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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 22:47

Rugby: Cape School's Day Rings True As Players Learn Valuable Lessons

Written by  Jaco Zeeman

Every year the iconic Newland Rugby Stadium plays host to the much anticipated Western Province Schools Rugby Day. The W.P. Rugby Union provides all the top rugby playing schools an opportunity to get a feel for the upcoming season, help shake off some of the pre-season rust and give some their first taste of First XV rugby.

Overall I believe the general standard of rugby was very good, especially when one considers that the season is still in its infancy and for many of the teams this would have been their first bit of competitive fifteen man rugby in 2015.

Most of the results turned out as expected. Wynberg edged out Stellenberg 20 - 15, Paarl Gim comfortably trumped Tygerberg 30 - 5 and Paarl Boys High worked hard to overcome Boland Landbou 10 - 0. However, in one of the big surprises of the day, Bellville recorded a famous win over SACS downing the illustrious Southern Suburb school 10 - 5.

In the final and feature match of the day, Rondebosch faced off with a very strong Paul Roos Gym side. In a hard-fought encounter which was full of pace, power and skill, Rondebosch came out unlikely 15 - 10 victors. This would be regarded by some  as a shock result as the current group of PRG players have lost only a single match since they started in grade 8 in 2011!

A lot of credit must go to the fighting spirit of the Rondebosch 1st XV. Physically, ‘Bosch also looked up to the challenge and did not shy away from any of the collisions. A hallmark of their play was unquestionably a very strong scrum performance; sound defensive organisation and effective mauling off the lineouts. Bosch ran out eventual winners 15 - 10.

The result would have been especially upsetting for Paul Roos Gym as losing their first competitive fixture of their 150th  year was certainly not in the script.

All in all it was definitely an awesome day of schools rugby and one thing is certain, Rondebosch have announced themselves to the schoolboy rugby season and will be looking to take down a few more big names in the process.

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