Selborne wave EC flag for schools rugby in 2016


In both of their final encounters of the season, Selborne College hosted Grey High in East London last Saturday, with the hosts winning 27-21 – cementing their reign as Eastern Cape’s top rugby school for the season.

Selborne’s performance appeared to mirror their winning blueprint they achieved last week over Dale College by scoring all their points in the first half, while simultaneously keeping their opponents scoreless until the second half.

Saturday’s fixture was no different as Selborne led 13-0 at half-time, before scoring another two converted tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half – leaping to a 27-0 commanding lead. This whitewashing coercive display instilled much threat to Grey in a seemingly runaway victory for the hosts at the time.

Grey High, however, managed to invert the match temperament as they scored 21 unanswered points in the last 28 minutes of the game.

It was too little too late though for the PE side, as their score chase fell just short in an agonising finish; with all their second half efforts having merely just made the score look respectable.

The match ended up being a real battle of attrition between the two best rugby schools in the EC as Selborne maintained enough leeway to earn a hard-fought victory. Evidently, man-of-the-match for Selborne appeared to be fly half, David Coetzer, with Grey’s flanker, Azola Mahonga, starring the most for the visitors.

Following the victory, the two traditional rivals have now played each other 66 times with Selborne winning 32 and Grey High winning 31, while the other three being drawn in their overall head-to-head statistics.

The match coincidently appeared to be the ‘final’ of EC in the conclusive week of school’s rugby for the year, with Selborne ascertaining their reign over their local counterparts.

In the 2016 season as a whole, Selborne have played a total of 19 matches, while winning 14 of them. Against EC opposition, they played 13 games while winning 11 with their two losses coming against Dale College last term (24-19) and Queens College a week earlier (33-29).

Grey High have played a total of 18 games this season, having won 13 of them. Against EC opposition, the PE side has played 10 matches, while winning seven with three losses coming against Daniel Pienaar (29-24), Dale College (26-21) and Selborne College (27-21).  

EC still manage to sneak three schools into the Rugby365 top 20 school rankings, even after Dale’s shock 12-12 draw to Hudson Park over the weekend, which meant they dropped from 11th to 15th in the rankings. Grey High manage to retain their 9th position, while Selborne move up to 5th in the final school rankings for 2016.

Other EC schools rugby results last weekend:

Despatch 15 – 12 Punt

Drostdy 34 – 21 Daniel Pienaar

Graeme College 23 – 6 Muir College

Hudson Park 12 – 12 Dale College

Nico Malan 50 – 31 Pearson

Oakdale Landbou 31 – 21 Framesby

Outeniqua 42 – 10 Die Brandwag

Port Rex 22 – 17 Stirling

Queens College 24 – 6 Cambridge

Selborne College 27 – 21 Grey High

Union High 40 – 29 Grens

Westering 29 – 12 Alexander Road

Woodridge 24 – 7 Glenwood House

Rugby365 top 20 school rugby rankings (16th August):

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

Image: Grey High and Selborne College in action at Selborne in East London last Saturday.