Bishops produced the shock result of the weekend after beating Paul Roos for the first time in over a decade, while there were also wins for Paarl Boys’ and Paarl Gimnasium on Saturday.
A masterclass well-rounded performance from Bishops at a wet and rainy Piley Rees saw them thoroughly outplay Paul Roos to record a 36-13 victory, after leading 13-8 at half-time.
Three second-half tries from Bishops allowed them to secure their first win against Paul Roos since their 33-23 victory back in 2010, breaking a five-match Maroon Machine winning streak. In 2013 the sides drew 22-all, and prior to the draw, it was Paul Roos who dominated this fixture.
Bishops’ clinical play at the breakdown and set pieces allowed their backs to run with ease. Despite the wet conditions, the home side made better use of their opportunities allowing them to score four brilliantly thought-out tries.
Man of the Match and Bishops scrumhalf Imad Khan kicked two conversions and four penalties taking his personal tally for this historic Bishops victory to 16 points.
Bishops head coach, Wesley Chetty must have had an inspirational half-time chat because it was the home side who drew first blood in the second half courtesy of well-placed crosskick from flyhalf Johnny Roche for replacement back Rupert Holmes, who gathered the ball to score in the corner.
The home side then won a turnover on their own goaline, before a delayed pass from Roche resulted in Suleiman Hartzenberg joining his centre partner on the scoring sheet as he ghosted the Paul Roos defence en route to scoring Bishops’ third try.
Staying in the Western Cape, and both Paarl-based schools were able to come away with wins as Boys’ High claimed a 30-20 win at Rondebosch, while Gim came away from Wynberg with a 31-6 victory.
In the Eastern Cape, the derby between Queen’s College and Grey High was called off due to Covid-19. This is the same case with the Virseker Cup games between Monument and Garsfontein, and Menlopark and Waterkloof, as well as KES’ fixture against Affies.
Bishops 36 Paul Roos 13
Boland Landbous 24 SACS 17
Wynberg 6 Paarl Gim 31
Rondebosch 10 Paarl Boys’ High 30
Durbanville 55 Strand 0
Brackenfell 19 Stellenberg 38
Westville 17 Michaelhouse 10
Hilton 44 DHS 5
Northwood 29 Kearsney 18
Glenwood 33 St Charles 0
Kingswood 17 Hudson Park 30
Queen’s vs Grey High (Cancelled – Covid)
St Andrew’s 30 Marlow 14
Graeme 38 Framesby 15
Monument vs Garsfontein (Cancelled – Covid)
Menlopark vs Waterkloof (Cancelled – Covid)
Noordheuwel 20 Marais Viljoen 10
Helpmekaar 24 EG Jansen 47
Montana 26 Ben Vorster 33
KES vs Pretoria Boys High (Cancelled – Covid)
St John’s vs Parktown (Cancelled – Covid)
St David’s 8 Jeppe 40
St Benedict’s vs St Alban’s (Cancelled – Covid)