Jeppe High School for Boys beat King Edward VII School (KES) 40-25 in its first team rugby match at the school on July 28 to make it two out of two against their traditional rivals this year.
Jeppe and KES played each other twice at rugby and hockey this season.
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“This is only the third time that this has happened and it was the first time that one school has won both games. Jeppe won the first encounter in May by 24-21.
“In attaining the 40-25 result, Jeppe scored six tries to the visitors’ four and the accurate goal-kicking of Jeppe fly half Declan Raubenheimer was instrumental in creating the cushion for the hosts,” said Athly Jarvis from Jeppe Boys.
The KES forwards were very competitive and dominated the mauls.
“They scored two tries from forwarding drives and they kept their side in the game throughout the first half. Jeppe led 26-15 at half-time before a try by KES early in the second half closed the gap to 26-20.
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“Jeppe clearly had the edge in the backs. Raubenheimer controlled things well and scrum half Kabelo Mokhethi kept the KES defence busy with his sniping breaks. He eventually scored two tries for the winners,” said Jarvis.
Jeppe player and SA Schools centre Muzi Manyike was in great form.
He broke the line on several occasions, setting up a try for winger Sipho Vayise and scoring two tries himself.
The other Jeppe try was scored by prop Kyle Everton.
KES got tries through wing Tokollo Molotsi, lock Joshua Nkomo, prop Jason Cloete and wing Cade Robertson.
Jarvis said the win meant that Jeppe has now won six out of the last 11 encounters with KES, with one result ending in a draw.
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“It is not only rugby that is involved on Derby Day. There are also hockey games between all the schools’ teams as well. Jeppe won the first team hockey game 1-0.”