Despite one or two disappointing results, 2010 has still been the most successful season in many years for Jeppe.
That’s the opinion of Reg Hammond, Jeppe’s coach, ahead of their last two games of the season – against St Benedict’s this weekend and St David’s on 5 June.
‘The side fell apart against Affies, and we never really turned up against St Stithians,’ he told keo.co.za, ‘but apart from that, our only losses were to Paul Roos and Paarl Boys over Easter.’
Should Jeppe win these last two games, it would make for a 75% success rate in the season which, according to Hammond, has never happened since the heady days of Jake White’s time back in the mid-1990s.
‘More importantly, I think, our junior sides all boast similar, if not better records,’ he said. ‘I think this shows that we have turned the corner, and have become a serious factor in schools rugby in these parts again.’
That said, Hammond is not taking this weekend’s fixture with St Benedict’s lightly.
‘They are our neighbouring school, which immediately puts all sorts of pressure on the boys, and they have showed in their results that they are not at all a bad side,’ he says.
St Benedict’s have wins over Parktown under their belt, and have run a few of the local big guns quite close, so they will certainly be competitive.
Hammond says he was happy in the end with their 25-19 win over St Alban’s last weekend.
‘We played quite poorly to start off, but produced a good second half, running in three tries to win it,’ he said. ‘We were disrupted by injuries as well, but the three key players we were missing – centre Grant Noble, scrumhalf Devin McDermid and our captain, Arnold Vosloo – are all back for this weekend.’
The match at Jeppe kicks off at 12:30pm.