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Two new faces for next year’s NWU Prestige Series

By Willem Louw , in Rugby | News , at 2023-10-24

Prestige Finals 2023 | Photographer: Twané Terblanche

Noordheuwel is gearing up for what could be an unprecedented fourth title in succession for the school in the 2024 NWU Prestige Series. Their campaign kicks off at home against Hugenote from Springs on the 9th of March.

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Back in 2019, Noordheuwel made history by ending Lichtenburg’s three-year championship streak. A decisive victory over Wesvalia in the final that year, by a 22-3 margin, marked a turning point in the series. Since then, they’ve dominated the competition.

After the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they won again in 2022 and 2023. So, another victory in 2024 would better Lichtenburg’s record.

This year, there are two new contenders in the mix. Hoërskool Klerksdorp and Hoërskool Pietersburg have stepped up to replace Middelburg High School and last year’s runners-up, Oos-Moot, in the lineup.

Klerksdorp High School won’t have the luxury of easing into the competition as they find themselves pitted against the defending champions, Noordheuwel, in their final group stage match on the 6th of April.

It’s a high-pressure encounter that will define their journey in the NWU Prestige Series, and it’ll be intriguing to see if the newcomers are able to hold their own against the reigning champions.

In Pool B, their neighbours from Klerksdorp, seasoned campaigners, Wesvalia, face off against Hoërskool Rustenburg, Montana, and Oosterlig. This pool promises some intense battles.

Meanwhile, Pool C features Zwartkop from Centurion, Potchefstroom Volkskool, Jeugland, and one of last year’s top performers, Marais Viljoen. Like Group B, the competition in this group is expected to be fierce.

The other new entrant, Hoërskool Pietersburg, joins the fray alongside the experienced Blue Machine from Lichtenburg, who will aim to reproduce their glory days in the NWU Prestige Series. They’ll be sharing Pool D with Potchefstroom Gimnasium and Die Anker.

The exciting mix of teams sets the stage for another action-packed series in 2024.

The groups are:

Pool A: Noordheuwel, Hugenote, Heidelberg Volkskool, Klerksdorp High School.
Pool B: Rustenburg High School, Montana, Wesvalia, Oosterlig.
Pool C: Zwartkop, Marais Viljoen, Potchefstroom Volkskool, Jeugland.
Pool D: Potchefstroom Gimnasium, Pietersburg High School, Die Anker, Lichtenburg.

The fixtures

9 March 2024

Hugenote vs Noordheuwel
Klerksdorp vs Heidelberg Volkskool
Wesvalia vs Montana
Oosterlig vs Rustenburg
Jeugland vs Zwartkop
Potchefstroom Volkskool vs Marais Viljoen
Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Lichtenburg
Pietersburg vs Die Anker.

16 March 2024

Hugenote vs Klerksdorp
Heidelberg Volkskool vs Noordheuwel
Montana vs Oosterlig
Rustenburg vs Wesvalia
Zwartkop vs Potchefstroom Volkskool
Marais Viljoen vs Jeugland
Lichtenburg vs Pietersburg
Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Die Anker

6 April 2024

Heidelberg Volkskool vs Hugenote
Noordheuwel vs Klerksdorp
Rustenburg vs Montana
Wesvalia vs Oosterlig
Jeugland vs Potchefstroom Volkskool
Marais Viljoen vs Zwartkop
Pietersburg vs Potchefstroom Gimnasium
Die Anker vs Lichtenburg

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Willem Louw
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