Flyhalf Ross Stone scored 17 points as Rondebosch thrashed Bishops 64-7 on Saturday, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.
There were several sideshows off the field, varying from superhero impersonations to a mock Mayweather-McGregor standoff. Bishops 1st XV coach and former Rondebosch pupil Richard Smith also made his first public appearance since a home invasion that left him hospitalised.
But the main act was on the field, where the hosts ran in 10 tries to complete the double over their bitter rivals in 2017.
Bosch were in control from the outset, and after a 100% stake in possession in the opening five minutes, inside centre Zaka Sallie crashed over for the first try. Bishops were living off scraps, as Rondebosch won the breakdown battle and pinned the visitors back in their own half.
But lively scrumhalf Ross Goodwin scored a try against the run of play, which Ghaalied Kenny converted to hand Bishops an unlikely 7-5 lead.
However, that was their only celebratory moment of the game. Loosehead prop Seth Christian and fullback Ros Roode scored late in the first half to put Rondebosch 19-7 up.
The second half was a beating of note.
Stone, who played an influential role in Roode’s try on the stroke of half-time, spotted a gap in the Bishops defence and dashed over.
From there, things went south for Bishops as the floodgates opened. Outside centre Donald Falconer went over for a brace, while No 8 Cal Smid, wing Jordan Child, captain Robbie Davis and replacement flyhalf Van der Bijl Blake all got their names on the scoresheet in their last-ever schools match.
Rondebosch – Tries: Zaka Sallie, Seth Christian, Ross Roode, Ross Stone, Donald Falconer (2), Cal Smid, Jordan Child, Robbie Davis, Van der Bijl Blake. Conversions: Stone (6), Falconer.
Bishops – Try: Ross Goodwin. Conversion: Glaalied Kenny.