Four games in the first week of the competition did not prove much except that NWU, Maties, Ikeys and Tuks should be involved in the playoffs. The main game today must be the game between Ikeys and Maties with both sides winning with ease against UWC (52-5) and Wits (85-14).
UWC v Shimlas
Shimlas had a bye last weekend and is the only "unknown" factor in the game. UWC (Univerity of the Western Cape), on the other hand, suffered a heavy loss against Ikeys (5-52).
Ikeys v Maties
Both sides had a good first round win, with Maties' win against Wits (85-14) at home may be the most impressive.
UJ v TUKS
I attended the match between TUKS and CUT and admittingly was not that impressed. TUKS won 71-7 with even the big Dewald Donald running like a centre. UJ did lose 13-52 against an impressive NWU (Pukke) but I do think that against TUKS they struggle even more.
The TUKS team I got hold of is the same as last week except for Josh Barrett who replaces Othandwayo Noqgala at Tight Head. What does excite me is the name of one Keagan Johannes who is a replacement after an injury forced break. Keagan at ten and the dangerous Eddie Ludick at 12 is a very potent combination that must be on in the latter parts of this game.
Expect UJ to suffer yet another heavy loss.
Wits v CUT ( Bloemfontein University of Technology)
This could be a very good matchup if we can take both teams losses into account that they suffered last Monday. CUT may have lost (7-71) against TUKS and definitely does not possess the same talent TUKS had on the field BUT they are a well-coached unit that plays a very structured game that will upset teams on their level of competitiveness.
NWU (Potchefstroom) have a bye this week and will host UWC next Monday at the Fanie du Toit Stadium.