Stellenberg High’s win against Rondebosch Boys’ High was among the more significant in the latest round of the Bestmed Western Cape Schools Rugby.
SACS’ magnificent 22-19 victory against Paarl Gym rightly headlined the weekend’s results, but the victory for Stellenberg was a first against the southern suburbs traditional ‘Big Four’.
Stellenberg, in beating Rondebosch Boys’ 33-21, also consolidated their position as the strongest side in the northern suburbs, and confirmed their place in the Western Province’s Schools’ Premier League.
Stellenberg, in the past three seasons, have lost narrowly to SACS, Wynberg Boys’, Rondebosch and Bishops. Their 29-28 defeat to Bishops was particularly painful after they led 28-3 at half-time.
There was no hiccup against Rondebosch Boys’, and Stellenberg were always in control in winning comfortably.
SACS, whose only defeat this year was a five-pointer against Paul Roos, produced a famous second-half comeback from 19-0 to triumph against Paarl Gymnasium for the first time in 21 years. SACS coach Nick Maurer was also the SACS captain in the 1996 victory.
SACS scored four unanswered second-half tries against a team ranked second in the country and second in the Western Cape.
South Africa’s leading rugby school, Paarl Boys’, initially struggled at home to rivals Paul Roos Gymnasium, but dominated the second half to win 21-9. The victory was Paarl Boys’ 47th in succession in South Africa in the past three seasons.
Brackenfell, beaten by SACS a week ago, won at home against Bellville High, and in the first division, Fairmont crushed Fairbairn 93-7 in a record score between the two sides.
Boland’s leading side Drostdy Tech travelled to the Northern Cape, but lost 22-20 to Noord Kaap.
Bestmed Western Cape schools results:
SACS 22 Paarl Gym 19
Wynberg 20 Bishops 24
Paarl Boys’ High 21 Paul Roos 9
Stellenberg 33 Rondebosch 21
Durbanville 24 Tygerberg High 41
Brackenfell 16 Bellville High 11
De Kuilen 5 DF Malan 43
Strand High 19 Parel Vallei 0
Monument Park 22 Hottentots Holland 32
Fairmont 93 Fairbairn 7
Bellville Tech 18 Hamlets Club 19
President 43 Edgemead 19
Somerset College 20 Excelsior 7
Augsburg Agric 15 Charlie Hofmeyr 28
Hermanus 36 Worcester Gym 18
Vredenburg 6 Hopefield 42
Swartland High 41 Langenhoven Gym (Oudtshoorn) 5
Langenhoven High (Riversdale) 47 Jan van Riebeeck 12
Stellenbosch High 27 Vredenburg 19
Groenberg 40 Skurweberg 10
Porterville 19 Vredendal High 6
Schoonspruit 36 Klein Nederburg 27
Emil Weder 17 Overberg 30
Labori 14 Weltevrede 10
Paulus Joubert 15 Charles Hill 8
Lutzville 38 Vredendal Secondary 3