Bishops produced their best performance of the season to thump rivals Wynberg 34-8 on Saturday.
The hosts, who lost the corresponding fixture 21-17 earlier this year, scored four tries to one by playing their trademark running rugby.
Fullback Paul Cohen turned in a magnificent display at the back with two well-worked tries and a personal haul of 19 points.
Bishops led 12-3 at the break courtesy of tries from wingers Nathen Nell and Clinton Hammond, which came after some telling breaks from flyhalf Sam Lane.
After the interval it was all Bishops as Cohen ran in a further two tries to put the result beyond doubt.
There was also some resilient defence from the hosts, with loose forwards Nizaam Carr, Guy Muller and Sean Patterson thwarting the Wynberg attacks with some telling tackles.
The visitors battled in the lineouts where Bishops lock James Kilroe pilfered the their ball at will.
For Wynberg, SA Academy flyhalf Kieran Goss tried hard to create opportunities but his side were simply outclassed.
‘We’ve aimed to play fast-running rugby in the second half of the season, the kind that Bishops prides itself on, and we achieved that on Saturday,’ head coach Dave Mallett told keo.co.za.
Mallett’s counterpart Jerry Posthumus was disappointed with his players’ performance and said they had been ‘complacent’ going into the game.
Meanwhile, Rondebosch beat Boland Landbou 16-10 after leading 11-10 at the break.
Bosch started the game like men possessed and impressive flyhalf Chris Keet darted over for the opening score. Fullback Scott van Breda added two penalties before Landbou hit back with tries through flanker Juan Louw and lock Francois van Wyk.
The second half was dominated by the visitors, who had a surfeit of possession. Landbou stole plenty of ball at the breakdown through flankers Louw and Christo Schwartz, but they could not convert their opportunities into points.
Heroic defence by the home side ultimately won them the game. After defending their line for 30 minutes, they marched upfield and flanker Nic Simpson delivered the killer blow with a well worked try from a lineout.
Bosch then had to endure an anxious last two minutes but managed to hold out for the win.
For the hosts, captain and No 8 Chad Mathews led from the front, livewire flanker Michael Aristedeau had a strong game, while halfbacks Steven Wallace and Chris Keet turned in a polished display.
Head coach Sean Fridenthal told keo.co.za: ‘We are delighted with the win. A tremendous team effort on defence won us the game.’
In Paarl, SACS went down 23-16 to Paarl Boys’.
The hosts scored three tries to one with winger Curt Ruiters claiming a brace. Pivot Michael Mohle marshaled the visitors’ troops well, while Boys’ High’s WP Craven Week lock Juan van der Sluys took the game to the Newlands side.
Paarl Boys’ now face their biggest game of the year against arch-rivals Paarl Gym next weekend with an expected crowd of 25 000.
In other results, Drostdy pushed Paarl Gym all the way before losing 29-22, Paul Roos ran riot and defeated Oakdale 54-31 in a free-flowing game in Stellenbosch, and Grey PE defeated a dogged Daniel Pienaar 22-3.
Worcester Gym 27 Durbanville 10
Labori 7 Vredenburg 15
Hugenote 38 Charlie Hofmeyer 3
Tulbagh 19 Hopefield 12
Weston 15 Schoonspruit 17
Bredasdorp 65 Langenhoven 0
Montague 17 Overberg 21
Picketberg 21 Augsburg Gym 21
Myburgh 6 Hawston 3
Bergrivier 13 Klein Nederburg 16
Porterville 20 Dirkie Uys 15
Stellenbosch High 7 Robertson 7
Grey 22 Daniel Pienaar 3
Marlow 21 St Andrew’s 13
Bishops 34 Wynberg 13
Rondebosch 16 Boland Landbou 10
Paarl Boys’ 23 SACS 16
Paul Roos 54 Oakdale 31
Drostdy 22 Paarl Gym 29
Tygerberg 22 John Fisher (England) 14
Stellenberg 27 DF Malan 5
Brackenfell 8 Monument Park 10
Bellville High 0 De Kuilen 20
Strand 10 Swartland 10
President 24 Table View 12
Milnerton 33 Kasselsvlei 5
Tygerberg RFC 19 Hamiltons 0
Settlers 15 Fairmont 17
Parow 15 Camps Bay 8
Parel Vallei 32 Fish Hoek 3
HHH 0 Hemanus 28
Rangers-Silvertree 10 Collegians 20
Bergvliet 13 Westerford 5
Reddam 27 Helderberg Schools 25
Zwaanswyk 12 Primrose 29
Somerset 17 Maccasar 15
By Gareth Wright