Around The World In 7 Days – Weekend Ending 20/05/2018

South Africa

Four of the top schools are unbeaten. Grey College, Paul Roos, Glenwood and St Andrew's College with the first 3 mentioned the only ones wait a chance to end at number 1 due to the opponents they are still to play. Everything however that 18 August 2018 is the date that the #1 spot on the rankings in South Africa and maybe even International is going to be decided.

Central Region 

Goudveld continued their excellent form beating Jim Fouche 40-10 this past weekend. Diamantveld had to work hard for their victory against Upington and only managed in the 2nd half to widen the gap on the scoreboard for a seemingly easy 57-24 victory. Welkom Gim's dominance in the Northern Cape was almost brought to a halt when Hentie Cilliers pushed them all the way to a 20 all draw. Duineveld's victory against Noord Kaap of 42-27 a bit of a surprise while Voortrekker Bethlehem took revenge on Witteberg after the loss they suffered last year with a victory of 23-21.

Eastern Cape

A quiet weekend for the Eastern Cape but still a lot of excitement with the boys from St Andrew's who had to work hard to beat Cambridge 19-10. St Andrew's without 11 boys who were still involved with provincial trials this weekend. Dale College seemingly turn the corner in their 2018 season with another good win of 41-19 against Grens while Hudson Park had a good victory of 37-22 against a struggling of late Queen's College.

KwaZulu-Natal

DHS hosted Maritzburg College and was made to work a lot harder than expected to beat Maritzburg College 45-30. Northwood did what was expected and won 41-27 against a very game Clifton while Pionier won 28-22 against Sarel Cilliers.

NoordVaal

Two matches involving four schools that were in the Top 10 at that stage. Glenwood tasted their first victory after three unsuccessful attempts against a Monnas team that is not playing their best rugby at the moment. Surprisingly the forwards of Glenwood was the foundation of their victory. Glenwood winning 49-22 at the end. In the other match between Grey College and Affies, everybody in Pretoria was convinced that Affies would again be in for another big loss this year. Affies was behind 22-7 at halftime but after the start of the second half started to control proceedings. Two tries by Grey College within the last 5 minutes of the game gave them a win of 39-28 in what could be the match of the season. Helpmekaar won 36-21 against a Ben Vorster side who is considered by many as a Top 20 school. This match took the whole of the 1st half to gain momentum and Helpmekaar is again showing the form that made them a Top 10 side earlier in the year.

Waterkloof continued their good form showed against Monnas last weekend when the beat KES 35-24 in a game where KES refused to go down. ST Alban's showed why they have the most representatives in the Bulls Craven Week sides from the "smaller" schools with another impressive win against Parktown with 32-19. St John's had a good win against Pretoria Boys High while Jeppe had to work very hard to beat St Stithians

VirSeker Cup - Three matches played with no surprising results. Transvalia just confirmed their Top 10 status with a massive win of 73-24 against Middelburg HTS with Garsfontein and Menlopark with easy wins against EG Jansen and Nelspruit at home.

VirSeker Shield - Pietersburg is still unbeaten after their victory against Florida while Middelburg had a good win against Hugenote for their first win in this competition. Lichtenburg he won against Middelburg last weekend with 3-0 had an easier opponent in Jeugland which they won 44-13.

VirSeker Plate - Eldoraigne had their first loss of this competition against Zwartkop while Noordheuwel made their first appearance with a victory of 25-22 against Marais Viljoen. Kempton Park had a close win against Montana (24-18) in a very physical game.

Western Cape 

Boland Landbou returned to winning in their match against Bishops with a victory of 24-14 while Drostdy HTS hosted Outeniqua at Trappepark and secured a very good win of 25-18. Paarl Gimnasium travelled to Oakdale and ended their unbeaten season with a victory of 47-39. Paul Roos completely overshadowed Paarl Boishaai (44-8) in a match which confirmed Paul Roos' dominance in the Western Cape. Stellenberg got the Premier A scalp they wanted in a very physical game beating SACS 25-22 in a tense match.

Parel Vallei won all their games against Hottentots Holland for the first time, while Langenhoven Gym and Bellville had to work very hard against Swartland and Worcester Gym respectively.

New Zealand

St Kentigern cemented their #1 ranking position with a good victory against De La Salle of 20-8 with Napier Boys Haigh hanging onto their #2 spot with a good victory against Wellington College with 34-3. Christchurch Boys High had an easy day against St Thomas beating St Thomas 59-26. All the current Top 10 schools won this weekend,  Hastings Boys High beating Scots College 12-0 in a very close and physical game. Otago Boys High's victory against King's College of 20-15 on Tuesday maybe the highlight of the weekend.

St Bede’s College has rebounded from their shock loss to Rangiora High School to stun Nelson College 27-19 on Land Rover First XV rugby this on Saturday. St Bede’s victory was built on a vastly improved forwards display and the marshalling of Youngman. Junior Ma’asi (1), Luke Gill (2), Te Aho Eketone-Whitu (7) and George Methven (8) were particularly busy and bruising.

Great 15-12 win today for Comag Matamata College 1st XV over St Johns 1st XV, A team they haven’t beaten for 4 years. A bold Defensive effort in wet conditions by all with loose forwards Gareth Watkins and Ryan Blackstock showing a high work rate and outside back Kodie Wharepapa ran well with the ball in hand from limited chances.....Captain Joel Waru played well from number 8 scoring 2 tries and chipping in with the boot was 1st 5/8 George Samuels with a conversion and a penalty.

A lot of action with some finals to be played soon and some regions' competitions only starting next weekend.

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