Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where you can find all relevant club rugby information.
It has been a quiet couple of weeks on the club rugby circuit as clubs are currently on their mid-season breaks. However, there was a Super League B game played over the weekend between Kraaifontein and Young Peoples. Kraaie ended up winning that encounter 29-22, despite a spirited effort by the Young Peoples team.
It was a very successful weekend for our Western Province youngsters as the Under-16 Grant Khomo and Under-18 Academy Youth Week teams and the Provincial Under-19 and Under-21 sides all registered good wins.
The DHL WP Under-19s beat Free State 50-26, whilst the U21s beat the Free State U21 team by 20-17 in a tough encounter. Both games, season-openers, were played at City Park – our home away from home! – and we will be back there again this weekend against the Leopards. We hope to see our supporters there too.
The U16s beat the Blue Bulls 26-11 in the unofficial final of their Grant Khomo Week. The U18s were victorious in their Academy Week matches, beating Free State (43-5) and the Bulls (17-8) and then KZN by 38-7 in the tournament finale. The DHL WP Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week team started their campaign this week with an exciting 33-32 win over the Pumas on Monday, but lost their second game, 23-38, to a fired-up SWD team in Middelburg.
A special mention must go to our unbeaten Under-16 Girls side who won their tournament after beating Border 26-19 in the final. This great set of results is testament to the hard work that all our youngsters put in and the time, effort and faith put into our youth set-ups.
Club Rugby makes a return this weekend. Although just the teams in the Super Leagues will be playing, it will be great to have some action back on Saturday afternoons!
In Super League A, False Bay host unbeaten League leaders Hamilton’s, and Helderberg play host to Belhar in a must-win encounter for the league newcomers. We’re already at the business-end of the season and now, more than ever, there is something to play for in every game.
In Super League B, the fixtures that stand out are: Pniel Villagers v Goodwood, Macassar v Young Peoples, and Hands & Heart v Sir Lowrians. It promises to be a cracking Super League B weekend!
The two big games in Super League C involve the two teams at the top of the table. League leaders Raithby Universals will hope their fairytale run continues as they host Eersterivier, whilst Langa who are hot on their heels, host Silverleaf in a must-win encounter.
Be sure to get down to your local club and lend your support or come on down to City Park on Saturday to watch the WP Under-19 and Under-21 teams against the Leopards (kick-off is at 13h30 and 15h30, respectively).
Danny Jones WPRFU