Eastern Cape schools rugby wrap-up 12th May

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 12, 2016

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):

  1. Grey College
  2. Paarl Boys’ High
  3. Glenwood
  4. Paarl Gymnasium
  5. Affies
  6. Oakdale Landbou
  7. Jeppe Boys High
  8. Boland Landbou
  9. Paul Roos
  10. Grey High
  11. EG Jansen
  12. Diamantveld
  13. Dale College
  14. Monument
  15. Selborne College
  16. Garsfontein
  17. Stellenberg
  18. Ben Vorster
  19. Nelspruit
  20. Outeniqua
  21. Helpmekaar
  22. Welkom Gymnasium
  23. Queens College
  24. Rondebosch
  25. Rustenberg
  26. SACS
  27. Kearsney College
  28. Voortrekker
  29. Rustenburg
  30. St. Andrews College

Image: Grey High secures a line-out ball against Queens College on Saturday.