2024 schoolboy rugby upsets & surprises

An update on the list. Anyone please feel free to contribute about the rankings or omissions.


1 Mon 25Mar’24 Grey College 19 22 Jeppe NMI Toyota Noord Suid
2 Thu 28Mar’24 Michaelhouse 23 25 St John’s (Harare) St Stithians Easter R/F
3 Sat 06Apr’24 Rondebosch 33 34 Milnerton
4 Sat 16Mar’24 Queen’s 11 19 Pearson Graeme Rugby Festival
5 Sat 09Mar’24 Dale 20 22 Cambridge Grens Festival
6 Sat 24Feb’24 Voortrekker (Beth) 17 17 Louis Botha President Steyn S/D
7 Thu 28Mar’24 St Andrew’s 14 27 St Stithians St Stithians Easter R/F
8 Fri 22Mar’24 Helpmekaar 19 20 Voortrekker (Beth) NMI Toyota Noord Suid
9 Fri 22Mar’24 KES 16 51 Grey College NMI Toyota Noord Suid
10 Thu 28Mar’24 Kingswood 17 17 St John’s St John’s Easter R/F
11 Thu 28Mar’24 Diamantveld 07 47 Helpmekaar St Stithians Easter R/F
12 Sat 16Mar’24 Nelspruit 29 37 Oos-Moot NWU Skolesportreeks G1
13 Mon 01Apr’24 Monument 22 25 Westville Kearsney Easter R/F
14 Sat 06Apr’24 Bergsig 24 19 Daniel Pienaar
15 Sat 06Apr’24 St Benedict’s 0 59 St David’s

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  1. avatar
    #36 Grasshopper

    @Kaya 85 (Comment #35)
    Agreed, it’s like slipped under the radar not much fuss or press. Massive result. Also, Wynberg’s win over Boishaai should be on the list. Northwood drawing with DHS too, DHS were expected to win by 20 plus

    17 April, 2024 at 11:35
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    #35 Kaya 85

    Grey putting 90 on Outeniqua is a surprise without a doubt!

    16 April, 2024 at 22:57
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    #34 Kaya 85

    Voortrekker over Helpmekaar by 1 point, not exactly a MASSIVE surprise IMHO…
    @Beet, would you be able to get 1st XV results between the schools down the years…back in 2013 or 2014 I watched them play an early season match at Helpies and Voortekker won comfortably to almost no-one’s surprise back then except mine.

    9 April, 2024 at 00:41
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    #33 Kaya 85

    IMO Gey hammering KES by a margin of 35 was not a surprise at all, but par for the course. Ask most followers of Grey the last decade or so, they would have predicted a winning margin of 28 – 35 all things considered. As such, that game shouldn’t be on the list.

    9 April, 2024 at 00:37
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    #32 Smallies

    @beet (Comment #28)
    Soccer is extremely hard on a pitch…especially in front of the goalbox,so of that field was worn down in front of the poles is is definitely from a lot of soccer

    8 April, 2024 at 20:11
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    #31 Jakkals

    @KatzRugga (Comment #29)
    The Stott has a weird sand in my opinion. It doesn’t feel firm. It’s like they dumped a whole lot of riversand on there in order to improve drainage but it’s almost a loose surface where the grass can’t really sit strongly….Roberts, the Oval and the other fields don’t feel like that and they get used plenty as well. I think the most expensive day school in SA just need to bite the bullet & redo that main field after the last home game and have the grand reopening at the 2025 KERF.

    8 April, 2024 at 07:49
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    #30 Grasshopper

    Westville’s win over Monnas surely goes into 2nd place on the list of biggest upsets….

    4 April, 2024 at 07:47
  8. avatar
    #29 KatzRugga


    I don’t know enough about grass and so forth. However compared to other KZN schools with less fields and twice the amount of boys I’m inclined to call BS.
    Notable that Standard Bank is the main sponsor of both events and wonder what they would have to say. KES looked fantastic!
    4 April, 2024 at 06:29
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    #28 beet

    @KatzRugga (Comment #27)
    100%. Especially when compared to the carpet at KES complete with the school badge marked on it, Kearsney’s field looked shabby.
    I spoke to the groundsman about it. Rain and overuse amongst the reasons. The top fields appeared to be in better condition to support his claim. He also said he will be planting a new type of kikuyu on it in the near future.
    Someone else said that playing soccer on it after the rugby season and during the coldest driest part of winter also played a part, as the field was not getting enough time to recover. I’m not sure how different that is to other schools that play 3rd term rugby?

    3 April, 2024 at 20:03
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    #27 KatzRugga


    The biggest ‘upset’ and surprise, in my observation, has to be the poor condition of the main field at the Kearsney Easter Festival. Especially given that they have had perfect condition leading up to this event showcased on television
    3 April, 2024 at 06:55
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    #26 Grasshopper

    A 2024 KERF 1st XV was selected from players of the 14 partcipating high schools. They are: Chris Cloete (Westville), Aka Boqwana (DHS), Cameron Veenstra (Kearsney College), Ernesto Oersen (Monument), Waylan Pienaar (Worcester Gim), Vuyolwethu Bavuma (Worcester Gim), Zian Marais (EG Jansen), Danre Pike (EG Jansen), Duwan Potgieter (EG Jansen), Gerhard van Aswegen (EG Jansen), Tom Barnard (Rondebosch), Aluthi Wesi (Rondebosch), Caleb Belelie (Rondebosch), David Simon (Rondebosch) and Randall John Davids (Rondebosch).

    2 April, 2024 at 14:29
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    #25 Jakkals

    @Grasshopper (Comment #21)
    When I say smaller I mean smaller than monnas….they were definitely not small. Very solid pack.

    2 April, 2024 at 14:17
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    #24 Jakkals

    I’m sure the monnas tighthead (Marais) was 136kg on the program….certainly looked it as well. Some big units there all weekend.

    2 April, 2024 at 14:16
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    #23 Grasshopper

    @Jakkals (Comment #22)
    Need to get the 2024 brochure thing, that will help tell, although boys always lie about their weight and height, usually inflated…

    2 April, 2024 at 14:03
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    #22 Jakkals

    @Grasshopper (Comment #21)
    Live they looked slightly smaller….but certainly manned up in contact….rattled the monnas attack with brutal hits.

    2 April, 2024 at 13:52
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    #21 Grasshopper

    @Jakkals (Comment #19)
    That Westville pack looked huge to me..

    2 April, 2024 at 13:49
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    #20 Grasshopper

    @Bush (Comment #18)
    hahaha, love the Trumpism in that. Well, since Clever Trevor, I think OBs are worried about supporting financially. So the new head has a huge job to get OBs back on board. Even if it’s £10 a month, I would do that. Get 200 OBs to do that and suddenly you have half a bar to recruit 3 or 4 players. I certainly can’t relate to the school much anymore, it’s very different to my time there. Yes, a school of over 110 years old, will have ups and downs, just don’t see the surrounding area improving at all unless the DA takes over, which won’t happen soon.

    2 April, 2024 at 13:45
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    #19 Jakkals

    Can add Monnas vs Westville to this list I think….Inwas certainly expecting the Krugersdorpers to klap Westville….

    # tackled into submission

    2 April, 2024 at 13:24
  19. avatar
    #18 Bush

    @Grasshopper (Comment #17)
    I think you need to start a campaign “Let’s make GW great again”
    Don’t worry GW will make a comeback. Every school experiences changes whether its demographic, political,religious or management. They all seem to survive, Dale and Queens have adapted perfectly fine to their demographic changes. Even the schools in Kokstad. Regarding Speartackle, one of his many personalities still follows SBR but Spear is DED🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    If you need a shoulder to cry on, mine is available ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    2 April, 2024 at 11:32
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    #17 Grasshopper

    @Bush (Comment #15)
    Run out of bucks, demographic change & kuk area. I don’t mind actually, rather be mediocre than continuously heckled for being innovative & not deserving of performing well. Hilton, DHS, Westville & House pulling fixtures over the years scared of being beaten by rabble like Glenwood. Now it’s a free for all it’s fine, double standards deluxe. Glenwood are historically mid table in KZN so just gone back there, with the occasional upset. Spear died? Jeez dude, that’s not something to joke about. Enjoy your trip to Paarl. My sister sends her love ❤️

    2 April, 2024 at 10:31
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    #16 Kaya 85

    @Bush (Comment #15)

    2 April, 2024 at 06:21
  22. avatar
    #15 Bush

    @Grasshopper (Comment #14)
    🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰Hey Hopper what’s happening. I see GW struggling a little this year. Haven’t been up to speed with SBR in a while, as all my friends are either Dead(Speartackle) moved on as kids are no longer in the mix(Hooit) great thing is I still keep in touch with Hooit. Then every year do the trip down to Paarl to support Gimmies. 2 3 Gimmies. Even though a good Paarl buddy of mine organises the tickets. I suppose that’s what makes rugby such a great game. Even if you kuk, you still one of the manne🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 please my send my ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️to your suster.

    2 April, 2024 at 05:19
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    #14 Grasshopper

    @Bush (Comment #12)
    From the deep bowels of the earth appears the bearded Caveman from Toti! Welcome back!

    1 April, 2024 at 12:21
  24. avatar
    #13 KatzRugga


    Framesby displayed great guts and positive rugby. This game regrettably also highlited how, in this case, a coach from Monument kept interferring with the linesman & obviously was willing to ‘call’ it in favour of his team even when it was blatant cheating.

    My intention isn’t to just call out the untidy Monna’s staff. Regrettably most teams have had coaches and various staff walking up and down the full field & onto the field behind the poles.

    Its a poor trend that needs to be adressed

    1 April, 2024 at 11:15
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    #12 Bush

    @Grasshopper (Comment #3)
    Just rolling polony reading your comments 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😬🤣

    31 March, 2024 at 18:14
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    #11 Rugby 4 Life

    @Rainier (Comment #10)
    As dit die geval is stem ek glad nie saam met so policy nie. Vir my is die eerste en mees belangrikste ding op toer om jou span in die beste posisie te sit om elke game te wen. Sodra die wen veilig is, maak dan soveel changes soos jy wil maar wen eers die game. Vandag was amper n groot upset teen Framesby. En die een drie van Monnas was n moontlike double movement. Monnas was gelukkig om daardie drie te kry. Maar die enigste rede dat Monnas in so posisie was teen Framesby is as gevolg van die “wholesale” changes aan die begin span om almal n kans te gee. En toe weer later changes om die game te probeer red. Dis nie hoe mens goed doen nie manne.

    As n seun of seuns nie speelkans kry omdat ander spelers beter is op toer, en hy moet die hele tyd langs die veld sit en cheer vir sy span dan leër dit daardie seun of seuns n belangrike rugby en lewens les. Dat dinge nie maklik kom nie en om harder te werk om jou begin posisie in n span te verdien. Hulle speel 2 games op toer. As die policy is 60 minute per speler, maw 1 volle game guaranteed per speler wat is die boodskap dan? …maak nie saak wat jy doen nie jy sal in elk geval n volle game kry…dinge is maklik. Dis die verkeerde message manne! Deesdae kry kinders sertifikate en medals omdat hulle opgedaag het en dis die verkeerde boodskap wat aan die kinders oorgedra word.

    As dit my seun was wat deel was van n toer groep, wat nie goed genoeg is om te start nie, al het ek volle kostes vir die toer betaal… die sukses van die span en skool kom eerste. Wen eers die game en worry later oor speelkans van elke speler. Want as dit my seun was sal hy n belangrike les leër en trippel so hard werk om nie volgende keer of volgende toer langs die veld te sit nie maar om hard genoeg te werk om die starting spot ten volle te verdien. Dis die regte boodskap.

    Hierdie tipe policy om almal maklik speelkans te gee…jammer maar dis nie goed vir die span of skool nie.

    30 March, 2024 at 23:57
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    #10 Rainier

    @Rugby 4 Life (Comment #9)

    As ek dit nie mis het nie moet alles spelers ten minste 60m speel gedurende die toernooi.

    30 March, 2024 at 22:15
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    #9 Rugby 4 Life

    @Snelvuur (Comment #4)
    Monnas net lucky om weg te loop met n wen teen Framesby. Maar dis 100% die coach se skuld. Basiese dinge…mens wen eers n game voor jy rond donner met kombinasies en posisies. Ek dog almal weet dit…Ek dog Laerskool…gee almal n kans om om te jol gebeur nie meer op die vlak nie. Amper terug gekom om die coach te byt.

    Monnas se 1ste span is baie beter as die span wat die coach mee gegamble het aan die begin van die game. En selfs die span wat Monnas mee geeindig het nie hulle top 15 nie.

    30 March, 2024 at 20:42
  29. avatar
    #8 Grasshopper

    @jakes (Comment #7)
    Well done Jakes and EGJ, as Glenwood supporters we are happy to have been able to compete and keep the score respectable.

    30 March, 2024 at 16:03
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    #7 jakes

    EGJansen 20-Glenwood 8. Not a very exciting game. Well done EGJ for the close win. Well done to Glenwood as well for hanging in there the whole time because EGJ unfortunately just do not have a kicker this year and could not convert 1 of the 4 tries. It will cost them some close games later in the year

    30 March, 2024 at 15:38
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    #6 Snelvuur

    @Kantman (Comment #5)
    Framesby was net bietjie naïef: 10 punte voor met 15min oor en probeer dan cross-kicks in jou eie helfte ipv om net die territory game te speel. Goeie spanne gaan jou straf vir so roekeloos wees.

    30 March, 2024 at 14:54
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    #5 Kantman

    @Snelvuur (Comment #4)
    Monnas het vroeg die groot kanonne van die bench moes op bring.

    30 March, 2024 at 14:50
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    #4 Snelvuur

    Framesby just absolutely chucked away an upset win against Monnas. Monnas were very, very poor, but Framesby just did not have the composure to capitalise.

    30 March, 2024 at 14:07
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    #3 Grasshopper

    KES vs Bloem as expected, no shock. St John’s Harare over House, that is big. Bush must be hitting the dops big time!

    30 March, 2024 at 11:15
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    #2 Favourite

    Ek glo Grey gaan terug wees met ‘n bang. Ek kry die Kwaggas jammer in Bloem.

    30 March, 2024 at 09:22
  36. avatar
    #1 Kaya 85

    More to follow before end of the weekend

    30 March, 2024 at 07:34

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