Danny Jones gives us his weekly rundown on all the news surrounding Western Province Club Rugby.
The highlight of the past weekend was undoubtedly the ‘Derby Day’ between Hamilton’s and Villager’s. This is the oldest derby in South African club rugby and draws large crowds every year. In what was the 139th meeting between the two, it was Hamilton’s who were convincing winners on the day. With Villager’s going great guns in Super League B and looking a sure-bet for promotion, it won’t be too long before these two sides are doing battle in Super League A again!
In other results, Durb-Bell beat Primrose 52-0 in a one-sided affair. In Super League B, Kraaifontein caused a major upset when they derailed the ‘Navy Train’ of Sir Lowrians by 21-19 at Sir Lowrians’ home ground. What a great result for Kraaie! Elsewhere in Super League B, Goodwood beat Hamlets 28-23 and Scottsdene went down 19-28 to Hands & Heart.
In Super League C, Langa beat Elsies Rivier 7-3 in a tight affair, Silverleaf had a great result when they beat Paarl 24-19, and Franschoek were too strong for Eersterivier winning 37-17.
In the City League, Busy Bees continued their stellar form as they ran out 23-17 winners over Temperance.
In the Northern League, Cloetesville beat Whistling Wheels 54-5, whilst Blue Stars were victorious over Imiqayi 29-22.
There were several games postponed in the Southern League due to pitch concerns. Most notably Masiphumelele v Retreat. These games will be caught up at a later stage.
The Junior Springboks had a stellar Junior World Cup campaign and looked the most impressive side at the tournament. They unfortunately lost 21-20 to England in a heartbreaking final but the boys can hold their heads high after putting in some outstanding performances. We will no doubt be seeing more of them in the future – well done in particular to our two WP Rugby Institute players, Jacques Vermeulen and JD Schickerling.
Vodacom Super Rugby returns this weekend after a month’s hiatus in South Africa. The DHL Stormers are back at Newlands and will host the Bulls on Saturday. Kick-off is at 17h05. Best of luck to the boys. We urge our supporters to dress warmly, it is going to be cold at DHL Newlands and don’t forget to bring a blanket in order to support the DHL Stormers’ Blanket Drive – let’s all make a difference this winter.
There are no games this weekend but many clubs are having friendly matches in order to keep fresh for the season run-in.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our Muslim players, coaches, clubs, and everyone in the rugby community a healthy and blessed Ramadaan.