On Saturday the 16th April 2016 a strange phenomenon will occur for all those not used to rugby life in the northern provinces of our beautiful country. The Tuks and various Pukke competitions will reach the semi final stages where actual trophies are given to the winners..
The Tuks competition is aimed at the few Super Schools and is played at u/14, u/15, u/16 and U/18 level. A lot has been said regarding the age restriction of 18 for the "open" teams, and as nothing seems to impress the organisers, we will accept their wishes and thank them for this competition.
Rustenburg vs Monnas will hopefully not see the scores of the past but I can not see Rustenburg giving Monnas any trouble. The other game in this group we will see Nelspruit disposing off Kempton park, who has up to date only won 2 games with six losses. Monnas must be the favourite to win this group and advance to the final.
Calculators and rule books was necessary when Eldoraigne caused the biggest upset in the competition so far beating Middelburg HTS 28 - 22. My old friend Jake Smith still working his magic with the always underestimated Eldoraigne. But if can pull of a win against Garsies at Middelburg we will have to see. From reports we will experience two teams with completely different patterns. Eldoraigne will be playing with their forwards while Garsie will be trying to run them ragged at the back although they will miss their u/19 stars. Will Eldo's backline be able to contain Garsies? In the other game Middelburg HTS will host EG Jansen in the biggest of the four quater finals. Middelburg not having their best season coming up against the ever improving EG Jansen, EG Jansen should be able to win easily, but HTS in Middelburg will never say die. Expect a tight hard fought game. My pick of the weekend. Semi final between Garsies and EG Jansen? EG Jansen the victors earlier this season who knows but again this group can serve up surprised up to the final.
Quater Finals for Cup
Group 1 - Rustenburg vs Monnas
- Nelspruit vd Kempton park
Group 2 - Eldoraigne vs Garsfontein
- Middelburg HTS vs EG Jansen
Playoffs 9th - 16th places
Group 1 - Transvalia vs Florida
- Pietersburg vs bye
Group 2 - MenloPark vs Centurion
- Klerksdorp vs Marais Viljoen