Eastern Cape schools rugby wrap-up 12th May
Grey High stamped their redeeming authority in the Eastern Cape school ranks, as they overcame Queens College 31-17 in Queenstown last Saturday.
Heading into the game, Queens were higher ranked than the Port Elizabeth-based side, but Grey High proved that the rankings are merely just accompanying rating digits, as they outscored the home side four tries to three.
The game was still neck-and-neck at half-time, as Grey took a narrow 12-10 lead with two tries apiece. The boys in blue then stretched the lead with two further converted tries and a penalty, with Queens only getting another converted try in the second half.
Seen as the prime EC schools titanic clash over the weekend, Grey High proved that they were more clinical and refined on the day with better perseverance as the match time ticked on.
In local town rivalries, Die Brandwag beat sister school, Daniel Pienaar, 17-12 in the traditional Uitenhage showdown, while Dale College thrashed fellow King Williams Town counterparts, De Vos Malan 53-0.
Following their decisive victory, Grey High moved up to regain their number one ranked spot in the pool of Eastern Cape sides. Queens College have dropped from second to fourth, while Selborne College moved up a notch.
There are now five EC school rugby sides in the top 30 SA Rugby Magazine School Rugby Rankings, with Daniel Pienaar falling out after their weekend loss. The respective teams are St. Andrews College (30th), Queens College (23rd), Selborne College (15th), Dale College (13th) and Grey High (10th).
Other Eastern Cape rugby results over the weekend:
St. Albans 33 – 34 St. Benedict’s
Daniel Pienaar 12 – 17 Die Brandwag
Dale College 53 – 0 De Vos Malan
Grens 10 – 27 Framesby
Queens College 17 – 31 Grey High
Union High 17 – 36 Kingswood
Despatch 8 – 12 Nico Malan
St. Andrews 23 – 7 Graeme College
Jim Fouche 7 – 8 Marlow Landbou
Selborne College vs Stirling match abandoned due to rain.
SA Rugby Magazine schools rugby top 30 rankings (9th May):
- Grey College
- Paarl Boys’ High
- Paarl Gymnasium
- Oakdale Landbou
- Jeppe Boys High
- Boland Landbou
- Paul Roos
- Grey High
- EG Jansen
- Dale College
- Selborne College
- Ben Vorster
- Welkom Gymnasium
- Queens College
- Kearsney College
- St. Andrews College
Image: Grey High secures a line-out ball against Queens College on Saturday.
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