A bit of a "dull" weekend in South Africa as the winners in most games are quite obvious and was it not for some top schools taking each other on in the Western Cape it may have been worth it to take the weekend off. In New Zealand however, some top class exciting games to look forward to.
Central Region - No games as all the provincial youth weeks teams of the Free State, Griquas and Griffons are playing each other at the HT Pelotona Stadium in Welkom.
Eastern Cape - One of the big games of the weekend is when Selborne hosts St Andrew's, with Selborne ranked #8 and St Andrew's #18. St Andrew's has only lost to Rondebosch (10-17) and drew with Grey High (17-17) while Selborne lost to Grey College (8-17) and Jeppe (15-19) with the opponents that Selborne played just little bit better. Selborne must be seen as the favourites although only just.
Framesby hosts Marlow as the favourite in this match. Framesby only lost to Selborne (17-20) in 2019 while Marlow has lost 7 from 12 and although they looked a lot better during their last two matches I still can not see how they can win this one. Grey High hosts a Daniël Pienaar who is struggling and should not sweat too much in an easy game for Grey High.
KZN Natal - Amazingly DHS is looking for their 2nd win after 12 games with their only win against Westville (27-26) almost two months ago. DHS will travel to Clifton who also can not claim a successful year losing 5 from 10 games. DHS must be the favourite to win their second game.
Maritzburg College hosts Westville and would want to see them as the favourites as they won their last 6 games in a row after a disastrous start to the season. Westville, on the other hand, is blowing hot and cold during the whole season and comes off a loss to Hilton (22-25) last weekend. Westville should be the favourites if everything is taken into account but Maritzburg College may just surprise.
NoordVaal - In a non-league game Affies take on Jeppe with Affies losing 5 of their last 6 games while Jeppe has won their last two games in a row. If the selectors of the Lions are to be believed this will be an easy win for Jeppe, however, as Grey College will testify this Affies team ain't that bad and not ready to surrender. A close game it may become but as always Affies, who is welcoming back a few injured players should win this one.
KES vs Waterkloof is a fixture that is a bookie's dream. KES is currently ranked #15 and played brilliant rugby before being upset by St John's (28-28) last weekend. Waterkloof who is ranked #21 and after their win against Monnas (28-21) everybody was talking about the revival happening at the school. However, after the result against Menlopark (21-55), one can not be blamed to have KES as the favourite, except if the Klofie team that played against Monnas make their appearance. As you can see I am not decided but I tend to think KES.
VirSeker Cup - Easy wins for Helmekaar vs Noordheuwel and Monnas vs Transvalia, however, the games between Menlopark vs Garsfontein and Middelburg HTS and EG Jansen is going to be fast and brutal.
Menlopark started the season slow losing 4 from 7 at the start of the season and then started winning. Their win against Waterkloof (55-21) showed they are in it to win it but admittingly was not tested during their last three wins. Garsfontein, on the other hand, has been at the top of their game losing only 2 from 10 and still have some players to come back from injury. Garsfontein must be the favourite but the Menlopark that demolished Waterkloof must never be underestimated.
Middelburg HTS is no pushover and is busy regaining the form they are known for. They won 9 from their 15 games thus far but like I said before they are improving with every game. EG Jansen is winning one just to lose the next one, winning 6 from 10 games, but is also regaining their form of previous years. This will be a brutal game with both schools known for their physicality with the deciding factor maybe that EG Jansen has to travel and most of their team was involved in games against the Lions on Tuesday. But maybe EG Jansen could, should and ........................
Western Cape - Paarl Boishaai welcomes Paul Roos to their second game back after winning the SANIX championships in Japan. Paul Roos had a rude awakening last weekend when they lost 15-42 to Paarl Gim and if they think Paarl Boishaai is going to be a bit easier they are in for a rude awakening. Paarl Boishaai is improving with every game and may just be the favourites to beat Paul Roos.
There’s always a bit of emotion involved when Boland Landbou play Stellenberg, although the fact that this year’s episode takes place in the northern suburbs should defuse things to a certain extent. The Farmers have been soundly thumped by two southern suburb schools in a row and something is going to have to change quickly if they are to alter the course of their season. Stellenberg the favourites if they can overcome some rustiness after a week of rest.
Paarl Gym is going to roll over SACS without raising too much of a sweat, even if they let a large part of their regular starting 1st XV wander around Cavendish Square for the duration of the first half.
Wynberg shouldn’t have to struggle too much to subdue Hugenote, although the latter’s ever-optimistic coach Lance Sendin will doubtless remind his side about the heroic 34-32 beating the Blackies Team of 2017 served up to Rondebosch on Hawthornden at the Wynberg Festival of that year. (Uncle Tony Stoops)
Auckland Premier 1A - Log leader Auckland Grammar travels to Aorere College in what should be an exciting game although I do not expect Auckland Grammar to lose. King's College host also unbeaten St Kentigern College on Saturday in what will be the match to watch in New Zealand, while St Peters who is also still unbeaten hosts bottom of the log Liston College who is still looking for their first win. This competition has 4 of the top 5 ranked schools in their ranks which must make this the top competition in New Zealand.
Crusaders Championship - Log leader Christ's College travels to Lincoln Combined and should not sweat too much at all while also unbeaten St Andrew's College will have to work a little bit harder to beat St Thomas who lost against Christ's College in the first week but who demolished Christchurch BHS (40-12) last weekend.
Central North Island - This competition is only in their second week of competition with last year's top 4 teams Feilding HS, St Paul's, St Peter's and Westley all still unbeaten.
North Harbour 1A - With only one team, Westlake BHS still unbeaten after 3 rounds the fight for the second spot is fierce and fast. Westlake travels to Rangitoto who has only lost to Whangarei BHS (12-22) in the first week.
Super Eight and Wellington Premiership Competitions will play their first matches this weekend.