In what is the oldest schoolboy derby in South Africa Diocesan College (Bishops) produced an

inspired performance to beat visitors The South African College High School (SACS) in the second of

their annual derby fixtures. Bishops led 24-7 at the half-time and won 43 points to 28.

In the first half, somewhat uncharacteristically for a team renowned for running the ball from

everywhere, it was the booming left boot of fullback Brandon van der Westhuizen that allowed the

hosts to pin SACS in the half and build pressure. Using the stiff north-west wind, time and time again

van der Westhuizen turned SACS around. SACS kicked poorly and found themselves under sustained


Bishops opened the scoring after six minutes with a Harry Makin penalty. Completely against the run

of play SACS stuck back in the tenth minute. Bishops fumbled an attempted offload and the loose

ball was toed ahead by wing Justin Bendeman who beat the cover to score. Centre Jordy Hop


Bishops star player left wing Seb Prentice attack up the left from the kickoff and Bishops were

straight back on the attack. A quick tap penalty and a neat offload and switch and flyhalf James

Macdonald was in under the sticks. Makin did the necessary.

Bishops were brimming with confidence and struck twice in two minutes to all but put the nail in

SACS coffin early doors. They chose a scrum near the SACS line and scored after a few phases before

Prentice again stepped up and embarrassed a number of SACS defender running in a stunning effort

from sixty metres out. Makin converted both a Bishops led 24-7 after twenty-four minutes.

SACS spent the last ten minutes of the half camped on the Bishops line but poor execution and

dogged defence meant that crucially they did not score.

SACS woke up for a few minutes after the interval and put together some good phase play to free up

right wing Yanga Tolashe who scoreed. SACS went back onto the attack and created another chance

but when the ball was turned over Bishops did what they have always done best and that is strike

quickly and clinically making it 31-14 ten minutes into the half.

SACS scored two tries in the seventeenth and twentieth minutes to get back into three point range

of the hosts. SACS butchered the second kickoff receipt and were immediately under pressure in

their own half. A scrum penalty was kicked to touch by Bishops and from the ensuing lineout they

mauled SACS over.


SACS had twelve minutes to close the eight point gap but inexplicably they lacked the necessary

urgency. SACS fired a few shots but Bishops must be commended on the excellent defence. Their

work rate and hunger was clear to see. They capped off a fine performance and a well deserved win

with a try on full time, a classic back-row move ending in a well worked try for centre Rob


Bishops were wonderful on the day and played the conditions well in the first half. They scored some

lovely tries with characteristic offloads and good hard running lines. They will be looking to build on

this performance in search of a dream end to the season. Next week they are away at Wynberg

Boys’ High before hosting arch rivals Rondebosch Boy’s High on the last day of the season.

SACS coach Graeme Wepener will be pulling out what little is left of his hair trying to work out how a

team that went toe-to- toe with Paarl Boishaai for sixty-one minutes two weeks ago failed to arrive

for one of the showpiece games of their season. Some hard talking will have to be done before SACS

head down to Rondebosch next weekend.



Tries: 2 Jason Hofmeyr, 7 Cullum Diem, 10 James Macdonald, 11 Seb Prentice, 13 Lubelo Scott, 12

Rob Macdonald

Conversions: 9 Harry Makin (5);

Penalty: Makin


Tries: 10 David Hayes, 11 Yanga Tolashe, 14 Justin Bendeman, 15 Michael Abrahams

Conversions: 13 Jordy Hop (4)

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  1. Tor

    Well, I certainly did not see that coming, not such a margin. While it was a big knock, I am certain that we can expect the boys to offer the best that they are able to with what lies ahead. That is behind us now and we can build on it with an appropriate response. Good luck boys, you have shown the magic this year and I know you have more of it to give.

  2. Jan Roux

    To be honest, nor did I see that runaway Bishops train coming – but congrats to Bishops! I just hope that Sacs can muster the strength of character to not let the remaining two derbies spoil what has been an outstanding performance this year for the 1st 15 – hats off to the players and coaching staff thus far !!!.
    Unfortunately I was ill and had to be happy with the You Tube broadcast. I wish however, to express my disappointment with the commentator’s remarks relating to a Sacs’ player (named) “coach’s nightmare” by “always” throwing away the ball in the tackle – totally unnecessary and I daresay , in my opinion, not wise for future relations – let us keep our differences between ourselves and off the air.
    All round it was an outstanding performance by the respective Sacs teams. Good luck for next week.
    Best wishes for next week.

    1. Tor

      Jan, I have followed your comments this season and have enjoyed your balanced and supportive views. I cannot agree with you more about the most unfortunate comments offered by the commentator. We all know who the commentator was. I must feel that the SACS boys, while they were overwhelmed and caught “off guard” by the Bishops opening salvo, little would bring them back from that by those comments. I am besloote in my thoughts that our boys will take the best out of their last two games that they can to keep the dream alive that they set out on some 9 months ago.

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