Grey High vs Grey College Historic Overview

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Two schools who are not even in the same neighbourhood because of the distance apart but very close in brotherhood will once again take to the rugby field on Saturday 30 July 2016 to continue a rivalry that started in 1929.

Grey High and Grey College both have the same benefactor in Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape Colony from 5 December 1854 to 15 August 1861. He founded Grey College, Bloemfontein in 1855 and Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1856. During Grey’s first tenure as Governor of New Zealand, he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (1848). Grey gave land for the establishment of Auckland Grammar School in Newmarket, Auckland in 1850. The school was officially recognised as an educational establishment in 1868 through the Auckland Grammar School Appropriation Act of the Provincial Government. Auckland Grammar school also became the school in New Zealand that produced the most All Black rugby players, much in the same mould as Grey College has become the rugby factory for Springbok rugby players in South Africa.

Grey High School from Port Elizabeth first took the initiative with an inland tour in 1929 that started off with them playing St Andrews in Grahamstown and working their way up north to Bloemfontein. There they played their brother school for the first time and lost 0 -16. They invited Grey College to come down to PE the following year and the Bloemfontein Boys dually accepted and in 1930 they undertook their first tour to Port Elizabeth. In a closely fought match the boys from Bloem again triumphed with a 9-7 win. For some unknown reason lost in the midst of time, the two schools took another 23 years before they played each other again. Grey PE toured to Bloemfontein again and lost 13-3 in 1953. It took another 10 years for the two Greys to square up again and the 1963 game was a drawn match of eight all while the 1968 game was also a draw. The 1972 match introduced the first unbroken sequence of matches that continues until this day. In all that time there was only another two draws in 1973 and 1990. Grey PE won their first match against their Bloemfontein Brothers in 1976 at the anniversary of the tenth meeting between the two teams. On a day of high drama on the Philip Field at Grey PE, Robbie Logan slotted a last minute penalty for Grey High to emerge as 13-12 winners. Since then, Grey High has only been on the winning side a further seven times with their last win coming in 2014, just showing the dominance that their counterparts from Bloemfontein have in the Derbies.

Historic Results between the two teams

Played: 47 (1930-2015)

Won: Grey College 37 vs Grey High 8

Drew: 2

Results Since 2000

2015 Grey College 34 vs Grey High School 22

2014 Grey College 20 vs Grey High School 27

2013 Grey College 50 vs Grey High School 21

2012 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School 3

2011 Grey College 69 vs Grey High School 21

2010 Grey College 38 vs Grey High School 8

2009 Grey College 16 vs Grey High School 0

2008 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School 17

2007 Grey College 44 vs Grey High School 26

2006 Grey College 34 vs Grey High School 21

2005 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School 16

2004 Grey College 14 vs Grey High School 17

2003 Grey College 51 vs Grey High School 16

2002 Grey College 41 vs Grey High School  3

2001 Grey College 18 vs Grey High School 15

2000 Grey College 31 vs Grey High School 6

Current Season Results

The results for the two teams so far in the 2016 season:

Grey High:

Date Opp Result For Against
2016/03/12 Stirling High Win 50 0
2016/03/24 Westville BHS Win 29 6
2016/03/26 Bishops Win 44 0
2016/03/28 Michaelhouse Win 39 15
2016/04/09 Paul Roos Lose 21 34
2016/04/16 Daniel Pienaar Lose 20 24
2016/04/23 Die Brandwag Win 45 12
2016/04/30 Parktown Boys Win 27 8
2016/05/02 DHS Win 16 7
2016/05/14 Wynberg BHS Win 24 7
2016/05/21 Graeme College Win 52 14
2016/05/28 St Andrews Win 61 7
2016/06/04 Dale College Lose 21 26

Grey College:

Date Opp Result For Against
2016/03/12 Welkom Gim Win 54 22
2016/03/19 Framesby Win 57 6
2016/03/21 Stirling High Win 99 7
2016/04/09 Maritzburg College Win 60 13
2016/04/16 HTS Louis Botha Win 50 0
2016/04/23 Sentraal Win 57 3
2016/04/30 Garsfontein Win 31 13
2016/05/02 Oakdale Win 48 23
2016/05/07 Affies Win 53 29
2016/05/14 Selborne Win 48 17
2016/05/21 HJS Paarl Lose 18 28

Both teams are having a very good season in 2016 with the Bloem boys only losing one game against the number one ranked school Paarl Boys. Grey High have only lost three games so far against Daniel Pienaar, Paul Roos and Dale College. They were both well represented at the national youth weeks at Kearsney with Grey College having 23 representatives in the Free State Craven Week (13) and Academy teams (10) and Grey High had nine players all in the EP Craven Week team.

They also managed to produce two SA Schools players each in Khwezi Mafu (no 8) and Sihle Njezula (Utility Back) for Grey High and Rewan Kruger (scrumhalf) and Rikus Pretorius (centre) for Grey College. A Further three players from Grey College received SA A colours (Jaco van Tonder, Dian Schoonees and Janco van Heyningen) while two from Grey High were also included in the SA A squad. (Lubabalo Dobela and Ayabonga Oliphant).

The game will be broadcast live on SS5 ( channel 205)  from 14.55.

You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 27 July at 17:15 on SuperSport 1 Pieter de Haas, Dan Payne (new CEO of USA Rugby), Chris Dry and Philip Snyman

Rugby at Grey High

Grey High has a proud history in South African rugby producing 15 Springboks that represented their country at international level. It is to be noted that two of these players matriculated elsewhere, Ian Kirkpatrick at Kimberley Boys High and current Springbok centre Jan Serfontein, spend his formative years in Grey Primary and Grey High up to Grade 9 before matriculating at Grey College Bloemfontein.

Grey has a proud rugby tradition and record which dates back to the 19th century.  Traditional schools they compete against, on an annual basis, are Dale College, Graeme College, Grey College, Queen’s College, Selborne College, St. Andrew’s College, Wynberg High and of late Paul Roos Gymnasium.

The first rugby match was played on the 16th of September 1893 against Muir College of Uitenhage. Between 1919 to 1923 Grey played four internationals against Dale, Gill, Kingswood and St Andrew’s. Money for the main field was donated by an Old Grey, Arthur Phillip in 1938 and thus the main field is “The Phillip Field”.

Well known television commentators and outstanding players, like Gavin Cowley and Andrew Patterson also graced the Phillip field.

Special mention must be made of Michael Catt, Rory Duncan and Luke Watson who captained the England, Free State and Western Province Currie Cup sides respectively in 2007.

List of Springboks:

Jack Hirsch, Fred Smollan, Freddie Turner, George Smith, Bunny Reid, Roy Dryburgh, Iain Kirkpatrick (matriculated at Kimberley Boys High),Wilf Rosenberg, Peter Allen, Mickey Gerber, Shaun Povey, Luke Watson, JJ Engelbrecht, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein (matriculated at Grey College)

Rugby at Grey College

Grey has served Bloemfontein, the Free State, South Africa and the world well over the past 150 years. Grey has been able to make adjustments and remain relevant in a changing environment in which it has developed, grown and excelled. The brand is known and revered throughout South Africa and even internationally and the products of the school make a positive difference wherever they are. Parallel medium education, tolerance, respect for others and loyalty to the school are not only traditions, but firm foundations in a global village. Grey is structured on these foundations and it is constantly adapting to new developments. The wave of change washing over our country confirms the value of Grey’s traditions. Grey has produced 44 Springbok rugby players. Since WW II it has produced more Springbok players than any other school in SA.

Herman van Broekhuizen

Boet McHardy

Sarel Strauss

Louis Babrow

Henry (Kalfie) Martin

Piet de Wet

Popeye Strydom

John Wessels

Johan Spies

Dawie Snyman

Morne du Plessis

Jackie Snyman

Theuns Stofberg

Robbie Blair

Jaco Reinach

Helgard Muller

Pieter Muller

Johan Styger

Heinrich Fuls

Andries Truscott

Ruben Kruger

Ollie le Roux

Naka Drotske

Werner Swanepoel

Charl Marais

CJ van der Linde

Gerrie Britz

Ruan Pienaar

Francois Steyn

Bismarck du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis

Wian du Preez

Tiaan Liebenberg

Adriaan Strauss

Heinrich Brussow

Flip van der Merwe

Coenie Oosthuizen

Deon Stegmann

Andries Strauss

Johan Goosen

Jan Serfontein

Piet van Zyl

Marcel van der Merwe

Cobus Reinach

Grey College Recent Springbok Accomplishments There were five Old Grey College’s in the 1999 World Cup squad, Ollie le Roux, Naka Drotské, Ruben Kruger, Werner “Smiley” Swanepoel and Pieter Müller.

In the 2007 winning World Cup team there were again five Old Grey College’s, CJ van der Linde, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, Ruan Pienaar and Francois Steyn.

In the 2010 season Grey had eight representatives in the Springbok squad, Deon Stegmann, Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Jannie Du Plessis, Bismarck Du Plessis, Flip vd Merwe, Ruan Pienaar en Franscois Steyn.

Grey College had six representatives in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Springbok team in New Zealand – Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Heinrich Brussow, and CJ van der Linde.

Eight Grey College Old Boys in the starting Springbok line-up versus Scotland in 2008 at Murrayfield – Deon Stegmann, Adriaan Strauss, CJ vd Linde, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Flip vd Merwe, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn.

Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Overview

Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries from South Africa’s top rugby schools, which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its fourth year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview Magazine Shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

For all results, fixtures, videos, photos and information visit the new Premier Interschools website at


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