Schools Top 20 - 2017

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:04
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SCHOOLS RANKINGS: Here it is - the final Schools Top 20 for 2017. The year has flown by and another rugby season has died away.

This one is based on the information we have for the whole season and not a reaction to the week's events. 

Slowly we went over the schools, examining their results and the calibre of their opponents.

Inevitably, there will be disagreements with this ranking of ours, perhaps there may even be some bias in the criticism and by the way, none of the people who drew up this table has any connection with any of the teams in the Top 20.

Just when you want to burst out with "but we beat..", it is worth remembering that one result is a dangerous yardstick. Grey College is second and Selborne beat them. Then Hudson Park beat Selborne. Then Dale beat Hudson Park. Then Queen's beat Dale. Then Grey Port Elizabeth beat Queen's. Then Grey Bloem beat Grey Port Elizabeth. Then Selborne beat Grey Bloem.

There are other circles like that.

Calibre is important in the greater scheme of things. DHS and Glenwood have week after week been on the Top 20 and are not there now. Of their 13 matches, DHS played two Top 20 sides, losing to both of them; of their 13 matches Glenwood played five Top 20 teams, losing to four of them - and they lost to DHS. 

Let us acknowledge that this table is only an opinion and that nothing else is possible as the schools do not play each other. 

Schools Top 20 - 2017

1 Paarl Boys' High
2 Grey College
3 Monument
4 Paarl Gim
5 Waterkloof
6 Paul Roos
7 Helpmekaar
8 Affies
9 Grey High
10 KES
11 SACS
12 Stellenberg
13 St Andrew's
14 Outeniqua
15 Boland Landbou
16 Oakdale
17 Selborne
18 Garsfontein
19 HTS Drostdy
20 Nelspruit

There is no pressure group this time because there is no time left to exert pressure.

There have been 15 Top 20s since the first on 19 April 2017. These teams were not in the Final Top 20 of 2016: KES, SACS, Stellenberg, St Andrew's and HTS Drostdy.  

These teams were in the Top 20 this year but did not make the Final Top 20: Ben Vorster, Dale, Die Brandwag, Eldoraigne, Framesby, Glenwood, HTS Middelburg, Hudson Park, Kearsney, Marlow, Menlopark, and Rondebosch.

Top 20 teams since 2007:

2007: Grey College
2008: Grey College & Paarl Gim
2009: Grey College
2010: Grey College
2011: Grey College
2012: Paarl Boys' High
2013: Paarl Gim
2014: Grey College
2015: Paarl Boys' High
2016: Paarl Boys' High
2017: Paarl Boys' High