The Weekend To Come – 16/06/2019

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South Africa's schoolboy rugby has almost come to a complete standstill apart from a few private schools who are ending their season on Saturday. New Zealand is hotting up with the top dogs fighting for the National Playoffs and although one or two new faces immerged all the established favourites are still running the show.

South Africa:

Bondedag - The northern provinces are playing the annual "Bondedag" at Bekker Hoërskool in Magaliesberg on Saturday and although most will hide most of their tactics this is the final dress rehearsal before the Craven Week is hosted at Grey College in Bloemfontein from the 2nd of July 2019.

Limpopo Bulls face Goldens Lions XV with the Golden Lions team who is brimming with talent surely the favourite. The main attraction will be the match between the Bulls and Free State with the Bulls definately confident after their win against the Lions earlier in June while the Cheetahs who is basically Grey College's 1stXV must be the favourite. The Lions who will be missing captain Henco van Wyk but should still have more than enough petrol in the tank to beat a Sharks team who does not look close to the quality of the 2018 squad, who played in the Craven Week final.

NoordVaal - St Stithians hosts Kearsney in Johannesburg and with both teams not having the best of seasons the host must be the favourite simply for the fact that they are at home. St Benedict's are hosting the powerhouse St John's who should win this one with relative ease. Pretoria Boys High who escaped victory last weekend against St John's should be too strong for St David's.

KwaZulu Natal - Hilton should be too strong for Michaelhouse who is looking for a first win in five matches while St Charles maybe will have to work a bit harder to beat St Alban's who will be without a few players who will be attending "Bondedag" in Magaliesberg.

Eastern Cape - Kingswood is hosted the exciting St Andrew's and will send their guests home with a big smile.

New Zealand:

Auckland Premier 1A - Log Leader Auckland Grammar will travel to Sacred Heart College and should remain unbeaten, with the match of the surely between 2019 New Zeeland national champions St Peter's College and Kelston Boys High. Both schools have already lost one from five games played and St Peter's definately not as strong as in 2018 but they should be able to put Kelston away.

Central North Island - Five teams who have only lost one game so far is battling it out in this seemingly unpredictable competition. Log leader Wanganui College is hosting St John's College Hastings while Wesley College is hosting St Paul's Collegiate to cut two members from the group. Two big games and to predict winners is stupid but here goes. St John's Hastings and Wesley College should be the victims.

Crusaders Championship - St Andrew's College who is the only unbeaten team left in this competition travels to Shirley Boys High and will win with ease. However, the match between Christchurch BHS and Nelson College will be all action with St Bede's 3 log points ahead of Christchurch due to winning one more game than Christchurch. Christchurch at home mmmm but I will still go with Nelson College.

North Harbour 1A - It is the last week of league matches in this competition and Westlake BHS should remain on top as they host Takapuna Grammar who is still looking for their first win of the season. Whangarei College who is one log point behind Westlake BHS will also come away with full points as they travel to Massey High who has only one game in this competition so far.

Otago - Otago who is still unbeaten plays against Mt Aspiring, while log leaders Southland Boys High have a bye this weekend.

Super 8 - Four teams are unbeaten after round 1 with two of them Palmerston North and Hamilton Boys High playing each other in what is expected to be a match that will go to the wire. Palmerston may be the host but ..... Roturua BHS travels to a Gisborne BHS which should not be underestimated as only three points was the difference between them and  Napier BHS last weekend. Napier who is unbeaten host Hastings Boys' High and will want to get some consistency back into their season. Hastings lost by 7 to Palmerston North last weekend.

Wellington Premiership - St Patrick's Town and Rongotai College are both unbeaten after three rounds with St Pat's is on top of the log due to better points difference but this will be the game of the weekend. Expect a bruising encounter with Rongotai College my favourites but ..... Last year's league winner St Pat's Silverstream who is also unbeaten hosts St Bernard's College who is still looking for their first one of the season.