Get ready for a historic showdown as Sportsmans Warehouse Premier Interschools presents one of the oldest and most eagerly awaited schoolboy derbies in the country: Bishops vs. Rondebosch. This historic match up, set to take place just before the midyear break, marks the 203rd meeting between these two prestigious Western Cape schools, a rivalry that began over a century ago in 1911.

The roots of this storied rivalry trace back to 1908 when they played a one-off U16 match. However, it was in 1911 that the annual derbies officially began, with Bishops setting the tone in their inaugural match, delivering a stunning 112-0 victory, largely thanks to Painton Cowen’s remarkable 86-point performance. Despite this overwhelming defeat, Rondebosch continued the rivalry, and the rest as they say is history.

This derby, one of the longest-running in South African school rugby, is played twice a year, adding to the intense competition and the high number of matches. With pride and bragging rights on the line, the leafy suburb of Rondebosch becomes a battleground, just 400 meters from the iconic Newlands Stadium. Many players from these schools have gone on to represent Western Province, adding to the rich legacy of this fixture.

Rondebosch has secured 80 victories in this fierce rivalry, while Bishops reached their century of wins in the first encounter of 2018 and now boasts 103 wins. With 19 draws adding to the history, the stakes are higher than ever as these two rugby powerhouses prepare to go to battle once more.

As the anticipation builds, fans can expect a thrilling encounter filled with history, passion, and the relentless pursuit of victory until the final whistle sounds. This is more than just a game; it’s a celebration of tradition and schoolboy rugby at its finest.

Bishops and Rondebosch face off at the legendary Piley Rees field this coming Saturday, June 1st. Watch all the action live from 12:15 on SuperSport Schools Channel 216.

Results Over The Years:

Year No R Bosch Score Bishops Score RB Won B Won Draw
1908 1 RBHS 0 112 Bishops 0 1 0
1911 2 RBHS 0 18 Bishops 0 1 0
3 RBHS 0 25 Bishops 0 1 0
1916 4 RBHS 13 13 Bishops 0 0 1
5 RBHS 0 13 Bishops 0 1 0
1917 6 RBHS 3 5 Bishops 0 1 0
7 RBHS 14 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1918 8 RBHS 0 16 Bishops 0 1 0
9 RBHS 0 0 Bishops 0 0 1
1920 10 RBHS 3 22 Bishops 0 1 0
11 RBHS 9 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1921 12 RBHS 0 6 Bishops 0 1 0
1923 13 RBHS 9 8 Bishops 1 0 0
1925 14 RBHS 22 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1926 15 RBHS 9 10 Bishops 0 1 0
16 RBHS 3 6 Bishops 0 1 0
1928 17 RBHS 3 8 Bishops 0 1 0
18 RBHS 3 15 Bishops 0 1 0
1929 19 RBHS 3 7 Bishops 0 1 0
1930 20 RBHS 9 15 Bishops 0 1 0
21 RBHS 9 12 Bishops 0 1 0
1931 22 RBHS 3 11 Bishops 0 1 0
23 RBHS 9 16 Bishops 0 1 0
1932 24 RBHS 3 9 Bishops 0 1 0
25 RBHS 0 15 Bishops 0 1 0
1933 26 RBHS 6 11 Bishops 0 1 0
27 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1934 28 RBHS 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1935 29 RBHS 3 6 Bishops 0 1 0
30 RBHS 3 37 Bishops 0 1 0
1936 31 RBHS 0 49 Bishops 0 1 0
32 RBHS 3 37 Bishops 0 1 0
1937 33 RBHS 0 0 Bishops 0 0 1
34 RBHS 3 6 Bishops 0 1 0
1938 35 RBHS 8 3 Bishops 1 0 0
36 RBHS 6 16 Bishops 0 1 0
1939 37 RBHS 8 0 Bishops 1 0 0
1940 38 RBHS 3 25 Bishops 0 1 0
39 RBHS 8 11 Bishops 0 1 0
1941 40 RBHS 9 13 Bishops 0 1 0
41 RBHS 8 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1942 42 RBHS 4 16 Bishops 0 1 0
43 RBHS 3 10 Bishops 0 1 0
1943 44 RBHS 0 21 Bishops 0 1 0
45 RBHS 3 31 Bishops 0 1 0
1944 46 RBHS 21 14 Bishops 1 0 0
47 RBHS 6 0 Bishops 1 0 0
1945 48 RBHS 6 0 Bishops 1 0 0
49 RBHS 8 11 Bishops 0 1 0
1946 50 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
51 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1947 52 RBHS 3 6 Bishops 0 1 0
53 RBHS 9 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1948 54 RBHS 17 13 Bishops 1 0 0
55 RBHS 6 13 Bishops 0 1 0
1949 56 RBHS 0 23 Bishops 0 1 0
57 RBHS 6 17 Bishops 0 1 0
1950 58 RBHS 14 14 Bishops 0 0 1
59 RBHS 17 6 Bishops 1 0 0
1951 60 RBHS 0 8 Bishops 0 1 0
61 RBHS 0 17 Bishops 0 1 0
1952 62 RBHS 6 3 Bishops 1 0 0
63 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1953 64 RBHS 6 3 Bishops 1 0 0
65 RBHS 13 11 Bishops 1 0 0
1954 66 RBHS 11 3 Bishops 1 0 0
67 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1955 68 RBHS 6 8 Bishops 0 1 0
69 RBHS 6 9 Bishops 0 1 0
1956 70 RBHS 9 6 Bishops 1 0 0
71 RBHS 0 11 Bishops 0 1 0
1957 72 RBHS 5 0 Bishops 1 0 0
73 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1958 74 RBHS 8 6 Bishops 1 0 0
75 RBHS 8 0 Bishops 1 0 0
1959 76 RBHS 3 0 Bishops 1 0 0
77 RBHS 0 10 Bishops 0 1 0
1960 78 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
79 RBHS 12 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1961 80 RBHS 5 0 Bishops 1 0 0
81 RBHS 13 6 Bishops 1 0 0
1962 82 RBHS 0 3 Bishops 0 1 0
83 RBHS 6 6 Bishops 0 0 1
1963 84 RBHS 11 0 Bishops 1 0 0
85 RBHS 9 6 Bishops 1 0 0
1964 86 RBHS 13 0 Bishops 1 0 0
87 RBHS 13 0 Bishops 1 0 0
1965 88 RBHS 0 0 Bishops 0 0 1
89 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1966 90 RBHS 14 3 Bishops 1 0 0
91 RBHS 12 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1967 92 RBHS 20 0 Bishops 1 0 0
93 RBHS 3 3 Bishops 0 0 1
1968 94 RBHS 6 0 Bishops 1 0 0
95 RBHS 8 8 Bishops 0 0 1
1969 96 RBHS 11 6 Bishops 1 0 0
97 RBHS 25 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1970 98 RBHS 14 0 Bishops 1 0 0
99 RBHS 11 9 Bishops 1 0 0
1971 100 RBHS 8 3 Bishops 1 0 0
101 RBHS 24 3 Bishops 1 0 0
1972 102 RBHS 13 4 Bishops 1 0 0
103 RBHS 13 4 Bishops 1 0 0
1973 104 RBHS 13 12 Bishops 1 0 0
105 RBHS 13 16 Bishops 0 1 0
1974 106 RBHS 3 9 Bishops 0 1 0
107 RBHS 4 18 Bishops 0 1 0
1975 108 RBHS 27 3 Bishops 1 0 0
109 RBHS 22 6 Bishops 1 0 0
1976 110 RBHS 14 13 Bishops 1 0 0
111 RBHS 22 12 Bishops 1 0 0
1977 112 RBHS 15 12 Bishops 1 0 0
113 RBHS 33 7 Bishops 1 0 0
1978 114 RBHS 6 6 Bishops 0 0 1
115 RBHS 6 8 Bishops 0 1 0
1979 116 RBHS 0 9 Bishops 0 1 0
117 RBHS 0 24 Bishops 0 1 0
1980 118 RBHS 22 12 Bishops 1 0 0
119 RBHS 3 10 Bishops 0 1 0
1981 120 RBHS 6 12 Bishops 0 1 0
121 RBHS 6 7 Bishops 0 1 0
1982 122 RBHS 6 18 Bishops 0 1 0
123 RBHS 12 6 Bishops 1 0 0
1983 124 RBHS 18 10 Bishops 1 0 0
125 RBHS 6 16 Bishops 0 1 0
1984 126 RBHS 7 0 Bishops 1 0 0
127 RBHS 15 11 Bishops 1 0 0
1985 128 RBHS 3 12 Bishops 0 1 0
129 RBHS 16 9 Bishops 1 0 0
1986 130 RBHS 4 14 Bishops 0 1 0
131 RBHS 3 13 Bishops 0 1 0
1987 132 RBHS 7 12 Bishops 0 1 0
133 RBHS 3 15 Bishops 0 1 0
1988 134 RBHS 3 13 Bishops 0 1 0
135 RBHS 3 10 Bishops 0 1 0
1989 136 RBHS 10 58 Bishops 0 1 0
137 RBHS 4 7 Bishops 0 1 0
1990 138 RBHS 7 14 Bishops 0 1 0
139 RBHS 0 9 Bishops 0 1 0
1991 140 RBHS 9 12 Bishops 0 1 0
141 RBHS 9 21 Bishops 0 1 0
1992 142 RBHS 3 34 Bishops 0 1 0
143 RBHS 6 27 Bishops 0 1 0
1993 144 RBHS 10 26 Bishops 0 1 0
145 RBHS 5 19 Bishops 0 1 0
1994 146 RBHS 6 5 Bishops 1 0 0
147 RBHS 19 9 Bishops 1 0 0
1995 148 RBHS 7 6 Bishops 1 0 0
149 RBHS 11 10 Bishops 1 0 0
1996 150 RBHS 17 7 Bishops 1 0 0
151 RBHS 6 0 Bishops 1 0 0
1997 152 RBHS 18 0 Bishops 1 0 0
153 RBHS 31 11 Bishops 1 0 0
1998 154 RBHS 0 20 Bishops 0 1 0
155 RBHS 7 15 Bishops 0 1 0
1999 156 RBHS 16 15 Bishops 1 0 0
157 RBHS 9 24 Bishops 0 1 0
2000 158 RBHS 22 19 Bishops 1 0 0
159 RBHS 27 17 Bishops 1 0 0
2001 160 RBHS 0 17 Bishops 0 1 0
161 RBHS 0 18 Bishops 0 1 0
2002 162 RBHS 8 53 Bishops 0 1 0
163 RBHS 25 41 Bishops 0 1 0
2003 164 RBHS 5 18 Bishops 0 1 0
165 RBHS 19 78 Bishops 0 1 0
2004 166 RBHS 8 27 Bishops 0 1 0
167 RBHS 26 22 Bishops 1 0 0
2005 168 RBHS 6 31 Bishops 0 1 0
169 RBHS 12 14 Bishops 0 1 0
2006 170 RBHS 3 70 Bishops 0 1 0
171 RBHS 22 75 Bishops 0 1 0
2007 172 RBHS 27 48 Bishops 0 1 0
173 RBHS 24 27 Bishops 0 1 0
2008 174 RBHS 8 20 Bishops 0 1 0
175 RBHS 15 47 Bishops 0 1 0
2009 176 RBHS 16 10 Bishops 1 0 0
177 RBHS 6 10 Bishops 0 1 0
2010 178 RBHS 10 38 Bishops 0 1 0
179 RBHS 19 19 Bishops 0 0 1
2011 180 RBHS 34 18 Bishops 1 0 0
181 RBHS 12 37 Bishops 0 1 0
2012 182 RBHS 3 15 Bishops 0 1 0
183 RBHS 19 11 Bishops 1 0 0
2013 184 RBHS 22 7 Bishops 1 0 0
185 RBHS 11 23 Bishops 0 1 0
2014 186 RBHS 14 52 Bishops 0 1 0
187 RBHS 21 22 Bishops 0 1 0
2015 188 RBHS 23 36 Bishops 0 1 0
189 RBHS 55 12 Bishops 1 0 0
2016 190 RBHS 15 14 Bishops 1 0 0
191 RBHS 30 26 Bishops 1 0 0
2017 192 RBHS 32 19 Bishops 1 0 0
193 RBHS 64 7 Bishops 1 0 0
2018 194 RBHS 20 25 Bishops 0 1 0
195 RBHS 10 10 Bishops 0 0 1
2019 196 RBHS 36 26 Bishops 1 0 0
197 RBHS 10 21 Bishops 0 1 0
2021 198 RBHS 10 50 Bishops 0 1 0
2022 199 RBHS 20 15 Bishops 1 0 0
200 RBHS 43 26 Bishops 1 0 0
2023 201 RBHS 8 13 Bishops 0 1 0
202 RBHS 36 35 Bishops 1 0 0
            80 103 19

 

Bishops 2024 Season

Bishops are enduring a challenging season by their own high standards, with only 3 wins out of 12 matches and 9 losses. Their last victory came in March against Dale College. As they strive to turn their season around, nothing would be more satisfying than securing a win against their longtime rivals.

Bishops Results To Date:

Date Opp For Against
2024/03/15 Windhoek High 45 0
2024/03/17 St Charles 28 24
2024/03/21 Michaelhouse 17 37
2024/03/23 St Andrews 30 29
2024/03/30 Dale College 47 24
2024/04/01 KES 8 45
2024/04/13 Boland Landbou 10 52
2024/04/20 Milnerton 28 31
2024/04/27 Wynberg BHS 8 35
2024/05/04 SACS 7 29
2024/05/11 Stellenberg 19 25
2024/05/18 HJS Paarl 6 73

 

Rondebosch 2024 Season

Rondebosch has also played 12 games this season but is faring significantly better than their rivals, Bishops. With 7 wins and 5 losses, their season includes a surprising defeat to Milnerton after leading 33-0. Despite this setback, they have triumphed over formidable opponents like DHS, Westville Boys, and Wynberg. They’ve also given powerhouse teams like Paarl Gim and Paarl Boys a run for their money, narrowly losing in the final moments. As they gear up for Saturday, Rondebosch is eager to close the gap in their historic rivalry with Bishops.

Rondebosch Results To Date:

Date Opp For Against
2024/03/16 Oakdale 13 17
2024/03/23 DHS 12 7
2024/03/28 Westville BHS 31 10
2024/03/30 Kearsney 22 8
2024/04/01 Rustenburg 22 13
2024/04/06 Milnerton 33 34
2024/04/13 Paul Roos 17 38
2024/04/20 SACS 55 22
2024/04/27 Melkbosstrand 45 13
2024/05/04 Wynberg BHS 49 27
2024/05/11 Paarl Gim 12 19
2024/05/25 HJS Paarl 28 36

Watch Bishops take on Rondebosch from 12:15 Saturday,  1 June, on SuperSport Schools Channel 216.

ENDS

MEDIA RESOURCE:

Issued by Terras Communications on behalf of the Sportsmans Warehouse Premier Interschools.

Lauren Terras

+27 (0)82 785 2644

lauren@terrascomms.com

www.terrascomms.com

TOURNAMENT RESOURCE:

Robert Blair

Chief Operating Officer: Premier Interschools Pty Ltd.

T+27 (0)79 588 3703

robbie@premierinterschools.co.za

About The Tournament:

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

 

School sport has served as one of the cornerstones of the South African sporting landscape dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its eleventh year, is expected to grow even stronger.

Follow Interschools on:                                                                                                                

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Premierinterschools

Twitter: @PremierSchools

Instagram: PremierInterschools

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqduHOxR2odBM7O-uyBGSg

Sportsmans Warehouse  

 

Sportsmans Warehouse is a leading sports retailer serving South Africa since 1986 across all 9 provinces. As stockist of the widest range of sporting equipment, footwear and apparel from top-class brands, they are known for being the true home of Team Sports. Their commitment stretches beyond retail – Sportsmans Warehouse also invests yearly in supporting the growth of school sports & development of upcoming young talent.

We Buy Cars

 

Buying and selling vehicles since 2001 with over 300 vehicle buying experts nationwide. With around 100 locations across the country, you have access to one of SA’s largest vehicle marketplaces. From sedans to SUVs, bakkies to boats and so much more, find your perfect match conveniently online or in-store.