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The WPRFU Score Club Rugby Sevens action rolled into the final round robin week this past Saturday at the Goodwood Rugby Grounds.
Once again we saw a classic display of Sevens rugby with our WP Club Rugby sides giving it their best to secure the top four berths in each Pool. Union Milnerton and False Bay squeezed into the final day by winning all three of their must-win matches. Both teams were sitting outside the top four in their respective pools at the start of the day.

The Top 16 teams will square off in the knockout finals this coming Saturday. As with classic Sevens the tournament is split into the traditional four divisions including Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield sections. Saturday promises to deliver enough excitement as teams will need to win to remain in the running for the Cup competition.

The final match of the round of 16 will see Stellenbosch and St. Georges face off as both teams are skilled Sevens contenders and be hoping to keep their Cup title winning hopes alive. Similarly, Belhar and Hands & Hearts can be expected to go down to the wire in the opening match of the day on field A. Belhar will head into Saturday as one of only two unbeaten sides with 299 points on the board while Hands & Hearts scored the second highest points in pool B, on 260 points. Kuils River and Young Peoples both had an 80% win rate during the first four weeks which is indicative of yet another humdinger.

After Saturday’s knockouts and the crowning of the division winners, the WP selectors will select two dream teams to play in a Grand Finale scheduled for 18 November. These two teams will join the two WP Sevens sides, the Blitzboks and the coming weekend’s tournament winners.

Meanwhile, the WPRFU management and planning committee are keeping the wheels turning. This week the 2018 Super League clubs joined us at Newlands for the draw to confirm the home games for each club for the 2018 season. These fixtures lays the platform for fixture planning for the new season for the clubs.

The 2018 season will have an exciting format which will see 15 teams compete in a single round of 14 matches. The first and second place teams qualifying automatically for the semi-finals. Teams that finished in position three to six will compete in quarter-finals, this, to determine who will face position 1 and 2 in the semi-finals.

The Super League A, B and C league champions will be determined by the winner of the knockout finals and the knock outs will also confirm the Super League clubs to be promoted and relegated with the Super League competition.

On a final note, all fans and players are reminded that the coveted Currie Cup will once again be on display at the WPRFU Score Club Rugby Sevens tournament this weekend. Fans are welcome to have their pictures taken with this iconic trophy.

Danny Jones

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