Finals of the Steinhoff Maties Rugby Top Schools Competition

The finals of the Steinhoff Maties Rugby Top Schools Competition (formerly known as Die Burger Rugby Competition for High Schools) will take place on Saturday 29 August at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

Programme for final:

• 08:30 – finals small schools section.
• 10:00 – finals medium schools;
• 11:30 – finals big schools

Road to the final:
BIG SCHOOLS: Outeniqua (SWD) will play in the final after SWD’s top ranked team Oakdale pulled out as a result of a timetable clash with their televised game against Boland Landbou. Outeniqua’s opposition is Paarl Boys High (WP), the 17-12 winner of the semi-final match against HTS Drostdy (Boland) on Saturday 22 August.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS: Brandwag (Eastern Province) has reached the finals by beating HS Oudtshoorn (SWD). Labori (Boland) beat Milnerton (WP) 16-11 in the other semi-final on Tuesday, 25 August.
SMALL SCHOOLS: Malibu (WP) beat Albert Myburgh (Boland) 35-16 on Tuesday, 25 August. The other semi-final was listed as Humansdorp Sec (EP) versus York High (SWD).
2005 – Outeniqua;
2006 – Paul Roos:
2007 – Paarl Hoër Jongenskool;
2008: Paarl Gimnasium;
2009 – Outeniqua;
2010 – Paarl Gimnasium
2011 – Paarl Hoër Jongenskool;
2012 – Outeniqua;
2013 – Paarl Gimnasium;
2014 – Marlow


  1. @Kattes-Strofes: Ja, kyk, ‘n mens wil nie die ander ouens te veel verveel nie, maar ek is filosofies oor die goed. Iemand wat nie al jare die skoleblogs volg nie (hier en vroeër op rugby365), mag die indruk kry dat alles net oor die “Superskole” (soos een ou daar naby julle verlede jaar gesê het) gaan.

    Maar as ‘n ou nou bv gaan kyk na die Wêreldbekerspan, dan tel ek ‘n goeie 10-stuks wat uit minder gerekende skole kom – dis meer as die beweerde 30% raskwota waarvan daar gepraat word!

    So, elke skooltjie tel en het ‘n storie om te vertel. Trevor Nyakane is ons storie, en daar is baie meer agter sy storie as wat mense weet.

  2. @tzavosky: Dankie. Ja, het die foutjies opgetel na dat ek ge-post het, maar sukkel maar soms met die ‘Ingels’ asook die een vinger tikkery.
    Lekker om ook te hoor van ons skole in die verre noorde van ons land. Pragtige deel van ons land , die Bosveld. Jy en Vyfster kan gerus aanhou om jul skole se wel en wee met ons manne te deel.

  3. @Kattes-Strofes: Seems like one hell of a match. Will it be televised. I know a 30 minute package of the Beeld trophy final will be televised on 1 September – I think from 19h00 or 19h30.

    Congrats to Boishaai for an incredible achievement! Wow!

  4. A final word on the question of the greatest schoolboy rugby sides ever. I personally feel that this is a futile exersize, with far to many variabilities such as quality of opposition, home and away matches, number of fixtures, etc.
    However, I gather that this Boishaai outfit,s run of 21 unbeaten matches is a record, regarding the number of unbeaten matches.
    Suffice to say then that the 2015 team will surely be mentioned in the future , when discussing top schoolboy sides.

    Well done to all the young men , the coaching and management staff, and a super support group of teachers, parents, fellow scholars and old boys.You have set the bar extremely high for future generations.And your motto of EFTG[ Every try for God], have done us proud.

  5. What a super final match it was between Boishaai and Outeniqua. Both teams came out with a possitive attitude and this lead to some spectacular and nail biting rugby.
    The lead changed hands several times as both sides asked huge questions from the defences.
    Outeniqua initially ruled the roost in the set scrums ,with loosehead prop Andrew Kuhn doing most of the damage. However, Boishaai came back strongly in this department, more so when Kuhn left the field with an injury. Boishaai also gained quality line-out possesion, with locks Rubin De Villiers and David Meiheizen making clean catches. De Villiers was also very effective in general play. Khanya Ncusane, no. 8, caused the Outeniqua defence huge problems with his blistering pace from the base of the scrum. He scored a brilliant individual long range try.

    Outeniqua had the better of the rucks ,where both flanks Andre Coetzee and captain Niel Otto secured numerous turn overs. Their backs also had effective attacking plans and impressed with their running off the shoulder. Their support running was also top class. Left wing Bradley Kiewitz was a constand threat, and was justly rewarded with a sparkling try.
    Midway through the 2nd. half, Boishaai built up a nine point lead, [30-21] and their supporters though they can finally breath easier. Nope!! Back came the George outfit with another quality converted try, to close the gap to 2 points. They smelt victory and threw the kitchen sink at Boishaai. However, that is when Boishaai,s renowned guts and never say die attitude kicked into gear, and some brilliant defence kept Outeniqua out. Final score. Boishaai 30, Outeniqua 28.

    Two moments that could also could have had a huge impact in the match.I will spare them blushes and not name the unfortunate players, as that would be undeserved.
    1] Outeniqua missing a sitter of a conversion attempt in front of the post, when they chose to drop the ball, instead of placing it.
    2]Boishaai player knocking on behind the Outeniqua tryline with no defender in sight after a brilliantly executed box kick.

    Man of the match deservedly went to Boishaai fullback Jean-Luc Cilliers, whose unerring boot contributed 20 points to his sides final tally. Cilliers, under the guidence of kicking coach Conrad Barnard, kicked fantastically all season and his contribution to Boishaai,s unbeaten record, cannot be ignored.

    Final word on the competition. With Steinhoff now taking over as title sponcers, I am sure that the status of the competition will grow immensly.[see success of Varsity Cup]. Maties is also worthy hosts of the finals, with a slick organising commitee.


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