Our WP Club Rugby university teams are now fully back in action after their recent break from the league and this week we saw two mid-week games take place. UCT played two matches in the past week and ended taking their first loss of the season to False Bay 14 -10 and thereafter immediately got back on track with a 29-15 win over SK Walmers. UCT still have nine games in hand will be a team to watch. Stellenbosch have a similar record and trajectory as UCT having also lost only one match this season and eight games in hand.
This week’s mid-week match against Brackenfell showed just how ruthless these students can be with an 85 – 19 win over Brackenfell. This Saturday the Maties face second place Hamiltons at home which by all accounts will be a very tough match for both sides.
Even though UWC still have a number of games in hand, they will now know that the bottom of log danger zone is looming. After their 20-25 loss to Tygerberg things are not going to get any easier for UWC with their next match against log Super League A leaders Durbanville Bellville.
In Super League B, All Saints will be disappointed with their 37-21 loss to Helderberg as this was their opportunity to stay closer to the top six and make it into the knock out rounds.
Former Super League A club Primrose can still be a contender for the top six after their 42-30 win over Hamlets.
The Daljosafat Sport complex in Paarl is going to be a hive of big game activity in Super League B this weekend. Log leaders Franschhoek are up against home team Young People, Rangers face Vineyards and Paarl host Hamlets. Hamlets will know this is a vital game to win if they want to stay in range of the top six. Wins from Vineyards, Bellville and Primrose could see a significant change in the log.
In Super League C Macassar took the honours and bragging rights against Strand United, thereby securing their number one position on the log. We expect the match between Busy Bees and Goodwood is the one to look out for in Super League C. Busy Bees will have home ground advantage against the log runners up Goodwood. Busy Bees are currently sixth on the log with a game in hand and a win here could help them secure a place in the knockouts.
Western Zebras come off a one point, 12-11 loss to second placed Silvertree in the City League. This week they face an unbeaten Masiphumelele, but this time around they have home ground advantage. Zebras must win all three of their next matches with bonus points to take the top spot, and off course rely on a few other teams’ results going in their favour. Masi on the other hand have a nine point lead on Silvertree and will know that a win here will most likely secure their position as the number one team in the City League this year. You can watch highlights of this match as well and interviews with the coaches and captains on Cape Rugby TV on Cape Town TV, DStv ch 263 next week.
The top seven teams in the Southern League being, Morning Star, Noordelikes, Retreat, Lagunya, Peninsula, Atlantis and Rocklands remain with very small points margin between them. These top seven will remain unchanged as the nearest competitor in eighth position is seven points away.
Blue Stars United beat home town rivals Stellenbosch Coronations 41-10 thereby retaining their third place position in the Northern League, but this weekend will not be that easy as they now face the high flying log leaders Raithby Universals. One can’t read too much into Raithby’s 97-0 win over Blakes, but they will certainly have the feeling of winning rugby within them.
The pick of the week in the Paarl league is most certainly the match between second and third places Allandale and Lower Paarl. Both these teams have an 86% win rate this year, are scoring six tries per game and a match day average of between 42 and 37 points per game. This is most certainly a game to watch.