Around The World In Seven Days – Week Ending 03/06/2018

A bit of a hiccup getting some final results in, but here we go.

International

With the u/20 Worl Championship well underway in France some countries already qualified and some were still fighting for a place to qualify for the top placed playoffs.

Three places remain to be filled in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 semi-finals after former winners England were confirmed as Pool B winners after another day of compelling rugby in France on Sunday.

England’s 43-5 defeat of Italy in Perpignan gives them a maximum 10 points from two rounds and means that whatever happens when the pool stages conclude on Thursday they cannot be overhauled by Argentina or the Italians.

Defending champions New Zealand and South Africa are the only other teams with 10 points and sit on top of Pool A and C respectively. New Zealand beat Wales 42-10 in wet conditions in Béziers, while South Africa had to dig deep again to overcome Ireland 30-17 in Narbonne.

Hosts France is the only other unbeaten team left in the tournament after they battled past Georgia 24-12 in Béziers, but the failure to secure a bonus point leaves them one behind South Africa and sets up perfectly their Pool C decider in round three.

Four other teams remain in contention, although Wales, Italy and Argentina can only hope to claim the best runner-up spot across the three pools. Argentina kept themselves in the mix with a 29-13 defeat of Scotland in the opening match in Perpignan. The day's other winners were Australia, who finished strongly to beat Japan 54-19 in Narbonne.

South Africa

Central Region

Nothing Nadda and Niks. No matches that we could find as the schools are writing exams and have closed shop regarding rugby.

Eastern Cape

With the almost decide king of the Eastern Cape, Selborne having an easy day against Cambridge (78-20) all attention shifted to the fight for the runners-up position between St Andrew's and Grey High. Grey High was the favourite but St Andrew's showed some fighting spirit in beating Grey High 24-21 at the end. Marlow had a difficult day against Queen's just winning them in a game where excitement was the name of the game, Marlow winning 37-31. Graeme had to work hard to beat Nico Malan 22-18, while Framesby was maybe a bit surprised with the ease of their victory against Brandwag with 41-22.

KwaZulu-Natal

Big derbies took place with Hilton almost losing their unbeaten record against a willing and able Kearsney Collge (24-19) while Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College was in an even more exciting match with Maritzburg College eventually winning 27-23. DHS had to work unexpectedly hard to beat a willing and able Westville on the day. DHS winning 24-14 at the end with Westville earning a lot of respect for their effort.

NoordVaal

VirSekerCup - And the biggest upset here must be the EG Jansen victory against Transvalia. EG playing with the guts and determination of old secured a 43-24 victory against the favourites Transvalia after their huge loss against Transvalia in the TUKS Series. Monnas had to work very hard to beat a Nelspruit who were without 13 first choice players, winning 24-20. Helpmekaar had a, let's just say relaxing morning against Middelburg HTS.

VirSeker Plate - This must be the closest fought division of the VirSeker Series. Marais Viljoen had an easier day against Montana (21-10) after their big battle against Centurion last weekend, while Centurion suffered another defeat, this time against one of the favourites Rustenburg (36-24). Noorheuwel just edged out Eldoraigne with 29-28 while Kempton Park also had a close shave against Zwartkop (38-36) after their week off.

VirSeker Shield - Ben Vorster still steamrolling this division with their victory of 70-7 against Jeaugland no surprise. Oos Moot, on the other hand, is quietly going along with another good victory against Middelburg Hoër (43-24) seemingly on their way to a final against Ben Vorster. Lichtenburg won against Florida 49-31 with Pietersburg beating Hugenote 34-19.

The KES and St John's fixture was a one-sided affair with KES beating St John's 35-6 in an exciting match with good tries scored by KES. Pretoria Boys High showed a lot of improvement keeping Jeppe from running away in an emotional but sometimes boring match. Jeppe winning 36-12 at the end with Boys High a reason to smile.

Western Cape

Some matches were played on grass while a lot was played in a mud bath. Drostdy HTS returned to their winning ways beating Tygerberg 76-19, while the Oakdale threat was summarily dismissed by PaulRooss in very windy conditions. Paul Roos winning 42-21 and edging closer to the number 1 spot on the Ruggas.co.za rankings. Paarl Boishaai had to work and pray very hard in an exciting and close match against Bishops. Paarl Boishaai at the end victors with 14-13. SACS, well, lost against Rondebosch 5-24 with Paarl Gimnasium overpowering Wynberg as expected in the second half (29-6).

New Zealand

Wellington Premiership

St Pat's Silverstream remained unbeaten with a 64-12 win against Wairarapa College while Scots College, also unbeaten, had to work a lot harder in beating Rongotai College 38-23. St Pat's Town has beaten 4th placed Wellington College 31-26 to also remain unbeaten. The Wellington Premiership only in the 3rd round of a long competition and a lot is still to come before anybody can be named favourites.

Auckland Premier 1A

St Kentigern College, now the only unbeaten team, had an easy day against the bottom of the log One Tree Hill College (86-0), while second-placed Sacred heart College placed Liston College, 2nd last on the log, and also won easily with 53-0. Auckland Grammar also kept their hopes alive with another easy victory against Dilworth School (43-8) in a weekend where big victories were the norm.

UC Championship First XV

The two unbeaten sides met in a titanic battle this weekend with Christchurch Boys High beating Christ's College with 32-16 while 3rd placed St Bede's College also had to work hard to beat Waimea Combined 26-21. Marlborough Boys College was in a war against Nelson College and just scraped home in the last minutes with a 16-15 victory.

Central North Islands 1stXV

Feilding College still unbeaten after their 34-5 win against Francis Douglas, while St Paul's played their first game against Wanganui Collegiate in this competition and beating Wanganui Collegiate 36-25. St Peter's Cambridge securing second place on the log after beating Lindisfarne College 31-22.

North Harbour Canon 1A

Westlake Boys High and Takapuna Grammar is still unbeaten after their 27 all draw this weekend. These two sides are way ahead of the other teams in this League and should and will fight it out for the title at the end of the season. Massey High recorded their first win of the season against now bottom of the log Birkenhead College (33-0) while, Orewa College won against Rangitoto College 25-10 to secure the third spot on the log.

 

 

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