Danny’s Desk – Looking at WP Rugby


Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where we round up the week that was in Club Rugby.

Western Province
Western Province

This past weekend was very limited in terms of rugby action as the teams are on their mid-season break. The result of the weekend was undoubtedly Retreat’s 24-17 victory over Masiphumelele.

Masi have looked pretty much unbeatable so far so this defeat will send shockwaves through the league. There were also several friendly matches played over the weekend which shows the clubs’ desire to remain fit and firing during this break. Keep up the good work guys!

The past week’s rugby action has been all about the youth as several of our DHL Western Province Academy sides were in action. The DHL Western Province Under-16 team hammered Border by 61-0 at the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week (for U16s) in Pretoria and followed it up with a hard-fought 24-11 win over the Lions on Tuesday.

The DHL WP Under-18 Academy team beat Free State by 43-5 on Monday and then beat the Bulls 17-8 on Tuesday (in Worcester). The DHL Western Province Under-16 Girls team beat Border 29-5 in Durban and, at the time of writing, were due to play their second game on Wednesday afternoon.

This weekend will see both the DHL WP U19 and U21 teams in action in their respective Absa Provincial youth tournaments. Both teams will be in action at City Park against Free State this Saturday, as DHL WP set about retaining the Provincial Under-19 level they last won in 2012 and, course, the Under-21s look to defend the title they won in such fine style last year. Lock JD Schickerling and loose forward Jacques Vermeulen, who performed so magnificently for the Baby Boks in the Junior World Cup, are both still Under-19 but could find themselves in the mix for the U21s this season.

The kick-off times at City Park are as follows: 13h30: DHL WP Under-19 v Free State Under-19 15h30: DHL WP Under-21 v Free State Under-21 The DHL Stormers continued their excellent end-of-season form as they made it four wins from four as they beat the Bulls by 16-0 at DHL Newlands.

The emergence of young talent has shown the future is certainly bright for South Africa’s biggest union, with new young players like Ali Vermaak, Oli Kebble, Sti Sithole, Stephan Coetzee, Michael Willemse, Ruan Botha, Jurie van Vuuren, Jean Kleyn, Sikhumbuzo Nothse, Dylon Frylinck, Cheslin Kolbe, Devon Williams, Michael van der Spuy and Kobus van Wyk all taking the step up to Super Rugby level this year.

To round off, the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament is nearing completion, but WP Rugby is offering supporters a fantastic special ahead of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup and Castle Rugby Championships. You can book your seat at DHL Newlands for the second half of the 2014 season for the low price of just R995 – an amount which includes all home Absa Currie Cup matches (excluding a potential home final) and the Springboks v Wallabies Castle Rugby Championships clash in Cape Town on September 27.

Contact the ticket office on 021-6594600 or visit wprugby.ticketpros.co.za to buy your season tickets NOW and, in the process, you will also have the option secure this same seat in 2015 – which brings with it more Super Rugby action, Test-match rugby and, of course, the Currie Cup.

There is also a special price of just R100 for scholar season ticket for the remainder of the season – which includes the Test match and a potential home final. Email lbooysen@wprugby.co.za should you want to find out more about our scholar’s deal.

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