First XV Rugby Rankings: 22/08/2022

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The 2022 school rugby season is just about finished and for most teams, last week was their final match after a long season.

All Grey College needed to do to secure the No.1 spot for 2022 was to win their match against Paul Roos Gym. It seemed a simple task on paper, after all PRG had lost several matches during the season and for the most part looked underdone in some of their bigger matches.

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However, with all the SA U18 players missing from both sides, the playing fields were levelled, and Paul Roos Gym turned on the pressure from the start and although it may be painful for the Grey faithful to hear, were completely outplayed.

Now in the weeks preceding this match, the SA School Sports inbox had been flooded with emails from Grey supporters denouncing the rankings formula and demanding that Grey College should be No.1. They argued that ‘other rankings’ (are there really any other credible rankings?) had Grey at No. 1 and that “proved” that our formula was nonsense. We even had ex-Springbok players exerting their influence!

Well having published the rankings for the past 15 years, we play the long game at SA School Sports and we trust the formula. Paul Roos Gym beat Grey College convincingly and having also lost to Paarl Gim they remain in second spot for 2022.

Trusting the Rankings Formula

It is true that Paarl Gim also lost matches during the season, so did all the leading teams. However, the ranking formula is not a win/loss ratio kind of formula. It takes into consideration the Strength of the opposition played, Home and Away status of the matches, Margin of Victory, Margin of Defeat, Actual results, and others.

Taking all the factors into consideration Paarl Gim are No.1 for 2022, after all they did beat Grey College. The combined margin of defeat for their 3 losses totals only 7 points which serves to illustrate just how close they came to an unbeaten season.

It has been perhaps the closest season since we started publishing the rankings back in 2007. On paper one can use formulas to try to generate a picture of the overall form of a team however as Paul Roos Gym showed, on the day any of the top teams can beat any of the other others.

With the season almost over, please send through your outstanding results to [email protected] for our final 2022 rankings next week.

To the coaches, for all the questions and emails and support we thank you. To the players well done for providing such a smorgasbord of entertainment! And to the literally tens of thousands who studied the rankings each week, we value your interest and support. Here’s to a great 2023 season!

 

FIRST XV RANKINGS 22 AUGUST, 2022

RANK

TEAM

PLAYED

AVG BONUS POINTS

1

PAARL GIM

14

8.679

2

GREY COLLEGE

14

8.079

3

PAARL BOYS HIGH

17

8.000

4

AFFIES

16

7.731

5

GARSFONTEIN

16

7.444

6

HILTON COLLEGE

13

7.362

7

RONDEBOSCH

17

6.629

8

OUTENIQUA

13

6.292

9

PAUL ROOS GYM

16

6.288

10

WYNBERG BH

17

6.176

11

STELLENBERG

16

6.069

12

KES

15

5.667

13

BISHOPS

18

5.572

14

DHS

16

5.569

15

MONUMENT

17

5.512

16

SELBORNE COLLEGE

21

5.448

17

GLENWOOD

17

5.376

18

OAKDALE

14

5.371

19

MICHAELHOUSE

14

5.171

20

 MARLOW

17

5.035

21

 NOORDHEUWEL

20

4.820

22

GREY HIGH SCHOOL

17

4.818

23

JEPPE

16

4.525

24

FRAMESBY

16

4.488

25

MARITZBURG COLLEGE

20

4.480

26

QUEENS COLLEGE

19

4.468

27

GRAEME COLLEGE

20

4.385

29

 NELSPRUIT

16

4.325

30

WORCESTER GYM

17

4.300

31

BOLAND LANDBOU

16

4.269

32

SECUNDA

16

4.250

33

FLORIDA

11

4.209

34

MERENSKY

17

4.206

35

WATERKLOOF

17

4.153

36

WESTVILLE

16

4.125

37

BRANDWAG

12

4.042

38

HTS DROSTDY

18

4.033

39

CHARLIE HOFMEYR

19

4.026

40

DIE ANKER

16

3.900

41

VRYBURG

11

3.882

42

BASTION

13

3.854

43

CORNWALL HILL

12

3.850

44

BURGERDORP

8

3.850

45

HUDSON PARK

19

3.837

46

ST JOHNS COLLEGE

15

3.833

47

NORTHCLIFF

11

3.755

48

DIE BRANDWAG

23

3.730

49

 ELDORAIGNE

18

3.617

50

WOLMARANSSTAD

12

3.608

51

MIDDELBURG HS

16

3.594

52

VOORTREKKER BETH

17

3.535

53

DIAMANTVELD

11

3.518

54

 HELPMEKAAR

18

3.511

55

CLIFTON

13

3.477

56

EG JANSEN

17

3.476

57

PRETORIA BOYS HIGH

18

3.444

58

FRIKKIE MEYER

12

3.433

59

PEARSON

15

3.407

60

ROBERTSON

14

3.379

61

OOS MOOT

14

3.350

62

ST ANDREWS COLLEGE

18

3.350

63

MONTAGU

8

3.325

64

KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

14

3.321

65

KLERKSDORP

15

3.300

66

WESVALIA

11

3.291

67

DF MALAN

10

3.270

68

OVERKRUIN

10

3.270

69

HTS WITBANK

9

3.233

70

LEEUWENHOF

10

3.150

71

WITTEBERG

10

3.070

72

 NICO MALAN

16

3.063

73

MONTANA PTA

16

3.025

74

MELKBOSSTRAND

18

3.017

75

AUGSBURG

13

3.008

76

SACS

17

2.976

77

VREDE

10

2.940

78

MIDSTREAM

16

2.919

79

KEARSNEY COLLEGE

16

2.919

80

PENRYN COLLEGE

10

2.910

81

TRANSVALIA

12

2.908

82

DURBANVILLE

19

2.821

83

STRAND

19

2.784

84

 RUSTENBURG

14

2.771

85

ST ALBANS COLLEGE

9

2.756

86

PORTERVILLE

15

2.740

87

WELKOM GYM

13

2.738

88

HOPEFIELD

18

2.722

89

OTTO DU PLESSIS

17

2.659

90

DALE COLLEGE

15

2.620

91

DINAMIKA

12

2.617

92

NORTHWOOD

18

2.594

93

OVERBERG

9

2.578

94

MUIR COLLEGE

12

2.575

95

PIET RETIEF

10

2.520

96

LABORI

17

2.459

97

SENTRAAL

13

2.354

98

BERGSIG

14

2.343

99

SWARTLAND

13

2.331

100

LIGBRON

10

2.320

101

HUGENOTE WELL

9

2.311

102

RANDBURG

12

2.292

103

HEIDELBERG VOLKIES

11

2.236

104

BRITS

10

2.230

105

ERMELO

15

2.193

106

MENLOPARK

15

2.140

107

LANGENHOVEN GIM

11

1.918

108

WESTERING

12

1.858

109

TRIO

13

1.823

110

EMPANGENI

11

1.809

111

ST CHARLES COLLEGE

13

1.708

112

PIETERSBURG

13

1.708

113

CURRO HILLCREST

10

1.700

114

LANDBOUDAL

13

1.692

115

STANDERTON

12

1.650

116

HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND

14

1.643

117

HERONBRIDGE

14

1.643

118

WINTERBERG

9

1.633

119

ELLISRAS

11

1.609

120

SCHOONSPRUIT SEC

11

1.491

121

EDGEMEAD

10

1.420

122

PIKETBERG

11

1.336

123

KEMPTON PARK

15

1.280

124

HANS STRIJDOM

9

1.200

125

POTCH GIM

9

1.189

126

TOM NAUDE

12

1.158

127

UNION HS

15

1.153

128

CURRO DURBANVILLE

10

1.010

129

LICHTENBURG

14

1.000

130

BELLVILLE

13

0.969

131

BRACKENFELL

12

0.958

132

PIONIER

14

0.957

133

HTS MIDDELBURG

16

0.881

134

CENTURION

12

0.833

135

HOOGENHOUT

8

0.738

136

ROB FERREIRA

9

0.733

137

CAMPS BAY

9

0.689

138

GRENS

8

0.650

139

BEN VORSTER

11

0.600

140

HUGENOTE SPRINGS

13

0.546

141

ST BENEDICTS

15

0.500

142

BREDASDORP

11

0.491

143

PARKTOWN

13

0.469

145

STIRLING

13

0.408

146

ST ANDREWS SCHOOL

11

0.336

147

FICHARDTPARK

9

0.322

148

 MARAIS VILJOEN 

12

0.317

149

 KRUGERSDORP

10

0.280

150

ZWARTKOP

16

0.231

151

HERMANUS

11

0.218

152

HANS MOORE

12

0.217

153

ST STITHIANS

14

0.179

154

ST DAVIDS

12

0.175

155

OOSTERLIG

8

0.150

156

TYGERBERG

8

-0.025

157

NOORD KAAP

9

-0.078

158

HS ALBERTON

11

-0.245

159

DR MALAN

11

-0.427

160

DESPATCH

8

-0.450

161

PIET POTGIETER

10

-1.050

162

FAIRMONT

9

-1.178

163

PAREL VALLEI

14

-1.393

164

 DANIEL PIENAAR

12

-1.433

165

JEUGLAND

14

-1.686

166

CAMBRIDGE

18

-2.678