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St. Andrews highest EC-ranked school, full SA top 30 1st XV rugby rankings

By Marc Jacobson - Aug 4, 2017
St. Andrews highest EC-ranked school, full SA top 30 1st XV rugby rankings

In accordance to an algorithm used for win/loss ratios against the quality of respective oppositions and the weightings of such results, Ruggashave combined the top 30 1st XV rugby rankings – for which four Eastern Cape schools were accommodated.

Two of the four schools were represented in the Eastern Province side in the recent Coca Cola Craven Week, one in the EP Country Districts side and one in the Border outfit.

St. Andrews College have evidently taken the reigns for the province this season with no losses yet to their name against EC opposition, and have now won 11 matches in a row since last going down to Cape Town’s SACS 24-15 in April.

As a result, St. Andrews are EC’s highest ranked team, ranked 14th in the South Africa’s top 30 with 94.89 ranking points, while Grey High are just breathing down their necks with 94.41 ranking points – ranked in at 15th.

Two weeks before the July school holiday break, St. Andrews beat Grey High 41-36, which is where the Grahamstown side stepped up to the plate. Just a week after that, Grey High then went upsettingly down to Dale College 28-27.

St. Andrews have since, thrashed Kingswood College 72-5 and beat Marlow Landbou pivotally 37-29 last weekend, to keep their unbeaten streak for the season. They have now won 11 games out of 13. Grey High’s record this season tallies 12 wins out of 16.

Dale College from King Williamstown next represent EC as the third highest in the province and 24th in the country, with 91.78 ranking points, and just behind them are Port Elizabeth’s Hoërskool Framesby, ranked at 25th with 91.33 points.

In one of their better seasons, Framesby were up against a titanic rivalry last Saturday, when they narrowly went down 13-9 to Grey High in a hard-fought scrappy encounter.

Dale had a bye last weekend, but suffered a 22-7 slump to CT’s Stellenberg at the Cape Schools Week soon before the July holiday break – and as a result of rare inconsistency, fall as the third EC-representing side in the top 30. Stellenberg are ranked 16thin the country.

Selborne College from East London, who were ranked 18th in the last edition, have been highly inconsistent this season, and have as a result dropped out of the top 30 ranks after suffering an upset loss to Hudson Park on Saturday, going down 28-27. Selborne are now ranked 33rd in the country with 88.61 ranking points.

St. Andrews last five results: beat Marlow 37-29, beat Kingswood 72-5, beat Grey High 41-36, beat Selborne 26-5 and beat Cambridge 33-10.

Grey High last five results: beat Framesby 13-9, lost to SACS 20-18, beat Boland Landbou 18-17, lost to Dale 28-27 and lost to St. Andrews 41-36.

Dale last five results: lost to Stellenberg 22-7, drew to Rondebosch 27-27, beat Cambridge 47-7, beat Grey High 28-27 and beat Kingswood 38-5.

Framesby last five results: lost to Grey High 13-9, beat Hoërskool Brandwag 19-15, beat Marlow 28-16, beat Boland Landbou 19-16 and beat Daniel Pienaar 26-19.

Top 30 SA 1st XV rugby rankings:

  1. Paarl Boys’- 104.39
  2. Helpmekaar- 100.21
  3. Monument- 99.98
  4. Grey College- 99.08
  5. Paul Roos- 98.97
  6. Paarl Gym- 98.51
  7. Glenwood- 97.30
  8. Affies-96.58
  9. SACS- 96.47
  10. KES- 95.55
  11. Boland Landbou- 95.54
  12. Garsfontein- 95.35
  13. Waterkloof- 94.95
  14. St. Andrews- 94.89
  15. Grey High- 94.41
  16. Stellenberg- 93.16
  17. Outeniqua- 92.89
  18. Nelspruit- 92.88
  19. Oakdale- 92.87
  20. Hilton College- 91.31
  21. EG Jansen- 92.24
  22. HTS Drostdy- 92.20
  23. Dale College- 91.78
  24. Framesby- 91.33
  25. Kearsney College- 90.91
  26. Westville- 90.87
  27. Durban High School- 90.86
  28. Rondebosch- 90.79
  29. Bishops- 90.57
  30. Transvalia- 89.49 

Image: St. Andrews College in action against Marlow Landbou last weekend.