Club rugby approaches business end

Athlone teams will look to overcome a difficult start in the top three leagues of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) season.

Super Leagues A, B and C will restart in a fortnight following a three-week postponement for the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan.

In the Super League A, Primrose are sitting at the bottom of the log, having lost their four opening encounters. They have a minus one point to overcome.

The division newcomers had an unfavourable draw to start their run in SLA as they faced sides that are normally found in the top half of the table, the likes of UCT and Union-Milnerton (Uni-Mil).

This was always going to be a problem for Primrose who are still in a rebuilding phase after losing the majority of their players from last season.

Perhaps the Rose’s will finally blossom next week when they host another struggling outfit, Paarl who have not bagged a win in six games.

At the weekend, they lost 19-31 to Hamilton at home. They currently occupy 11th spot with five points.

In other Super League A matches, Villager were shattered 3-69 by an invincible False Bay. False Bay are undefeated in six games and currently occupy second spot, while Villager sit in 10th spot with 11 points after two wins in six games.

NTK hosted Uni-Mil in a one-sided affair in the northern suburbs.

The 19-62 defeat was NTK’s fifth loss of the season. They are in 13th spot with a point next to their name. Uni-Mil have now won four out of seven matches and are in third spot with 23 points.

In the Super League B, Surrey Estate Rangers will look to increase their one win record when they host Bellville next weekend. Rangers are in 14th spot with four points. Bellville have 22 points and they are chasing the top spot after winning four of their five opening games and find themselves in third place.

In the Super League C, Manenberg Rangers, who last played last month, will look to overcome a rusty start to the season next weekend when they face Strand United at home.

Manenberg Rangers are yet to register a win in four games. They are on a minus one point in 14th position.

As it stands, Strand have bagged three wins in four encounters and are currently in eighth spot with 15 points.