young Dale side with 47-6. Brandwag had an easy day against the struggling Daniël Pienaar with 26-10. Daniël Pienaar now lost their last ten games.
KwaZulu-Natal - Hilton College remained unbeaten for the 2018 season beating Michaelhouse 22-5 while Kearsney and Westville were in a mighty tussle with Kearsney eventually winning 38-33. Clifton won a game that saw the lead change several times against St Charles with 31-26.
Noord Vaal - Affies played catch up their whole match against an unbeaten Glenwood side just losing 34-37. Ben Vorster who only lost against Jeppe in 2018 demolished Ben Viljoen 91-0. Jeppe had an easier than expected victory against St Benedict's with 66-12 while KES stopped a losing streak of 4 matches beating visiting Maritzburg College 37-18. Lichtenburg had to work very hard to retain the NWU Prestige Series title beating Middelburg Hoërskool 20-17. Pretoria Boys High had a very good win against St Alban's beating them 37-13. St Alban's who only lost against highly ranked Jeppe was outplayed by an ever-improving Boys High. The finals of the TUKS Series was played at Tuks this past weekend and a struggling Monnas came back in the last 5 minutes to score 10 points to retain their crown. Monnas won 36-34 against a Menlopark side that really played an excellent game and deserved the win. Life is not always fair. In the 3/4 play-off, Transvalia completely overshadowed an EG Jansen team that accepted the result of the game even before the game started. Transvalia won 82-14, Garsfontein was placed 5th after a comprehensive victory of 46-17 against Rustenburg.
Western Cape - Two big matches were played in the Paarl. Gey College won 31-20 against a Paarl Boishaai that was unbeaten against a South African side for 3 years. Paul Roos again showed some tremendous form beating Paarl Gim 32-13 after dominating the second half. Boland Landbou was the next to lose against a brilliant Wynberg team 25-27 while SACS lost 7-19 to Bishops. Drostdy HTS still steamrolling opponents, this time Hermanus lost 25-41 against the Donkies. Stellenberg showed again why they need to be promoted to the Premier A league when they won against the no2 school in the Premier B league, Brackenfell. An easy afternoon for Stellenberg winning 47-0.
South African schoolboy rugby is alive and well, very well.