Grey College top of the pops

Grey College repelled the latest challenge to their crown as South Africa’s best school’s rugby team.

There had been suggestions that this could finally be the year that others close the gap on Grey College, but the early season Easter Festivals merely confirmed the resolve of the school as they beat off every challenge.

The results may not have been as convincing in years past, but the side were still victorious in beating Monument 18-14 and on Monday seeing off Waterkloof 21-15. There was also a win against Paarl Gym 14-10.

Waterkloof crushed Paul Roos 48-10 on Saturday at the prestigious Wildeklawer Schools Festival and many considered this to be Waterkloof’s finest team. Yet Grey still emerged winners, despite trailing 9-5 at halftime.

The Festival proved a struggle for the Cape sides with Paarl Boys High getting the only victory in six Cape matches. Paul Roos were beaten for a second successive time and Paarl Gym, having been competitive against Grey College, were hammered by Affies.

Grey College 21 (5) – Tries: Dries Swanepoel 2. Conversion: Jannie Strumpher. Penalties: Strumpher 3. Waterkloof 16 (9) – Try: Janco Gunther. Conversion: Francois Tredoux. Penalties: Tredoux 2. Drop Goal: Tredoux.

Paarl Boys’ High 45 (19) – Tries: JP le Roux, Pieter Schoonraad, Rhyno Smith, Auther Vestes, Andreas Nel, Johan Oberholster, JE van der Merwe. Conversions: Smith 5. EG Jansen 3 (3) – Penalty: Dijan Viljoen.

Affies 59 (17) – Tries: Carlo Engelbrecht 2, Pierre Schoeman, Jaco Fourie, Eital Bredenkamp, Adriaan Oosthuizen, Bernie Roux, Jan-Boland Deysel. Conversions: Hanco Deale 8. Penalty: Deale. Paarl Gym 6 (6) – Penalties: Handré Pollard 2.

Glenwood 13 (3) – Try: Jacques Meintjies. Conversion: Siyabonga Tom. Penalties: Tom. Paul Roos Gym 8 (8) – Try: JP Lewis. Penalty: Michael Hazner.

Framesby 25 (25) – Tries: Lourens Kapp 2, Bart le Roux. Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg 2. Penalties: Stapelberg 2. Middelburg THS 17 (10) – Tries: Reinhardt Griessel, Neil Meyer, Stephan Vorster. Conversions: Kobus Wolmarans.

Diamantveld 49 (22) – Tries: Elrico Fielies 2, Ernst Coetzee, Graham de Reuck, Adriaan Smit, Curtley Kiewiet, Granville Adams. Conversions: André Roberts 4. Penalties: Roberts 2.
Boland Landbou 21 (7) – Tries: Dennys Niemandt, Jan Frylinck, Johannes Karsten. Conversions: Frylinck 3.

Monument 37 (23) – Tries: Gideon Meiring 2, Chad de Klerk, Shaun Conradie, Rikus van Niekerk. Conversions: Meiring 2, Jaco van der Walt. Penalties: Meiring 2.
Outeniqua HS 24 (7) – Tries: Leighton Eksteen 2, Christopeher Richardson, FA Meiring. Conversions: Sylvian Mahuza 2. More to follow …