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School of Rugby Rankings – 29 August 2016


SOR NuusPaarl Boys’ High manage to top School of Rugby’s Rankings for a second year running by finishing another taxing season unbeaten. The team extended their unbeaten run to 39 victories on the trot.

Boishaai closest call during the season came against their old foe, Paarl Gimnasium, in the biggest derby in school rugby. Captain Salmaan Moerat and his troops won this encounter the narrowest of margins 26-25.  

  • Grey College of Bloemfontein was crowned champions of the Kovsie competition’s Shimla-league on Saturday by narrowly defeating Welkom Gimnasium 43-42 in the final. Grey had a tough last two weeks in the season as they played five matches in 14 days. 
  • Grey College’s second place on our rankings is well deserved with their only defeat coming against top placed side, Paarl Boys’ High (18-28). The match between the two side’s were also a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.  
  • Paarl Gimnasium finished third after only suffering two defeats during their 17-match season. Gimmies first defeat came at the hands of the Beeld Trophy for Macro Schools champions, Garsfontein (13-15) in Pretoria. Gimmies other defeat was in their annual derby against Boishaai. 
  • Affies also ended up just twice on the losing side. Both their defeats came in the same week on the last day of Wildeklawer (Monday) against Boishaai (25-29) and the Saturday against Grey College (29-53). The team from Pretoria had an impressive season if you take the one week out of the equation.  

Welkom Gimnasium finished just outside the top ten in 11th after suffering only four defeats during the season. Two defeats came against second placed, Grey College (22-54) and (42-43), while they also lost against Noord-Kaap (32-34) and sixth placed Oakdale Landbou (15-20).

We must admit that outside of the Top 30 thinks get a little more murky, but we decided to post our Top 50 for the final rankings as with any criticism on the rankings will only get us closer to get a more trusted ranking system in future. 

Please note that we don’t take matches against international opposition into consideration in our rankings. These games will however still be recorded and shown in our results. This rankings is not an official ranking as there is no official ranking on schoolboy level and this is only to get the discussion on school rugby on South Africa flowing. We however take our responsibilty on reporting school rugby very seriously.

To see each team’s results so far this season click on their name in the rankings. If you see any results missing please don’t hesitate to contact Hannes Nienaber via e-mail on hannes@schooolofrugby.co.za – and please feel free to discuss and differ from us in the comments section.

The Final Rankings: 

Ranking Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points F Points A Ave Score
1 Paarl Boys’ High 17 17 0 0 597 238 35-14 
2 Grey College 17 16 0 1 861 289 51-17
3 Paarl Gimnasium 17 15 0 2 693 287 41-17
4 Affies 15 13 0 2 733 228 49-15
5 Monument 19 14 1 4 640 281 34-15
6 Boland Landbou 17 13 0 4 694 333 41-20
7 Oakdale Landbou 15 11 0 4 464 255 31-17
8 Helpmekaar 17 14 0 3 560 306 33-18
9 EG Jansen 18 13 0 5 710 355 39-20
10 Dale College 18 15 1 2 658 255 37-14
11 Welkom Gimnasium 20 16 0 4  841 329 42-16
12 Diamantveld 14 11 0 3 423 202 30-14
13 Glenwood 13 10 0 3 338 244 26-19
14 Jeppe High School for Boys’ 18 14 0 4 618 357 34-20
15 Garsfontein 17 11 0 6 560 378 33-22
16 Selborne College 19 14 2 3 665 276 35-15
17 Paul Roos Gimnasium 17 11 0 6 561 320 33-19
18 Outeniqua 15 10 0 5 529 290 35-19
19 Kearsney College 14 11 0 3 516 257 37-18
20 Grey High School 18 13 0 5 592 274 33-15
21 SACS 19 11 2 6 721 399 38-21
22 Rondebosch Boys’ High 15 9 1 5 361 338 24-23
23 Ben Vorster 15 11 0 4 528 287 35-19
24 Nelspruit 14 9 0 5 314 272 22-19
25 Duineveld  14 11 1 2 370 200 26-14
26 Pietersburg 16 11 0 5 592 355 37-22
27 HTS Drostdy 18 11 0 7 424 392 24-22
28 Stellenberg  16 9 0 7  526 312 33-20
29 Voortrekker (Bethlehem)  17 11 0 6 574 329 34-19
30 Lichtenburg  18 12 1 5 509 401 28-22
31 Brackenfell  18 13 0 5 469 263 26-15
32 HTS Middelburg  17 9 0 8 508 328 30-19
33 HTS Daniel Pienaar 18 12 0 6 379 286 21-16
34 Rustenburg 15 9 0 6      
35 Kingswood College 15 13 0 2      
36 Waterkloof               
37 Oos-Moot  14 13 0 1      
38 Vereeniging Gimnasium  16 13 0 3      
39 Hilton College  13 8 0 5      
40 Brandwag (Uitenhage)  18 11 0 7      
41 Swartland  19 15 0 4      
42 Maritzburg College  18 8 2 8      
43 Durban HS  15 9 0 6      
44 Vryburg 17 16 0 1      
45 St. Andrew’s College 17 9 1 7      
46 Wynberg Boys’ High 18 7 1 10      
47 Diocesan College 22 9 1 12      
48 Kalahari  14 13 0 1      
49 Hudson Park 20 13 1 6      
50 Noord-Kaap  13 5 1 7 249 410 19-32

*Please note:

  • Paarl Boys’ High’s victory over the Golden Lions XV (54-0) is not counted towards the rankings and also not reflected in the above statistics of their season.
  • Glenwood of Durban was crowned champions of the Sanix International tournament in Japan. None of their six matches during the tournament was taken into account in calculating our rankings. It’s also not reflected in the above stats of their season.
  • Rondebosch Boys’ High toured the England and Ireland. Their matches on the tour against Sutton RFC (33-8), Munster Development (31-17), Buccaneers RFC (100-0), Old Crescent (57-7) don’t count towards their rankings. The match against Windhoek High School is also not counted and relflected in the statistics.

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