Bishops made up for last weekend’s shock defeat against Wynberg in beating Paul Roos, while St Andrews edged Grey PE.
Dave Mallett’s schoolboys, who never recovered from a 16 point Wynberg blitz, started with greater poise in Stellenbosch and maintained this composure to win 27-15.
Bishops led 14-3 at halftime, with Australian-born flyhalf Sam Lane and fullback Paul Cohen again among the stand out players. Cohen scored 18 points.
World Cup-winning coach Jake White, whose schools coaching courses start in Bloemfontein next week, attended the match.
White told Keo.co.za: ‘I watched Bishops against Wynberg last weekend and there was far more respect shown to their own game and that of their opponents this time around. It definitely contributed to their better start and once they got ahead they controlled the second half, even though Paul Roos were more competitive after halftime.’
Paul Roos, without a few regulars, were disjointed and could not match their form of earlier games.
Bishops, despite just the one loss this season, are ranked only 10th in the country, while Paul Roos could not do justice to their status of being the next best after Grey College.
Bishops coach Mallett said: ‘We were thrilled to win out there, it’s never easy playing Paul Roos. We wanted it more than they did which proved decisive in the end.’
Mallett also said the refereeing was of a dire standard.
Wynberg, enjoying a brilliant season, stunned Paarl Gymnasium 15-10 in Paarl. Flyhalf Kieran Goss and centre Ezra Williams were among the stars in Wynberg’s first win against Paarl Gym in more than a decade.
Ronbebosch Boys High squandered a 13-8 halftime lead to lose 18-13 at home to Paarl Boys High. Fullback Edwin van der Walt scored late in the match after the Bosch loose-trio of Michael Aristedeau, Jamie Croeser and No 8 and captain Chad Mathews had been instrumental in ensuring a home team lead.
SACS showed great determination in limiting the powerful Boland Landbou to a six-nil win. Landbou’s Tiaan Radyn kicked two penalties against a home team who refused to be intimidated by the size of the opposition.
Paarl Boys’ got out of jail yesterday and defeated RBHS 18-13 with a late try from fullback Edwin van der Walt.
In other national results, St. Andrews snatched a dramatic 17-16 win against Grey PE in Grahamstown. Grey missed a penalty on the hooter from the 10m line.
Potch Gym and Potch Volkskool shared the spoils 18-all after Gym flyhalf Derhan Marais kicked a last minute penalty. Rustenburg High school thrashed an out of sorts Brits 33-3 and Middelburg High School broke a five year losing streak gainst HTS Middelburg, winning 33-10.
RBHS 13 Paarl Boys 18
Paul Roos 17 Bishops 27
Paarl Gym 10 Wynberg 15
SACS 0 Boland Landbou 6
Tygerberg High 48 Bellville THS 3
Strand 3 Bellville High 13
Somerset College 44 Bernadino Heights 0
Monument Park 12 Durbanville 14
Brackenfell 8 Stellenberg 11
DF Malan 26 Jan van Riebeck 10
HHH 7 De Kulien 66
JG Meiring 20 Zwaanswyk 5
Tygerberg Club 13 Milnerton High 12
Bergvliet 24 Fish Hoek 17
Sivertree 19 Hamiltons 15
Plumstead 0 Reddam 30
Bosmansdam 46 Voortrekker 0
SK Walmers 12 Parel Valei 7
Scottsdene 28 Camps Bay 16
Zandvliet 5 Parow 6
HTS Drostdy 26 Hugenote 24
HS Swartland 15 Vredenburg 5
Schoonspruit 33 Piketberg 20
Robertson 27 HS Swellendam 26
HS Stellenbosch 8 HS Langenhoven 0
Laborie 19 President 25
Swellendam Secondary 17 Bonnievale 20
Dirkie Uys 7 Hopefield 3
Montana 18 Worcester secondary 13
Albert Myburgh 17 Emil Weder 7
Berg Rivier 7 New Orleans 37
Outeniqua HS 29 Langenhoven Gym 15
HS Oudtshoorn 18 Oakdale 10
PW Botha HS 14 Punt 12
Sao Bras 50 Albertinia 0
Gerrit du Plessis 16 Kairos 12
Morester 29 Calitz Dorp 5
Groot Brakrivier 10 Parkdene secondary 6
HS Uniondale 29 Zwartberg 7
Heidelberg 15 Riviersonderend 0
Affies 10 Maritzburg College 0
Pretoria Boys’ High 24 Jeppe 3
St John’s 21 Parktown 20
St Andrews 17 Grey High 16
Marlow 16 Framesby 6
Selborne 45 Cambridge 0
Glenwood 31 Michaelhouse 20
Westville 27 KES 27
By Gareth Wright