Wed 19 Apr 2017 | 08:47

Schools Top 20 2017 - April 19 | Rugby365

Schools Top 20 2017 - April 19 | Rugby365
Wed 19 Apr 2017 | 08:47
Schools Top 20 2017 - April 19 | Rugby365

This is our 19th year of doing this and one would expect that, with experience, decisions would come easily and quickly. But this was not the case. This one may well have been the most difficult we have attempted.


It will have something in common with all its predecessors – it will not carry a stamp of universal approval!

We do not use any mathematical calculations in arriving at out Top 20 and we are well and truly aware that there is no absolute way of achieving a Top 20. We use a method, suggested by Professor Tim Dunne of UCT's statistics department. Professor Dunne, sadly, was killed in a motor accident last year.

We have as a basic criterion for consideration, the playing of four matches against South African opposition. We have made an exception this year. We have included Paarl Boys' High who have played only three matches in South Africa but it would be churlish to exclude them after their strenuous New Zealand tour. They have in fact played eight matches on two continents between April 1 and 17.

In considering the ranking of teams we have taken into account their performance, the quality of the opposition and the venue, though most matches so far have occurred at Easter Festivals and so for most teams, they have been on neutral ground.

Schools Top 20 – April 19

1 Paul Roos

2 Paarl Gim

3 Paarl Boys' High

4 Grey College

5 Monument

6 Waterkloof

7 Affies

8 Nelspruit

9 Drostdy

10 Glenwood

11 Ben Vorster

12 Grey High

13 Helpmekaar

14 Kearsney

15 Dale

16 KES

17 HTS Middelburg

18 Selborne

19 Eldoraigne

20 Garsfontein


One of the teams that have impressed this year but has not before been on a Top 20 is Hermanus.

This was the last Top 20 for 2016

1 Paarl Boys' High

2 Grey College

3 Affies

4 Paarl Gim

5 Boland Landbou

6 Helpmekaar

7 Dr EG Jansen

8 Monument

9 Oakdale

10 Glenwood

11 Garsfontein

12 Paul Roos

13 Outeniqua

14 Selborne

15 Dale

16 Diamantveld

17 Nelspruit

18 Grey PE

19 Jeppe

20 Welkom Gimnasium

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