Rhodesfield High School beat Johan Jurgens High School 12-10 in an exciting contest to claim the inaugural JJ Yamwimbi Challenge Shield.
Playing against each other for the first time, Rhodesfield and Johan Jurgens went head to head in what was the inaugural memorial match for Jean Jireh Yamwimbi, hosted by the Valke Rugby Union.
Yamwimbi, who attended Rhodesfield, was selected for the Valke’s U18 Craven Week squad last year, but passed away a week before the start of the tournament.
The late Yamwimbi’s father, Cleophas Yamwimbi, was invited to attend the game and handed over the shield to the winning team.
Both teams received new kit, which they wore during the game. The two schools are among the 42 schools in the Coca-Cola Schools of Excellence programme, which was introduced in 2012 to develop rugby at schools in previously disadvantaged communities.
‘We all felt the heartache the Valke Rugby Union and the Rhodesfield team experienced after JJ’s passing last year, and it is touching that we can celebrate such a talented young player with the JJ Yamwimbi Challenge Shield,’ said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
‘This annual memorial match will serve as a key event on the Coca-Cola Schools of Excellence rugby calendar in future, and we hope to see the teams continue to play for the trophy in the spirit with which the inaugural match was played,’ Roux added.