Preview Of The Week Ending 26 Mar 2017 – Central Region



Not a lot of rugby taking place in the Central Region this weekend with most of the prominent teams in this region attending the Kroonstad AHS rugby day. Kroonstad AHS is also known as "Rooiskool" and their yearly derby against Kroonstad Hoërskool, "Blouskool" is known for exceptional rugby.

Goudveld will be trying to put their defeat against Waterkloof behind them. The availability of their fly-half, Ruben Liebenberg is still uncertain and although their forwards will be able match those of Witteberg Liebenberg's absence could be detrimental to their hopes of a victory against Witteberg. Witteberg's close victory against Louis Botha (35-25) last weekend will give the boys of Goudveld some hope as Louis Botha is really struggling this season so far losing all three their fixtures.

"Blouskool" should not have a lot of difficulty in beating a struggling Hentie Cilliers who is yet to win a fixture this year. "Blouskool" lost 7-14 against a very hot Fichardtpark 1stXV team last weekend. Can not see Hentie Cilliers coming close to a major upset on Saturday.

The big match at the Kroonstad AHS rugby day must be the one between Welkom Gim and Helpmekaar. Helpmekaar who is written off by many after their defeat against Affies last weekend IS a very talented team that could and should win the majority if not all of their fixtures the rest of the season. Welkom Gim will play in its 4th away game in a row since the start of the season but also their fourth game in 20 days winning 1 and losing 2 so far this season. Helpies will have the services of their captain Mark Snyman back and that should enable the rest of the forwards to get involved in some loose play which was not possible against the pack of Affies. It Was confirmed that Helpmekaar's star fly-half Tristan Oosthuizen is ok after he played the last 15 minutes of the game against Affies with suspected concussion. Helpies should still be able to win this game with relative ease after an initial onslaught from Welkom Gim.

Diamantveld should be too strong for Jim Fouche and the boys will welcome this "easy" fixture to prepare for the Oakdale festival which they will attend during the school holidays.