Our weekly update of Club News from Danny Desk…..

WP Rugby

On Monday night the WPRFU had a very successful evening with the District Manager of the Northern Suburbs, Mr Alex Dykes. Last week they met with the District manager of the Mitchel’s Plain area, Mr Tengo Sokanyile for all the clubs under their respective jurisdictions.

The meetings are facilitated by WP Rugby bringing together the clubs and the City of Cape Town to continue with the partnership to assist clubs with maintaining and fixing the facilities at their clubs to the benefit of the clubs and the City and, ultimately, the community.

The WP Rugby Executive Committee member responsible for the meetings is Mr Gerald Njengele.

Tonight the meetings will continue at Milnerton and we hope to finalise meetings for the outstanding areas including Helderberg, Stellenbosch and Paarl.

The fourth round of the Community Challenge took place over the weekend and there were several outstanding results for the Western Province clubs.

False Bay were far too strong for Hawston as they ran out 99-17 winners. The league leaders have put in a great show in the tournament so far and are on course for a semifinal place.

Belhar kept up the pressure on False Bay with a 45-18 victory over Saldanha. They trail False Bay on points’ difference going into the final round of round-robin fixtures.

The Paarl Region beat Roses United 33-25 in their match and continue to impress in the competition while Primrose and Never Despair played out to a 34-34 draw at City Park.

Unfortunately the game between SK Walmers and Vredenburg was forfeited due to the Boland club’s inability to field a fully-fit team. The points were thus awarded to SK Walmers.

Last week a meeting was held for coaches from Super League A, B and C clubs at the HPC. In attendance was DHL Stormers Director of Rugby Gert Smal. This meeting was scheduled to discuss law interpretations, which was presented by Joey Klaaste-Salmons. The meetings continue tonight for the tegional clubs as well as for the Super League clubs who were unable to attend last week’s meeting.

It is a sad time for club rugby following the tragic bus accident involving Franschhoek Rugby Club which resulted in three deaths.

The Western Province Rugby Football Union, under the leadership of President Thelo Wakefield, has launched a Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected in Saturday’s tragic bus accident. A bucket collection will also be held when the DHL Stormers host the Chiefs at DHL Newlands this Saturday – any donation will make a massive difference to a club, and its people, who are still in a severe state of shock.

If you would like to donate to the fund, the details are as follows:
Name: Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 071411097
Branch code: 025009

There are a host of club rugby fixtures being played this weekend and we wish every club playing the very best of luck in their pre-season preparations.

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