And New Zealand is on board and in their 2nd week of competitive rugby at all levels. The Rugby world is preparing for the 2018 u/20 World Cup to be hosted in France starting the 30th May 2018.
Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales announced their squads for the 2018 World Cup while South Africa had a splendid preparation tour in the UK. The junior Bokkies ended their tour with a win against England with 26-12.
Steven Bates head coach of the England u/20 said the following regarding the junior Bokkies efforts: “Fair play to South Africa, they were very physical, they played well in the first half and drove the lineout well, but when at half-time we solved that problem we gave a good account of ourselves. They scored a late intercept try so we have to be too careful not to judge things solely on the scoreline."
In the first big clash of the season, St Kentigern College had top pull out all stops to beat #2 Kings College in a close match. St Kentigern College won 27-19 and cemented their place at no1 on the New Zeeland 1stXV Rankings.
St Peters School had a good early season win against St Paul's Collegiate with 15-7, While Sacred Heart College had an easy day with a 64-0 win against One Tree College. Auckland Grammar also had an easy day against Aorere winning 50-3, while Hastings Boys High lost in an upset against St Patricks College Silverstream with 7-14.
Hamilton Boys were on a stroll when beating St Johns Hamilton 79-0 while Napier Boys also did not have any resistance from St Patrick's College Town winning 68-8.
Round 2 of the season saw Liston College at home against fellow Edmund Rice school St Peters College. Two early tries had St Peters up 14-0 early on. For a solid 25 mins, both teams threw everything at each other before St Peters broke the Liston defence line just before halftime making it 19-0. The second half was much of the same, both teams having long periods of possession and a high level of physicality. Unfortunately, Liston was unable to convert their possession into points. Final score 38-0 to St Peters College
Otago Boys High main fixture was between their 1st and 2nd teams which the 1stXV won 47-5. Palmerston North Boys had to work very hard to beat Scots College in a match that the lead changed hands several times. Palmerston at the end won 22-20. Rotorua also had to work very hard to beat Francis Douglas with 12-7.
Easy victories for Christ College (67-3) against St Thomas CC, Wesley College (117-0) against Te Aute College and Gisborne (48-8) against Wellington College. De La Salle College had to work a little bit harder but did at the end win comfortably against MAGS with 39-17.
Westlake Boys’ High School scored all their points in the first-half, crushing Massey High School 38-7. Westlake played polished all-around rugby, punishing the hosts to register their second bonus point victory of the Canon 1A season.
Most of the results going according to the rankings and expectations BUT Krugersdorp was hit by a torpedo with Waterkloof hanging on to a 28-26 victory against Monnas.
The ease that Grey College have beaten Selborne with has cemented their place at #1 in South Africa and our recently launched Top 200 world ranking. Although between a rock and hard place Selborne never gave up but................ In Kimberley, Diamantveld reclaimed the Kimberley crown after Noord Kaap's reign for the past 3 years. Goudveld's team is on a roll this time to beat Voortrekker Bethlehem 31-14. Duinelveld had to work hard to beat Upington 25-22 while Welkom Gim showed they did not lose any shine after a week of when they completely dominated Kroonstad AHS with 52-7.
Framesby maybe came back to South Africa for not being able to win the Sanix tournament in Japan for the second year in a row after the 5th finish this year, but they still were able to send Boland Landbou back home with a loss of 34-20. A match played in windy conditions which Framesby was able to handle the conditions better than the Boland side. Dale College "surprised" many with their victory of 29-10 against a strong Queens' side. Queens will be out to reverse the outcome of this match when they meet at home for the second leg of this interschools. Wynberg had to fight very hard to beat Grey High with 36-33 with Grey High throwing everything at their visitors from the Western Cape to win but unfortunately a little too late running out of time.
After the cancellation of the Menlopark v Glenwood game, not much fireworks were expected until mother nature decided to speak. Two matches between Maritzburg v Kearsney and Michaelhouse v Northwood was abandoned due to severe lightning. DHS made sure Westville felt as if struck by lightning after DHS mauled them in DHS's victory of 60-10 in a trie fest. Pionier also completely outclassed Empangeni beating them 86-0.
Nobody but nobody gave Waterkloof any chance to even remotely scare Monnas. Then the tornado hit Krugersdorp. Monnas as we got accustomed to letting their opponents build up a lead early in the game and depended on their fitness to help them to win in the second half. Against Menlopark in the Tuks finals, Monnas scored 10 points to win with 2 points after time was already up, this time however they ran out of time. Waterkloof hang on to a slender 2 point lead to win 28-26 for the first time since 2012. Lesson learned?
Hilton travelled to Pretoria unbeaten with most schoolboy rugby supporters giving them an easy win against a rebuilding Pretoria Boys High. Hilton dominated in the first half leading 21-10 at halftime. Pretoria Boys high came back strongly in the second half running out of time losing 27-23 at the end. St Alban's is having a good season but the 30-12 victory against a very young St John's side was not expected with St Benedict's also giving KES a fright of their life when KES just managed to hold on to a 26-24 win.
VirSeker - Cup - The first round of the VirSeker top-league was also played on Saturday with most of the matches going according to rankings and popular opinions. Garsfontein survived their trip to Middelburg HTS winning 46-29 against the host who nobody told that they were supposed to be an easy prey. Nelspruit won 34-28 in a very exciting match in Nelspruit after trailing 15-25 at the break. The big surprise, however, was the match between Transvalia and Helpmekaar. Everybody including myself predicted an easy victory for Transvalia based on the two teams performances earlier in the season. Helpmekaar's pride and determination, however, forgot to read the pre-match opinions. Although Helpmekaar were dominated up front they won the battle on the ground with Michael Amiras who was moved to number 7 from the lock position the main contributor. Transvalia normal speed and rhythm was severely disrupted by the defence of Helpmekaar but at the end, Transvalia used two 10% chances to score two late tries while Helpmekaar failed to score three certain tries at the end of this gruelling match.
VirSeker - Plate - Marais Viljoen had to work very hard for their victory of 29-26 against Zwartkop while Eldoraigne took revenge for last year loss in the Pretoria finals against Centurion beating them 51-20. Rustenburg also had an easy day against Montana with a 46-17 Victory.
VirSeker - Shield - Pietersburg, Ben Vorster, Oos Moot and Lichtenburg won their matches with maybe Oos Moot and Ben Vorster supposed to be included in the Plate section after their big wins against Florida (93-12) and (63-12) against Hugenote (Springs)
Bellville took their chances to beat an injury struck Brackenfell with 26-20 at home. Bishops made Paul Roos work very hard in the first half even leading at the break 14-13. Normally the tries are scored by PaulRoos' backline, this time, however, it was the prop Hanru Jacobs' hat trick that was the difference between winning and losing. Paul Roos winning 44-21 at the end.
Outeniqua had to work hard to beat visitors Stellenberg 31-22 while an improving Swartland made Charlie Hofmeyer work hard for their victory of 18-15. Hermanus brought Parel Vallei back to ground beating Parel Vallei 57-12. Paarl Gim had something to prove after their first loss of the season against Paul Roos and Rondebosch was the team on the receiving end. Paarl Gym winning 69-28 in a very one-sided match. SACS had a close one against Durbanville winning 17-13. while Strand had a walk on the beach beating De Kuilen 36-0.