Schools Top 20 - August 15

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:20
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SCHOOLS RANKINGS: There are two results which shake the building of the Schools Top 20 - unranked Bishops' win over third-placed SACS and Grey College's massive win over Glenwood - 10 hammering 12.

This would not be a difficult problem to solve, were it not for the non-playing sides that were playing till recently. They cushion the fall for two of the beaten teams. 

Below SACS, KES, Waterkloof and Paarl Gim did not play, which hardly entitles them to promotion. KES were on their way when dangerous smoke turned them back from Pietermaritzburg. Waterkloof and Paarl Gim have each played 17 matches, and would not deserve to be dropped a long way.

DHS, Grey High, St Andrew's and Hudson Park did not play.

Grey College who have scored 156 points in their last two matches, both against Top 20 opponents, are obvious candidates for promotion. It was just a question of how far.

We have Selborne back in the Top 20 itself after beating Dale and we have brought Bishops into the pressure group below after their emotion-charged win on Saturday, when their coach, Richard Smith, arrived in a wheelchair.

Richard was violently assaulted by intruders in his house and he has been in Vincent Pallotti Hospital for six weeks. His wife, who is the sister of the SACS coach, brought him a wheelchair to the match and then took him back to hospital where he will be in rehab for some weeks to come.

Relevant results:

Affies vs Pretoria Boys High, 36-20
Bishops vs SACS, 15-12                   
Drostdy vs Diamantveld, 37-28
Grey College vs Glenwood, 83-10
Helpmekaar vs Dr Malan, 45-10                  
Monument vs HTS Middelburg, 19-13
Nelspruit vs Menlopark, 36-0
Outeniqua vs Durbanville, 88-17
Paul Roos vs Boland Landbou, 33-24
Selborne vs Dale, 33-25
Stellenberg vs Brackenfell, 41-11

Schools Top 20 - 15 August 2017

1 Paarl Boys' High
2 Monument
3 Grey College
4 KES
5 SACS
6 Helpmekaar
7 Paul Roos
8 Waterkloof
9 Paarl Gim
10 Boland Landbou
11 Affies
12 Outeniqua
13 DHS
14 Grey High
15 Stellenberg
16 St Andrew's
17 Drostdy
18 Glenwood
19 Hudson Park
20 Selborne

The pressure group just under these: Bishops, Brackenfell, Dale, Die Brandwag, Eldoraigne, Garsfontein, Graeme College, Kearsney, Kempton Park, Nelspruit and Oakdale.