5. ST ANDREWS
Current National Ranking: 35
A torrid start to the season, the promising outfit who are a traditional powerhouse despite their relatively small numbers look to be coming back nicely.
After losses to local rivals Framesby and arch rivals Kingswood many did not give the Andreans a chance at the Saints festival but they went 3/3 which included a great win over a very talented Wynberg side.
Current National Ranking: 21
One could argue Michaelhouse have been in the rugby wilderness over the last few years, perhaps overshadowed by some of their KZN rivals but this team looks to have all the ingredients to buck the current trend.
Two comfortable wins over the hosts and St Albans may not suggest much, but it was their win over Maritzburg College that got the punters talking. A very interesting season awaits.
3. PAARL BOYS
Current National Ranking: 5
Many have said on paper this years Paarl Boys team may not be the strongest, those many have been proven wrong with the outfit still unbeaten despite facing some truly tough competition this year.
A big win against the Lions XV was to be expected for sure, what was not to be expected was the quality of their play under such difficult conditions against a very talented Helpmekaar outfit. The finally there was the game everyone was looking forward to, a cracker against Hilton with both teams riding high.
It was leadership, guts and determination that got the outfit through this one in truly difficult conditions, it is highly doubtful that many schools would even be able to get through two phases under such conditions but a deserved victory followed.
Current National Ranking: 23
When Peter Engledow left Paarl Boys and took the job at DHS many were excited about the prospect of such an elite coach joining a program with that much talent. It wasn’t smooth sailing however with an early loss to a well drilled Voortrekker outfit, but since then things have clicked.
Two solid wins over Waterkloof and EG Jansen, schools that DHS generally don’t beat followed and the team pushed Krugersdorp powerhouse Monument all the way to the finish line coming up just short of what would have been a historic victory.
Not only did they manage great results, the panel at the Kearsney Festival named them the team of the tournament for playing the most attractive rugby, an award that was much deserved.
1. QUEENS COLLEGE
Current National Ranking: 37
If there was a “people’s champion” during this years Easter Festivals it would have to be Queens College. A very tough start to the season has seen the team improve game by game.
Their first fixture was against a very game KES outfit, Queens played some enterprising and attractive rugby and were within a whisker of what would have been a massive upset. Was this a one off? Or was the team beginning to click?
A 26-3 win over Northwood showed their pedigree but their win over Durbanville was something special with the boys recording a 41-11 win over a team that had previously beaten Joburg powerhouse Helpmekaar.
There is something special brewing at Queens, the team play their hearts out and have to be playing some of the most attractive rugby in the country right now. Long may it continue!
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