Schools Top 20 - 2 May 2018

Wed, 02 May 2018 07:44
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RANKINGS: The panel that chooses the Top 20, would like to send out a Mayday signal, for they are all at sea after the seismic upheavals of the past long weekend.  

For this Top 20, we have taken into consideration the matches at the Wildeklawer, Grey High School and Klein Karoo tournaments.

As a result, we have a long list of relevant results. Three of the current Top 20 did not play - Transvalia, Bishops and Ben Vorster, and Framesby played in Japan. The three who did not play have already played several matches this season, but we do have the principle of rewarding teams that played.

Do we change the Top Four, each of whom won both of their matches? It's hard to demote a winner, even if somebody else seems to be playing more inspiring rugby.

Then we get to number five - Monnas who lost both of their matches but to teams ranked above them. And at number six, Oakdale won both matches but against opposition less strong. The same is true of Glenwood. 

Then there are Affies and Selborne, teams not on the previous Top 20, who have beaten Top 20 opposition. Those two are the big beneficiaries of the weekend's action.

This may just be the hardest Top 20 we have done over the last 20 years! But the good news that it brings is that there are many great rugby-playing schools in South Africa and that the gap between number one and thirty is not all that big.

Relevant results

Paarl Gim vs Monument, 34-31
Paarl Gim vs Welkom Gimnasium, 24-7
Grey College vs Drostdy, 47-5
Grey College vs Monument, 36-21
Paarl Boys' High vs Waterkloof, 53-10 
Paarl Boys' High vs Affies, 19-14
Paul Roos vs Menlopark, 47-17 
Paul Roos vs Waterkloof, 63-12
Glenwood vs Outeniqua, 27-13
Glenwood vs Stellenberg, 52-10
Oakdale vs Noord-Kaap, 56-24
Oakdale vs Dr EG Jansen, 46-22
Outeniqua vs Dr EG Jansen, 56-24
Boland Landbou vs Helpmekaar, 35-21
Diamantveld vs Helpmekaar, 27-26
Affies vs Boland Landbou, 38-14
Grey Port Elizabeth vs KES, 33-17
Grey Port Elizabeth vs St John's, 38-3
Garsfontein vs Nico Malan, 32-22             
Garsfontein vs DHS, 29-26
Selborne vs KES, 29-3                     
Selborne vs Jeppe, 19-3
Jeppe vs Dale, 12-10                       
Stellenberg vs Noord-Kaap, 52-12
St Andrew's vs DHS, 31-15
Dale vs Daniël Pienaar, 32-5        
Marlow vs Louis Botha, 73-0
Hilton vs Kearsney, 38-34
Oos-Moot vs Worcester Gim, 50-24
Wynberg vs Durbanville, 24-17
Drostdy vs Menlopark, 22-16

Schools Top 20 - 2 May 2018

1 Paarl Gim
2 Paul Roos
3 Grey College
4 Paarl Boys' High
5 Monument
6 Oakdale
7 Glenwood
8 Affies            
9 Transvalia
10 Boland Landbou
11 Helpmekaar           
12 Wynberg
13 Menlopark
14 Ben Vorster                    
15 HTS Drostdy                            
16 Selborne 
17 Jeppe                              
18 Grey High
19 Bishops
20 Hilton

There are many schools to put pressure on this Top 20, including Dr EG Jansen, DHS, Framesby, Garsfontein, HTS Middelburg, Marlow, Oos-Moot, Outeniqua, SACS, Stellenberg and St Andrew's of Grahamstown.