Rondebosch Boys’ host Bishops and SACS welcome Wynberg Boys’ in two historic Cape derbies on Saturday. TYRONE ENGEL reports.
The first of Saturday’s derbies dates back to 1908 when Bishops thrashed Rondebosch 112-0. It was Rondebosch’s first-ever rugby game. The schools met again in 1911 in what would be the first of many interschools fixtures between them.
Bishops have had the upper hand over Bosch in recent years, winning six of the last 10 fixtures, including both home and away fixtures in 2014. They won the next game 36-23 at home in June last year, but were thumped 55-12 at Rondebosch in their final game of the 2015 season.
Rondebosch have won 10 of their 14 games this season, including four on tour in Ireland at the beginning of the year. They followed that up with a 29-8 win at home against Wynberg Boys’, before picking up five wins from their next nine games, including victories against De Kuilen (35-5) away from home, and KES (38-12) and Windhoek (20-18) at the Wynberg Rugby Festival, after losing 43-6 to Paul Roos in Stellenbosch the week before.
They lost away at Boland Landbou (48-15), before playing to a 28-28 draw at SACS the following week. They bounced back to pick up two wins against Bellville (19-6) at home and Strand (29-9) away, but were thumped 48-19 at home by Paarl Gym last Saturday.
Bishops have recorded just seven wins from 14 games this season, including wins against St Andrew’s College (27-17) at home in their opening game of the season and DHS (27-24) at the St Stithians Easter Festival. They then lost to Grey High (44-0) and drew with Westville (20-20) in their final two games at the festival.
They picked up five wins from their next 10 games, with victories against Brackenfell (30-23) at home and away against Tygerberg (40-14), after losing 58-12 at Paarl Boys’ the week before. They then suffered three straight defeats against Windhoek High (17-14) and Jeppe (38-24), at the Wynberg Rugby Festival, and away at SACS (38-19) the following week. They went on to beat Drostdy (31-23) and Durbanville 50-10 at home before losing away to Paarl Gym (45-10). They bounced back with a 38-7 win at home against Wynberg last weekend.
SACS host Wynberg Boys’ in another big Cape schools derby this Saturday. While SACS have dominated this historic fixture early on, Wynberg have been putting in a much stronger challenge since the 1980s.
The most recent results reflect Wynberg’s dominance in recent years, having won eight of the last 10 matches between the sides including all six fixtures, home and away, between 2012 and 2014. SACS pulled one back last year, winning 22-5 at home, but lost the away fixture 30-23 in their final game of the season.
SACS have won seven of their 13 games this season, including a run of three wins against Maritzburg College (27-20) and DF Malan (78-5), at the Wynberg Rugby Festival, and at home against Bishops (38-19) in another Cape schools derby. They have also picked up wins against Framesby (19-12) at the Kearsney Easter Festival, and at home against Durbanville (45-13), Tygerberg (82-14) and Brackenfell (38-34).
Wynberg have recorded five wins from their 12 games so far, including two wins at the St Stithians Easter Festival against Westville Boys’ (17-7) and St Alban’s (32-27). They also picked up wins at home against Tygerberg (29-7) and St John’s (38-12) at their rugby festival, and De Kuilen (42-15).
Both SACS and Wynberg will be looking to bounce back from their losses last weekend against Paul Roos (38-34) and Bishops (38-7) respectively.
Western Cape schools fixtures (11 June):
Rondebosch vs Bishops
Boland Landbou vs Paarl Boys’
Drostdy vs Tygerberg
Hugenote vs DF Malan
Paarl Gym vs De Kuilen
Wynberg Boys’ vs SACS
Vredendal vs HTS Bellville
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