On Saturday 20 Aug 2016 the VirSeker/Beeld Competition for big schools will enter the semi finals stage. In 2015 Helpmekaar won in a very exciting match beating Potchefstroom Gim 30 - 27 in the final.
Lichtenburg vs Vereeniging Gym
Lictenburg who won this competition last in 1988 with further unsuccessful attempts in 1990, 2011 and 2014, will host the team of Vereeniging Gym. Both teams have the service of five provincial representatives to their disposal and all their players is available. Both teams is not going in to this semi final with rigid game plans but was not willing to share some secrets.
Vereeniging Gym only lost two games during 2016. The first was against Vryburg on tour and the second was against Transvalia during league games. Vereeniging met Transvalia again in the finals of the Valke league and this time they were victorious 33 - 23.
Who will be the winner? If previous results for the 2016 season was to count for anything I would go for Vereeniging Gym. However Lictenburg at home????????
Ligbron vs Helpmekaar
Helpmekaar must go into this semi final as the favourites. Their record this season is impressive although they play schools much bigger than themselves on a regular basis. Played 17 lost 3 is impressive but taking into account two of their losses was against Affies and Paarl Boishaai makes it very impressive. Add to that they won against Garsfontein and Waterkloof who are competing in the Macro Schools semi finals. Expect Helpmekaar to play their normal game. Hard and fast. The absence of Mark Snyman, SA "A", will not affect them as much as the replacement is capable.
Ligbron on the other hand surprised all by beating Ben Vorster 25 - 13 in the quarter finals. Their season so far is impressive with 17 wins out of 18 matches, their only loss came against Ermelo. This error was corrected two weeks later when Ligbron got revenge in the regional play offs. Injuries is however a major concern. The match against Ben Vorster saw their tight head, hooker and full back becoming their latest casualties. Six injuries in total with the full back being their regular place kicker.
So Ligbron is down and out? Not so says their seasoned coach, Kobus Stander of sixteen years. Although 11 of the match day team is u/17 he is full of confidence that they can cause an upset. A seasoned coach who will have the boys playing for him, as this is his last year as 1stXV coach, and their team mates must never be underestimated.