And Welcome to New Zealand who joins us for the first time in 2018.
South Africa had their big games last weekend and this weekend the number 1 and 2 on our NZ 1stXV rankings are locking horns. St Kentigern College will play Kings College to determine the number 1 spot in New Zealand and possibly also the combined rankings. Hastings Boys High play St Patrick's College Silverstream at #16 while Auckland Grammar play against Aorere College whom is ranked a lot lower than Auckland. A lot of matches this weekend and as the results come in we will be able to discuss New Zealand schoolboy rugby even more.
Central Region - The battle of Kimberley will be decided with Diamantveld hosting Noord Kaap. Diamantveld lost this game two years in a row but will feel confident after their victory against Helpmekaar at the Wildeklawer while Noord Kaap will look to get their season back on the winning track. Noord Kaap lost 5 games in a row while Diamantveld won 6 from 9 starts. Goudveld will look to continue their good form against a struggling Voortrekker from Bethlehem. Goudveld is currently one of the Top 10 performers on the Ruggas.co.za 1stXV Rankings and will look to enter the Top 100 soon. Then Grey College will host Selborne in the main attraction in the Central Region. Grey unbeaten with Selborne who is already claiming the no1 spot in the Eastern Cape. There will also be some bite in this match as two Selborne Boys who relocated to Grey and then returned to Selborne will represent Selborne's 1stXV. In the other biggie, Welkom Gim should prove too hot to handle for Kroonstad AHS.
Eastern Cape - Queen's College who narrowly lost to Grey PE will prove too much for the struggling Dale. Grey PE will host the high riding Wynberg. Wynberg who won against Boland Land last weekend will definately be out to secure another big scalp. St Andrews College will have an easy day at the office when they host the struggling Daniël Pienaar who is on 10 match losing streak. Framesby, just back from the SANIX tournament host Boland Landbou who is hurting after their loss against Wynberg. Frames ended in the 5th place at the Sanix Tournament.
KwaZulu-Natal - Maritzburg College host Kearsney who will be confident after their close win against Westville. Westville hosts DHS and unfortunately, I do not think they will be tasting victory against a very strong DHS side. DHS who last played on the 30th April will be looking forward to getting onto the park after their two losses at the Grey High Festival.
NoordVaal - The Noordvaal sees the start of the VirSeker Competition for the Cup, Plate and Shield teams. Garsfontein will have an easy day against Middelburg HTS, while EG Jansen will travel to Nelspruit for a very close game that could just be decided by the home ground advantage. Monnas hosts a struggling Waterkloof but if they perform as they did against Menlopark we could just see Monnas struggling. Hilton College is travelling to Pretoria to meet the ever-improving Pretoria Boys High, and they should go home with their unbeaten record intact. KES will travel to St Benedict's for a relatively relaxing weekend.
Western Cape - The two big matches are those between Bishop v Paul Roos and Rondebosch v Paarl Gim. Both Bishops and Paul Roos are still unbeaten with Paul Roos the overwhelming favourites. Paarl Gim should have a much better afternoon than last weekend when they lost against Paul Roos. Stellenberg will, at last, get time to test them against a quality side. They travel to Outeniqua, whose season is not exactly something to write home about but should still be the favourite to win. Durbanville who drew against Hugenote last weekend will take on a SACS side who will want to rectify their loss last weekend. SACS the favourite? Brackenfell will visit Bellville and will hope that the long injury list will not become even longer. Bellville the favourite?
A lot of Rugby with Grey College v Selborne the pick of the weekend.