Grey College of Bloemfontein, Paarl Gimnasium and Affies of Pretoria are the three schools with the most representation under the Absa Currie Cup players after the first two weeks of the 2013 edition of the tournament.
Grey College of Bloemfontein is leading the charge and honouring their legacy with 16 old-boys who have played a part in the first two weeks of the tournament. One old boys Marcel van der Merwe also played for Paarl Boys’ High’s first XV before moving to Bloemfontein. The school from the City of Roses is also the only school with a player in each of the six provinces.
If taken into consideration that Springboks Jannie du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Ruan Pienaar, Coenie Oosthuizen and Jan Serfontein also went to Grey College the school is truly South Africa’s premier rugby school.
Paarl Gimnasium is ranked second with ten former pupils in the Currie Cup thus far. Griqualand West have the most players from Paarl Gimnasium with captain Ryno Barnes, Lourens Adriaanse and Marnus Hugo all being former pupils from Paarl Gimnasium. Barnes also had a stint at DF Malan.
Affies have seven representatives. It is interesting that three of the four top ranked school teams of 2013 are also the three schools with the most players so far in the Absa Currie Cup.
An interesting school on the list is Standerton who has three former pupils Jaco Kriel (Lions), Gary van Aswegen (Western Province) and Howard Mnisi (Griqualand West) in the competition. All three of them played for Standerton’s first XV in 2007. Mnisi and Kriel also played for the Pumas at the Coca-Cola Craven Week that year in Stellenbosch. Van Aswegen played at the Coca-Cola Craven Week in Pretoria in 2008.
Four players have sat on the bench during the first two weeks and didn’t get some playing time. They are Joubert Engelbrecht (Upington HS), Willie du Plessis (Affies), Du Randt Gerber (Outeniqua) and Ross Geldenhuys (St. Andrew’s College).
The Representation of schools during the first two weeks of the ABSA Currie Cup:
16 – Grey College (Pieter Labuschagné, Boom Prinsloo, Waltie Vermeulen, Piet Lindeque, Francois Venter, Wian du Preez, Piet van Zyl, Hercu Liebenberg, Robert Ebersohn, CJ van der Linde, Francois Venter, Jean Cook, Marcel van der Merwe, Steph Roberts, Cobus Reinach, Tiaan Liebenberg)
10 – Paarl Gimnasium (Hennie Daniller, Johann Sadie, Ryan Nell, Louis Schreuder, Marnus Hugo, Jurgen Visser, Ryno Barnes, Lourens Adriaanse, Stokkie Hanekom, Dylan des Fountain)
7 – Affies (Frik Kirsten, Ruan Snyman, Edwin Hewitt, Heimar Williams, Gerbrandt Grobler, Gerhard van den Heever, Willie du Plessis)
5 – Michaelhouse (Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Pat Howard, Guy Cronjé, Robert de Bruyn), Paarl Boys’ High (De Kock Steenkamp, Marcel van der Merwe, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Callie Visagie, SP Marais)
4 – Westville Boys’ High (Tian Meyer, Brynard Stander, Dale Chadwick, Waylon Murray)
3 – Glenwood (John-Roy Jenkinson, Fred Zeilinga, Kyle Cooper), Standerton (Jaco Kriel, Howard Mnisi, Gary van Aswegen), Outeniqua (Marco Wentzel, Jaco van Tonder, Du Randt Gerber), Drostdy THS (Wian Liebenberg, Rohan Kitshoff, Sampie Mastriet), Maritzburg College (Craig Burden, Butch James, Nick Schonert), Ermelo (Jacques du Plessis, Sizo Maseko, Ulrich Beyers).
2 – Hugenote – Springs (Lood de Jager, Ethienne Reynecke), Louis Botha (Raymond Rhule, Oupa Mahoje), Bastion (Rudy Paige, Brok Harris), New Orleans (Hilton Lobberts, Clayton Blommetjies), Queen’s College (Rocco Jansen, Lionel Cronjé), Paul Roos Gimnasium (Lambert Groenewald, Steven Kitshoff), EG Jansen (Louis Ludik, Morné Mellet),), Worcester Gimnasium (JP Nel, Hugo Kloppers), Florida (Elton Jantjes, Francois du Toit), Waterkloof (Francois Brummer, Marnus Schoeman), Voortrekker – Bethlehem (RJ Liebenberg, Bongi Mbonambi), Klerksdorp HS (Martin Bezuidenhout, Wiehan Herbst), Monument (Ruan Dreyer, Paul Willemse), Grey Boys’ High School (Tim Whitehead, Kurt Coleman)
1 – Welkom Gimnasium (Peet Marais), Noord-Kaap (PJ Vermeulen), Springs THS (Riaan Smith), Adelaide Gimnasium (Philip van der Walt), Oudtshoorn HS (Caylib Oosthuizen), Reitz (Sarel Pretorius), Montagu (Rynardt Elstadt), Somerset West (Burton Klaasen), King Edward VII (Scara Ntubeni), St. Andrew’s College (Ross Geldenhuys), Milnerton (Damian de Allende), Brackenfell (Cheslin Kolbe), Hawston (Gio Aplon), Pietersburg HS (Deon Fourie), Potchefstroom Gimnasium (Jacques Botes), Framesby (Rayno Gerber), Wonderboom (Charl McLeod), Maria Louw (Lwazi Mvovo), Rondebosch Boys’ High (Chris van Zyl), St. Charles College (Matthew Dobson), Hudson Park (Odwa Ndungane), Nico Malan (Nico Scheepers), Hentie Cilliers (Jean Deysel), Marlow Landbou (Gouws Prinsloo), Heidelberg Volkskool (Jacques Coetzee), Hangklip (Jaco Nepgen), Boland Landbou (Burger Schoeman), Napier (Jonathan Adendorff), Schoonspruit – Klerksdorp (Carel Greeff), Bellville HS (Leon Karemaker), Dale College (Lubabalo Mtembu), Helpmekaar (Willie Wepener), Tygerberg (Travis Ismail), Menlopark (Tony Jantjes), Kingswood College (Grant Hattingh), St. Stithian’s College (Jonno Ross), Jeugland (Werner Kruger), Eldoraigne (Robbie Coetzee), Pretoria-Noord (Jacques van Rooyen), Gill College (Stephan Greeff), Bredasdorp (Anthony Volmink), Walvis Bay (Chrysander Botha), Klein Nederburg (Elgar Watts), Pacaltsdorp (Davon Raubenheimer), HTS Middelburg (Deon Helberg), Diamantveld (Willie Britz), Uplands College (Warwick Tecklenberg), Marais Viljoen (Derrick Minnie), Diocesan College (Nizaam Carr), DF Malan (Ryno Barnes), Despatch (Ligtoring Landman), St. Alban’s College (Bongi Mbonambi), Nelspruit HS (Marnitz Boshoff), Upington HS (Joubert Engelbrecht).