It’s a race to the tryline to be top



August 4, 2016
It’s a race to the tryline to be top

HOT PURSUIT: Tygerberg and Maties

False Bay watch backs as Stellies and Tiere chase.

The Western Province club rugby season is nearing the home straight.

And nothing has been settled as yet.

With only two games left to play, False Bay have a healthy lead exiting the final bend.

Chasing them are Tygerberg, Hamiltons and Durbell.

But it’s Maties in fifth place that are the biggest threat to Jonno van der Walt’s unbeaten team and gold in 2016.

As it stands, False Bay can go up to 66 log points if they win their last two encounters against relegation candidates Sir Lowrians and Kuilsrivier both with bonus points.

However, they won’t need to get bonus points in both games, as they only need a further seven points to secure the title.

This, thanks to Tygerberg – who are involved in a tight battle for second place – managing a draw against Maties last weekend.

With yesterday being voting day, I am going with a False Bay win this year.

As for the relegation battle, Sir Lowrians and Kuilsrivier both need to get their act together quickly if they want to avoid the drop.

Brandon Grant and his Parow NNK team got theirs not that long ago and have managed to overtake both Sir Lowrians and Kuila on the log.

Mark Willard’s Kuilsrivier, though, have five games left in the campaign.

The problem is their opposition in those matches.

They will have an outside chance of getting the better of SK Walmers this weekend. Then they square off against the log leaders, False Bay, both teams from Stellenbosch, Vics and Maties, as well as national club champs Durbell.

It’s a tough ask for Earl Johnson and his teammates.

Realistically, there are a few more points “up for grabs” for Sir Lowrians heading into the end of the season.

With a tough encounter against False Bay next week, they will face Belhar, who have been struggling recently, and UWC in the final week.

The Bellville students and Primrose are also still not out of the relegation scrap just yet.

Third from bottom, we have NNK.

They have a tough match this weekend against UCT, albeit depending on which Ikeys team pitches up  they have been as solid as a maer mannetjie in the face of the Cape Doctor.

After that they have SK Walmers and Vics  two tough matches.

Meanwhile, Maties played Durbell at the Danie Craven Stadium last night, while UCT hosted Vics.

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