The first round of the BDCE Campus Cup kicked-off with a bang with a couple of ties promising to be nailbiters by the time the final whistle goes (or rather when the polls close) on Saturday.
We probably broke a world record for the most voting polls created and posted on a single day on Facebook!
The first round of the competition is played over two weeks. With 128 schools taking each other head-to-head to book their place in the second round. Next week another 128 schools will lock horns as they will look to book their place in the next round.
The match-ups for this week are listed at the bottom of the article. Next week's match-ups will be available in another article later today.
The competition is a knock-out tournament like the FA Cup (in English soccer) or the former Lion Cup (SA Rugby competition). The winner of each match/tie is determined by who gets the most votes in the match-up.
The only way to vote is by doing it on the Facebook post made by School of Rugby. The post may be shared with groups and pages of the schools as well as by friends/alumni. Voting is done by clicking on the school's logo you want to vote for.
Show support to your school or community by voting them to the next round. The competition will take nine-week in total and your school will need your support for eight of the week if they are going to be crowned the first virtual champions of South Africa.
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The first champion of the BDCE Campus Cup will receive a lucrative prize in R15 000 in cash and also a USN hamper worth R8 000. The losing finalists will also receive a cash prize of R10 000, while there is also something in it for the smaller schools that take part in the competition. The so-called second-tier school that progresses the furthest in the competition will also win R5 000 in cash.
The biggest game at the moment according to the votes is the one raging between Hoërskool Sentraal of Bloemfontein and Marlow Landbou of Cradock. More than 2000 votes have been cast and less than 60 votes are separating these two schools at the moment. As anticipated Hoërskool Upington and Affies of Pretoria is also a heated clash. More than 1 600 votes have been cast and Affies only managed to take the lead away from Uppies earlier this morning.
One of the match-ups between smaller schools, Kathu and AHS Sasolburg, is also heating up as this match has also seen more than a 1 000 votes with the lead exchanging by the hour. The biggest see-saw battle is the one between Nico Malan of Humansdorp and Frikkie Meyer of Thabazimbi as the lead exchanges every couple of minutes with the match-up totaling just over 1 300 votes at the moment.
DigiCampus is also one of our sponsors that made this unique competition possible. They provide online video lessons of the CAPS curriculum from Grade R to 12 for all subjects. If you have a child in school during these uncertain times - they provide an excellent free service in helping schoolchildren with an extra resource to better their grades.
For more information about the competition visit our website www.schoolofrugby.co.za or download the School of Rugby app on the Google Playstore. If you are an iPhone user you could also download the app by going to app.schoolofrugby.co.za and clicking on the home button in the right bottom corner and select install application on the device.
Fixtures Week 1 - Round 1
Diamantveld vs Ermelo
Hoërskool Alberton vs Kearsney College
Hoërskool Brits vs Nylstroom
Diamantveld vs Ermelo
Hoërskool Punt vs Koffiefontein
SACS vs Wonderboom
Sarel Cilliers (Glenco) vs Kalahari (Kuruman)
Waterkloof vs De Kuilen
Voortrekker (Pietermaritzburg) vs Vredendal
Parktown Boys' High vs King Edward VII
Leeuwenhof Akademie vs President Steyn
Vereeniging Gimnasium vs Noord-Kaap
Theunissen vs Ficksburg
Nico Malan vs Frikkie Meyer
Montagu vs Parys
Monument vs Rob Ferreira
Hoërskool Kathu vs AHS Sasolburg
Hoërskool Bellville vs Potchefstroom Volkskool
Gill College vs George Campbell
Hoërskool Pietersburg vs HTS Welkom
Union HS vs Hoopstad
HTS Tom Naude vs Zwartkop
Cambridge vs Delmas
Rondebosch Boys' High vs Ligbron Akademie
Uitenhage HS vs Hennenman
Hoërskool Strand vs Hoërskool Durbanville
Riebeeckrand vs Bredasdorp
Hoërskool Upington vs Affies
JG Meiring vs Dinamika
Graeme College vs St John's College
Hoërskool Rustenburg vs Hoogenhout
Otto du Plessis vs Trinityhouse
Hoërskool Florida vs Worcester Gimnasium
Hoërskool Tuine vs Hoërskool Bergvlam
Marais Viljoen vs HTS Witbank
Bothaville vs Labori
Hoërskool Sentraal vs Marlow Landbou
Clifton vs Schoonspruit
Hoërskool Middelburg (MPU) vs Brackenfell
Krugersdorp High vs Brandfort
Welkom Gimnasium vs St Benedict's College
Bultfontein vs Sand du Plessis
Jim Fouche vs Grey College
Oosterland vs Piet Potgieter
Wynberg Boys' High vs Randburg
Hoërskool Balfour vs Hoërskool Oudtshoorn
Kingswood College vs Stirling High
John Vorster (Nigel) vs Hoërskool Grens
Hoërskool Eldoraigne vs Midstream College
Woodridge College vs Benoni High
Noordheuwel vs Hans Moore
Die Wagpos vs De Aar
St Stithians College vs Hottentots-Holland
Hoërskool Douglas vs Jan Viljoen
Queen's College vs Montana (Blue Bulls)
President (Johannesburg) vs Jan van Riebeeck
Kasselsvlei vs DF Malan
Westville Boys' High vs Die Anker (Brakpan)
Hoërskool Framesby vs HTS John Vorster
Louis Trichardt vs Langenhoven Gimnasium
Hoërskool Menlopark vs HTS Daniël Pienaar
Pearson vs Porterville
Die Brandwag (Uitenhage) vs Ben Viljoen
Barberton vs Klein Nederburg
Stellenberg vs Tygerberg