Grey College beats Paul Roos to be crowned South Africa’s no.1 ranked rugby school for 2018

The unofficial national championship game in Bloemfontein lived up to its top billing. On path to winning the tightly contested thriller 28-26, Grey College of Bloemfontein had to change leads with Paul Roos of Stellenbosch no fewer than 8 times.

Early on scoreboard blows are traded as a long shot at goal by Paul Roos (PRG) kicker Kade Wolhuter (10) is replied to by his opposite number Zander du Plessis making it 3-3 after 9 min.

Another holding penalty is kickable but PRG go for the corner this time. A messy lineout results in a maul turnover to Grey.

Grey applies the pressure. By this stage they are the team dominating the ball in hand play, forcing PRG into the 40’s tackle count. The upped tempo results in an offsides penalty and Grey accepts the offer to lead 6-3.

Almost immediately after the kickoff PRG get back on level terms at 6-6 after close to 20min played on the clock.

A good carry by PRG prop Robbie Rodgers (1) after some nifty play down the left touch, as part of a useful ball retention patch eventually ends with a high tackle penalty and the lead is handed back to PRG at 9-6.

Soon after the kickoff, a hand in the ruck means Grey have a chance to balance out the score. They however opt for the lineout but cannot capitalise on their good field position.

Wolhuter’s radar is working perfectly. He gives PRG a 12-6 lead after 28min.

PRG produces an exciting offensive initiated by captain Matthew Cordy (8) and helped by a beaut of an offload by Mink Scharink (3) and then an impro pass by Remy Engelbrecht (15).

From one end to the other, just like that Grey are back in the redzone, via a Greyt kick-chase which ends in an unforced error by PRG. Grey cannot take advantage at first from the setpiece but their willingness to attack with ball in hand, allows them to put the hammer down after a quick tap penalty. It concludes with Werner Gouws (8) doing ever so well to get his arm over a tackle and cross the white chalk for the unconverted opening try of the match just before the break.

The half ends with big Grey wing Marcelle Muller (11) being forced into touch after a threatening carry up the left.

12- 11 to PRG at halftime.

The first real bit of second half excitement is engineered by Grey’s Ross Braude (9) off the blindside of an angled Grey scrum. The nippy scrummy takes off and chips deep ahead into his opposition 22. PRG escapes via an eighth penalty their way.

Following a series of turnovers either way, Grey flyhalf du Plessis once again tests PRG stand-in wing Aiden Salie, who barely stands up to the challenge. Overenthusiasm on their opponents’ goal-line means penalty number 9 against Grey.

A superb carry by lock George Cronje (4) is the main impetus for Grey’s go-forward. The home side swing the ball wide to the right and good hands allows wing Lesley Botha (14) to finish in the right corner. A good conversion and Grey hits the front at 18-12.

PRG strikes back with venom. They give Grey grief on the home team’s tryline. Penalty 11 to PRG, leads to a lineout and the dangerman from short range, Dutch international Mink Scharink is on hand with teammates in support to power over. A good kick and PRG leads 19-18 after 53 min.

With kickoffs generally proving to be a nightmare for the receiving team to retain and consolidate possession from, Grey soon have the ball back and have a bash, only to be undone by a turnover. The navy blues however don’t surrender the field position and their relentlessly pressure culminates in a short pass to George Cronje who cruises in. 25-19 to Grey after 58 min.

Grey takes the ball back into their 22 before kicking directly out. A rolling maul followed by a jink run by Wolhuter takes PRG right to the line. Here another penalty, tap and go, backed by effective pick and go play sees Robbie Rodgers cross the line. 26-25 to PRG.

In the 64th minute, a PRG player is trapped in a not rolling away position at a ruck. A straight kick for du Plessis puts Grey up 28-26 in the classic.

A forward pass by Grey near the halfway line with a minute left to play presents PRG with a final chance to have a say on the scoreboard.

With time almost up, PRG attack after their scrum and get to the 22 but the tackled ball ends in an unplayable situation and the referee brings a memorable match to an end.

Grey wins, remains unbeaten and claims the national number –1 ranking for the first time since 2014.

It’s Paul Roos’ first defeat of the season, denying them the right to be the national number-1 team or from going down in history as the first unbeaten team from the Stellenbosch school in over two decades.

Remarkably Grey win every single rugby match on the day.


1 Jan-Henrik Wessels 1 Robbie Rodgers
2 Andre-Hugo Venter 2 Jan Corrick van der Walt
3 Roux Duvenhage 3 Mink Scharink
4 George Cronje 4 Joahnn Bouwer
5 Danwich Beukes 5 Daniel Swart
6 Raynardo Gouveia 6 Jarod Cairns
7 WJ Steenkamp 7 Herman Heins
8 Werner Gouws 8 Matthew Cody
9 Ross Braude 9 Xander Botha
10 Zander du Plessis 10 Kade Wolhuter
11 Lesley Botha 11 Tiaan Pretorius
12 Franco Smith 12 Ruben Labuschagne
13 Ian Small-Smith 13 Regan van der Westhuizen
14 Marcelle Muller 14 Aiden Salie
15 Richard Kriel 15 Remy Engelbrecht
3 Herman Agenbag 2 JJ Kotze
7 De Wet Marais 3 Hanru Jacobs
13 Wyclef Vlitoor 10 Juan Mostert
12 Brendan Venter


1st XV 28 26
2nd XV 49 16
3rd XV 57 10
4th XV 54 15
5th XV 24 17
6th XV 43 22
7th XV 42 5
8th XV 32 17
u16A 67 5
u16B 49 3
u16C 46 5
u16D 36 0
u16E 31 12
u16F 24 0
u15A 34 14
u15B 24 10
u15C 56 19
u15D 46 0
u15E 51 0
u14A 33 7
u14B 69 12
u14C 57 7
u14D 32 7
u14E 37 0
TOTAL 1021 229
AVG 43 10

GREY COLLEGE – unbeaten teams since 1950

# Year P W D L PF PA PD PD/Game Yrs apart
1 2018 13 12 1 0 612 241 371 28.5 7
2 2011 19 17 2 0 752 216 536 28.2 1
3 2010 17 17 0 0 714 186 528 31.1 2
4 2008 15 15 0 0 624 168 456 30.4 1
5 2007 15 15 0 0 828 141 687 45.8 4
6 2003 16 16 0 0 641 125 516 32.3 1
7 2002 17 17 0 0 645 143 502 29.5 1
8 2001 23 22 1 0 741 150 591 25.7 2
9 1999 19 19 0 0 709 187 522 27.5 4
10 1995 14 14 0 0 660 129 531 37.9 5
11 1990 17 16 1 0 702 96 606 35.6 1
12 1989 13 13 0 0 409 93 316 24.3 1
13 1988 19 18 1 0 722 114 608 32.0 1
14 1987 15 15 0 0 523 105 418 27.9 1
15 1986 15 15 0 0 504 134 370 24.7 4
16 1982 12 12 0 0 394 80 314 26.2 1
17 1981 13 13 0 0 661 59 602 46.3 1
18 1980 17 17 0 0 738 80 658 38.7 3
19 1977 17 17 0 0 602 152 450 26.5 2
20 1975 16 16 0 0 544 80 464 29.0 4
21 1971 17 16 1 0 212 37 175 10.3 1
22 1970 15 15 0 0 385 73 312 20.8 14
23 1956 22 21 1 0 350 66 284 12.9 1
24 1955 20 20 0 0 488 81 407 20.4




  1. Grey College Vs Paul Roos Gymnasium
    1st XV won 28-26
    2nd XV (Cherries) won 49-16
    3rd XV (Peaches) won 57-10
    4th XV (Playboys) won 54-15
    5th XV (Packs) won 24-17
    6th XV (Pigs) won 43-22
    7th XV (Crocs) won 42-5
    8th XV (Camels) won 32-17

    16A won 67-5
    16B won 49-3
    16C won 46-5
    16D won 36-0
    16E won 31-12
    16F won 24-0

    15A won 34-14
    15B won 24-10
    15C won 56-19
    15D won 46-0
    15E won 51-0

    14A won 33-7
    14B won 69-12
    14C won 57-7
    14D won 32-7
    14E won 37-0

  2. A remarkable achievement from the class of 2018! Well done to all involved and a great reward for all the time and effort that had been put in.

    Seeing the results of the past few matches, the future of Grey rugby bodes well. There were eight grade 11 boys playing for the 1st team yesterday as well as an additional eight players in the 2nd team. The u16s have come on in leaps and bounds and the u15 team has ended the season unbeaten.

    Enjoy the well deserved break to all school boy rugby followers!

  3. Wat sê julle Grey manne watter skool het die laaste paar jaar op derby dae meer rugbywedstryde as Grey gewen? Is daar so n skool?

  4. @Wondermaar: 2018, Grey vs Paarl Boys: played 28, won 14 lost 14.

    Paarl Boys vs Paul Roos 2018: played 28, Boishaai win 24, loose 4.

  5. @Wondermaar: Ek het nie statistiek nie, so ek sal maar saam met jou wonder. Hier is egter my opinie. Die sukses op so ‘n groot interskole word baie bepaal deur wie weg en wie tuis speel. Grey in die Paarl is baie minder suksesvol oor al die wedstryde, maar dit sal my nie verbaas as GCB wel meer wegwedstryde wen as wat hulle tuiswedstryde verloor in Bfn nie – die velde is hard, dis koud en die lug is dun. Affies doen gewoonlik beter as die Kaap skole, hulle is gewoond aan die toestande en dis baie nader.

  6. Ek dink wegspanne sal altyd swakker vaar tydens sulke wedstryde. Kinders in ‘n bus oor 1100 km is ‘n nagmerrie. Hulle eet vreemd, slaap nie genoeg nie. Vang allerhande nonsens aan. Dieselfde geld vir Grey as hulle weg speel. Dit geld ook vir plaaslike wedstryde. Kinders floreer in bekende omstandighede.

  7. I think Paul Roos did extremely well away from home. Match could have gone either way. Well done GCB. Well deserved and good one for the record books. I believe the GCB coaches are all primarily teachers?

  8. Terug in die Kaap na ‘n moeilike naweek in Bloemfontein. GCB het maar net weer eens hulle staal in Bloemfontein gewys. Dit was klipharde kompetisie. Verseker lê daar harde werk vir PRG voor, maar vir die doemprofete wat PRG wil afskryf- watch this space. 2019 gaan groot wees…………

  9. @PRBoitjie: 9 van die spelers wat gister op die veld was is in graad 11, ek stem, klip harde span met baie talent vir vlg jaar! Weer geluk aan Grey, dit was seker maar nie vir ons bestem nie, dit was egter n great game en dis al wat ons kon voor vra!

  10. @Wondermaar: Affies 17/28 gewen op Grey in 2017 en 14 elk op Affies in 2018. Affies het in 1998,99,00,01,02,04 en 08 meer wedstryde gewen as verloor teen Grey.Sedert 2015 het Affies elke jaar in totaal meer punte aangeteken op die dag as Grey.

  11. @JPS_10: Mooi affies, julle moet net in graad 10, 11, 12 so paar leemtes aanvul vir eerstespan , dan is dit dalk net moontlik dat julle ook, saan met die GROOT HONDE KAN BLAF??

  12. good day all
    I am new to this site
    reside in paarl so i decided to support the local team

    congrats to the team from the grey college with a witewash over paul roos

    i assume this is a record and has never happened before

  13. As ek reg tel Grey college oor 1000 punte en paul roos so 250 vir rugby dag.

  14. Die enigste ligpunt vir Paul Roos saterdag is sekerlik Damian Willemse wat bok geword het.

  15. PRG het oor die laaste hekkie geval maar 2018 was n uitstekende jaar. Op die einde gaan als nie net om wen nie ,maar meer om die seuns hul volle potensiaal te ontwikkel en te bereik. Die jaar se span het aantreklike rugby gespeel en self saterdag hulself onder druk gesit in die eerste helfte deur uit hul kwart gebied die bal te probeer dra ten spyte dat hul die wind van agter gehad het. Hulle het ook n paar keer vir die kantlyn gegaan ipv pale. Dit was die verskil op die einde tussen wen en verloor. Krediet vir PRG se afrigting span wat volhou het met hul spel patroon, die rugby wat opgedis was heel jaar was uitstekend.

    Die pakslae wat PRG die Paarl lot uitgedeel het in 2018 maak op vir al die verlore teen Grey. Nieteenstaande van GEEN span wat gewen het teen Grey is ek baie seker dat PRG se rugby weer in 2019 n krag sal wees.

  16. @PaarlBok: Om 24 uit 24 wedstryde te verloor moet die gevaarligte laat flikker. Ek is seker daarvan dat PRG nie ook as n een span skool bekend wil staan nie. Nee man, julle het darem genoeg seuns wat rugby speel om beter te presteer. Ek het geen idee wie in beheer is van Paul Roos rugby nie, maar selfondersoek is dringend nodig. Ek kan my net indink hoe somber die atmosfeer in die saal vanoggend moet wees.

  17. @PaarlBok: Moet maar so stekie teen Paarl skole weer inkry ne?..Dit was omtrent tyd dat PR weer n slag n wen kry teen Gim of HJS of hoe?…Hoe het dit met julle hokkie gegaan daar in Bloem?

  18. @BoishaaiPa: Die Paarl se Blou truielotte wat so stil was na hul pakslae vroeer teen PRG , is skielik all over the place.

    Die interskole teen Grey College is nie teen Paarl Gim nie, dis iets heeltemal anders.

    Ek weet dis moeilik om uit die Paarl box te kyk. Been there, done that got the TShirt.

  19. @PaarlBok: n handjievol wenne per jaar en oor die afgelope 25jaar teen die Paarl se skole is eenvoudig nie goed genoeg nie meneer. Gegewe julle getalle en voedingsbronne is verbetering ononderhandelbaar.

  20. @PaarlBok: Ek dink jy is die enigste een in n box hier rond..Die blou truie was al heel seisoen doenig en jy moet maar net oor dit kom..n verloor teen PR sit ons nou defnitief nie in sak en as nie, maar blykbaar is die Grey verloor vir jou nogal erg want jy bly nou maar fokus op die wenne teen die Paarl skole. Jy is reg, die interskole is heel anders..Altwee skole se spanne wen darem so paar games.

  21. @BoishaaiPa: Ek hoor jy is die STATS guru op SBR. Indien moontlik sal die uitslae tussen PG,PRG,HJS en GREY onderskeidelik n interessante storie vertel.

  22. The only remaining question now is who can legitimately claim the #2 spot Roos or Glenwood?

  23. @KoedoeBul: Los vir Grey maar uit julle Weskaap kussing geveg uit. Ek dink in elk geval Paul Roos het sedert 1906 steeds amper soveel Springbokke as die Paarl skole saam, so die skool se rugby tradisies is sterk..

  24. @KoedoeBul: Ons het net n paar gewen.

    Ons het egter die belangste een met n rekord telling gewen.

    Wat help dit jy het 40 Craven Week u13s van die vorige jaar en net 15 kan in die A span speel?

  25. @Rainier: Hulle reken sommer Cabous is ook een van hulle bokke, die man het nie eers matriek in PRG geskryf nie. Ons sal daardie lys moet oudit.

  26. @KoedoeBul: Ek dink nie HJS ondersteuners moet oor aantal Springbokke met PR ondersteuners gesprek voer nie, julle kruit is nat wat dit aan betref. Praat maar liewers SA Skole verteenwoordigers, maar dan nie met die Gim manne nie.

  27. @KoedoeBul: Niks op aarde is onaantasbaar of ewig nie, was ‘n swak woordkeuse.

    En ek het al ‘n blog “stalker” gehad, moet jy ook asseblief net nie begin nie.

  28. @Rainier: Kyk..Paul Roos self was nie eers in Paul Roos nie…Hy was in HJS Stellenbosch.. :mrgreen: …En die hoeveelheid 1 one hit wonders wat daar voor 1929 was wat toets rugby gespeel het, het ook maar mooi bygedra tot hulle nommers..Oubaas Markotter het sommer so paar manne bymekaar gesleep by Maties en dit is die volgende Springbokspan..meestal dan Paul Roos en Bishops old boys!.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Stats is n snaakse ding..Jy kan enige iets bywys wat jou kan bevoordeel indien jy die regte angle speel. Daar is ook 10 spelers wat deur ander skole ge-eien word wat by hulle matrikuleer het…Maar dit is seker elke skool se reg om te claim wie hy wil..solank hy in die gange geloop het!

  29. @BoishaaiPa: Grey PE reken Jan Serfontein is ‘hulle’ springbok. Ek wonder waar Marcel van der Merwe in die dilema homself bevind.

  30. @BoishaaiPa: Ek is bewus daarvan dat geskiedkundige faktore altyd in ag geneem moet word as mens na stats kyk – maar dis so lekker as die stats sonder daai lens jou skietgoed gee.

  31. @KoedoeBul: Hoeveel hokkie wedstryde het julle vanjaar teen PRG gewen. En tennis, waterpolo, ens??? PRG is nie ‘n “rugbyskool” soos HJS nie!! Daar speel meer seuns rugby by Oakdale as by PRG. PRG kry (koop) :wink: ook nie ‘n klomp van verlede jaar se 0/13 CW spelers nie. Verlede jaar se o14a spannetjie het 2 wedstryde gewen. Vanjaar het die o15a spannetjie nog net teen Gim, HJS en Grey verloor. Wie weet. Volgende jaar is hulle dalk onoorwonne!!! 2014 se PRG 1ste span het net teen die 2 Grey spanne verloor, Maar in hul o14 jaar het hulle 1 wedstryd gewen!! Ons bou hulle op hier. Ons sit nie met oogklappe aan en staar ons blind teen die 1ste span se uitslae nie. Ons voel die pyn op die buitevelde. Net so terloops. Die Bituas het ook vir Gim en Grey gewen!! Hulle het net 2 wedstryde verloor vanjaar. Gee vir Combrinck (hoof van rugby) kans om sy ding te doen hier. Dis maar sy 1ste jaar.

  32. So van die os op die Jas..Premier Interschools saai weer volgende jaar die game op Markotter uit..Oom Danie Malan van Allesverloren het aangebied om die game te sponsor :mrgreen:

  33. @KoedoeBul: Ek dink jy moet so bietjie bykom. PRG het verlede jaar vir Ryno Combrinck aangestel as hoof van rugby. Tov HJS nie ‘n rugbyskool nie. Asb man. Ek ken meer HJS old boys as PRG old boys. Sê vir hulle dat HJS nie ‘n rugbyskool is nie!!!
    @BoishaaiPa: Praat jy van die paar spelers wat die laaste 4 wedstryde vir PRG gespeel het en waarvan net 2 die laaste 2 wedstryde o15a gespeel het?

  34. @PRondersteuner: Ek praat sommer van oor die algemeen..Jy moet maar vir CharlesZA vra wie is wie en wie is weg PR toe…Ek steur my nie veel aand sulke details nie, maar die beginsels is maar dieselde…HJS is mos maar eintlik akademiese skool wat so bietjie kan rugby speel.! :mrgreen:

  35. @PRondersteuner: and i have many paul roos friends that were moaning whilst paul roos was on its long losing streak against the paarl schools. gym needs credit for competing against schools like grey and paul roos that have more than double its boys in numbers and even more so boland landbou that has only a third of those schools.

  36. @apple: Ek stem saam, eintlik moet n skool soos HJS nooit n wedstryd wen teen Grey of Paul Roos nie. HJS is omtrent 880 seuns, PRG en GCB is los oor die 1000.

  37. @apple: Yes, but not all the boys play rugby at PRG. They even had a table tennis team this weekend in Bloemfontein!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  38. @Smallies: Mmmmmm. Vrydag was goed vir PRG. Saterdag nie. Miskien moet al die spanne maar oor 2 jaar die Donderdag vroeg ry!! :wink:

  39. @PaarlBok: Maak dit saak of dit in die laaste minuut of 12e minuut is?
    Sover ek weet is ‘n wedstryd eers verby wanneer die tyd verby is!

  40. @Smallies: Big Brag was Woensdagaand. Die spanne wat Vrydag gespeel het, het al Don oggend 03:45 vertrek.
    Ek sal uitvind oor daai seun.
    @PaarlBok: Ja, maar die hokkie was nie ‘n whitewash soos Sat nie.

  41. @Bush: Anything to at least get a 1, a duck looks terribly aweful. Upside though is, it can only get better.

  42. Only a spear can make a whale wash out like this.

    Where is Spear??

    2 3 Grey

  43. @Bush: He’ll need to get more then 44 to beat the 0. Got 8 = 18%. Thats a failure for any academic school.

    Thats Kudu piss all over. :-P

  44. @PaarlBok: Yawn…get me the stats the last decade, then we can talk. You guys were bound to win. I read somewhere that PRG were nr1 in the country more than 2 decades ago, Spear wasn’t even born then.
    PRG has gone from a one team school to a no team school. Must be a horrible feeling.

  45. BOG just messaged me and said if Grey goes unbeaten again next year, which he thinks they’ll do, he’ll rejoin the forum

  46. @KoedoeBul: ek merk op julle een senter van volgende jaar was die jaar nog in PRG of kyk ek verkeerd??Wat is jou punt… Ons geluk dat Griquas hom nooit raak gesien het nie, was nooit in hulle Grant Khomo span van 2016 nie, Kyk waar is hy nou met die regte blootstelling…

  47. @Smallies: Daardie senter het op sy eie, vanself besluit om HJS toe te kom. Ek weet nie wat die situasie is met julle speler nie. Baie krediet dat hy in so n goeie kaptein ont’pop’ het.

    2 3 Grey!

  48. GCB kan hulle sterre dank dat PRG se SA Skole spelers nie daar was

  49. @PaarlBok: Ou grootbek.. Kry eers n avg van 26-7 wen oor drie jaar oor HJS voor jy begin strontpraatjies verkoop.. Jy begin nou klink soos n one hit wonder.. Fokus op een game om aandag af te trek.

  50. Hier is individue wat n bespotting van hierdie forum maak
    Kan hulle asb verwyder word

  51. @Smallies: Asb ou Smalbal kan jy asb n klagte lê dat ons van hierdie irriterende Monnas insittendes kan ontslae raak
    Hulle dink net omdat hulle Grey so gereeld afstof hulle is virseker die beste
    Ek hoor hul speel mekaar op WK volgende jaar

  52. @BoishaaiPa: Ek kom nou nie vir Paarlbok op nie. Ek dink ook hy is ‘n grootbek, maar die rede hoekom hy die 44-8 bly ophaal, is omdat Koedoebul nie kan ophou met 24/24 nie. Hoekom trek hy nie maar vir hom ‘n Grey trui aan nie? Hier by PRG is ons onder geen illusies oor die ander spanne nie. Teen HJS het PRG slegs 4 games gewen en teen Gim net 7.

  53. @PRondersteuner: Hoe gaan dit met die selfondersoek/introspeksie?
    Dankie tog daar is nog 7 graad 11’s in die span om volgende jaar die bordjes teen Grey te verhang.
    Ek hoor dat die wynplaas Allesverloren borg volgende jaar se wedstryd.

    Nogals skerp.

  54. @PRondersteuner: Ja ek weet nie waar hierdie skielike kussinggeveg tussen PRG en HJS vandaan kom nie. Die onderskeie skole en veral die seuns het nog altyd net die grootste respek vir mekaar gehad – op en van die rugbyveld. Ek is verbaas die ondersteuners deel nie dieselfde sentiment nie. PRG het nie ‘n goeie naweek in Bloemfontein beleef nie en ja, ons ouderdomspanne het deur die jaar harde klippe gekou. Die talent is egter daar en ek weet die rugbykorps by PRG sal nie net terugsit dat die skool se trotse rugbykultuur verneder word nie. Daar wag ‘n wake-up call vir diegene wat dink PRG is teen die planke.

  55. @PRBoitjie: the issue started with giving the bird to Boishaai 150, then stealing the event you refused to play in. Roos followed that up by cheering each time Boishaai lost & ultimately the wonderful sportsmanship shown after beating Boishaai. The continuos reminder that Paarl Interschools is trivial in comparison to Grey vs Roos classic clash.

  56. @odie15: It is sad if you really believe in what you have posted. Mag niemand wat PRG ondersteun (ingesluit ‘n ene Bok) tog in die strik trap om hierop te antwoord nie. Almal weet wat die ware feite is.

  57. No one from Gimmies involved in the worst pillow fight ever.Class is not for sale.Like always the HJS bloggers didn’t disappoint…

  58. @Grizzly: What can I say. Its not our brightest moment, we won’t be the first school nor the last, but hopefully the new head who arrives next year cleans things up. From what I hear, it’s been needed for some time. Schools manifest the ethics, successes and achievements mapped out by their leaders, from the board to the school head and staff to the schoolboy leaders who have a huge responsibility morally and as educators and role models. This is an environment where one can never been content or passive, but pushing new bounds in academic delivery, sporting excellence and cultural and community commitment. The week before last was not a great week for House on a number of fronts.

  59. @PRBoitjie: :lol: :mrgreen: you living under a rock! We see everything you guys post….I have a son in Stellenbosch as well you can’t hide what is said!

  60. @PaarlBok: Ons het net 880 seuns, dit is mos onmoontlik om in hokkie, rugby, waterpolo ens ens ens te presteer. Ons is beduidend kleiner as julle.

    Hoe gaan dit met die introspeksie.

  61. @KoedoeBul: Ander sporte soos hokkie sal nooit vorentoe gaan as die ondersteuners praat van mofstok nie. Hier langs my le n groen Boishaai astro, amper klaar gebou wat ten minste R4 miljoen kos. Hou duim vas dat die belegging die moeite werd is vir HJS se mofstok spelers.

  62. @boerboel: Boerboel jou mede Boishaai ondersteuner wys net die algemeen Paarl skole se gevoel oor hokkie.

    Jy weet seker dat PRG sokker ook aanbied. Verstaan dat daar baie belangstelling is en dat dit groei.

    Rugby is net een sport by PRG en kan en sal verbeter.

  63. @PaarlBok: in the squash and cross country grey were thrashed…paarl also wiped the library floor in the english senior debating and there was a few false notes detected at the cultural evening; even more so, they did win the “first to run up to the field after the first team rugby match”, which did not happen last saturday against your other school. it could be that the paul roos match did not mean that much to grey, because they were applauded for just making as if it was an everyday occurrence. reality is that al schools go through different cycles – was first paarl these past 3 years, paul roos this and the next couple of years, then paarl gym with landbou always the dark horse. that makes rugby in the winelands exciting, compared to other one horse towns, and whatever happens, they will continue to play one another bc to not play would go against 100 years of tradition.

  64. Kan Beet nie ‘n aparte thread begin sodat die wynland manne hulle tools daar kan gaan meet nie, ipv hier wat eintlik gaan oor die one horse town span wat die jaar as Nr 1 afsluit.

  65. @boerboel: Daar is lekker 7’s hier op 1 Sept by Nico Malan, Grey PE, Monnas, Kwaggas en Boishaai neem deel.

    Kom kuier, dit gaan ‘n awesome naweek wees.

  66. @PaarlBok: ek sit anderdag by die ongevalle in bloem waar die Dokkie my meisiekind se vinger behandel wat sy tydens n hokkie game gebreek het, terwyl ons daar sit kom daar twee ander dogters in van die selfde sport dag een met n gebteekte wangbeen en n ander een met n af neus… Die ou wat van hokkie as mofstok praat het seker nooit die kojones gehad om te speel nie, in vergelyking met rugby het hokkie amper dubbel die hoeveelheid been breke veral in die gesig area…. Dis beslis nie n game vir softies nie

  67. @Rainier: die naweek is die stulting sport dag…. Aliwal Noord is daar met O 9A O 11A EN O 13 A tradisioneel die rugby afsluiting van die laerskool pa, s en seuns in busse soontoe, kyk uit vir die Maroon en navy blou ondersteuner baaitjies met n buffelkop op

  68. @KoedoeBul: jarre terug was dit nie n slegte plek om te bly nie, ons Brakpanners se ryk en larnie mense het omtrent almal vaknsie plekke gehad daar langs Florida meer?????

  69. @Rainier: nee my laaste kind is 3 jaar terug klaar met laerskool, as ek reg is us die spannetjie nie sleg nie gewoonlik nogal goed afgerig met lekker never say die gees, en die pa,s wat soos n gang langs die veld is lig hulle gewoonlik lekker op…

  70. @Rainier:
    ??? Toemaar in die 10 jaar wat ek by die laerskool betrokke was kon hulle J bay nog 4 keer wen, my seun het in twee van daai games gespeel…

  71. @Rainier: not stalking you but dont worry, soon it will be the summer months and we will be reading the exact reasons (again) why nobody wants to play garsfontein. it is like a rerun of the proteas record cricket victory over the ozzies, everbody knows how it will play out and end, but it passes the time.

  72. @apple: And that thread will have 3000 replies and the status quo will stay exactly the same.

    I am excited to see Jurich Claasen play next year, he is going to be immense.

  73. I have been reading the comments on this thread and find it strange that Glenwood have been ignored completely for joint first with Grey College. They seem to be relegated to third for some reason.

  74. @Mpukane: Yes we were hoping that conversion happened & the disallowed try they scored was given! Unfortunately they never played against enough high ranked teams.

  75. @odie15: Yes would have been great if GW had slotted that final kick. That try that was not given was a bad call. It had no bearing on the game. GW were given the scrum as the ball was “held up” and they scored from that scrum. So you can’t count that as a try “not given”. You starting to sound like PRG after the GCB fixtures. Maybe the bloggers are right, we all become Maroon

  76. @Mpukane: Fair comment, I would have though GW would have ended in second position on this log. One of the areas thats hard to adjudicate is where two schools are unbeaten, however one school played weaker opposition. I think in this instance it is too subjective and GW played against many good sides plus they played more games, to my mind that should count. From recollection BHP ranks teams based on previous years performance and then alters those teams rankings during the year based on their performance. You get more points for beating an Affies than you would a MHS. It has some merit however in this instance seems incorrect, if you are a believer in any of the ranking systems that is.

  77. @McCulleys Workshop: The difference between PRG and GW is that PRG has 11 x Cat5 wins and GW only has 4 wins and one draw against a Cat5 school. You need to compare apples with apples. One may actually argue that Paarl Gim has a stronger case for the no 3 spot than GW – purely based on their Cat5 wins this season.

  78. @PRBoitjie: agree 100p

    play weak Natal opposition 80p of the team-4/5 u19 players

    age group teams nowhere-they should be nr 6/7

  79. An interesting point that nobody has seemed to pick up, is the slightly weird effect the specific mechanisms of the BHP Ranking Formula has had on the final ranking.

    PRG played their first game against a Lion Invitational team which game they won with a score of 78-10. That earned them 2,7 points on the ranking system with a total point of 74,7 after 15 games and an average point of 4.98.

    Had they not played that first game which they won with 68 points, they would have lost 2,7 points on the ranking system leaving them with a total point of 72 after 14 games but now with an average of 5,14 – which is higher than the average of 5,09 of the number one team, Grey College!

    Furthermore, if the category point of the Lions Invitational team, or that of any alternative team they might have played against in their first game, was at least 4, they would also have ended at the top of the SBR ranking list.

    The moral of the story seems to be that if the final ranking is important to you, you should at all costs avoid playing against schools with a low category point as it will screw up your average for the whole season.

  80. Dit is goed om te sien dat Grey volgende jaar teen Menlo en Garsfontein gaan speel by die Noord Suid toernooi.

  81. @Herakles: Jy het nou vir BHP HEELTEMAL uitgeboul. Ek kan nie onthou of hy n kolwer of bouler in sy prime dae was nie.

  82. Taking everything into account (i.e. quality of opposition; where the top 3 played each other (home v away); players on SA schools duty, etc, etc): I think that the best team in 2018 was PRG, followed by GCB and then GWD. That said, I rate the 2018 GWD team as better than the 2017 top team (i.e. HJS), but not as good as the 2016 top team (i.e. HJS). Unfortunately for GWD, their great team came along in the same year as two other great teams. That said, they were unbeaten…so can be extremely proud of their efforts.

  83. @Herakles: Unfortunatly it is not that simple and straightforward as it seems. If they did not play the Lions XV they would still have had to play a game at St Johns and it would still have ended up on 15 games. You can try and avoid playing schools with low rankings but the question is..will you be able to win all your high category games?. There are many subtleties that can influence the final averages. Nothing is perfect, but at least it is transparent.

  84. @chief: Wow,wat n vooruitsig!Menlo will be up for this one but the jury still out on Garsies for 2019… What a difference Grey makes to N/S.

  85. @Vleis: For me the draw with Grey put Glenwood in second with PRG 3rd.Luckily for all 3 teams they don’t have to play the current Monnas team… Don’t know what happened earlier in the season but the one that all my predictions were based at last year only featured at the end of the season…

  86. @Grizzly: I hear you. A Monnas team in top form is always an extremely powerful side. That said, based on all the games that I watched, I think that a full strength PRG team was the top team of 2018…and possibly the best school team that I have seen for many years.

  87. @Grizzly: @AbsolutMenlo:

    Ek dink die idee agter die toernooi is baie beter as die Union High Festival. Goeie geleentheid vir Grey om hul jaar sterk te begin by so ‘n toernooi en opponente. As ek dinge reg het behoort Menlo en Garsfontein sterk te wees volgende jaar?

  88. @chief: Dit behoort n waterskeiding jaar vir Menlo te wees op Snr vlak.Hang af wie gaan afrig maar behoort baie kompeterend te wees.Ek nie so op hoogte met volgende Jaar se Garsies groep nie maar was bra gem in onder ouderdomme.Dis hoekom ek gese het the Jury still out…

  89. @BoishaaiPa: I am not being critical and do I have much appreciation for whomever gathers and processes the information to add much entertainment value to the blog.

    It is in essence a thankless task.

    I just noticed the oddity and thought that in a parallel universe where PRG never played their first game, they would have ended top of the rankings – and an observer following the rest of the results through the course of the season would have said: “What the f… happened here!”

    That said – I think the SBR-ranking is the most accurate of the rankings available. Two other websites also publish rankings that in essence correspond with the SBR-ranking, a third website doesn’t update its rankings on a regular basis and I think the webmaster from the fourth website is that observer in a parallel universe I spoke about earlier – some really weird rankings there! (I will refrain from naming and shaming.)

    I trust you will shortly publish your final Top 50 list. Continue the good work.


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