The second week of schoolboy rugby is upon us and although very early in the season some teams will be eager to show their intent for the 2017 season.
In the Central region, all eyes will be turned to Bloemfontein and in particular to Hoërskool Fichardpark. They claim it to be the biggest sports event presented at any South African school. With a total of 26 schools from the Free State, Griffons, Northern Cape, North West and Eastern Cape participating there promise to be more than enough entertainment for the schoolboy rugby supporter.
A match promising a lot of action must be the one between Louis Botha HTS and Noord Kaap 1stXV's. Both these schools were midst in the u/19 row the past few weeks and with Louis Botha playing to a draw against Diamantveld a few weeks ago, the result from this match should give an early indication of who will be the team to not underestimate. The high-flying Welkom Gimnasium should have to much fire power for Jim Fouche, and Marlow will be watched closely to see if their form is to match the talk.
Elsewhere in Bloemfontein Diamantveld is visiting Sentraal. Diamantveld who is looking to better their performances of last year should have little difficulty in beating Sentraal.
In the Natal region, the only action will be at Voortrekker's Night Series where DHS will look to continue their early season form against Westville Boys High. Scott Mathie is busy transforming the boys from DHS in a team to be reckoned with and a lot is expected from this team. Unfortunately, they will be missing Pepsi Buthelezi and Sanele Nohamba who is on SA Schools Sevens duty in Namibia.
In the Noordvaal there is action galore with the Pukke Super 16, NWU Vaal, Puk Prestige and Tuks Series kicking off.
In the Tuks series, eyes will be on Menlopark vs Transvalia. Transvalia beating Middelburg HTS should be enough warning for Menlopark not to underestimate them. A lot of work is starting to pay off and Menlopark must not expect a warm welcome at Transvalia.
EG Jansen who was apparently raided by the rest of the Noordvaal schools will want to show that they can still play with the big dogs. Rustenburg who is in their 3rd season of rebuilding should test the boys from the East Rand and one would hope for a tough match. To predict a winner this early in the season is madness.
The matches in the Puk Prestige series between Ben Vorster vs Wonderboom and Centurion vs Oos Moot should provide early indications of who could walk away with the crown. Centurion will look to establish itself as an early leader as everybody will be curious how an ex Tuks series school will do in the Puk series. Centurion is in its maiden year as a competitor in the Puk prestige series after their withdrawal from the TUKS series after the 2016 season.