Rondebosch ended a four-year losing streak to arch-rivals Bishops with a 16-10 victory on Saturday, while St Andrew’s thrashed Kinsgwood 43-3.
Bosch came out firing in the opening quarter and fullback Scott van Breda kicked two penalties. Bishops had their chances in the first half but Rondebosch were solid on defence and some crucial errors let the home side down.
Bosch took a 6-0 lead into the break. Bishops had a slight wind at their backs in the second half and stretched Rondebosch’s defence for the first 15 minutes. Bishops centre Paul Cohen was prominent on attack and after Bosch were penalised for offsides, Cohen got the home side on the board with a well struck penalty.
The game was delicately poised at 6-3 with 20 minutes to go. The home side then pilfered the ball at the ruck and rangy lock James Kilroe streaked 50m to score a converted seven pointer by Cohen, putting Bishops in the lead 10-6.
Bosch replied immediately when outside centre Darryn Berry sliced through the Bishops backs but was held up just short of the line. After a series of pick and goes, flanker Michael Aristedeau crashed over the line. The conversion was missed and Bosch held an 11-10 lead with 10 minutes to go.
From the kick-off Rondebosch maintained possession and moved the ball well into space. Flanker Jamie Croeser was on hand to finish off a flowing movement that started deep in the Rondebosch half and went over in the corner.
Once again the conversion was wide and trailing 16-10 with five minutes to go the home side threw everything into attack, spreading the ball from one side of the field to the other. Twice Bishops broke Bosch’s defensive line and looked odds on favourites to score. However, Man of the Match Rondebosch No 8 Chad Mathews made two unbelievable cross-covering tackles and stole the ball both times (it is a disgrace that this player is constantly overlooked by the WP Schools selectors, as week in and week out he produces extraordinary match-winning performances).
Bishops prop Oliver Kebble was then held up inches from the tryline by some stoic defence. From the ensuing ruck the ball was spun left where the hosts had an overlap, but a poor pass from the Bishops backs rolled into touch and the referee blew his whistle for full-time. The Rondebosch supporters stormed the field to celebrate with their heroes.
‘I’m delighted for the guys,’ former Springbok prop and Bosch forwards coach Rob Kempson told keo.co.za. ‘It was a real team effort that saw us win it today. The set-pieces along with our defence set up the win for us as we were superb at both scrum and lineout time.’
In the other big school derby in the Cape, Wynberg continued their good run of form, defeating SACS 20-0.
The visitors came out firing with Wynberg pivot Kieran Goss making numerous line breaks. Goss’s first led to Wynberg winger Zingisa Ndiki steam-rolling numerous defenders to cross the line for the first of his two tries. It was then the turn of No 8 Ryan Lok to cross the tryline after a well worked rolling maul. Goss again missed the conversion to leave the visitors with a 10-0 lead.
SACS were guilty of kicking away too much possession and with two minutes to go before half-time Ndiki crossed for his second try to give the visitors a commanding 15-0 lead.
Straight after the interval Wynberg fullback Dylan Frylinck crossed for the visitor’s fourth unconverted try and the game petered out as a contest.
For Wynberg, Nic Mitchell again led his side well while lock Devin Cunningham was colossal at lineout time. The home side’s No 8 and captain Mathew Mellville tried tirelessly to put his side on the scoreboard but it was all in vein as SACS were out-classed on the day.
In another big derby clash, Paarl Boys’ defeated Paul Roos 16-11 in a tense encounter in Paarl. The home side’s flyhalf Gavin Haupfleisch was once again in prolific form with the boot kicking 11 points. Paarl Boys’ defended manfully while the visitors backs lacked rythym and were disjointed.
In the big derby game in the Eastern Cape, St Andrew’s outclassed a hapless Kingswood side 43-3.
Industrious forward James Gotz spearheaded Saints’ assult with an outstanding display.
Good set-piece play and incisive running from the St Andrew’s backs kept Kingswood under constant pressure with the hosts scoring seven tries, two by Grant Macdonald.
The score could have been bigger if it was not for Saints match-winning goal kicker, James Price, hobbling off in the early stages of the first half.
St Andrew’s have now won the last 15 consecutive derby games against Kingswood, whose last win came in 1994.
Craven Week friendlies
SWD 35 EP 24
EP Platteland 22 SWD Academy 6
Boland Academy 19 SWD Academy 17
SWD U16 20 EP U16 0
SWD U16 21 Boland U16 7
St Andrews 43 Kingswood 3
Kempton Park 34 Jeugland 18
Driehoek 19 Brandwag 9
Transvalia 35 Heidelberg 15
Birchleigh 15 John Vorster 15
Sasolburg 18 Stoffberg 17
Balfour 31 General Smuts 18
Heilbron 10 Noorderlig 3
Helpmekaar 43 Dinamika 3
Riebeeckrand 25 Jan Viljoen 18
Goudrif 27 Fochville 11
Linden 33 Trinity College 3
Alberton 11 Primrose 9
Leeuwenhof 27 Elsburg 10
Nelspruit 29 HTS Middelburg 13
Bishops 10 Rondebosch 16
Paarl Boys’ 16 Paul Roos 11
SACS 0 Wynberg 20
Tygerberg 6 Boland Landbou 18
DF Malan 0 Hugenote 3
Strand 15 Brackenfell 46
Bergvliet 31 Collegians 0
Hamiltons 24 Jan van Riebeeck 28
Fishoek 11 SK Walmers 14
Excelsior 50 Fairmont 5
Parel Vallei 19 Silvertree 0
Swartland 79 Westbank 0
By Gareth Wright