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SACS High School vs Rondebosch Historic Overview

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The third edition of this season’s Supa Quick Premier Interschools features one of the oldest derbies in South African schoolboy rugby. This match celebrates 100 years of rivalry between these iconic Cape Town schools, a rivalry that started in 1921 which SACS won 16-9. Both schools are situated near Newlands and have been an integral part of Western Province rugby since the early 1900’s.

Results down the Years

A mammoth 175 matches have been played between these two schools over the last 100 years. It must be noted that there are two matches, in 1980 and 1984, where the results are not known. For posterity, these games have been recorded as draws. Rondebosch have dominated this fixture with 124 wins while SACS have only been on the winning side on 40 occasions, 11 matches have resulted in draws, this includes the 1980 and 1984 missing results.

SACS vs RBHS results since 1921

SACS
Won

RBHS
Won

Draw

TOTAL

1921: SACS won 16-9

1

 

 

1

1923: Rondebosch won 19-8

 

1

 

1

1925: Rondebosch won 44-7 and SACS won 3-0

1

1

 

2

1926: Rondebosch won 15-6

 

1

 

1

1927: SACS won 10-0 and :a draw 0-0

1

 

1

2

1928: Rondebosch won 11-0

 

1

 

1

1930: Draw 0-0 and Rondebosch won 6-0 and 18-0

 

2

1

3

1931: SACS won 29-6 and 6-0

2

 

 

2

1932: SACS won 11-9 and won 13-0

2

 

 

2

1933: SACS won and 9-5 and Rondebosch won 18-17

1

1

 

2

1934: Rondebosch won 6-3 and won 27-0

 

2

 

2

1935: SACS won 15-0 and 8-0

2

 

 

2

1936: Rondebosch won 16-7 and SACS won 9-0

1

1

 

2

1937: SACS won and 13-7 Rondebosch won 14-3

1

1

 

2

1939: Rondebosch won 14-8 and 16-3

 

2

 

2

1940: Rondebosch won 28-0 and SACS won 9-8

1

1

 

2

1941: Rondebosch won 9-6 and 11-6

 

2

 

2

1942: Rondebosch won 10-5 and 10-0

 

2

 

2

1943: SACS won 12-9 and Rondebosch won 6-3

1

1

 

2

1944: Rondebosch won 6-3

 

1

 

1

1945: Rondebosch won 6-3

 

1

 

1

1946: Rondebosch won 6-3 and 6-0

 

2

 

2

1947: Rondebosch won 3-0

 

1

 

1

1948: Rondebosch won 3-0 and 10-8

 

2

 

2

1949: Rondebosch won 16-3

 

1

 

1

1950: Draw 3-3

 

 

1

1

1952: Rondebosch won 8-0 and 11-3

 

2

 

2

1953: SACS won 22-6

1

 

 

1

1954: Rondebosch won 6-5

 

1

 

1

1955: SACS won 8-6 and Rondebosch won 8-3

1

1

 

2

1956: Rondebosch won 8-3 and 6-0

 

2

 

2

1957: Rondebosch won 3-0 and 6-3

 

2

 

2

1958: Rondebosch won 16-0 and 19-11

 

2

 

2

1959: Rondebosch won 8-6 and 6-0

 

2

 

2

1960: Rondebosch won 4-0 and 23-0

 

2

 

2

1961: SACS won 12-8

1

 

 

1

1962: SACS won 8-5 and Rondebosch on 14-3

1

1

 

2

1963: Rondebosch won 6-3 and 25-0

 

2

 

2

1964: Rondebosch won 28-0 and 25-0

 

2

 

2

1965: Rondebosch won 6-3

 

1

 

1

1966: Rondebosch won 6-0 and 9-3

 

2

 

2

1966: Rondebosch won 17-3 and 14-8

 

2

 

2

1967: Rondebosch won and Sacs Won

1

1

 

2

1968: Rondebosch won 11-3 and 6-3

 

2

 

2

1969: Rondebosch won 9-3 and a draw 6-6

 

1

1

2

1970: SACS won 21-16 and Rondebosch won 16-9

1

1

 

2

1971: Rondebosch won 33-6 and 11-6

 

2

 

2

1972: Draw 7-7 and Rondebosch won 26-0

 

1

1

2

1973: Rondebosch won 19-9 and SACS won 7-4

1

1

 

2

1974: SACS won 14-9

1

 

 

1

1975: Rondebosch won 20-0 and 10-0

 

2

 

2

1976: Rondebosch won 29-3 and 12-9

 

2

 

2

1977: Rondebosch won 26-19 and 23-6

 

2

 

2

1978: Rondebosch won 4-0 and 23-7

 

2

 

2

1979: Rondebosch won 9-0 and a draw 9-9

 

2

 

2

1980: Both results missing

0

0

2

2

1981: Rondebosch won 16-9 and 15-12

 

2

 

2

1982: SACS won 29-19 and Rondebosch won 10-6

1

1

 

2

1983: Rondebosch won 23-3 and 19-12

 

2

 

2

1984: Rondebosch won 14-7 (Second Match result Missing)

 

1

1

2

1985: Rondebosch won 16-6 and 15-3

 

2

 

2

1986: Draw 3-3 and Rondebosch won 15-6

 

1

1

2

1987: Rondebosch won 26-3 and 23-0

 

2

 

2

1988: Rondebosch won 8-6 and 33-3

 

2

 

2

1989: SACS won 7-6 and Rondebosch won 13-6

1

1

 

2

1990: Rondebosch won 10-0 and 19-10

 

2

 

2

1991: Rondebosch won 27-10 and 20-6

 

2

 

2

1992: SACS won 6-5 and Rondebosch won 12-0

1

1

 

2

1993: SACS won 11-6 and Rondebosch won 15-6

1

1

 

2

1994: Rondebosch won 19-5 and 3-0

 

2

 

2

1995: Rondebosch won 13-9 and 33-13

 

2

 

2

1996: Rondebosch won 14-11 and 24-14

 

2

 

2

1997: Rondebosch won 31-5 and 10-9

 

2

 

2

1998: Rondebosch won 17-0 and 10-5

 

2

 

2

1999: Rondebosch won 10-0 and 6-3

 

2

 

2

2000: SACS won 14-11 and Rondebosch won 16-3

1

1

 

2

2001: SACS won 21-19

1

 

 

1

2002: SACS won 22-16 and Rondebosch won 23-12

1

1

 

2

2003: Rondebosch won 11-5 and SACS won 12-11

1

1

 

2

2004: SACS won 14-12 and Rondebosch won 5-0

1

1

 

2

2005: Rondebosch won 37-14 and 17-3

 

2

 

2

2006: SACS won 22-14 and 16-9

2

 

 

2

2007: SACS won 14-7 and 48-19

2

 

 

2

2008: Rondebosch won 12-7 and 16-10

 

2

 

2

2009: Rondebosch won 52-11

 

1

 

1

2010: Rondebosch won 44-14 and 20-12

 

2

 

2

2011: Rondebosch won 19-15 and 10-5

 

2

 

2

2012: SACS won 36-19 and 26-6

2

 

 

2

2013: Rondebosch won 41-18 and 18-1

 

2

 

2

2014: SACS won 13-12 and Rondebosch won 12-26

1

1

 

2

2015: SACS won 27 - 15 and Rondebosch won 22-18

1

1

 

2

2016: Draw 28-28 and SACS won 28-10

1

 

1

2

2017: Draw 14-14 and Rondebosch won 36-22

 

1

1

2

2018: Rondebosch won 24-5 and 29-24

 

2

 

2

2019: Rondebosch won 27-8 and 24-5

 

2

 

2

TOTALS UP TO 2019

40

124

11

175


SACS 2021 Season so Far

SACS have only played two matches leading up to this fixture, losing both matches but will take heart in that both matches were lost within seven points indicating that the SACS side could prove to be a different one this time round. They gave a very good Bishops side, who a week later went onto thump Paul Roos in a historic victory for Bishops, a run for their money losing out by seven points.

Date

Opp

For

Against

2021/05/08

Bishops

22

29

2021/05/15

Boland Landbou

17

24


Rondebosch 2021 Season so Far

Likewise, Rondebosch have only had two fixtures so far this year, both resulting in a loss for Rondebosch. They also played a pre-season practise match against Bishops where they gave good account of themselves.

Date

Opp

For

Against

2021/05/08

Wynberg BHS

5

19

2021/05/15

HJS Paarl

20

30


Rugby at SACS High School

SACS is the oldest high school in South Africa, founded in September 1829. It has arguably the most magnificent setting at the foot of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. The school prides itself on the balanced education it provides, the world-class facilities on offer, and that SACS men strive for excellence in all spheres of school life. The University of Cape Town (UCT) grew from SACS and to this day they still have close ties and share the same jersey. Their mission as stated on their website is to create a successful rugby brand built on hard work, commitment, pride, loyalty, “never say die” attitude, enjoyment and freedom of expression.

SACS have to date produced 26 Springbok rugby players, the fourth most of all the schools in South Africa. The very first player ever listed to represent South Africa is from SACS in Benn Duff, a Fullback that played in the very first test against Britain in 1891.

List of SACS Springboks

Name

Test Debut Year

Ben Duff

1891

Marthinus ‘Oupa’ Versfeld

1891

Tiger Devenish

1891

Scraps Wessels

1896

Paul Scott

1896

Allan Beswick

1896

Jim Crosby

1896

Pieter Dormehl

1896

Tom Hepburn

1896

Charlie Brown

1903

John Jackson

1903

Joe Anderson

1903

Billy Millar

1906

Nic Crosby

1910

Cliff Riordan

1910

Max Davison

1910

Wally Mills

1910

Clive van Ryneveld

1910

Toby Moll

1910

Ernest ‘Baby’ Shum

1913

Saturday Knight

1912

Frank Mellish

1921

Jack van Druten

1924

Frankie Waring

1931

Cecil Moss

1949

Percy Montgomery

1997


In addition, Paul Delport and Kyle Brown represented the Springboks on the 7’s circuit. Kyle Brown and Paul Delport have captained the side as well.

Rondebosch Boys’ High School

Rugby at RBHS is steeped in tradition, pride and passion. The impressive list of provincial and national rugby players bears testimony to the depth of association between Rondebosch and top class rugby.

Rondebosch started off as a soccer playing school, but by 1904, rugby was being played on an unofficial basis. In 1906 soccer was dropped and the bold step was taken to enter a rugby team in the U16 competition where it had to compete, among others, with those schools with colleges attached to them, namely Diocesan College, SACS and Stellenbosch. By 1913, the school won the U15 and U13 competitions. From this time onwards Rondebosch became a force in WP schools’ rugby, though it was 1922 before the School could win the U17 Shield for the first time as well as the U15 and U13 competitions. The golden years of Rondebosch rugby were undoubtedly the 1960s. Three teams went through unbeaten in the years 1960, 1964 and 1967.

RBHS practises a professional and innovative approach to its rugby with a comprehensive Performance Sports Testing programme. It focuses on the abilities all players should possess and aim to develop, to improve his performance profile. RBHS was the first school in South Africa that embarked on a study to maximize the safety of its players and adopt the programme. This includes using a sophisticated, research-based software tool designed to assist coaches and doctors to better manage a player’s return after sustaining a sports-related concussion. The system is called IMPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).

Springboks: Gerald Thompson, Frank Mellish, Jackie Tindall, Willie Rousseau, Bennie Osler, Stanley Osler, Jock van Niekerk, Mervyn Ellis, Jack Gage, Alvi van der Merwe, John Apsey, Dendy Lawton, James Starke, Mike Lawless, Ian McCallum, Roy McCallum, Chris Pope, Derek van den Berg, Joel Stransky (at Rondebosch till his U16 year), Gcobani Bobo and Hanyani Shimange

England: Frank Mellish; France: Eric Melvill; Ireland: Dion O'Cuinneagain (captain), who also captained the South African Sevens side; USA Sevens: Dallen Stanford.

In the first test against the great 1974 Lions side of Willie-John McBride, three Rondebosch Old Boys were in the starting line-up for the Springboks at Newlands. Ian McCallum at fullback, his brother Roy McCallum at scrumhalf and wing Chris Pope. That was the only time the three ever played a test together. SA lost that test 12-3 and the Springbok selectors panicked and started what is now known as “the farce of ‘74” selection process. That test was the last of Ian McCallum’s 11 tests and the first of Chris Pope’s 9 tests. Sadly that was Roy McCallum first and only test.

Their latest notable players are Zain Davids (SA U20) and Mike Mavovana (SA 7’s Academy).

The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 22 May from 12:55 on SuperSport 1

Schedule Date

Series Title

Episode Title

Start Time

Channel

Status

Venue

22-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

12:55

SSP1 / VR3

Live

South African College Schools

22-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

20:00

211

Repeat

South African College Schools

23-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

00:20

209

Repeat

South African College Schools

23-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

15:20

SSP1

Repeat

South African College Schools

24-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

08:10

211

Repeat

South African College Schools

24-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

10:50

209

Repeat

South African College Schools

27-May-2021

Premier Interschools Rugby

SACS High School vs Rondebosch Boys' High

17:30

211

Repeat

South African College Schools

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