WPRFU News

This past weekend saw some fantastic rugby for our DHL WP, DHL WP u21s and club sides.
 
DHL WP Currie Cup side won their home semi-final against the Lions at Newlands, 19-5. The DHL WP U21s came out victorious against the Lions u21s on Friday, snatching a 37-36 win away from home. False Bay continued with their impressive performances in the Gold Cup by advancing to the final against College Rovers.  Our clubs had yet another great day at the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens.

A deserved mention goes to our Women’s WP Club Rugby sides, Busy Bees and Blue Jets on their sterling performance at the National Women’s club rugby champs.

We enter the third round of the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens tournament, this weekend. Many of the teams are now finding their groove as they shift from fifteen-man rugby to sevens, with the transition of the style of play most notable. Many players commented that they are now getting a feel for each other on the field, and quite a few mentioned that for them the day was more about the experience than the result.

With more than 45 matches played on Saturday, the tournament showcased the true value of continuous community activity via the world of club rugby. Many of the teams would otherwise not have played against each other, but the nature of the combined pools allows for the opportunity to meet, greet and play against teams from different leagues.

As expected the teams showed their natural running and stepping skills while a common denominator among teams are spreading the ball wide.

Things are heating up as the teams in pole position are setting the pace. Belhar (Pool A), Brackenfell (Pool B), Victorians and False Bay (Pool C), and St. Georges (Pool D) all maintained their unbeaten run with five wins from five matches so far.

Many clubs will now be looking to play catch up over the next two weekends to ensure they finish among the top four in their respective pools. The top four from each pool will qualify for the knock-out finals taking place on the 11th November 2017.

This weekend’s Score Sevens matches gets underway at the Goodwood RFC grounds at 10:12 with the first match between Tygerberg and False Bay taking place on the A Field. Matches continue all day with the last match of the day at 16:12 between Eersterivier and UWC. We’re expecting hundreds of passionate fans to arrive in their droves.

In addition to the sevens rugby we hosted the wheelchair rugby team who played an exhibition match on the day. This match created some exposure for the sport and to show off their skills.

Congratulations to False Bay on their victory over Rustenburg Impala in the Gold Cup. This win means they will host the final at home against College Rovers. We wish Coach Jonno van der Walt and his team all the best for the day and look forward to another trophy in our cabinet.

The Assupols 7’s will once again take place this weekend at Paul Roos. The tournament will take place on 28th and 29th October in preparation to the Blitzboks 7’s campaign. Our very own WP 7’s teams will be participating in this tournament as well as the WP u17 team. International teams such as Scotland, England Academy, Zimbabwe and Namibia will be in action in the senior category while in the u17 age group, our WP u17s will be up against stiff opposition such the SA Schools, Namibia, Argentina and Boland u17 teams.

In conclusion we wish Coach Jerome Paarwater and his DHL WP u21 team all the best of luck with their final against the Bulls u21s. As we approach the Currie Cup Final in Durban, we hope that our DHL WP team will repeat the success of previous years and lift the Currie Cup title.

Best Regards
Danny Jones
WPRFU