The Weekend To Come – 20/05/2018

The schoolboy rugby in the Southern Hemisphere is red hot. New Zealand is in their third week and South Africa, well South Africa has 4 games this weekend where 8 of the Top 10 teams are involved.

International

All the u/20 teams are announced and everybody is waiting for the U/20 World Cup to start in France from the 30th May 2018.

South Africa

KZN Natal has very few teams as they are playing trials but the rest of the country is red hot. Gauteng and the Western Province are both hosting two games were Top 10 teams are facing each other with maybe the big one between Paarl Boishaai and Paul Roos.

Central Region

Goudveld is expected to continue their successful season when they host Jim Fouche who lost their last three matches. Welkom Gim will visit Hentie Cilliers and should not experience too much opposition although Hentie Cilliers will be on a high after a good win against Voortrekker Bethlehem last weekend. Noord Kaap will look to end their losing streak of 6 matches against Duineveld, while Wiiteberg must be the favourites against Voortrekker Bethlehem.

Eastern Cape

Grey High is having a weekend off with most of the other teams in the region. Dale should be too good for a struggling Grens side. Hudson Park will hope for a victory against Queen's College after Queen's suffered losses in their last two matches but it must be said that those losses were against Grey High and Dale College, Queen's to win? Nico Malan travels to Despatch and should also be able to go home smiling while St Andrew's should maintain their unbeaten record against Cambridge.

KZN-Natal

With most of the bigger schools, apart from Glenwood who is at Monnas, not in action the only "big" game will be the one in Durban where DHS will host Maritzburg College. DHS should win this win with relative ease. Northwood visits Clifton and should go home smiling.

NoordVaal

Grey College travels to Pretoria to meet the unpredictable Affies. Affies blowing cold and hot this season will certainly be at their best but if that will be good enough to beat the #1 1stXV team in South Africa is debatable. Glenwood also unbeaten in 2018 travels to Krugersdorp to play against Monnas. After last weekend's debacle against Waterkloof Glenwood can be certain to meet Monnas at their best. Heard this week at Monnas was not a nice experience for some boys. Waterkloof's tail will be up after the weekend's victory against Monnas, will travel to KES in Johannesburg. KES' only good showing was against Affies earlier this season and owes their supporters a proper show. Waterkloof should but KES could. Helpmekaar hosts Ben Vorster and for the second time in two weeks will host an opponent as the underdogs. Although Ben Vorster's only loss was against Jeppe and their last two victories were 90+ points victories, Helpmekaar showed that they thrive with the underdog tag around their neck.

VirSeker Cup - With Monnas and Helpmekaar not in action it will be Garsfontein who hosts EG Jansen that should attract the most attention with Garsies the favourite. Menlopark hosts Nelspruit and also be home and happy early on Saturday evening. Middleburg HTS travels to Transvalia and should only have a hiding to show when they travel back home.

VirSeker Shield - With Rustenburg and Marais Viljoen not in action this weekend Eldoraign should continue to win against Zwartkop while Montana will look to return to the winning ways against Kempton Park.

VirSeker Shield - Oos Moot and Ben Vorster not in action in this competition this weekend. Lichtenburg should have an easier weekend against Jeugland after their narrow win of 3-0 against Middelburg last weekend. Florida will look to improve a lot after their big loss against Ben Vorster last weekend when the face Pietersburg. Pietersburg will be positive after their victory against Jeugland last weekend.

Western Cape

Paarl Boishaai v Paul Roos is on everybody's lips. Paul Roos deservedly the favourites but Paarl Boishaai will want to show that their loss against Grey College last weekend was a small hiccup. The second half will be vital as both sides are known to play their best rugby then. Boland Landbou may have won the last three years against Bishops but they can expect a proper battle from a very good Bishops team who were still in the match at halftime in their match against Paul Roos last weekend.

Drostdy HTS host Outeniqua and everybody knows that Trappepark is not the easiest place to win. Drostdy their favourite but Outeniqua is showing glimpses of the level of play they are known for. SACS hosts Stellenberg and will want to get their season on track while Stellenberg still to prove and win a Premier A side this year. This could be the most attractive and exciting game of the weekend. Rondebosch v Durbanville is the other game between a Premier A and B sides with Rondebosch the favourites to continue their good season.

Paarl Gim will travel to Oakdale where they are the favourites to end Oakdale's unbeaten record for the 2018 season. Oakdale who was last in action at the Wildeklawer Festival may be a bit rusty but will push Paarl Gim to their limits with a big pack of forwards and very fast backline.

New Zealand

Napier Boys High will play Wellington and a victory could see them at #1 on the rankings if St Kentigern's loses against De La Salle College. King's College currently ranked #3 will want to return to winning ways after their defeat against St Kentigerns last weekend. King's play against Mount Albert Grammer and should win with ease.

Auckland Premier 1 - Sacred Heart who is currently log leaders will travel to Aorere College who is currently almost bottom of the log and this should again see Sacred Heart with an easy win. Number 2 placed St Peters who is also unbeaten will host Dilworth School, but the biggest match must be between number 3, St Kentigern College who will visit De La Salle College who is currently placed number 6.

UC Championship - Log leader Nelson College is not in action while Christchurch Boys High, #2 will host St Thomas and is expected to move to the top of the log after this weekend. Christ College hosts Mid Canterbury Combined which should see Christ College maintain their unbeaten record. Both Rangiora High School and Marlborough Boys High should also maintain their unbeaten record this weekend against Timaru Boys High and Shirley Boys High.

Noth Harbour Canon 1A - With only Takapuna Grammar and Westlake Boys High still unbeaten after 3 rounds, it is expected that Whangarei Boys could end Westlake's unbeaten record. Takapuna is not in action this weekend.

A lot of action with the Aussies joining us in two weeks time, exciting times.

 

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