Understrength Grey humbled

Paul Roos ended Grey College’s stranglehold on South African schoolboy rugby with a 9-3 win in Stellenbosch.

While the Bloemfontein side were without seven of their SA U18 players, Paul Ross will still take plenty of heart from this win, especially considering the poor season they’ve had.

In Gauteng, Monument won the Beeld Trophy final for macro schools when they beat Waterkloof 32-20.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, Bishops edged Rondebosch 10-6 in a tight game that could have gone either way.

There was a controversial call in the final minute by referee Mark van Zyl when Bosch replacement centre DJ Combes dived over for what looked to be the match-winning try, only to be hit high and lose the ball. The referee bizarrely awarded a penalty to the hosts on the 5m line when a penalty try should perhaps have been given.

‘How the referee didn’t award the penalty try I don’t know,’ Rondebosch head coach Sean Friedenthal told keo.co.za.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with Bishops fullback Paul Cohen giving his side a 3-0 lead at the break. Playing into the wind, the visitors scored the only try of the match shortly after the restart, when a poor kick from Rondebosch resulted in Cohen feeding centre Mike Muller who streaked in under the poles.

Bosch fullback Scott van Breda calmly slotted two penalties to make it a four-point ball game with seven minutes to go but excellent Bishops defence, especially from No 8 Nizaam Carr, helped them to avenge their first-round loss this year.

Wynberg capped off a stellar season with a 33-20 home win over SACS, after leading 15-13 at half-time.

Wynberg winger Zingisa Ndiki underlined his superiority as the best finisher in the Western Cape when he scored an early try, while flanker Craig Munro grabbed a brace.

However, Wynberg coach Gus Leslie was not ecstatic about his side’s performance. ‘Credit to SACS, no one gave them a chance and they came here and were extremely competitive. In saying that our boys stuck together and our success this season has come from a collective effort.’

Weekend’s results:

Drostdy 46 Bellville 12
Charlie Hofmeyer 10 Robertson 20
Swartland 7 Hugenote 7
Overberg 15 Hermanus 28
Swellendam 13 Langenhoven 5
Montana 18 Stellenbosch 14
Vredendal 10 Calvinia 3
Bredasdorp 39 Montague 22
Outeniqua 32 Bolandbou 3
Oudtshoorn 27 Schoonspruit 0
Itembellhile 30 Exelsior 5

Monument 32 Waterkloof 20

Western Cape
Rondebosch 6 Bishops 10
Wynberg 33 SACS 20
Paul Roos 9 Grey College 3
DF Malan 0 Tygerberg High 38
Brackenfell 18 De Kuilen 6
Monument Park 10 Vredenburg 9
Fairbairn 24 JG Meiring 5
Kasselsvlei 18 Tygerberg RFC 18
Scottsdene 29 Rusthof 12
Milnerton 100 Elsies-Rivier Schools 0
Bosmansdam 17 Laborie 10
Bellville South 22 Bernadino Heights 12
Parow 9 Scottsville 7
Somerset College 35 Eben Donges 5
Table View 0 Zwaanswyk 0

By Gareth Wright