It’s Bishop vs ‘Bosch in a televised Round 1 ‘burbs grand slam decider

This year’s two leading Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs’ schoolboy rugby teams – Bishops Diocesan and Rondebosch Boys’ High School – will meet in a Premier Interschools match to be televised on Supersport on Saturday 08 June 2019. The much anticipated derby anticipated derby between the two rivals based less than a kilometre apart will decide who goes into the second term break in first place. With round one wins against SACS and Wynberg respectively, the match will also presents an opportunity for the winning  team to capture a regional grand slam. Bishops last picked up one in the first half of 2018, while Bosch last went three-and-oh in a round during the first half of the 2017 season.



Schoolboy Rugby 1st XV team lists for 01/06/2019

1 Aidan MacDonald u18 1 Lukhanyo Vokozela u17
2 Keagan Blanckenberg u17 2 Troy Fisher u19
3 James Bolton u17 3 Bryan le Roux u18
4 Samuel Rudston u17 4 Matt Gray u19
5 Jack Hampshire u18 5 Will McDonald u17
6 Charlie Yates u18 6 Matthew Cohen u18
7 Connor Evans u17 7 Campbell Slater u18
8 Jono Bird u18 8 Joshua King u18
9 Liam Kloosman u18 9 Ishma-eel Safodien u18
10 Sacha Mngomezulu u17 10 Kian Davis u17
11 Samuel Marthinussen u17 11 Lehan Botha
12 Michael Ford u17 12 Jordan Collier u18
13 Oliver Jones u17 13 Dalvon Blood u18
14 Luca Liebenberg u18 14 Jake Tredoux u18
15 Matthew Lennett u18 15 Conor van Eden u18


  1. Really looking forward to this game! I think these are the two strongest Bosch and Bishops teams in a number of years, so it’s shaping up to be a cracker.

    It’s difficult to predict this one. On the one hand, Bosch have had a very strong year and beaten some big schools. However, this Bishops team are dangerous and are capable of blowing teams away (as evidenced by their late show dismantling of both Berg and Landbou).

    Gonna go on a limb and predict my alma mater to sneak a close one, but we’ll have to be at the top of our game. Bosch by 5.

  2. @BoschBoy: 70 minutes well spent. That 1st half was extraordinary. Game died a bit in the 2nd half after that yellow card, then came alive again in the last 15 minutes. The Bosch number 1 is a freak! My man of the match. Your forwards in general are well drilled, and the battle upfront went to Bosch. Bishops backline was superior, and that’s where they ultimately won the game. Very good game of rugby.

  3. @Playa: It was indeed 70 minutes very well spent! A very good game of rugby, by both teams. Like I said, this Bishops team is dangerous, and they showed that on Saturday. I was very impressed with our forwards, especially in the first half, and I believe if we had continued those tactics of keeping it in the forwards, keeping possession and territory, we may have got the result in the end.

    That said, Bishops played to their strength in their running game, and ultimately outclassed Bosch in the backs. Our defence out wide was disappointing, especially given that we know the type of game they were going to play – I noticed often we didn’t drift defence and there always seemed to be a 2-3 man overlap.

    Credit to Bishops though, deserving of their win, and ultimately a great day spent! Looking forward to the return fixture in August where, hopefully, Bosch can gain some revenge ;)

  4. @BoschBoy: Hopefully for the next encounter all the players will be fit. Bishops captain, Isaiah Wharton, should be back. So it’s not gonna get easier. Bishops are also extremely fit and the other 3 Southern Suburbs team just cannot seem to sustain the intensity for the full 70 minutes. Bishops to cleanup next term. And with 10-11 grade 11’s getting regular 1st team exposure, a strong u16 team, 2020 will be even better.

  5. @ProudSA: Agree with re to Bishops 2020

    lots of good gr 11,s-and i watched a bit of u16 game vs HJS-The score flatterd Boishaai

    will be good for Western Cape to have one of the Southern suburbs schools ruling the roost for a year or so

  6. @ProudSA: I think both teams had a few injuries going into this game, but yes the return of the Bishops captain will make you guys an even tougher prospect next term. It is daunting to know that the majority of this team is Grd. 11 and will be back next year, so yes you’re quite right about 2020 I think. That being said, Wynberg had a very good year in 2018 (I think they were top 10 at the end of the year if I’m not mistaken) with a lot of Grade 11s, but it hasn’t quite translated into a good year for them this year. However, I don’t think that will be the case with Bishops next year. I agree, I’ll be surprised if you guys aren’t the flagship Southern Suburb team next year, and the fitness/skills/experience of this Bishops team will ultimately be the difference.

    I’m looking forward to the return fixture in August. Hopefully Bosch will have learnt from this game and will be better prepared. Either way, I’m sure we’ll get another cracker game. Best of luck to you guys for the rest of the season!

  7. @boerboel: The thing is that most coaches neglect the mental aspect of playing the Paarl Schools or Grey Bloem for that matter. These boys are all expected to perform like professionals, but are not given the ‘mental’ tools or resources to cope with these expectations.

    This is where we as parents of boys who play schoolboy rugby should step in. To support not only our own boys, but all boys who play this beautiful game. Sometimes we get to caught up in the competitiveness and miss the beauty of Schoolboy rugby.

  8. @ProudSA: I’ve seen only 2 Bosch games, and their forwards have been immense. Not that it makes a difference given the proximity of the schools, but with homeground advantage and Bosch utilizing their forwards, plus an improvement in their defense out wide,it won’t be so cut and dry for Bishops. Hopefully the winter rains will be done and dusted by August and we have nice dry weather

  9. @BoschBoy: @ProudSA: I see both teams still have a couple of difficult games, apart from the derbys against your other neighbours, before the rematch – will be interesting to see how they fare in those fixtures leading up to the return game.

  10. @Mountainview: Yeah it’s quite a difficult third term for both teams. Bosch still have to play the Paarl schools (Gym away and Boishaai at home), where I think we’ll struggle. Also I expect Berg and SACS to provide stern tests too, and of course the return fixture against Bishops, so it’ll be a tough few weeks. Aside from the derbies, Bishops also have tough ones against St Andrews and Stellenberg. Agree it’ll be interesting to see where the two teams stand going into the return fixture.


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