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Thursday, 09 June 2011 19:10

Western Cape Rugby Preview: 11th June

Western Cape Rugby: Preview: Bishops v Bosch, PRG v Landbou, Tygers v Boishaai

tygerbergThis Saturday certainly promises to be one of the biggest days in Western Cape rugby as the big boys get ready to put on a display of epic proportions.

Paul Roos Gim v Boland Landbou: Boland Landbou has had somewhat of an uphill battle this season and will be keen to gain some lost pride when they host Paul Roos. However PRG themselves are not enjoying the best of times and with a 50% winning ration will be looking to put away Boland as quickly as possible.

It promises to be a tough dual between two teams who on their day can beat most of the top sides and a victory will go a long way in boosting their confidence for the remainder of the season.

One interesting tussle will be between the two No.8’s and plenty of pride will be at stake. Derckson of Paul Roos has been selected for the Craven Week side whilst N.Lubbe of Boland Landbou has been drafted into the Academy side and will be out to show that he is every bit as good as his opposite number.

However on paper at least PRG appear to hold all the aces and the likes of their wingers, Goliath and JP Lewis will be relishing the opportunity to cash in on some space when the time comes. PRG should be expecting to take this one at a canter.

Bishops v Rondebosch: One of the picks of the weekend is this big derby between two teams that are playing some great rugby. Bishops find themselves in 10th spot on the rankings and under Coach Dave Mallet’s tutorage have become a genuine threat to the top teams. Although they went down to Boishaai they have beaten Tygerberg and are one of the front runners in the Western Cape.

However Rondebosch are no pushover’s and are good value for their 16th spot that they occupy in the Top 20. Still the brutally physical match they endured last weekend, in a losing cause, against Drostdy could well have blunted their spirit especially considering they got dismantled by a strong Boishaai side a week earlier.

Last year the two neighbours thrashed it out to a 19-19 draw and it looks as if this year it is going to be just as tight. Selom Govar is a great left wing for Rondebosch who is putting in some strong displays and we can expect him looking to get as much ball as possible and to try to run Bishops off their feet.

Still Bishops have the likes of prop Motali, their tackling machine centre Kotze and the silky skills of flyhalf Swiel to probably take them over the line in this one.

Tygerberg v Boishaai: Paarl Boy’s have marched into 3rd spot and it appears to be a mismatch that they take on a side that is trying to hang onto a top 30 spot. Yet Boishaai will underestimate them at their peril and will need to be on top form to avoid being on the wrong side of an upset.

In the Top 30 Tygerberg have scored the second most points this season, averaging a massive 37 points per match and they are clearly a team who like to play an exciting brand of rugby. Edwin Sass and Justin Gedult have shown little patience this season and we can expect the centre combination to expose any defensive errors that Boishaai present.

Naturally Boishaai are the favourites, they have only lost the single match this season and managed to hold the mighty Grey College to a draw in an epic struggle. They have four players in the Craven Week side which is possibly a little low considering their lofty status on the table but they are a side that oozes class.

Strong props in Nagel and Van Der Merwe have so often provided them a solid platform to attack from and along with their outstanding locks they have one of the most powerful tight fives in the business.

Boishaai should have enough firepower to take this one but don’t count out Tygerberg who have home ground advantage and more than enough skill to cause and upset.

Other matches in the Western Cape to look out for on Saturday:

SACS vs Primrose RFC

Wynberg vs Brackenfell

HTS Drostdy vs Bellville High

Bishops vs Rondebosch
Boland Landbou vs Paul Roos
DF Malan vs Hugenote
Labori vs Hottentots Holland
Monument Park vs De Kuilen
Paarl Gym vs Oakdale
Strand vs Durbanville
Stellenberg vs Tygerberg RFC
Tygerberg High vs Paarl Boys' High