24th Mar 2019

The Week That Was – Ending 24/02/2019

 

An action-packed weekend with South Africa schoolboy rugby slowly waking from their summer sleep and the UK still on a break with only a few 7's tournaments happening. The u/20 Six Nations Championship is also producing surprises every week while the Young Guns and Varsity Cup almost settled on the teams to play in the semi-finals.

International

Ireland u/20 remained unbeaten with Italy losing 14-34 to them in round 3. Wales only lost their opening match against Italy and won their second game in a row beating the highly rated English u/20 with 11-10 when Wales scored the winning try in the last seconds of the match. This makes the match in round 5 between Wales and Ireland the match that could be the deciding game in the Championship.

UK

Millfield made it back to back Christ College Brecon 7s triumphs on Sunday as they sealed this major 7s title once again. The Somerset side is always one of the top 7s outfits in schools rugby and they showed their abilities again as they came out of the top of a strong field in Wales.

Epsom College retained their Sussex Schools 7s title at Christ’s Hospital on Sunday, claiming the Cup ahead of a very strong field. They sealed their triumph in a final against a side that they knew plenty about from the fifteen-a-side season, Hurstpierpoint College, whom they had defeated in the Champions Trophy semi-final.

South Africa

Varsity Cup

Maties are the University setting the pace in both the u/20 Young Guns competition as well as in the Varsity Cup competition. At the Young Guns level, they are with NWU the only unbeaten sides while at Varsity Cup level Maties, NWU and Shimlas are still unbeaten.

Schoolboy Rugby

Central Region

The only surprise at the President Steyn Sports Day was the ease with which Grey College's 6thXV won against host  President Steyn (57-10).  Although this event delivered some exciting rugby the quality of Grey College's 6thXV clearly illustrated the quality of Grey College's Rugby.

Eastern Cape

The Gill College Rugby Day is used by many to sort out the final few hitches in their teams in preparation for the season. However, being the Eastern Cape where surprising results are no surprise the host got beaten by Andrew Rabia in a very physical match (10-12). Union High had a good win against Cilliers (17-0) with Volkskool showing some good early season form in beating Victoria Park (34-15)

KwaZulu Natal

In the Lord's Night Series Kuswag Hoërskool remained unbeaten and retained the title which they won in 2018 after a muddy affair against Kingsway High School (34-0). However, all eyes were on the Voortrekker Night series where Glenwood won 40-0 against Sarel Cilliers in a very much one-sided affair.

Noord Vaal

Several friendlies were played with Marais Viljoen beating Potch Volkies (24-07) in a physical and exciting match. Middelburg whose rugby is showing steady improvement demolished Brandwag (Valke) 45-10.

Hartebeespoortdam won the first match in the NWU-Pukke Sports Series against in a close game with 22-18.

In the NWU-Pukke Top 16 competition, Leeuwenhof won 31-12 against Bekker while Riebeeckrand celebrated their inclusion in this competition with a 24-12 win against Overvaal. The current champions Pionier issued an early warning to anybody planning their demise with an easy win against Piet Retief (37-19)

Western Cape

Still fast asleep? Apart from the CWL Baard Rugby Day hosted by Hopefield a friendly here in there with the results apparently not of interest to any sides and coaches?

 

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