The Weekend To Come – 17/02/2018

International

The hosts will play in their first World Rugby U20 Championship final against England on Sunday after they ended the title hopes of defending champions New Zealand and South Africa respectively.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with all six matches taking place in Béziers. First up, at 11:00 local time (GMT+2), will be the 11th place play-off between 2016 runners-up Ireland and Japan with the loser relegated to the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2019. Scotland and Georgia then meet over ninth place, before Wales face Italy for seventh. Inside the Stade de la Méditerranée, Argentina and Australia will kick-off proceedings in the fifth-place play-off at 14:00 before New Zealand and South Africa battle for bronze.

South Africa

Not a lot of action in South Africa as the school holidays are on hand but still some great matches to watch.

Eastern Cape - Not many games to go and watch with schools like St Andrew's v Kingswood and Selborne v Stirling with easy wins for the first mentioned. The Muir College v Queen's College should be an exciting game to watch with Queens at the end of the day the favourite, both schools experiencing a horrible season so far.

KwaZulu-Natal - Most of the schools from KZN do not play rugby after the winter recess and therefore the games this weekend is the last for many. Glenwood should completely demolish any hopes that Maritzburg has to surprise early in the game. Both Hilton and Michaelhouse play ion the final games of the season, Hilton unbeaten with Michaelhouse only tasting victory twice in 12 games. DHS hosts Kearsney with DHS the favourites to end their season with a win.

Noordvaal - In the VirSeker Cup competition Helpmekaar will look to secure their place in the playoffs against Menlopark, while a victory against Helpmekaar for menlopark will throw the competition wide open. EG Jansen in the other match against Monnas is in a must-win situation to keep their hopes alive while a loss for Monnas might put their chances to advance in serious jeopardy. In the Plate Division Rustenburg will look to use their chances against Noorheuwel who lost for the first time last weekend against Kempton Park. The winner could also see them af=dbvancing to the playoffs. The rest of the competition see the lower Divisions in regional finals in order to advance to the Virseker competitions playoffs.

St John's host St Benedict's with the host the favourites. If St Benedicts can find earlier form they might just surprise. St Stithians host St Albans it what could become the match of the weekend. Both sides play very good rugby with St Alban's just maybe the favourites.

Western Cape - Only one game I know of, that between Weston and Cederberg Academy. The Southern Coastal Youth Weeks teams are all in Oudtshoorn for their final games before announcing their squads for the different Youth Weeks.

New Zealand

Auckland Premier 1A - Unbeaten and log leaders should have an easy game when they visit Dilworth School while second on the log Sacred Heart College should have to work a lot harder when the host De La Salle College. St Peters also an easy day hosting Aorere College with numbers 4 and 4 on the log, King's College And Auckland Grammar the pick of the weekend. King's College at home may be just the favourites.

Central North Island 1stXV - Unbeaten Feilding hosts second-placed St Peter's Cambridge. This will be the first time since St Peter's have beaten Feildings in the 2017 CoEds Finals and should provide for a lot of passion on and off the field. Third place Wanganui Collegiate travels to Lindisfarne College who could surprise.

North Harbour Canon 1 - Log leaders Westlake Boys High and 2nd place Takapuna Grammar is seemingly on their way to ending this competition unbeaten. These two sides drew a few weekends ago and are therefore unbeaten with Westlake to log points ahead due to bonus points earned. Takapuna, however, will first have to beat Rosmini College who is currently third on the log with a bonus point to keep in contact with Westlake who should earn another bonus point against Rangitoto when visiting.

Super Eight - This competition is in its early stages and with several teams still unbeaten I expect a few "surprises" this weekend. Hamilton Boys High hosts Palmerston North in a game which could go either way. Palmerston lost against Napier Boys High last weekend who will face another unbeaten team when they travel to Hastings Boys High. The other unbeaten team Rotorua Boys High host Gisborne Boys who lost both their 2 opening games.

UC Championship - Log leaders and unbeaten Christchurch Boys High travel to St Bede's College in the match of the weekend. St Bede's currently 3rd on the log should, however, not be a big threat to the all-conquering log leaders. Christ's College who is currently 2nd on the log host 4th placed Lincoln Combined who could move up to number 1 if the win. Christ's College, however, the favourite.

Wellington Premiership - The top of the log St Pat's Silverstream should keep their unbeaten record intact as they face Rongotai College who only won 1 of their four games in the competition. The big game of this competition is when host St Pat's Town hosts Scots College, both teams are still unbeaten and have exactly the same amount of log points, fifteen. A massive game is expected with the St Pat's crowd hoping for a 1, 2 after this weekend.

 

 

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