The Western Province with their competition setup can one week supply some outstanding matches and then the next week slump to a very boring weekend. This weekend provided some close and entertaining games and then there was a big surprise.
Unexpected yes, surprised very. Boland Landbou 16-19 Framesby. The lads from the Windy City were good value for their win, if for no other reason because they made considerably fewer mistakes, but their constant in-your-face defence rattled Landbou to such an extent that they took their eye off the ball on too many occasions and paid the price. The Farmers’ showing was disappointingly substandard, the smooth co-ordination that has characterized their earlier outings being noticeably absent. It will also not have escaped them that this was yet another game in which they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying stages.
Bishops nearly pulled off another surprise. After their performance, last week against SACS, drawing 24-24 their supporters was talking to win against the ever improving and talented Drostdy HTS but unfortunately, the young team of Drostdy just proved to be good enough to win 32-26 in an exciting match.
SACS is still looking for their big three win this season making Paul Roos work very hard to keep them from winning the match. Coming off two losses Paul Roos Gimnasium came to Newlands to face an old foe in The South African College High School (SACS) desperate to turn their season around. Reduced to 14-men for the final twenty minutes they were forced to dig deep for a hard fought 29-24 victory.
Wynberg lost against Grey High 30-40 with Grey high on a high especially after their win against Paul roos last weekend.
Stellenberg had to dig very deep to overcome an underperforming Outenqia winning with 43-37 at the end of a match which will not be remembered for the defence of either side. Wynberg lost to Grey PE 40-30. Durbanville was hammered by Brackenfell 12-84 cementing their claim for the second spot in the Premier B division.
Impressive Hopefield visited Porterville, whose side has been in similarly devastating form this winter winning a close encounter 33-24, the Wesbank grounds hosted the FNB Classic Clash between Schoonspruit and Piketberg, both of whom have upped their games of late but Schoonspruit dominated winning the match 43-8. The seaside derby between Vredenburg and Weston was a lot closer than it has been for some time with Vredenburg winning 19-14.