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Bishops v Rondebosch Historic Overview

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This Saturday, the 27th of August, will once again see two Southern Suburb rivals take each other on for the 191th time since 1911 when the 1st Teams played each other for the first time. They played a once-off U16 match in 1908 which saw Bishops run rampant on the day, winning the encounter 112-0 with Painton Cowen scoring 86 points in the match. Bishops have older rivalries against SACS, St. Andrew’s College and Paul Roos but these matches cannot compare with the rivalry that has developed with Rondebosch Boys’ High.

This is one of the longest running interschool derbies in the country and because they play it twice a year, they have become quite used to facing one another at the end of each season. Pride and bragging rights are at stake for the next year in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch. The two schools are only about 400m apart and are situated in the shadows of the home of WP rugby: Newlands Stadium. Many a schoolboy from these two schools has moved from his home turf to Newlands to represent WP on the hallowed Newlands ground.

The encounter is played with the most beautiful background in South Africa; Table Mountain, casting its shadow over the Piley Rees field. It is fitting that Bishops plays some of the most beautiful running rugby in the country while Rondebosch Boys High school also plays an open style which makes this clash one of the most exciting matches to watch.

Bosch have won 74 games with Bishops having won 98 matches with almost one out of every 10 matches (18) ending in a draw.

Results down the Years

1908 1 RBHS 0 112 Bishops
1911 2 RBHS 0 18 Bishops
  3 RBHS 0 25 Bishops
1916 4 RBHS 13 13 Bishops
  5 RBHS 0 13 Bishops
1917 6 RBHS 3 5 Bishops
  7 RBHS 14 3 Bishops
1918 8 RBHS 0 16 Bishops
  9 RBHS 0 0 Bishops
1920 10 RBHS 3 22 Bishops
  11 RBHS 9 3 Bishops
1921 12 RBHS 0 6 Bishops
1923 13 RBHS 9 8 Bishops
1925 14 RBHS 22 3 Bishops
1926 15 RBHS 9 10 Bishops
  16 RBHS 3 6 Bishops
1928 17 RBHS 3 8 Bishops
  18 RBHS 3 15 Bishops
1929 19 RBHS 3 7 Bishops
1930 20 RBHS 9 15 Bishops
  21 RBHS 9 12 Bishops
1931 22 RBHS 3 11 Bishops
  23 RBHS 9 16 Bishops
1932 24 RBHS 3 9 Bishops
  25 RBHS 0 15 Bishops
1933 26 RBHS 6 11 Bishops
  27 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1934 28 RBHS 3 #   Bishops
1935 29 RBHS 3 6 Bishops
  30 RBHS 3 37 Bishops
1936 31 RBHS 0 49 Bishops
  32 RBHS 3 37 Bishops
1937 33 RBHS 0 0 Bishops
  34 RBHS 3 6 Bishops
1938 35 RBHS 8 3 Bishops
  36 RBHS 6 16 Bishops
1939 37 RBHS 8 0 Bishops
1940 38 RBHS 3 25 Bishops
  39 RBHS 8 11 Bishops
1941 40 RBHS 9 13 Bishops
  41 RBHS 8 3 Bishops
1942 42 RBHS 4 16 Bishops
  43 RBHS 3 10 Bishops
1943 44 RBHS 0 21 Bishops
  45 RBHS 3 31 Bishops
1944 46 RBHS 21 14 Bishops
  47 RBHS 6 0 Bishops
1945 48 RBHS 6 0 Bishops
  49 RBHS 8 11 Bishops
1946 50 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
  51 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1947 52 RBHS 3 6 Bishops
  53 RBHS 9 3 Bishops
1948 54 RBHS 17 13 Bishops
  55 RBHS 6 13 Bishops
1949 56 RBHS 0 23 Bishops
  57 RBHS 6 17 Bishops
1950 58 RBHS 14 14 Bishops
  59 RBHS 17 6 Bishops
1951 60 RBHS 0 8 Bishops
  61 RBHS 0 17 Bishops
1952 62 RBHS 6 3 Bishops
  63 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1953 64 RBHS 6 3 Bishops
  65 RBHS 13 11 Bishops
1954 66 RBHS 11 3 Bishops
  67 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1955 68 RBHS 6 8 Bishops
  69 RBHS 6 9 Bishops
1956 70 RBHS 9 6 Bishops
  71 RBHS 0 11 Bishops
1957 72 RBHS 5 0 Bishops
  73 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1958 74 RBHS 8 6 Bishops
  75 RBHS 8 0 Bishops
1959 76 RBHS 3 0 Bishops
  77 RBHS 0 10 Bishops
1960 78 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
  79 RBHS 12 3 Bishops
1961 80 RBHS 5 0 Bishops
  81 RBHS 13 6 Bishops
1962 82 RBHS 0 3 Bishops
  83 RBHS 6 6 Bishops
1963 84 RBHS 11 0 Bishops
  85 RBHS 9 6 Bishops
1964 86 RBHS 13 0 Bishops
  87 RBHS 13 0 Bishops
1965 88 RBHS 0 0 Bishops
  89 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1966 90 RBHS 14 3 Bishops
  91 RBHS 12 3 Bishops
1967 92 RBHS 20 0 Bishops
  93 RBHS 3 3 Bishops
1968 94 RBHS 6 0 Bishops
  95 RBHS 8 8 Bishops
1969 96 RBHS 11 6 Bishops
  97 RBHS 25 3 Bishops
1970 98 RBHS 14 0 Bishops
  99 RBHS 11 9 Bishops
1971 100 RBHS 8 3 Bishops
  101 RBHS 24 3 Bishops
1972 102 RBHS 13 4 Bishops
  103 RBHS 13 4 Bishops
1973 104 RBHS 13 12 Bishops
  105 RBHS 13 16 Bishops
1974 106 RBHS 3 9 Bishops
  107 RBHS 4 18 Bishops
1975 108 RBHS 27 3 Bishops
  109 RBHS 22 6 Bishops
1976 110 RBHS 14 13 Bishops
  111 RBHS 22 12 Bishops
1977 112 RBHS 15 12 Bishops
  113 RBHS 33 7 Bishops
1978 114 RBHS 6 6 Bishops
  115 RBHS 6 8 Bishops
1979 116 RBHS 0 9 Bishops
  117 RBHS 0 24 Bishops
1980 118 RBHS 22 12 Bishops
  119 RBHS 3 10 Bishops
1981 120 RBHS 6 12 Bishops
  121 RBHS 6 7 Bishops
1982 122 RBHS 6 18 Bishops
  123 RBHS 12 6 Bishops
1983 124 RBHS 18 10 Bishops
  125 RBHS 6 16 Bishops
1984 126 RBHS 7 0 Bishops
  127 RBHS 15 11 Bishops
1985 128 RBHS 3 12 Bishops
  129 RBHS 16 9 Bishops
1986 130 RBHS 4 14 Bishops
  131 RBHS 3 13 Bishops
1987 132 RBHS 7 12 Bishops
  133 RBHS 3 15 Bishops
1988 134 RBHS 3 13 Bishops
  135 RBHS 3 10 Bishops
1989 136 RBHS 10 58 Bishops
  137 RBHS 4 7 Bishops
1990 138 RBHS 7 14 Bishops
  139 RBHS 0 9 Bishops
1991 140 RBHS 9 12 Bishops
  141 RBHS 9 21 Bishops
1992 142 RBHS 3 34 Bishops
  143 RBHS 6 27 Bishops
1993 144 RBHS 10 26 Bishops
  145 RBHS 5 19 Bishops
1994 146 RBHS 6 5 Bishops
  147 RBHS 19 9 Bishops
1995 148 RBHS 7 6 Bishops
  149 RBHS 11 10 Bishops
1996 150 RBHS 17 7 Bishops
  151 RBHS 6 0 Bishops
1997 152 RBHS 18 0 Bishops
  153 RBHS 31 11 Bishops
1998 154 RBHS 0 20 Bishops
  155 RBHS 7 15 Bishops
1999 156 RBHS 16 15 Bishops
  157 RBHS 9 24 Bishops
2000 158 RBHS 22 19 Bishops
  159 RBHS 27 17 Bishops
2001 160 RBHS 0 17 Bishops
  161 RBHS 0 18 Bishops
2002 162 RBHS 8 53 Bishops
  163 RBHS 25 41 Bishops
2003 164 RBHS 5 18 Bishops
  165 RBHS 19 78 Bishops
2004 166 RBHS 8 27 Bishops
  167 RBHS 26 22 Bishops
2005 168 RBHS 6 31 Bishops
  169 RBHS 12 14 Bishops
2006 170 RBHS 3 70 Bishops
  171 RBHS 22 75 Bishops
2007 172 RBHS 27 48 Bishops
  173 RBHS 24 27 Bishops
2008 174 RBHS 8 20 Bishops
  175 RBHS 15 47 Bishops
2009 176 RBHS 16 10 Bishops
  177 RBHS 6 10 Bishops
2010 178 RBHS 10 38 Bishops
  179 RBHS 19 19 Bishops
2011 180 RBHS 34 18 Bishops
  181 RBHS 12 37 Bishops
2012 182 RBHS 3 15 Bishops
  183 RBHS 19 11 Bishops
2013 184 RBHS 22 7 Bishops
  185 RBHS 11   23 Bishops
2014 186 RBHS 14   52 Bishops
  187 RBHS 21   22 Bishops
2015 188 RBHS 23   36 Bishops
  189 RBHS 55   12 Bishops
2016 190 RBHS 15   14 Bishops

Bishops 2016 Season

Date Opp For Against
2016/03/15 Boland Landbou 10 25
2016/03/19 St Andrews 27 17
2016/03/24 DHS 27 24
2016/03/26 Grey PE 0 44
2016/03/28 Westville BHS 20 20
2016/04/09 Brackenfell 30 23
2016/04/16 HJS Paarl 12 58
2016/04/23 Tygerberg 40 14
2016/04/30 Windhoek High 14 17
2016/05/02 Jeppe 24 38
2016/05/07 SACS 19 38
2016/05/14 HTS Drostdy 31 23
2016/05/21 Durbanville 50 10
2016/05/28 Paarl Gim 10 45
2016/06/04 Wynberg BHS 38 7
2016/06/11 Rondebosch 14 15
2016/07/02 Eton 62 10
2016/07/04 Hilton 35 31
2016/07/06 Kingswood 24 34
2016/07/23 Boland Landbou 19 47
2016/07/30 Paul Roos 24 42
2016/08/13 SACS 43 28

Bishops have played twenty-two games so far this season with ten wins, eleven losses and one draw.  Bishops produced one WP Craven Week player in utility back Lubelo Scott and another utility back in Sebastian Prentice who represented the WP at the Academy week.

Rondebosch 2016 Season

Match 1: vs Suttonians RFC in Dublin – 16 March 2016

RBHS 33 – Suttonians RFC 8

Match 2: vs Buccaneers RFC @ Dubarry Park, Clonbrusk – 20 March 2016

RBHS 100 – Buccaneers RFC 5

Match 3: vs Old Crescent RFC in Limerick – 22 March 2016

RBHS 57 – Old Crescent RFC 7

Match 4: vs Munster Development Team in Limerick – 23 March 2016

RBHS 31 – Munster 17

Date Opp For Against
2016/04/09 Wynberg BHS 29 8
2016/04/16 De Kuilen 35 5
2016/04/23 Paul Roos 26 43
2016/04/30 KES 38 12
2016/05/02 Windhoek High 20 18
2016/05/07 Boland Landbou 15 48
2016/05/14 SACS 28 28
2016/05/21 Bellville 19 6
2016/05/28 Strand 29 9
2016/06/04 Paarl Gim 19 48
2016/06/11 Bishops 15 14
2016/07/23 HJS Paarl 6 25
2016/07/30 Tygerberg 39 21
2016/08/13 Wynberg BHS 23 17

In comparison, Rondebosch only played nineteen matches so far, winning thirteen, losing five and drawing one (4 in Ireland). They had one representative in the WP Craven Week in winger “Magic” Mike Mavovana who was selected for SA U18 and played in the U19 International Series recently.   Lock, Matthew Grobler was selected for the WP Academy team.*

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 from 14:00

You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 24 August at 17:15 on SS1 featuring Francois Louw.

Rugby at Bishops

There is a myth that William Webb Ellis started rugby. There is also a myth that Canon Ogilvie brought rugby to South Africa. In fact, he detested the game and did not want Bishops to play it. What he brought to South Africa in 1861 was a form of football at a time when there was no game called soccer and rugby football was played only at Rugby School.  Canon Ogilvie’s game was based on what was played at his old school, Winchester College in Hampshire.  George Ogilvie was a remarkable personality. His nickname was Gog and the game played at the Cape was often referred to as Gog’s Game or Gogball.

Bishops got the Cape playing football of this kind, starting with the South African College.  Bishops and SACS may well have played each other as far back as 1892. Eventually clubs were formed, at first it was Hamiltons in 1875 and then Villagers and then in the late 1870s the rugby game was brought to the Cape and became generally accepted, as it had become in England in 1871. The Western Province RFU was then formed to regulate the game in the Western Province. Bishops, like SACS and then Victoria College out at Stellenbosch, played in the Grand Challenge competition of the WP RFU. That all changed with the coming of the school. In those early days Bishops had the advantage of coaching, especially by HH Castens, a South African old boy of Rugby School and Oxford.  Then it also had the great South African rugby personality and thinker of last century ion Barry Heatlie, whose nickname was usually Fairy but also Ox. Heatlie, who helped found the Old Diocesans’ Union, also formed an Old Diocesans RFC.  In forming the old boys’ union he – or rather his wife –had worked out colours. The predominant colour was green. In days when dyeing was the simplest way of getting rugby jerseys, the OD RFC decided to use myrtle green.

Touring teams came to South Africa in 1891, 1896 and 1903. In those days the local union would appoint a captain who would pick a team to represent South Africa and give them jerseys to play in. When Heatlie became captain in 1896 he gave them his club’s jerseys – and South Africa won for the first time. When he was again made captain in 1903 he gave his teams green jerseys again and South Africa won a series for the first time. South Africa still plays in green jerseys today. In 1903 Gerald Orpen of SACS and two Bishops men, Fairy Heatlie and Biddy Anderson, pushed through a recommendation that the springbok be added to the jersey.  It had been intended for 1903 but first came to pass in 1906.

The following is the list of those acknowledged as Bishops internationals:

South Africa: Mauritz van Buuren, Harry Boyes, who was the first secretary of the SA Rugby Board when it was founded in 1889. Frank Guthrie, Bill Bisset, Jack Hartley, who is the youngest player ever to have represented South Africa. Charlie van Renen and his brother Willie. Percy Twentyman Jones, who became the president of the WP RFU and also played cricket for South Africa. Biddy Anderson, who captained South Africa at cricket and refereed a Test. FR Myburgh, Paul Scott, Davey Cope, the first man to kick a goal for South Africa in a test, who was killed in a train smash at Mostert’s Hoek on his way to a Currie Cup tournament. Theo Samuels who first scored a try for South Africa. Barry Heatlie (captain), Long George Devenish, who was for years a national selector. Joe Barry, Syd Ashley, Bertie Gibbs, Paddy Carolin (captain), who first devised the 3-4-1 scrum formation and regretted doing so. Mary Jackson, Barley Burdett, who died in World War I. Noel Howe-Browne, Bai Wrentmore, Geoff Grey, who became a national selector. DO Williams, George D’Alton, John Apsey (Prep only), Dendy Lawton, Howard Watt, Dennis Fry and his brother Stephen (captain). Tommy Gentles, Bobby Johns, Peter Whipp, Dugald Macdonald, Guy Kebble, Christian Stewart, Robbie Fleck, Selborne Boome, David von Hoesslin, Hanyani Shimange (Prep only), François Louw and their latest in Nizaam Carr.

Fleck, Boome and Von Hoesslin were in the same team at Bishops, when the star was Herschelle Gibbs.

Nick Koster (International Barbarians)

England: Reg Hands, Tuppy Owen-Smith (captain), Ossie Newton Thompson, Clive van Ryneveld, Christopher Newton Thompson (wartime), Stuart Abbott

Scotland: Harold McCowat, Beak Steyn, Mike Dickson, Donald Macdonald

Wales:  Mike Davies, Haldane Luscombe

Canada:  Christian Stewart

Zimbabwe: Mark Neill, Russell Ashley-Cooper (Many others played for Rhodesia)

Australia: Daniel Vickermann

Argentina: Barry Heatlie – which means that he played for two countries.

In addition, Bill Bisset and Biddy Anderson refereed tests.

In the 2003 World Cup Bishops had three old boys representing three different countries, a world first. Selborne Boom for the Boks, Daniel Vickerman for Australia and Stuart Abbot for England.

Basil Bey is the most successful Bishops coach of all times. From 1986 to 1989 Bishops only lost one game. That was in 1987 to Grey High.

Rugby at Rondebosch Boys’ High

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 u/16 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 u/15 and u/13 competitions. From this time onwards Rondebosch became a force in WP schools’ rugby, though it was 1922 before the School could win the u/17 Shield for the first time as well as the u/15 and u/13 competitions. The golden years of Rondebosch rugby were undoubtedly the 1960s. Three teams went through unbeaten in the years 1960, 1964 and 1967.

RBHS practices a professional and innovative approach to the school’s rugby with a comprehensive Performance Sports Testing programme. This programme assesses players’ physical strength/weaknesses in relation to his playing position. 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).

The following is the list of those acknowledged as Rondebosch internationals:

South Africa: 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 until his u/16 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 eleven tests and the first of Chris Pope’s nine tests. Sadly, that was Roy McCallum’s first and only test. He deserved a second chance as much as anyone as he was a brilliant scrumhalf, but suffered behind a Springbok pack murdered by the British Lions. He paid the ultimate price for his forward’s lack of dominance.

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