Paul Roos have replaced Paarl Boys’ as the No 1 side in South Africa, according to the first schools rugby rankings of the season.
The Maroon Machine have started the season well, winning six successive games.
While Paarl Gym didn’t participate at any of the Easter festivals, they also boast an unbeaten record in 2017, which sees them ranked second.
Boishaai won their opening four games on tour in New Zealand, before suffering a 38-36 defeat to Christchurch Boys’. They then won three from three at the St John’s Easter Festival.
Grey College is another team that decided to skip the Easter festivals in order to give their players a rest ahead of the Wildeklawer Super Schools tournament, but they won all their matches before the Easter break and are ranked fourth. Monument, who won three from three at the Kearsney festival, complete the top five.
Pretoria powerhouses Waterkloof and Affies, who both enjoyed solid outings over the Easter period, are sixth and seventh. Nelspruit are eighth, while Drostdy and Glenwood – both undefeated at Kearsney – round off the top 10.
Grey High, Selborne, Helpmekaar, Dale and Garsfontein are the only other teams on the list that were also included in the final rankings of 2016.
Top 20 (19 April):
1. Paul Roos
2. Paarl Gym
3. Paarl Boys’
4. Grey College
11. Ben Vorster
12. Grey High
17. HTS Middelburg
Photo: St John’s Festival