The second leg of one of the oldest school derbies in the country and most anticipated fixtures in the Western Cape – Bishops against Rondebosch – will bring the season to a spectacular close on Saturday.
Pride and bragging rights are at stake in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch. The two schools are only about 400m apart and close to Newlands Stadium. Rondebosch has won 79 games with Bishops reaching their century of wins in the first encounter of 2018 and currently stands at 103 wins. There have been 19 draws.
It will be the 202nd time that these two great schools meet each other on the rugby field, the first of which was played in 1911.
Bishops produced a magnificent defensive effort to win the first leg of the clash 13-8 on 10 June. Rondebosch, however, are in good form, having beaten both SACS and Wynberg in the build-up to this fixture.
The “Bish-Bosch” derby will not be the only big fixture in the Western Cape, as Durbanville will host Stellenberg in the northern suburbs clash.
Meanwhile, the other big southern suburbs derby will see Wynberg take on SACS. The derby will also serve as the 50th reunion of Wynberg’s 1973 1stXV, which included Rob Louw and Peter Kirsten.
In the north of the country, all eyes will be on the Noordvaal Cup final between unbeaten Garsfontein and challengers EG Jansen.
🏉 @diocesancollege vs @Rondebosch_Boys Build-up show.
👀The Build-up show for this massive encounter.
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