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Rugby began at St Benedict’s College in 1998 with two rugby fields and six teams. Since then, there has been an incredible growth and the College now boasts 6 open sides and 3 teams across all other age groups that compete against other Gauteng monastic independent and state schools. Matches against these schools have proven to be highly competitive in nature and St Benedict’s has seen improved results over the years.
During this rapid period of growth St Benedict’s College Rugby has become the number one provider to the East Rand Schools side over the past few years. This domination has led to more and more boys making representative teams each year. The first St Benedict’s Craven Week player was Jarrod Taylor in 2003 and he opened the door for players such as Srdjan Dabovic, Luther Obi, Tebogo Modisane and a further 10 players in the last three years who have made various representative teams. Old boys have moved on from the College in recent times to further representation in the Varsity Cup, Junior Currie Cup, Varsity Cup Young Guns and Varsity Shield.
The 2016 season would go down in history as the season of “so close but yet so far” Pre-season training started at the end of 2015 with a squad of 50 boys that were picked to tour to New Zealand in April of 2016. Preparation for the upcoming season was on track and the boy’s skill level certainly improved over time. Trials were held on the 7th of March and all the boys brought a huge amount of energy to the games.
At the Catholic 7-a-side tournament the teams from St Benedict’s Dominated and ended winning both the open and u/16 section. The u/14 boys had n very successful tour to Margate winning all three games, scoring 135 points and conceding 0. The u/15 boys travelled to Clifton with a slightly weakened team, as 5 of the regular players were on duty in New Zealand with the u/16 tour group; however they played 5 games won 3 lost 1 and drew 1. Our u/16 started off were they left off in 2015, they were unbeaten at the Jeppe festival recording wins against Golden Lions, Landboudal and Swartkops.
The 1St XV played at the Easter festival hosted at KES, and played some great rugby in all three games. The game vs Queens College was heart breaking as a Drop Goal after the Siren sunk the team. This was a trend that repeated itself over the season as we lost four other fixtures with less than 5 points. So Close yet so far.
The remainder of the season was a mixed bag of results. The 1st XV had a good run against the Saints schools but got tripped up on the last game against St Johns. Unfortunately our skills let us down in the dying minute of the game.
I have to commend the boys that throughout the season they always kept their heads high and played some good quality rugby at times. I would like to thank the coaches for every session and game that they ran. I know that coaching starts in front of a computer before the season with plenty planning and hard work. Thank you for always going the extra mile.
St Benedicts again produced a number of provincial players, but for the first time in the school short rugby history did we produce a S.A. SCHOOLS player. Tatendaishe Mujawu represented the Lions at Cravenweek and from there was selected to represent the S.A A side in three test matches against England Italy and Wales. Muji scored a test try another first for SBC Rugby. Congratulations to all these boys who spent hours traveling to practices and matches.
I would like to Congratulate Mosolwa Senkie Mafuma Class of 2015, on being included in the Junior Bok u/20 side. He played in the World Rugby u/20 Championship in Manchester England from June7-25. Senkie was also awarded the 2016 Player that Rocks after the 2016 FNB Varsity Cup. Luvuyo Papuma and Thomas Wetu Kali made their debuts in the Lions and Namibia Welvitsia sides respectively.
Academy Side Academy XV side Grant Khomo side u/19 Lions Welpies Academy side Craven week side
Tino Mwanza Emighle Gcwabe Thsepo Phogole Sean Kruger Sameul Eshun Tatendaishi Mujawu
Ayanda Thomile Shawn Ingle Kgosi-Etsile Mpete
Keegan Marengo Jonathan Mbyamba
Mr M NEL
1ST & 2ND
P Du Plooy,
Help with registers in Junior and senior I/Day
Mpumi/ Miguel P. Registers for Juniors
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5TH & 6TH
P Du Plooy
P De Gouveoa
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