Eastern Cape schools rugby wrap-up 5th May

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 5, 2016

The Grey High rugby festival on Monday saw some quality Eastern Cape schools produce some clinical, precise and competitive rugby to stage in front of eager Port Elizabeth locals.

Grey High concluded the festival against the Durban-based Durban High School on a fine Monday afternoon. Heading into the game, Grey were strong favourites but were rattled at stages and failed to capitalise on fine opportunities they created for themselves. Both sides adopted an expansive gameplay, but it was DHS who made better distribution of the ball with the versatility of their backs with ball-in-hand.

Irreversibly, it was Grey’s defence – specifically their scramble defence, that had the upper-hand on the day; only allowing DHS one try midway through the first half. Attacking less expansively, Grey made primary use of their first-phase off runners with quick ruck distributions, which had led to their penalty scoring opportunities when in the DHS half. These penalty kicks were executed three times more than DHS and was ultimately the score difference between the two sides as both teams scored a try apiece.

As the game neared to the end, Grey were pressing on the DHS line for many phases in a frustrating attack that only saw pick-and-go forward play being continuously barred by the DHS defence. After building frustration, the Grey fly half then executed a drop goal instead, to seal the game out 16-7.

The match showed clear evidence that if one team is on top in their defence, while the other better on attack, that it will be a relatively low-scoring game with few tries. Grey’s ability to milk much needed penalties worked to their advantage on the day.

Dale College, Queens College and Grey High were unbeaten at the Grey Festival and have roughly retained their places as the three top Eastern Cape sides, based on the overall country’s schools rankings. There are now six Eastern Cape schools in the SA Rugby Magazine School Rugby Rankings with St. Andrews College and Daniel Pienaar moving into the mix.

The aforementioned schools are: St. Andrews College (30th), Daniel Pienaar (26th), Selborne College (18th), Grey High (17th), Queens College (15th) and Dale College (13th).

Other Eastern Cape rugby results over the weekend:

Saturday 30th April:

Selborne College 3 – 3 Monument

Queens College 40 – 18 Pearson High School

Hudson Park 11 – 3 Muir College

Framesby 20 – 20 St. Albans

Dale College 74 – 0 St. Davids Marist

Daniel Pienaar 28 – 6 Graeme College

Ithembelihle 0 – 60 Windhoek Gym

Grey High 27 – 8 Parktown Boys High

St. Andrews College 59 – 24 St. Stithians College

Monday 2nd May:

Selborne College 60 – 10 HTS Louis Botha

St. Albans 10 – 10 Muir College

Ithembelihle 12 – 12 St. Davids Marist

Stirling 34 – 19 Graeme College

Daniel Pienaar 15 – 12 Hudson Park

Dale College 60 – 7 Goudveld

Parktown Boys High 36 – 10 Pearson High School

Queens College 20 – 12 Framesby

Grey High 16 – 7 Durban High School

SA Rugby Magazine schools rugby top 30 rankings (3rd May):

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

Image: Dale College versus Goudveld at the Grey High rugby festival on Monday