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.
Hamilton Boys High had a good win (26-7) against New Plymouth Boys High this weekend which kept their unbeaten record intact and moves them to the number one spot on the log. Palmerston North's first loss in this competition against Hasting Boys High (15-17) not only cost them their 1st position on the log but also their number 1 spot on the national rankings. Napier Boys High's victory (47-20) against Gisborne College propelled them to the number 1 spot in the national rankings. Rotorua Boys High also started the competition with a win against Tauranga Boys (34-14). Still early days with 4 schools still unbeaten.
St Pat's Silverstream had a good victory against Wellington College (46-0) on Wednesday already, with St Pat's Town also remaining unbeaten after a 32-0 victory against Rongotai College. Scots College, the 3rd unbeaten side played against Hutt International (HIBS) and won 38-17. Kapiti College who only lost 1 game had an easy win against Porirua (27-5), who now occupies the last spot on the log.
Auckland Premier 1A
St Kentigern College remained unbeaten after a good victory against Kelston Boys High (31-10) while Sacred Heart kept the pressure on the number 1 spot on the log with a good victory against Mount Albert (25-13). St Peter's College who also only lost one game had an extremely close victory (34-30) against Auckland Grammar. St Kentigern the school to beat.
Christchurch Boys High travelled to Shirley Boys High and an epic match followed with Christchurch just managing to hang on at the end for a victory (19-17) and their unbeaten record. Christ's College and St Bede's also in a titanic battle with Christ's College winning with (23-17) and claiming the number 2 spot on the log. Lincoln Combined also in a massive battle just beating St Thomas (25-24) helping them to hang onto the 4th spot on the log. A weekend full of action and close calls.
Feilding High, unbeaten and seemingly on their way to end on the number 1 spot on the log. Wesley College, however, was not an easy game and Feilding had to work very hard to win (11-0) to keep their dreams on track. St Peter's Cambridge had a much easier day beating Te Aute 83-0, Te Aute bottom of the log and still without a win after 5 matches.
North Harbour Canon 1A
Weslake kept their number 1 spot with an easy win of (56-7) against the bottom of the log Birkenhead. Takapuna Grammar had to work a lot harder to also remain unbeaten, beating Whangarei Boys (25-20). Weslake and Takapuna drew earlier but Weslake with 2 more log points due to bonus points earned is currently number 1 on the log
Dale College as expected won 62-22, while Graeme College had the second half comeback many teams would love turning a 0-19 halftime score in an exciting win in the dying seconds of 26-22. Hudson Park added some more misery to Stirling High beating them 23-6 with At Andrew's putting up another great performance in beating Pearson 38-6.
No Glenwood or DHS does not mean any action. Westville eventually winning the try-fest against Maritzburg College 35-27 while Hilton had a difficult time beating St Charles 26-19 in a closer than expected game. Michaelhouse also surprised with the competition from Clifton only managing a 33-31 win.
St Stithians showed their good performances were not due to luck beating Pretoria Boys High 50-36, while St David's also surprised all in -pushing St John's to their limits and beyond just losing 17-19.
The VirSeker Competition is reaching the playoff stages and the action is fast and furious.
VirSeker Cup - The competition at the top is fast cruel and furious. Garsfontein avenged their earlier loss against Monnas in the Tuks series in beating Monnas 49-39. The spectators flocked to Helpmekaar to see if the new EG Jansen have what it takes but only saw a sometimes underestimated Helpmekaar controlling a very physical game and winning 29-10. Transvalia inactive while Menlopark won against Middelburg HTS 49-19. Who will win this one? If you asked me earlier in the season I would have said Monnas for sure, now, I really do not know and to be honest do not care, as long the quality of this division is maintained.
VirSeker Plate - Kempton Park completely surprised everybody in convincingly beating Noordheuwel 48-33 while in the other match Centurion 32-24 beat Montana.
VirSeker Shield - Ben Vorster won again but it took a lot more effort than in their previous matches in this competition. In the end, they won 30-12 against Lichtenburg. Middelburg Hoër hosted Jeugland and won 80-0 in a very one-sided match, while Florida avoided the wooden spoon in beating Hugenote Springs 39-35.
Paarl Boishaai had a real mud wrestle against Boland Landbou and thanks to their forwards in the second half they won 22-17. Boland Landbou in the second match may be on the wrong side of the referee's whistle if their supporters are to be believed. But the history will read Boishaai won 22-17. Wynberg completely running SACS to pieces convincingly winning 46-22 while Rondebosch lost 20-25 in an arm wrestle to Bishops. Bishops breaking a 3-year drought. Stellenberg as expected a walk in the park against Milnerton 54-5 while Bellville secured the no 2 place in the Premier B league after their close call against Durbanville (28-27).