The WP Club Rugby league continues to surprise and again we see any team can win on any day. It was a mixed bag of results for the universities, as UWC who are struggling at the bottom of the log bounced back with a win 31 -22 win over Villagers in this week’s midweek game, while UCT lost to Brackenfell. This result keeps Brackenfell in the hunt for the top 6, while it’s a short lifeline for UWC who are trying to avoid the dreaded relegation zone.
More than a few predicted that a Super League A upset was on the cards between log leaders Durbell and Stellenbosch. This however turned out to be the furthest thing from the truth as Stellenbosch won 82-5. Durbell remain at the top of the log, but both Stellenbosch and False Bay have two games in hand and are chasing to make the favoured first and second place which secures the semi-final positions.
Look out for a big match between UCT and Hamiltons this weekend as the top six positions is the main consideration for league contention this year.
Paarl increased their lead at the top of the log in Super League B with a close 25-24 win over second placed Franschhoek. We could see the musical chairs between these two teams continue this week as Paarl now travel to fifth place Bellville and Franschhoek face bottom of the log Kraaifontein. A bonus point win for Franschhoek could jump them to the top of the log, if Bellville have their way with Paarl. You can also expect a big match between Vineyards and Helderberg.
Macassar’s light continues to shine in first position in Super League C as they remain unbeaten after their 57-12 win over Young Wesleys. This weekend Macassar face Elsies River United in what has always been a big game for both sides. Meanwhile second place Kylemore who only have one loss are against fifth placed Langa. You can expect a close encounter between these two contenders.
The City League saw a typical Derby between rivals Caledonian Roses and Silvertree this past weekend, but it was ultimately Callies who walked away with the 13-12 honours. Both these teams remain in contention for the top three positions. Callies this week face Western Zebras who are only one position and one log point behind them. Callies will know that they will need to pull out all the stops to beat Zebras who recently turned the tables on current log leaders Masiphumelele.
Morning Star thus far has only one loss to their name and remains at the top of the log in the Southern League. They did however score a default win this past weekend against bottom of the log Young Brothers. Similarly it was a full bag for Peninsula who was scheduled to play Silverleaf. Atlantis who cannot be counted out of contention for the top three host third place Lagunya. Even though Lagunya have a 78% win rate so far this year, slightly higher than the 56% of Atlantis, Atlantis are scoring on average 29 points per match vs Lagunya’s 26 points per match.
Things are certainly going down to the wire weekly in the Northern League as Raithby, Blue Stars, VDS Evergreens and Eersterivier head up the log sequentially. All four these teams have an equal 80% win rate and thus it was a good result for Whistling Wheels who took a 31-27 win over VDS Evergreens this past Saturday.
The Northern League has some big matches this weekend as neighbours Raithby Universals square off against Eersterivier and Whistling wheels against Blue Stars. It’s a last chance for Blakes to get on the board this weekend as they face Delft.
In the women’s league competition, Busy Bees women proved too strong for UWC women when they ran out comfortable winners by 58-12. In Khayelitsha, visitors Tygerberg women secured a good win of 21-10 against the host Blue Jet women to move them top of the women’s log.
All clubs are reminded of the Level 2 WP Rugby sevens course to held on 7 & 8 September. The course includes video analysis, group Work, problem solving, presentation and practical delivery. Entries close on 1 September and can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then for those interested in the Level 1 World Rugby coaching course, this will be held on 14 September and again on 3 November with closing dates one week before the course commences.
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