Bishops recorded a historic victory of 36-13 over Paul Roos Gimnasium on Piley Rees in Cape Town on Saturday.
This was not only Diocesan College's (Bishops) first victory over Paul Roos since 2010 but also their biggest victory ever over the visitors from Stellenbosch. This was forms part of the Premier Interschools program and was broadcasted by SuperSport.
These two school teams have been meeting each other on the rugby pitch since 1878 and the winning margin of 23 points bettered the previous highest victory achieved by the side from Cape Town. Bishops' previous highest victory over Paul Roos was achieved 80 years ago back in 1943 when they came out on top by 28-10.
In 1942 two Springboks - the brothers Stephen and Dennis Fry - were members of the Bishops team that previously held the record for the highest victory. The captain of this side was a very talented sportsman by the name of Tony van Ryneveld playing at No. 8. He later played first-class cricket as well as captain Bishops during the 1943 season as well.
Back in 2021 and the scrumhalf, Imad Khan, as well as both centres, Bruce Sherwood and Suleiman Hartzenburg, could feel very pleased with their performances for the victorious side.
Paarl Gimnasium kept their unbeaten record intact for the 2021 season with a convincing 31-6 victory over Wynberg Boys' High in a wet and windy Cape Town. The visitors managed to build a smallish lead of 14-6 by the break for halftime.
Gimmies' flanker Corné Beets completed a brace of tries as he and his partner in crime Joe du Toit both produced superb performances. The loosehead prop, Corné Lavagna, is probably the best in his position in schoolboy rugby. He further cemented his reputation with yet another great performance.
Both locks of Gimmies, Kyle Valentine and Hennie Sieberhagen, also deserve a pat on the back for their performances. In the backs, it was the centre-pairing of P-A van Niekerk and CP Kleynhans that produced outstanding performances.
Paarl Boys' High and Rondebosch Boys' High were locked in a titanic battle in foul weather at the Tinkie Heyns field in Cape Town. Boishaai returned to their winning ways with a 30-20 victory over the home side.
Boishaai's captain and No. 8, Abu Ndabambi, enjoyed a good day at the office, while scrumhalf, FC Fourie, also made a difference thanks to his educated kicking boot.
Rondebosch's inside centre, Jamie Ricketts, scored a brace of tries of which the first was an absolute belter thanks to a run down the touchline by hooker, Gareth Blackmore, to set it up. Interesting is that Ricketts formerly played prop in his career.
Boland Landbou had to work hard for their 24-17 victory against SACS during the second half of the match. The team from the Agter-Paarl managed to build up a healthy lead of 21-5 by the halftime break.
The man-of-the-match for Boland Landbou was without a doubt their fullback, Jandré Genis, who had to move to flyhalf after just 15 minutes due to an injury to Joe Bezuidenhout.
Durbanville was in destructive form against Parel Vallei bagging a 55-0 victory. Their winger Levandré Horne continued his try-scoring form adding another four tries to his tally.
Stellenberg came out on top by 39-12 against Brackenfell in a difficult encounter on the latter's home ground. The match saw the referee pull out his yellow card four times and his red card once for players from Stellenberg.
Overberg bagged a 25-5 victory over Charlie Hofmeyer from Ceres with their fullback, Ricky Martin, crossing the whitewash twice. DF Malan's flyhalf, Zain Mynhardt, scored 16 points as his side eased past by 30 points to nil against Swartland.
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Dioecesan College 36 (13) - Tries: Bruce Sherwood, Rupert Holmes, Suleiman Hartzenburg, Nicholas Steinhagen. Conversions: Imad Khan (2). Penalties: Khan (4). Paul Roos Gimnasium 13 (8) - Tries: Tristan van Dyk, Torbyn Visser. Penalty: Christoff de Bruyn.
Paarl Gimnasium 31 (14) - Tries: Corné Beets (2), PA van Niekerk, CP Kleynhans, Luca Bakkes. Conversions: Liam Koen (3). Wynberg Boys' High 6 (6) - Penalties:
Paarl Boys' High 30 (10) - Tries: Juan Smit, Abu Ndabambi, Juan Smal, Ethan Isaacs. Conversions: FC Fourie (2). Penalties: Fourie (2). Rondebosch Boys' High 20 (8) - Tries: Jamie Ricketts (2), Carlos da Costa. Conversions: Jacques Jooste. Penalty: Jooste.
Boland Landbou 24 (21) - Tries: Jean Timms, Freddie Dreyer, Emile Geyser. Conversions: Jandré Genis (3). Penalty: Genis. SACS 17 (5) - Tries: Devon Jearey, Siviwe Kewana, Mihlali Mzomba. Conversion: Mzomba.
Hoërskool Stellenberg 39 (12) - Tries: Joshua Eras (2), Ughan Africa (2), Jacquin Jacobus, Logan Fortuin, Damian Markus. Conversions: Tommie Smook (2). Hoërskool Brackenfell 18 (6) - Tries: Brandon Jafta, Adilson Gouveira. Conversion: Jafta. Penalties: Jafta (2).
Hoërskool Durbanville 55 (21) - Tries: Levandré Horne (4), Iwaan Bloys (2), Roger Pieterse, Darren Brown, Duncan Steenkamp. Conversions: Steenkamp (5). Strand 0.
DF Malan 30 - Tries: Zain Mynhardt (2), Liam Visser, Schalk Engelbrecht. Conversons: Phil Valentyne (2). Penatlies: Mynhardt (2). Swartland 0.
Overberg 25 - Tries: Ricky Martin (2), Shane Swart. Conversions: Daymian du Toit (2). Penalties: Du Toit (2). Charlie Hofmeyer 5.
Parel Vallei 7 - Try: Matteo Titus. Conversion: Hiram Cassiem. Tygerberg 12.
u19A: Robertson 7, Bredasdorp 3; Bonnievale 14, Labori 13.
u16A: Bishops 16, Paul Roos 14; Paarl Gimnasium 19, Wynberg Boys' High 9; Paarl Boys' High 13, Rondebosch Boys' High 3; Boland Landbou 29, SACS 3; Stellenberg 40, Brackenfell 0; Parel Vallei 15, Tygerberg 0.
u15A: Paul Roos 48, Bishops 0; Wynberg Boys' High 10, Paarl Gimnasium 3; Rondebosch Boys' High 26, Paarl Boys' High 22; Boland Landbou 27, SACS 5; Stellenberg 29, Brackenfell 3; Parel Vallei 24, Tygerberg 0.
u14A: Paul Roos 46, Bishops 0; Paarl Gimnasium 49, Wynberg Boys' High 7; Rondebosch Boys' High 12, Paarl Boys' High 12; Boland Landbou 43, SACS 7; Stellenberg 10, Brackenfell 5; Parel Vallei 73, Tygerberg 0.