SACS will host Bishops on Saturday in the oldest schools rugby contest in South Africa. TYRONE ENGEL reports.
The rivalry stretches back to the 19th century, with the first officially recorded game taking place in 1873. The side also played the first-ever rugby match at Newlands in 1890.
SACS have had the upper hand over Bishops in the past five years winning seven of the 10 fixtures, including both home and away fixtures in 2012, 2013 and last year, while Bishops won the pair in 2014. In 2011 each side won their home fixture.
SACS have won four of their eight fixtures this season, including two against Maritzburg College (27-20) and DF Malan (80-5) at the Wynberg Rugby Festival last weekend.
They started their season with a 19-13 win over Eastern Cape’s Framesby at the Kearsney Festival. They then lost 39-36 to Kearsney and drew 10-10 with Selborne in their final two matches at the festival. They followed this up with a comprehensive 45-13 win against Durbanville before losing two in a row against Boland Landbou (28-28) and Paarl Gym 17-13) away from home.
Bishops have four wins from nine games this season. They started with back-to-back wins against St Andrew’s College (27-17) and DHS (27-24) in their first game at the St Stithians Easter Festival. They lost their next game against Grey High (44-0) and drew 20-20 with Westerville Boys’ in their final festival match.
They next beat Brackenfell 30-23 before losing 58-12 away to Paarl Boys’. They bounced back against Tygerberg winning 40-14, but lost to Windhoek (17-14) and Jeppe (38-24) at the Wynberg Rugby Festival last weekend.
In other big matches in the Western Cape on Saturday, Rondebosch Boys’ travel to Boland Landbou as they look to build on a strong performance at the Wynberg Festival where they beat KES 38-12 and Windhoek 20-18. Boland Landbou were at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival last weekend where they beat Waterkloof 30-20, but lost their opening match 17-12 against tournament hosts Diamantveld.
Wynberg Boys’, who have four wins from eight, play host to Paarl Gym who have won seven of their eight games this season, while Paul Roos, who have eight wins from 10 games, travel to Stellenberg, whose first loss this season was against Garsfontein (19-18) at last weekend’s Wildeklawer Festival.
Western Cape schools fixtures (7 May)
Boland Landbou vs Rondebosch
Paarl Gym vs Wynberg
SACS vs Bishops
Stellenberg vs Paul Roos
Brackenfell vs Worcester Gym
Hugenote vs Durbanville
Monument Park vs DF Malan
Primrose vs Tygerberg
Swartland vs De Kuilen
Hermanus vs Parel Vallei