With the schoolboy rugby in South Africa going to sleep with waiting for the Youth Weeks in Early July, New Zealand is entering the first weekend of the Super Eight competition. Added to that the excitement at the u/20 World Championship where the semi-finalists have been determined, and we are in for an exciting weekend.
The semi-finalist has been determined with South Africa sneaking in through the back door as the best runner-up will face England in the one semi while the unbeaten All Blacks will face host's France in the other semifinal. The semifinals will be played on Tuesday 12 June 2018.
The log leader Hamilton Boys, who is still unbeaten will play New Plymouth confident that they will continue to be unbeaten in this competition. Napier Boys High host Gisborne Boys with Gisborne having lost their 1st game already. It will be Napier Boys' first game in this competition. Tauranga Boys, who are currently bottom of the log after two losses hosts Rotorua Boys who will look to start this competition off with a win. The unbeaten Palmerston North host Hastings Boys who will be playing their first match in the Super 8. Still, a long way to go, let's see.
St Pat's Silverstream already has beaten Wellington College 46-0 to maintain their unbeaten record. St Pat's Town will have to beat a difficult Rongotai College to remain unbeaten while Scots College who plays Hutt International should have it a bit easier to remain unbeaten. The top three sides are busy putting daylight between themselves and the other schools.
Auckland Premier 1
St Kentigern College hosts Kelston Boys and should win with ease while Sacred Heart College hosts Mount Albert Grammer. who should not pose a too big threat to Sacred Heart's number 2 position on the log? St Peter's College travels to Auckland Grammer in most probably the match of the weekend in Auckland. Both schools have lost only one game each and are currently on number 3 and 4 on the log. This match should provide a lot of fireworks when these schools not only play for the number 3 spot but also with a lot of pride involved.
Christchurch Boys High, the only unbeaten side travels to Shirley Boys High and should remain unbeaten while Chris's College who lost their unbeaten record against Christchurch last weekend travel to St Bede's College. St Bede's has recovered from their shock loss early in the competition and should give Christ's College a real go. St Bede's at home may be just the favourite?
Feilding High who is the only unbeaten side after Round 4, travels to Wesley College who only lost one game. Although Feilding is unbeaten do not think that Wesley College would be a pushover, especially at home. St Peter's College currently number 2 on the log hosts Te Aute College who is currently bottom of the log.
North Harbour Canon 1
Westlake Boys, who is leading the log with just 1 point over Takapuna Grammar against which they drew last weekend, travels to the bottom of the log Birkenhead. Westlake should remain at number 1 as Takapuna Grammar plays Whangarei Boys High. Whangarei Boys is currently number 4 on the log and if Westlake can come away with a bonus point win, well then it will be a bonus.
For the second week in a row nothing. Nee tog man.
With Selborne College and Grey High taking the weekend off St Andrew's are the only "Big Dog" out there and should have a relaxing afternoon at Pearson High. The game between Dale and Cambridge should be exciting and produce a lot of tries while Stirling must win against Hudson Park to get their season back on track.
With Glenwood and DHS not playing, it is left to Maritzburg College and Westville to provide the action. Both teams played some good rugby last weekend with Westville stretching DHS top their limits and Maritzburg College beating Michaelhouse just. With the match being played in Durban Westville should be the favourite. Hilton will remain unbeaten against St Charles while Michaelhous' trip to Clifton should also be a happy one.
St Benedict's are hosting Kearsney College and would want to dish out the same treatment they received last weekend in Natal. Kearsney should win this but St Benedict has shown some good form in some matches during their 2018 season. Pretoria Boys High who surprised everybody with their 2nd half showing against Jeppe should be able to beat St Stithians at home.
VirSeker Cup - With the surprise of last weekend everybody will be going to Helpmekaar to see if EG Jansen can pull off another win and "Surprise". EG Jansen must just take into account that Helpmekaar does not shy away when the going gets tuff and I for one will attend this game hoping to see a streetfight played with dignity and passion. Garsfontein travels to Monnas to "revenge" their loss earlier in the season during the TUKS series. This time, however, Garsfontein will have all their players available and should ask more questions from the "struggling" Monnas team than what Nelspruit did last weekend. Middelburg HTS hosts Menlopark and do not be surprised if HTS send Menlopark home with at least a big scare. It is never easy to win in Middelburg the wise men say.
VirSeker Plate - Two close matches on the cards with Noordheuwel optimistic against Kempton Park while Centurion should be too good for Montana.
VirSeker Shield - Everybody waiting to see if Lichtenburg will put up a fight of any kind against an all-conquering Ben Vorster. The other top contender Oos Moot is having a weekend off, while Middelburg will host Jeugland in what could be an entertaining game for the home crowd.
With only a handful of games being played one would expect a quiet afternoon. Not so. Paarl Boishaai with the X on their back travels to the Plaas where the will face a determined Boland Landbou team who will want to take revenge for a winning drought of eight years. If Boland Landbou ever was the favourites to win, this should be it as Boishaai is really struggling at the moment. Paarl Boishaai however, is a proud school who will not fall down in the cow dung and play dead, this game could be decided by a moment of brilliance or a one of stupidity. A lot of rumours regarding the age of some Wynberg boys will not stop them from giving their all against a strugglings SACS 1stXV, Wynberg should win this but the expected rainy weather could make the scoreline very close and the very unpredictable. The oldest rivalry in schoolboy rugby in South Africa between Bishops and Rondebosch will be continued this weekend with Bishops looking to break their losing streak since 2015. Rondebosch should, yip they should win. Stellenberg should again show why they need to be promoted to the Premier A division while Bellville and Durbanville will fight for the crown prince title of the Premier B league after Stellenberg has been promoted. Tog.
A weekend with not so many games in South Africa but still full of action while I can not wait for the Super 8 to start taking form in New Zealand.