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Schools Top 20 - April 5

Schools Top 20 - April 5
Tue 5 Apr 2016 | 11:48
Schools Top 20 - April 5
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This is the 18th year that we have been doing the Top 20 and it does not get easier, especially with the first one.

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We do not, let me say it again, use any form of arithmetic or technology in doing this. We, three of us this time, sit down and consider the evidence provided by match results, and draw it up. This is a process suggested by Professor Tim Dunne of UCT's statistics department.

It is obvious that there is no absolute way of doing a Top 20 and that it is at best a reasonable guess.

We use the results which we publish each week. At this time of the year they come mainly from the numerous festivals around the country. We try to take into consideration the quality of the opposition and, later on, the venue of a match.

For the first one we start with the criterion of four matches played. That means that some strong schools are excluded – Grey College, Maritzburg College, Nelspruit, Boland Landbou, Michaelhouse, Rondebosch, Paarl Gim, SACS, KES and Wynberg – the first eight of whom ended in the 2015 Top 20.

The Top 20 will change over the course of the season, even weekly. This will start happening when strong sides play more matches.

Of course, there will be disagreements, sometimes passionate ones. But people should not take it too seriously, as there is no perfect way of doing this, none that will produce an absolute result.

But it is a means to add to the great South African interest in schools rugby and to honour those who are doing particularly well in an increasingly competitive environment.

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Top 20 – April 5:

1 Affies

2 Paarl Boys' High

3 Grey PE

4 Glenwood

5 Jeppe

6 Selborne

7 Dr EG Jansen

8 Garsfontein

9 Dale

10 Paul Roos

11 Helpmekaar

12 Monument

13 HTS Middelburg

14 Oakdale

15 Diamantveld

16 Waterkloof

17 Marlow

18 Outeniqua

19 Kingswood

20 Kearsney

2015 Top 20

1 Paarl Boys' High

2 Paarl Gim

3 Paul Roos

4 Affies

5 Monument

6 Grey College

7 Oakdale

8 Outeniqua

9 Selborne

10 HTS Middelburg

11 Dr EG Jansen

12 Eldoraigne

13 Garsfontein

14 Grey PE

15 Michaelhouse

16 SACS

17 Boland Landbou

18 Nelspruit

19 Maritzburg College

20 Rondebosch

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