In the Central Union, all eyes were on Fichardtpark Hoërskool's Clover sports day and as expected some exciting matches took place. Fichardtpark did not disappoint as they came up winners against a very strong Wesvalia from Klerksdorp. Wesvalia moved up into the big schools league in 2015 and with the support from the Leopards Rugby Union is developing into a force to be reckoned with. Fichardtpark won this titanic battle with 18 - 13 in their first match of the season. Dirkie Groenwald of the home team said before the match that he see's this match still as trials and a few changes could still be on the cards.
Louis Botha surprised the pundits last week when they played to a draw of 14 each against Diamantveld from Kimberley and the showed again against Noord Kaap at the Clover sports day that they must not be underestimated this season. Noord Kaap beating them narrowly with 17 - 13 in an exciting match. Most other matches were also the first of the season for the respective teams and close scores were in the order of the day.
In Bloemfontein, Diamantveld met Sentraal in what proved to be a one-sided match with Diamantveld who scored within 3 minutes from kick off through a try by Ashwill Botha. Twelve points came via the boot of Handré Bruwer. De-an Ackerman showed by scoring a brace of tries that he is already in the form that made him one of Griquas' Craven Weeks stars in 2016.
In KZN the Voortrekker Night Series provided most of the action on Friday Night with the two biggest games being that between DHS vs Westville (12 - 18) and Maritzburg College vs Voortrekker (26 - 0). This event held is similar to the Newlands Day with matches shortened and it is used by participating teams to finalise their teams before the season starts. With Scott Mathie in his second year in charge of DHS 1stXV, a lot is expected from his team this year. They came up against the team of Westville who has a new coach in ex Affie Dirkie Strydom, their 3rd coach in so many years. In a tight game, Westville just managed to beat DHS BUT and this is a big but, two of DHS's stars Pepsi Buthelezi and Sanele Nohamba was on duty at the Sevens Tournament in Namibia representing the SA u/18 team. Maritzburg College had a much easier match also with a new coach in old boy Ryan Kyle in charge.
In the Noorvaal region, several competitions are in full swing. With the Tuks series being reduced to 13 participating schools after the withdrawal of Centurion and Marais Viljoen one can expect that all matches will be highly competitive and entertaining. EG Jansen dismissed all stories of a weakened team overpowered a willing Rustenburg with 20 - 7. Eldoraigne also showed that the preseason "skinner" was 100% correct in convincingly beating Pietersburg 26 - 10. Jakes Smith decision to enter the Super B section of this competition is still questioned but is certainly bearing fruit.
In the "PUK Super 16 Series", Pretoria-Noord Hoërskool followed their impressive performance last week up with an even better performance beating Oosterland with 37 - 12. Ligbron issued an early warning with their comprehensive victory of 60 - 15 over Heidelberg Volkies while last year's champions Vryburg had a much tougher match beating the no 3 team of 2016 Fochville narrowly b 15 - 10.
The PUK Prestige Series seems to be the competition where close scores are going to be in the order of the day. Oos Moot "surprised" in drawing with Centurion 14 - 14. It must be mentioned that Oos Moot was beaten narrowingly through age group matches against the Dream Team of Helpmekaar who is regarded as a top 10 team for 2017 so we can expect big things from them in 2017. In the other match Lion killers, Ben Vorster just managed to beat Wonderboom 24 - 19.
In the NWU Vaal Sports Series, high scores were in the order of the day and one would expect the top contenders to sort themselves out in the next few weeks. Good wins for Benoni High, Secunda, Linden and Bastion this week.
If Waterkloof's warm up against Montana Hoërskool from Pretoria provided enough answers for their upcoming game next Saturday is doubtful. They were easy winners with 67 - 14. In the battle of the Gymnasiums Potchefstroom beat Vereeniging with 20 -19. In a match where tempers flared up early, the first points were only scored in the 27th minute. Potchefstroom took the lead ten minutes in the second half with Vereeniging scoring the last try in the dying minutes of the match.
The Western Cape is unfortunately still in a deep summer sleep. As seen on TV several Argentinian teams are visiting and was responsible for most of the action against the minnows of the Western Cape.