South African schoolboy rugby is slowing down with a lot of schools who played their last game before the June holidays last weekend or this weekend. There is however still seven big games on the cards across the country with a few team's unbeaten statuses up for grabs. New Zealand's leagues are in full swing with some major clashes this weekend on the cards.
Auckland Premier 1A
Three teams are still unbeaten after round three with Sacred Heart College hosting King's College which promises to be a bruising match. King's College lost only one game in this league against St Kentigern College (27-19) in a very exciting match two weeks ago. A victory for King's will not be seen as an upset at all. St Kentigern still unbeaten but third on the log with 13 points should win with a bonus point as they play Liston College who share the bottom of the log with One Tree Hill College who will be playing St Peter's College who is also still unbeaten.
St Patrick College Silverstream ranked #5 in New Zealand should have an easy game against lowly ranked st Bernard's College with the other Top school in this league Scot's College with a bit of a bigger test against Porirua College who is currently ranked #44
Log leader Christ's College play against no 5 on the log, Lincoln Combined it what is expected to be a titanic battle. Christchurch BHS who is the other unbeaten side in this league travel to Mid Canterbury Combined who is still to win a match. Rangiora High School who is placed 7 on the log hosts Nelson College placed no 3 in an expected epic battle. Both sides lost one game after three matches.
Central North Island
Log leader Feilding High plays bottom of the log Te Aute College in what is expected to be an easy game while the other unbeaten side, Francis Douglas Memorial play in only their second game against Wanganui Collegiate who only lost one game from 2, while Wesley College travel to St Paul's Collegiate who plays their first match in this league.
North Harbour Canon 1
Westlake Boys High and Takapuna Grammar is both unbeaten after four matches with Westlake with the more demanding fixture against Rosmini College who is currently placed at #3. Rosmini, however, has lost 2 from 4 and the match between Westlake and Takapuna should decide this league. Takapuna will have an easy day at the office as they host a Massey High School who is still looking for their first win.
A lot of unbeaten teams still to play across the country with not much movement expected on the rankings.
Not much action with Grey College gone into their exam hibernation and the rest of the schools in matches where the outcome is almost a decided fact. Easy victories for Noord Kaap v Sentraal, Diamantveld v Voortrekker, Goudveld v Kroonstad AHS and Welkom Gim should also experience little difficulty against Witteberg.
If we are to believe the pundits st Andrew's College unbeaten streak will come to an end against Selborne. Admittingly St Andrew's opposition was not against the who's who of schoolboy rugby but they did beat DHS who beat Selborne. I personally would not write St Andrew's of as yet. In the other big game, Grey High hosts a young Dale side who is picking up some pace. Grey should, however, should be able to win this one with relative ease. Marlow hosts Framesby who should also go home as victors but they can expect a tough outing against the Wolramme.
Glenwood is the firm favourites to beat DHS but as was seen last year DHS is always giving 130% when playing against Glenwood. We all remember the surprise when DHS won against a very good Glenwood side last year (20-17) but this year Glenwood is still unbeaten and ranked #3 in the country. Impossible no, expected hell no. Hilton should continue their unbeaten season against Westville, with the match between Michaelhouse and their struggling visitors from Lions Country, St John's which should provide excellent running rugby. Kearsney hosts St Stithians who has shown some good form lately but I do not think that will be enough to beat Kearsney.
Jeppe hosts Affies in a game that Jeppe must think that they have a more than good chance to win their first game against Pretoria's Wit Bulle. If Affies can reproduce their form of last weekend I do not think that Jeppe will be able to achieve the seemingly impossible. KES hosts Parktown Boys in what should be an easy day at the office for KES. Pretoria Boys High should also prove that their upward curve is well on its way and a win against St Benedicts just another day at the office. Waterkloof should have a very easy day against Noordheuwel even if they rest 10 of their 15 first choice players.
In the Noorvaal Cup competition, two BIG games are on the cards. Garsfontein host Menlpark with both teams wanting to make an early claim for the finals on the 18th of August. Garsfontein should be able to match Menlopark upfront with their backline just that little better than that of Menlopark. The duel between the two top scrumhalves in Blue Bull country should be very interesting. Claassens preferred by the Bull's selectors with van der Linde most of the supporters choice. The struggling Monnas travels to Transvalia in a match that is expected to deliver fireworks. Helpmekaar has shown that if Transvalia is taken on aggressively they are beatable but with Monnas struggling in the first half in the past four matches, one has to make Transvalia at home the favourites.
The Noordvaal Plate competition should see early favourites Rustenburg travel to Zwartkop for a close but definite win. Eldoraigne and Marais Viljoen should also win against Kempton Park and Centurion respectively.
The Noordvaal Shield will see an easy victory for Ben Vorster against Hugenote with Oos Moot back in action after a week of travelling to Pietersburg in an expected very physical game. Oos Moot should remain unbeaten.
Paarl Gimnasium will have to work very hard for a close victory against Boland Landbou at home. Boland Landbou maybe not winning al their games but the quality of their opposition not up for discussion. As said I expect a close game with Gimmies maybe only winning the match in the last minutes. The championship of the SWD is going to be decided this weekend when Oakdale hosts Outeniqua. Oakdale lost their first game of the season last weekend against Paarl Gimnasium should win with 10 - 15 if they can win the massive battle up front against an as powerful pack of Outeniqua. Wynberg should be the favourite against Bishops but personally, expect a very close but high scoring game. Drostdy HTS travels to Rondebosch and will find the going a bit easier than last weekend's war against Outeniquas. SACS should have an easy day against Bellville with Parel Vallei hoping for another good weekend, but Tygerberg will not make it easy for them.