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Five EC schools in SA Top 30 1st XV rugby rankings, all EC schools and their country rankings

BY MARC JACOBSON - JUNE 7, 2017
Five EC schools in SA Top 30 1st XV rugby rankings, all EC schools and their country rankings

Heading into the mid-year exam break, followed by the June/July holidays, the first 2017 schools 1st XV rugby rankings, in association with Ruggas, has been collaborated based on the various schools’ results this year, as well as the quality of oppositions played so far.

Based on win margins and the win/loss ratio against the respective quality of oppositions, an algorithm was used, whereby weightings of points were assigned to the significance of such results.

Five Eastern Cape schools, three from Eastern Province and two from Border, have managed to make South Africa’s top 30 ranked 1st XV rugby schools rankings heading into the last third of the current winter season.

Waving EC’s flag in the current top 30 is St. Andrews College from Grahamstown who are ranked in at 11th with 95.54 ranking points in the full rankings.

St. Andrews to date have won nine games in a row, since losing their only games of the season to Cape Town’s Bishops and SACS in April, which brings their overall tally to nine wins out of 11 matches this year so far.

The Grahamstown side have yet to lose to a fellow EC school, after recording monumental victories over Grey High (41-36) last week, Selborne College (26-5) the week before and Queens College (45-22) three weeks ago.

They have also managed to overcome Grahamstown rivals and the much-improved Graeme College 25-10 a month ago.

After not even making the top 20 once in 2016, St. Andrews have changed suit this year and are ascertained school rugby threats as the year marches on next term.

St. Andrews have now managed to leapfrog Grey High following their victory last weekend, with the PE school now ranked 12th with 95.39 ranking points, just one place and 0.15 points behind.

Until last weekend, Grey High were unbeaten this season so far and were consistently flag-bearing EC until the loss. Prior to the loss against St. Andrews, the closest Grey High came to defeat was their 11-11 draw against Cradock’s Marlow Landbou in their very first 2017 outing. Marlow are ranked 38th in the country on the current rankings.

Border’s top representative and EC’s third, Selborne College from East London are ranked in at 18th in the country, as a result of tumultuous results displayed so far this season.

Selborne managed to record a historical 20-19 win over Grey College for the first time in 21 years, but then to their discredit, lost badly to St. Andrews the very next week. Grey College are ranked in at 5th in the country, higher than both of the aforementioned EC sides, so Selborne’s degree of unpredictability was telling.

Fellow Border school, Dale College from King Williamstown, are the 4th placed EC school and 22nd ranked in the country. Dale, however, is a team with potential and are yet to face St. Andrews and Grey High.

Victories over those two EC front-runners, could change positions around on the overall rankings. First and foremost, Dale is set to face Grey High in King Williamstown this coming Saturday (10th June).

The 5th and last-placed EC representing school is PE’s Hoërskool Framesby, who are ranked in at 25th in the country.

Framesby, just about a month ago, was South Africa’s representing school at the Sanix World Youth Tournament in Japan, where they placed eighth out of 16 schools from all around the globe.

Recently, however, Framesby have found some glistening form with three consecutive wins over prominent schools, namely: Hoërskool Brandwag (19-15), Marlow (28-16) and Boland Landbou (19-16).

All other EC rugby schools and their respective country rankings:

Marlow (38th), Queens College (49th), Hudson Park (52nd), Kingswood College (56th), Stirling High (59th), Brandwag (62nd), Daniel Pienaar (64th), Nico Malan (69th), Union High (81st), Pearson High (82nd), Graeme College (88th), Woodridge College (89th), Hoërskool Despatch (90th), Cambridge (97th), Muir College (104th), Grens (108th), Hangklip (138th), Otto du Plessis (173rd), Middelburg EC (231st), Port Rex (236th), Volkskool (257th), Gill College (260th), Kirkwood High (276th), Adelaide Gym (278th), Andrew Rabie (281st), Hoërskool Cillie (292nd), Victoria Park (297th), Westering High (332nd), Linkside (346th), PW Botha (353rd), DF Malherbe (358th), Alexander Road (360th), George Campbell (361st), Ithembelihle (367th), Cradock High (385th), Cathcart High (436th) and Alexandria (471st).

South Africa’s top 30 1st XV rugby rankings (4th June):                                                                                            

  1. Paarl Boys’ High- 103.65  
  2. Monument- 100.82                                                                                  
  3. Helpmekaar- 100.71                                              
  4. Paarl Gymnasium- 100.5                                      
  5. Grey College- 99.09                                              
  6. Paul Roos- 98.19                                                    
  7. Glenwood High- 96.99                                          
  8. SACS- 96.86                                                            
  9. Affies- 96.23                                                           
  10. Boland Landbou- 95.59                                        
  11. St. Andrews College- 95.54                                 
  12. Grey High- 95.39                                                   
  13. Garsfontein- 95.39                                          
  14. Waterkloof- 94.75                                            
  15. King Edward Secondary- 94.51                  
  16. Oakdale Landbou- 93.95                              
  17. Hilton College- 93.23                                       
  18. Selborne College- 93.06                                               
  19. Outeniqua- 92.89                                             
  20. Nelspruit- 92.88                                                                
  21. HTS Drostdy- 92.7                                           
  22. Dale College- 92.58                                         
  23. Stellenberg High- 92.5                                   
  24. EG Jansen- 92.4                                                                
  25. Hoërskool Framesby- 92.14                       
  26. Bishops- 91.27                                                   
  27. Rondebosch- 91.23                                         
  28. Kearsney College- 91.16                                                
  29. Menlopark- 91.15                                            
  30. Durban High School- 90.86                                           

Image: St. Andrews College 1st XV scoring a try against Grey High 1st XV last Saturday.