The u/20 World Championship started on the 30th of May 2018 with wins for France, Wales, Sout Africa, Italy, New Zealand and England started the tournament with wins. South Africa the worst of the winners with the Baby Blacks sending a message to whoever thought they stand a chance to dethrone the Baby Blacks must think again. Sunday 03 June the second round will be played when Scotland v Argentina, Japan v Australia, South Africa v Ireland, France v Georgia, New Zealand v Wales and England v Italy will play against each other. The highlighted teams the favourites with South Africa maybe because of me being biased.
Nothing nadda niks?
After last weekends loss against Selborne, all eye are on St Andrew's to see if they can regroup and win against Grey High School. Selborne should not sweat much in their victory against Cambridge while Dale College should be able to beat Muir.
Hilton should maintain their unbeaten record against Kearsney while DHS should be able to come back after their big loss against Glenwood last weekend to beat the struggling Westville. Northwood hosts St Benedict's and should find their visitors from Gauteng more than a handful while Maritzburg College should have enough in the tank to beat Michaelhouse.
KES v St John's maybe a match between two struggling teams but pride and passion should guarantee an entertaining match for all involved with KES to continue their winning streak against St John's. Menlopark hosts Waterkloof and some interesting matchups should make for an interesting match. Menlopark with 13 players in the Craven Week teams while Waterkloof only has 2 should be the favourites but.... Pretoria Boys High hosts Jeppe and although the improving 1stXV of Pretoria Boys High is impressing Jeppe should be able to win with relative ease.
VirSeker Cup - Transvalia has proved themselves as the favourite to win the Cup division and although EG Jansen had a very good win against Middelburg HTS last weekend Transvalia should still win with relative ease. Monnas will look for their second victory in six matches when they host Nelspruit but after Nelspruit's showing against Helpmekaar, I would not accept the win as a done deal. Both sides have several injuries and Monnas seemingly has lost a lot of spark. Middelburg HTS travels to Helpmekaar and should not expect any mercy. Helpmekaar going along quietly and playing some good rugby in their last few weeks and should win with ease.
VirSeker Plate - This division is wide open with Marais Viljoen the favourite against Montana. Rustenburg should be able to beat Centurion while Zwartkop who surprised Rustenburg last weekend in beating them 20-19 should beat a struggling Kempton Park with relative ease.
VirSeker Shield - Ben Vorster should do a 100 plus again this weekend if Jeugland does not fire on all sixteen cylinders while the match between Oos Moot and Middelburg Hoër should be a very exciting match but Oos Moot will travel home with a smile on their faces. Lichtenburg should also prove too good for Florida.
A few exciting matches in the Western Cape and one could excuse the supporters from out of the Western Cape to be jealous of the number of top games on the menu for Saturday. Paul Roos travels to Oakdale and will have to be at their best and hope their forwards can starve the dangerous backline of Paul Roos of any ball. Paul Roos should become number 1 after this win. Bishops will believe that they can win against a vulnerable Paarl Boishaai but might be in for a big surprise. The forwards of Boishaai is becoming a very dangerous unit which might just set an average backline on fire with quality ball. Rondebosch will be very positive after last weekends win against a very good Drostdy HTS side but must not expect SACS to roll over and play dead. Stellenberg will continue their dominance in the Premier B league with Bellville the unfortunate victims. And then Wynberg who surprisingly lost to Bishops last weekend hosts Paarl Gymnasium who apart for their loss against Paul Roos earlier this year is unstoppable. Paarl Gym for a tough first half but should be too much for Wynberg in the second half. Like I said the Western Cape are spoilt for choice.
Auckland Premier 1A
St Peter's College leader on the log take on 6th placed King's College and should maintain their unbeaten record as is expected from 2nd place St Kentigern College who play last-placed One tree Hill College. Sacred Heart College placed 3rd will face Liston College and should not experience that much trouble to stay in third.
Log leader St Patrick's Town is not playing this weekend but Scot's College, St Patrick's Silverstream and Rongotai College are also unbeaten. this league is in it its second week for most of the teams with the big game between Rongotai College and Scot Collge with one of the two teams guaranteed to lose its unbeaten status.
UC Championship 1stXV
Christchurch College won second placed Christ's College earlier this week ending Christ's College unbeaten streak of 4 games with 32-16. St Bede's College is playing against Waimea Combined and looking better every week and seemingly forget their surprise loss earlier. St Bede's could even move up to 2nd place if they win with a bonus point. Rangiora High who are placed 5th, but only lost one game plays against Shirley Boys High who is placed 7th, will look for their first bonus point as they are placed lower than Marlborough High who lost one more game but gained some valuable bonus points.
Central North Island 1stXV
Feilding High who is still unbeaten after 3 matches play against Francis Douglas Memorial who only lost one game so far. With the majority of the teams playing their 3rd game in this league and only Feilding still unbeaten, this race is still wide open
North Harbour Canon 1A
The big game is between the two unbeaten teams Westlake Boys HS and Takapuna GS should provide a lot of action. Westlake Boys HS placed first with 23 points, one more than Takapuna but both teams have exactly the same points difference and a very close but physical game is expected. In the other big match 3rd placed Whangarei Boys HS play 4th place Rosmini College and again some major fireworks are expected.
A lot of action but next weekend the Top 8 competition starts in New Zealand with South Africa almost in their winter sleep.