Matric Results 2018 : ranking table for rugby schools

Rondebosch produced outstanding results to edge out Bishops and finish top for NSC examination schools that perform reasonably well in rugby in their respective regions.
The IEB schools have been left off until all required data is available. What is known is that St John’s College had an amazing set of results and if their university pass rate is 90% or higher, they would finish above Rondebosch. Helpmekaar and Kearsney not only achieved a 100% pass rate, all their students got degree passes. Hilton were also amongst those that showed academic improvement as they closed the gap on KZN’s IEB leading schools.

Here is a table listing the matric results 2018 achievements and ranking of most of the rugby playing high schools who progress is tracked during the season on this website.
Please note that the weighting for this ranking relies primarily on University Degree passes and Maths/Physics achievement.

Important to note is that the matric results 2018 ranking list above is perhaps at best a tunnel vision view of a much bigger academic picture and therefore does not take many important education variables / obstacles into account.

Also worth noting and mentioned on similar blogs over the past few years are the following:

* Technical schools : some schools cater for specific needs while other schools offer a portion of their students subjects that do not qualify for degree passes.

* The language challenge : schools with higher percentages of second-language learners can and do feel the impact of this challenge on their overall results.

* Private school advantage : many private schools have the advantage of smaller class numbers which allow teachers to dedicate more time to individual students.

Link from where the data was obtained:

Key for table below:

Area = rugby region
NSC = “National Senior Certificate”
IEB = “Independent Education Board”
Wrote = the figure disclosed on the EWN portal above the wording “number of students in this school”
Deg% = university “degree” pass divided by total number of students that wrote
Deg = university “degree” pass
Dip = national “diploma” pass
HC = “higher certificate”
Avg* = total distinctions for all subjects EXCLUDING LIFE ORIENTATION divided by total students that wrote
Math = total Mathematics distinctions
Phys = total Physics distinctions
M+Ph = Maths plus Physics total
LO = Life Orientation


Life Orientation as Learning Area Life Orientation (LO) has been introduced into the senior high school phase as an examination subject. LO is a broad-learning subject that covers non-academic skills needed in life. LO is examined, marked and moderated internally and comprises the following sections: World of Work, helping learners find guidance in their choice of career and prepare them for the working world Health Education, this sections includes sex education, HIV/Aids talks, pregnancy, etc. Physical Education, involves physical exercise and training, it is done on a separate basis but eventually forms part of LO mark Religious Education, each South African school decides which religion to adhere to (as according to the South African schools act), learners may be exempted from these classes. In practice this means that learners may be exempted from, example, the Bible Studies class, but are compelled to attend the Religious Studies class (which deals with all religions as a study). Citizenship and Responsibility, this section teaches learners about their rights and their duties as citizens.


  1. This is unfair @beet, as I understand it girls are not just much softer on the eye but they also do better than boys at academics. You should only consider the boys in a school as the girls make the boys from some schools now appear clever and we all know it’s not the case.

  2. @2021: Just shows you even a gardener can achieve if he works hard. How many of your u/15’s from last year are leaving or are you guys still managing to fight the wolves of?

  3. @Stier: Stier it is an uphill battle with you guys. Wednesday will be D-day. I am 99,9% sure we have made it, but it will never ends. J wants a player badly en he will not stop. He works the whole December holiday to convince.

  4. @2021: Like you say we will see next week. I just hope you guys are not going to get hit like Durbanville, they might be six or seven players down from that awesome u/14 team they had two seasons ago. Stellenberg also lost quite a few players in that same year group.

  5. If it is about academics and rugby after school, take the stats of how many players from a spesific school plays Varsity Cup whether it is for the Young Guns or Senior Varsity Cup.
    That will tell you the true story of rugby players and academics!

  6. @Stier: It would be nice to separate the boys results from the girls for the Co-eds and only report on the boys results but that information is just not readily available.

  7. @beet: That is like giving us the percentage of kids that plays rugby in a school but counting the girls, it’s factual correct but totally useless. :wink:

  8. @Stier: Stem saam. As dit oor rugby gaan, kyk na die Skole se aantal Varsity Cup spelers. Die totale skool se akademiese uitslae het niks uit te make met hulle rugby uitslae nie.

  9. @CharlesZA: klink of dit rowwer in die kaap gaan met afrokkel as in Gauteng. Wat word die spelers gebied wat Stellenberg sukkel om te doen. Geld of geleenthede?

  10. @Stier: I’m not going to disagree with you entirely. Like most things in life its a question of opinion/taste/preferences etc.

    I will reiterate that the list is complied using the schools who’s rugby results are published weekly during the season. Numerous schools incl top achieving girls only school were left out because they didn’t meet this criteria. Beyond that relationship, there is no other attempt to corelate the rugby to matric final exam results here.

    I find the results interesting otherwise I would not have bothered to do the work. Although I do think there is a lot more unquantified factors than meets the eye, there is useful info contained in what is presented.

    Case exhibit 1 : @Murrayfield: :mrgreen: In all his years with Menlo, MF didn’t ever question the worth of my past editions of the matric results tables. That’s probably because Menlo have been consistent excellent performers. Judging by the data Menlo has a culture of motivating their students to achieve the best results they are capable of. Monnas with almost the same number of students as Menlo, do not fair nearly as well as Menlo. A lot fewer A’s; a much lower university pass rate. Hence I believe the attempt to shift the focus to rugby players in the Varsity Cup. :mrgreen:

    But as I say the table is not a measure of rugby players and matric results, it is a limited scope measurement of how those schools who’s rugby results are published week in and week out here during the season performed in the matric exams.

  11. @Beet: Thx Beet… As the Varcity Cup plays such an important part in the development of Rugby in our country… Surely it needs more publicity on the blog.

    I am also sure that Monnas also motivates their students to do the best in the academics as Menlo and there for any other school!!!

    Different communities, different results.

    The schools in the Pretoria East area all had great academic results year in and year out.

    With the great blog that you created about schoolboy rugby surely there must be a relation between a schools rugby results and and there rugby players attending university after school.

  12. This is School Boy Rugby and this info is the School Boy part thereof.
    Great indication of the academic program of the “rugby schools” … especially for parents and learners that have to make a decision.

  13. This is about as useful as tits on a bull..Unless you separate the boys and girls. Girls don’t play rugby but contribute to the overall academics achievements of a school. So you are measuring two totally different sets of criteria. Why not have the Girl Schools in here then as well..I am sure Affie Girls will top the rankings then!

  14. @AbsolutMenlo: Problem is the girls are included in the results. The top five academic schools last year were all girl schools, the top school had a average of over 5 distinctions per student? 8-O Except for Menlo, girls on average do better than boys at academics, it’s the case all over the world where they are allowed to go to school or study. So the best will be to put your boy in a girl’s school and let him play rugby for a boy’s school. :mrgreen:

  15. @BoishaaiPa: Affies meisies only finished fifth best school in SA last year, their average was only 3,59 distinctions per student, same for Bloemhof they finished third over all.

  16. @Murrayfield: I would be great to see some Varsity cup threat here.
    It would also be great to see the criteria for choosing these Varsity Cup/ Young guns teams. It is not as straight forward as some might think! Lots of player exclude due to criteria.
    If someone have it please share.
    @BoishaaiPa: I do agree with you.If you only look at the boys Helpmekaar rugby playing boys will win this one! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  17. @Stier: That info is misleading.All of them,or most Pvt schools with small nr of students,in some cases 29 8-O Take the best 29 from Menlo or Garsies,no contest.Do what Kloof and Garsies did with classes well over 330 and then we can talk.@Beet table very accurate.

  18. @Grizzly: All but one of the top five schools had more than 100 students that wrote matric. Affiesmeisies had 220 students and Bloemhof 146.

    Will that mean Boland Landbou and Oakdale should not be that high? You can’t have it both ways, one or the other.

  19. @Riempies: Die kriteria vir Young guns is as volg: 9 BCI en 12 2de jaar studente(akademies)in 23, verder moet 5 BCI spelers begin.

  20. @guts-and-glory: Baie dankie. Dus as almal dink jy stap uit matriek en jy kan in jou eerste jaar young guns speel is jy in vir n BIG Surprise.
    Ek verneem om Varsity Cup te speel is daar nog baie meer permantasies.
    Ek probeer tans die kriteria kry. Het reeds paar manne gevra maar klink amper of dit n staats geheim is.

  21. Nou net met Tiaan Liebenberg gepraat. Vereistes vir Varsity Cup is 9 x BCI spelers in 23 waarvan 5 moet begin. Alle spelers moet 60 krediete he om te kan speel. Dis maar ‘n moeilike ding vir Varisty Cup afrigters – hulle maak staat op spelers en dan is die nodige krediete nie daar nie. Shimlas het gister begin oefen en weer ‘n paar gesigte minder :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  22. @OudUppie: Hoor bietjie weer by hom. Sover ek weet mag daar nie meer as twee eerste jaar spelers wees nie. Dan is daar nog verdere kriteria ten opsigte van jaar gange.
    Dan ja om 60 krediete te kry vir n unie gekontrakteerde speler wat oefeninge moet bywoon en tussen in nog moet probeer klas draf en swot is aansienlik moeiliker as wat gedink word. Sommige van die klasse het n ten minste 50% klas bywoning nodig.

  23. @Riempies: Sal laat weet as ek weer met hom praat. Ek stem saam met jou dat dit nie maklik is vir enige ou om aan die 60 krediete te voldoen nie, maar met die nodige toewyding is dit wel moontlik. Ek vat Rewan Kruger (SA O/20 skrumskakel) as voorbeeld – hy was vir ‘n groot deel van die jaar by O/20’s betrokke tesame met sy Cheetah verpligtinge en hy het die nodige krediete gekry. Baie hang af van hoe tegemoedkomend die univeriteit is. My seun (nie Rewan nie) moes byvoorbeeld verlede jaar ‘n toets skryf toe hulle in Durban teen die Sharks gaan speel het. Sy dosent het ingestem dat die coach die vraestel by haar kry en dat hy die vraestel die oggend in Durban skryf. Maar ek stem dit bly ‘n uitdaging vir outjies wat voltyds rugby speel om die studies by te bring

  24. @OudUppie: Baie dankie. Die krediete hang seker ook baie af ook van waar en natuurlik wat jy swot. Ons weet om BA Algemeen te swot teenoor bv Ingeneurswese is n reuse veskil.
    Ook nie alle dosente is ewe tegemoedkomend nie. Met die currie cup finaal moes n paar manne by tukkies later as die res van span vlieg omdat die dosent geweier het om hulle uitstel te gee. Self na die Bulle se versoek… Seker ma welcome to the real life! :mrgreen:

  25. @Grizzly: Stem saam Garsies was nr 1 skool in Gauteng met graadstudie en tweede algeheel Dit is indrukwekkend Neem ook die skool se sportprestasies en kultuur in ag in 2018 dan is die jong skool van 31 jaar ‘ n game changer.Om ‘ n graad 12 groep van 350 plus elke jaar te bestuur en bo uit te kom is is puik. Hoe meer leerders jy het hoe groter jou kans om druipelinge te hê

  26. @Smallies: En hulle doen daarom het hulle vir hul ander vlugte gebook.
    Gedink die Universiteit sou miskien vegunning kon maak.
    My dae op varsity het n paar baie bekende rugby manne nie veel klas bygewoon nie en dan sommer toetse by lektor se huis geskryf. Of so het hulle gese.


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