Season's EC schools rugby wrap-up, final rankings

BY MARC JACOBSON - SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

For a well-rounded season of schools rugby, Eastern Cape have contributed three schools to the final Rugby365 top 20 schools rankings after the concluding week (27th August) of the 2016 rugby season.

Selborne College from East London ended as the top EC representative, solidifying 5th spot on the overall rankings, with Grey High from Port Elizabeth claiming 9th and Dale College from King Williams Town concluding on 17th. Selborne and Grey High have both won 14 out of 19 games this season, with Dale winning 16 out of 19, but occasionally against weaker opposition.

Other hopeful and promising schools from the EC, who also pose threatening cohesion in the South African schools rugby landscape and who were relatively unlucky to miss out on the top 20 rankings of 2016 were: Kingswood College (Grahamstown), St. Andrews College (Grahamstown), Framesby (Port Elizabeth), Queens College (Queenstown), Daniel Pienaar (Uitenhage), Nico Malan (Humansdorp), Hudson Park (East London) and Die Brandwag (Uitenhage).

The latter was the only EC school to play on the final week of the season (week ending 27th August), beating Drostdy from the Western Cape 19-10. A week prior, a traditional local rivalry saw EC 3rd-placed Dale College narrowly beat Queens College 32-30 for the second time this season. On the same weekend, Framesby also won a 34-17 arm wrestle against Nico Malan.

All aforementioned EC schools head-to-head results in the 2016 season:

Hudson Park 7 – 23 Queens College (5th March)

Selborne College 36 – 10 Framesby (12th March)

Kingswood College 31 – 17 Queens College (12th March)

St. Andrews College 22 – 12 Nico Malan (12th March)

Dale College 46 – 17 Framesby (26th March)

Queens College 33 – 29 Selborne College (16th April)

Daniel Pienaar 24 – 20 Grey High (16th April)

Grey High 45 – 12 Die Brandwag (23rd April)

Selborne College 19 – 24 Dale College (23rd April)

Framesby 29 – 31 Daniel Pienaar (23rd April)

Kingswood College 29 – 17 Hudson Park (23rd April)

Daniel Pienaar 15 – 12 Hudson Park (2nd May)

Framesby 12 – 20 Queens College (2nd May)

Daniel Pienaar 12 – 17 Die Brandwag (7th May)

Queens College 17 – 31 Grey High (7th May)

Dale College 17 – 3 Queens College (14th May)

St. Andrews College 17 – 26 Selborne College (21st May)

Grey High 61 – 7 St. Andrews College (28th May)

Hudson Park 20 – 14 Queens College (28th May)

Kingswood College 29 – 35 Dale College (28th May)

Framesby 21 – 22 Die Brandwag (4th June)

Grey High 21 – 26 Dale College (4th June)

St. Andrews College 31 – 23 Queens College (4th June)

Hudson Park 16 – 14 St. Andrews College (11th June)

Grey High 45 – 17 Framesby (23rd July)

Hudson Park 17 – 34 Selborne College (23rd July)

Nico Malan 27 – 22 Daniel Pienaar (30th July)

Dale College 41 – 28 St. Andrews College (30th July)

Die Brandwag 29 – 22 Nico Malan (6th August)

Grey High 38 – 19 Hudson Park (6th August)

Dale College 13 – 16 Selborne College (6th August)

Hudson Park 12 – 12 Dale College (13th August)

Selborne College 27 – 21 Grey High (13th August)

Framesby 34 – 17 Nico Malan (20th August)

Queens College 30 – 32 Dale College (20th August)

Final Rugby365 top 20 school rankings (27th August):

  1. Paarl Boys’ High
  2. Paarl Gim
  3. Grey College
  4. Affies
  5. Selborne College
  6. Monument
  7. Paul Roos
  8. Boland Landbou
  9. Grey High
  10. Oakdale Lanbou
  11. Helpmekaar
  12. EG Jansen
  13. Garsfontein
  14. Glenwood
  15. Outeniqua
  16. Welkom Gim
  17. Dale College
  18. Jeppe Boys’ High
  19. Waterkloof
  20. HTS Middelburg

Image: Selborne College in action earlier this year