KICK OFF: Maties face defending champs False Bay

The WP club rugby season has been a bit of a stop-start affair to date this year with the long weekends meaning an extended break for some clubs.

But there will be no shortage of action this Saturday.

With the guys from Stellenbosch University having played their season opener against the University of the Western Cape last night, Maties will also be involved in one of the big matches this weekend when they host defending champions False Bay in a mouthwatering affair.

Having already “dropped” log points in their 10-10 draw against Hamiltons on April Fool’s Day,

exciting winger Mustaqeem Jappie and his Bay teammates know they can’t afford not to bag the win if they want to be seen as the team to beat this year.

Maties, meanwhile, have had a decent start to their year, making it to the final of the Varsity Cup tournament.

And with three games in one week – with UniMil lying in wait next Wednesday – coach Hawies Fourie will have to juggle his squad to get the best out of them.

In Ravensmead, meanwhile, Tygerberg have continued where they left off last season and have won both their opening matches to Pniel Villagers and the struggling Durbell respectively.

Coach Ricky Petersen’s side is a shoo-in to make it three from three when they host Parow NNK at Florida Park on Saturday in what should be an intense derby.

NNK have not only lost their first match of the season to giants Hamiltons (57-12), but also lost key playmaker and flyhalf Jonty Gray in that encounter.

Gray’s season looks to be over after he suffered a broken ankle in the match which was halted for 20 minutes as the medical team stabilised the player.

Elsewhere, Hamiltons have a good chance of keeping their unbeaten status when they host UniMil at the Stephen Oval.

After shocking the Cape club rugby scene with a brilliant 49-38 comeback win over Durbell in the opening weekend, the men from Milnerton then lost 38-28 to SK Walmer and while the odds are stacked against them on Saturday, they will no doubt still be dreaming of yet another giant-killing act.

On the topic of giants, all is not well at perennial favourites Durbell at the moment.

Three defeats in as many matches – against UniMil, Victorians and Tygerberg, means the 2015 SA club champs are in real trouble.

But at home, they will fancy their chances against SK Walmer.

In other action this weekend, Primrose host Belhar at Rosmead Avenue, while Brackenfell face Vics in their own backyard and UWC welcome Pniel Villagers.