Bishops Piley Reed field

Piley Rees field: Bishops vs Rondebosch schoolboy rugby derby. Image: Bishops website

Preview | Schoolboy rugby showdown: Bishops vs Rondebosch

One of the oldest schoolboy derbies in the country, Bishops vs Rondebosch, will take place this weekend. All the results to date.

Bishops Piley Reed field

Piley Rees field: Bishops vs Rondebosch schoolboy rugby derby. Image: Bishops website

One of the oldest schoolboy derbies in the country, Bishops vs Rondebosch, will take place this weekend.

This historic match-up, set to take place just before the midyear break, marks the 203rd meeting between the two Western Cape schools, a rivalry that began over a century ago in 1911.

One of the longest-running derbies in South African schoolboy rugby

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.

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.

Bishops and Rondebosch face off at the Piley Rees field on Saturday, 1 June. 

Watch the action live from 12:15 on SuperSport Schools Channel 216.

Results over the years

YearNoRondebosch ScoreBishops ScoreRB WonB WonDraw
19081RBHS0112Bishops010
19112RBHS018Bishops010
3RBHS025Bishops010
19164RBHS1313Bishops001
5RBHS013Bishops010
19176RBHS35Bishops010
7RBHS143Bishops100
19188RBHS016Bishops010
9RBHS00Bishops001
192010RBHS322Bishops010
11RBHS93Bishops100
192112RBHS06Bishops010
192313RBHS98Bishops100
192514RBHS223Bishops100
192615RBHS910Bishops010
16RBHS36Bishops010
192817RBHS38Bishops010
18RBHS315Bishops010
192919RBHS37Bishops010
193020RBHS915Bishops010
21RBHS912Bishops010
193122RBHS311Bishops010
23RBHS916Bishops010
193224RBHS39Bishops010
25RBHS015Bishops010
193326RBHS611Bishops010
27RBHS33Bishops001
193428RBHS3Bishops100
193529RBHS36Bishops010
30RBHS337Bishops010
193631RBHS049Bishops010
32RBHS337Bishops010
193733RBHS00Bishops001
34RBHS36Bishops010
193835RBHS83Bishops100
36RBHS616Bishops010
193937RBHS80Bishops100
194038RBHS325Bishops010
39RBHS811Bishops010
194140RBHS913Bishops010
41RBHS83Bishops100
194242RBHS416Bishops010
43RBHS310Bishops010
194344RBHS021Bishops010
45RBHS331Bishops010
194446RBHS2114Bishops100
47RBHS60Bishops100
194548RBHS60Bishops100
49RBHS811Bishops010
194650RBHS33Bishops001
51RBHS33Bishops001
194752RBHS36Bishops010
53RBHS93Bishops100
194854RBHS1713Bishops100
55RBHS613Bishops010
194956RBHS023Bishops010
57RBHS617Bishops010
195058RBHS1414Bishops001
59RBHS176Bishops100
195160RBHS08Bishops010
61RBHS017Bishops010
195262RBHS63Bishops100
63RBHS33Bishops001
195364RBHS63Bishops100
65RBHS1311Bishops100
195466RBHS113Bishops100
67RBHS33Bishops001
195568RBHS68Bishops010
69RBHS69Bishops010
195670RBHS96Bishops100
71RBHS011Bishops010
195772RBHS50Bishops100
73RBHS33Bishops001
195874RBHS86Bishops100
75RBHS80Bishops100
195976RBHS30Bishops100
77RBHS010Bishops010
196078RBHS33Bishops001
79RBHS123Bishops100
196180RBHS50Bishops100
81RBHS136Bishops100
196282RBHS03Bishops010
83RBHS66Bishops001
196384RBHS110Bishops100
85RBHS96Bishops100
196486RBHS130Bishops100
87RBHS130Bishops100
196588RBHS00Bishops001
89RBHS33Bishops001
196690RBHS143Bishops100
91RBHS123Bishops100
196792RBHS200Bishops100
93RBHS33Bishops001
196894RBHS60Bishops100
95RBHS88Bishops001
196996RBHS116Bishops100
97RBHS253Bishops100
197098RBHS140Bishops100
99RBHS119Bishops100
1971100RBHS83Bishops100
101RBHS243Bishops100
1972102RBHS134Bishops100
103RBHS134Bishops100
1973104RBHS1312Bishops100
105RBHS1316Bishops010
1974106RBHS39Bishops010
107RBHS418Bishops010
1975108RBHS273Bishops100
109RBHS226Bishops100
1976110RBHS1413Bishops100
111RBHS2212Bishops100
1977112RBHS1512Bishops100
113RBHS337Bishops100
1978114RBHS66Bishops001
115RBHS68Bishops010
1979116RBHS09Bishops010
117RBHS024Bishops010
1980118RBHS2212Bishops100
119RBHS310Bishops010
1981120RBHS612Bishops010
121RBHS67Bishops010
1982122RBHS618Bishops010
123RBHS126Bishops100
1983124RBHS1810Bishops100
125RBHS616Bishops010
1984126RBHS70Bishops100
127RBHS1511Bishops100
1985128RBHS312Bishops010
129RBHS169Bishops100
1986130RBHS414Bishops010
131RBHS313Bishops010
1987132RBHS712Bishops010
133RBHS315Bishops010
1988134RBHS313Bishops010
135RBHS310Bishops010
1989136RBHS1058Bishops010
137RBHS47Bishops010
1990138RBHS714Bishops010
139RBHS09Bishops010
1991140RBHS912Bishops010
141RBHS921Bishops010
1992142RBHS334Bishops010
143RBHS627Bishops010
1993144RBHS1026Bishops010
145RBHS519Bishops010
1994146RBHS65Bishops100
147RBHS199Bishops100
1995148RBHS76Bishops100
149RBHS1110Bishops100
1996150RBHS177Bishops100
151RBHS60Bishops100
1997152RBHS180Bishops100
153RBHS3111Bishops100
1998154RBHS020Bishops010
155RBHS715Bishops010
1999156RBHS1615Bishops100
157RBHS924Bishops010
2000158RBHS2219Bishops100
159RBHS2717Bishops100
2001160RBHS017Bishops010
161RBHS018Bishops010
2002162RBHS853Bishops010
163RBHS2541Bishops010
2003164RBHS518Bishops010
165RBHS1978Bishops010
2004166RBHS827Bishops010
167RBHS2622Bishops100
2005168RBHS631Bishops010
169RBHS1214Bishops010
2006170RBHS370Bishops010
171RBHS2275Bishops010
2007172RBHS2748Bishops010
173RBHS2427Bishops010
2008174RBHS820Bishops010
175RBHS1547Bishops010
2009176RBHS1610Bishops100
177RBHS610Bishops010
2010178RBHS1038Bishops010
179RBHS1919Bishops001
2011180RBHS3418Bishops100
181RBHS1237Bishops010
2012182RBHS315Bishops010
183RBHS1911Bishops100
2013184RBHS227Bishops100
185RBHS1123Bishops010
2014186RBHS1452Bishops010
187RBHS2122Bishops010
2015188RBHS2336Bishops010
189RBHS5512Bishops100
2016190RBHS1514Bishops100
191RBHS3026Bishops100
2017192RBHS3219Bishops100
193RBHS647Bishops100
2018194RBHS2025Bishops010
195RBHS1010Bishops001
2019196RBHS3626Bishops100
197RBHS1021Bishops010
2021198RBHS1050Bishops010
2022199RBHS2015Bishops100
200RBHS4326Bishops100
2023201RBHS813Bishops010
202RBHS3635Bishops100
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Bishops 2024 season

Bishops are enduring a challenging season by their own high standards, with only three wins out of 12 matches and nine 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

DateOpponentForAgainst
2024/03/15Windhoek High450
2024/03/17St Charles2824
2024/03/21Michaelhouse1737
2024/03/23St Andrews3029
2024/03/30Dale College4724
2024/04/01KES845
2024/04/13Boland Landbou1052
2024/04/20Milnerton2831
2024/04/27Wynberg BHS835
2024/05/04SACS729
2024/05/11Stellenberg1925
2024/05/18HJS Paarl673

Rondebosch 2024 season

Rondebosch have also played 12 games this season, but is faring significantly better than their rivals, Bishops.

With seven wins and five defeats, their season includes a surprising loss 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’ High a run for their money, narrowly losing in the final moments.

As they gear up for Saturday, Rondebosch will be eager to close the gap in their historic rivalry with Bishops.

Rondebosch results to date:

DateOpponentForAgainst
2024/03/16Oakdale1317
2024/03/23DHS127
2024/03/28Westville BHS3110
2024/03/30Kearsney228
2024/04/01Rustenburg2213
2024/04/06Milnerton3334
2024/04/13Paul Roos1738
2024/04/20SACS5522
2024/04/27Melkbosstrand4513
2024/05/04Wynberg BHS4927
2024/05/11Paarl Gim1219
2024/05/25HJS Paarl2836