Maritzburg College’s school rugby records 1940 – 2013

In terms of overall record, Maritzburg College is by a considerable distance the best performing rugby school in KwaZulu-Natal. With the help of the excellent records kept by former teacher Tony Wiblin, below are some stats per decade dating back to the 1940’s.

DECADE

1940’s

1950’s

1960’s

1970’s

1980’s

1990’s

2000’s

2010-13

PLAYED

138

145

155

145

164

192

183

72

WON

68

113

125

120

146

147

119

37

DRAW

27

13

14

12

5

7

5

8

LOST

43

19

16

13

13

38

59

27

RESULT%

59%

82%

85%

87%

91%

78%

66%

57%

The 1980’s were College’s most outstanding period. They peaked during this decade, achieved a favourable result rating of over 90%.

1947 was a key year in College’s history. It marked the start of the 1st XV coaching career of Skonk Nicholson, a legend who played a huge part in turning College into one of the top rugby schools in the country.

Here are the Maritzburg College rugby records per year:
(please note that the ranking in the extreme righthand column is based purely on the favourable results percentage)  

YEAR

P

W

D

L

Results%

PF

PA

PD

PD/game

Rank

2013

18

7

2

9

44.4%

434

467

-33

-2

70

2012

18

9

3

6

58.3%

603

431

172

10

63

2011

23

13

2

8

60.9%

311

227

84

4

61

2010

13

8

1

4

65.4%

349

224

125

10

54

2009

16

7

0

9

43.8%

294

324

-30

-2

71

2008

20

7

1

12

37.5%

366

520

-154

-8

74

2007

17

11

1

5

67.6%

369

275

94

6

47

2006

19

11

0

8

57.9%

388

302

86

5

64

2005

18

12

0

6

66.7%

312

295

17

1

48

2004

18

9

1

8

52.8%

381

278

103

6

67

2003

18

13

1

4

75.0%

419

201

218

12

42

2002

20

18

0

2

90.0%

600

191

409

20

20

2001

17

14

1

2

85.3%

402

204

198

12

33

2000

20

17

0

3

85.0%

602

185

417

21

34

1999

17

11

0

6

64.7%

308

218

90

5

55

1998

15

8

0

7

53.3%

257

277

-20

-1

65

1997

23

21

0

2

91.3%

701

164

537

23

19

1996

18

12

1

5

69.4%

353

190

163

9

46

1995

16

15

1

0

96.9%

533

163

370

23

6

1994

20

18

0

2

90.0%

610

172

438

22

20

1993

19

11

3

5

65.8%

483

264

219

12

51

1992

27

24

0

3

88.9%

692

266

426

16

27

1991

19

11

1

7

60.5%

275

210

65

3

62

1990

18

16

1

1

91.7%

319

119

200

11

17

1989

19

17

1

1

92.1%

488

103

385

20

16

1988

15

15

0

0

100.0%

348

106

242

16

1

1987

18

16

0

2

88.9%

407

201

206

11

27

1986

17

14

0

3

82.4%

442

125

317

19

37

1985

18

18

0

0

100.0%

609

96

513

29

1

1984

14

13

0

1

92.9%

354

103

251

18

13

1983

17

16

0

1

94.1%

382

114

268

16

11

1982

14

13

1

0

96.4%

329

78

251

18

8

1981

16

14

2

0

93.8%

215

103

112

7

12

1980

16

10

1

5

65.6%

367

189

178

11

52

1979

13

11

1

1

88.5%

267

127

140

11

29

1978

13

13

0

0

100.0%

412

70

342

26

1

1977

13

12

0

1

92.3%

326

77

249

19

15

1976

14

10

2

2

78.6%

276

113

163

12

40

1975

13

7

2

4

61.5%

192

107

85

7

59

1974

15

14

1

0

96.7%

319

96

223

15

7

1973

16

13

2

1

87.5%

347

109

238

15

31

1972

19

16

2

1

89.5%

547

93

454

24

25

1971

14

11

1

2

82.1%

195

104

91

7

39

1970

15

13

1

1

90.0%

318

80

238

16

20

1969

19

16

2

1

89.5%

416

146

270

14

25

1968

15

13

0

2

86.7%

216

83

133

9

32

1967

15

11

3

1

83.3%

214

65

149

10

35

1966

16

9

3

4

65.6%

186

95

91

6

52

1965

12

7

1

4

62.5%

162

94

68

6

58

1964

14

13

0

1

92.9%

346

57

289

21

13

1963

17

16

1

0

97.1%

427

60

367

22

4

1962

15

12

3

0

90.0%

178

62

116

8

20

1961

17

15

0

2

88.2%

240

61

179

11

30

1960

15

13

1

1

90.0%

213

45

168

11

20

1959

17

16

1

0

97.1%

322

58

264

16

4

1958

12

8

0

4

66.7%

138

99

39

3

48

1957

12

6

5

1

70.8%

104

54

50

4

45

1956

19

18

0

1

94.7%

304

61

243

13

10

1955

12

10

2

0

91.7%

182

53

129

11

17

1954

13

12

1

0

96.2%

259

46

213

16

9

1953

14

8

2

4

64.3%

114

91

23

2

56

1952

16

12

0

4

75.0%

189

82

107

7

42

1951

17

13

2

2

82.4%

157

46

111

7

37

1950

13

10

0

3

76.9%

136

62

74

6

41

1949

15

10

5

0

83.3%

178

60

118

8

35

1948

14

9

3

2

75.0%

155

59

96

7

42

1947

16

7

2

7

50.0%

114

128

-14

-1

68

1946

11

4

3

4

50.0%

84

84

0

0

68

1945

13

5

6

2

61.5%

109

79

30

2

59

1944

15

9

1

5

63.3%

190

98

92

6

57

1943

12

7

2

3

66.7%

92

59

33

3

48

1942

12

4

2

6

41.7%

125

90

35

3

73

1941

15

7

2

6

53.3%

140

65

75

5

65

1940

15

6

1

8

43.3%

108

127

-19

-1

72

44 Comments

  1. By far the best performing KZN side over time! Since 2004 there has been a slight slump or the likes of Westville, Glenwood and Kearsney have caught up. For me the 1995 and 1996 sides were the best I have seen.

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  2. @Grasshopper: Hehehehehe you couldn’t help yourself couldn’t you…

    This is certainly one of the most enviable records in schoolboy rugby as a whole. I remember in my standard 5 year at Dale Junior, a lot of our top players were sending applications to go to College. Largely because of what the 1st team that year had done (mind you Dale had a handy team themselves that year). One boy got accepted, made the under 14 D side at College, and he was back at Dale in July and walked into our 14A side. College is a true meneer school. Much respect.

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  3. In my day, 99 – 2001, College were without doubt, the strongest English Speaking Rugby School around.

    When we played College, we always knew that our bodies would be battered and bruised after the game.

    Very different to the Grey Bloem teams, who would simply run us off our feet, despite not being the most physical team – even Affies for that matter, just had so much gas and fitness

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  4. @Playa: 1982 – 2 Draws, against Cambridge and Voortrekker!!

    55 – draws to House and DHS
    62 – Draws to DHS, Parktown and Voortrekker. Clearly Voories a liot more competitive in those days. They certainly matches the physicality – it was against them that I had my first and only fight on the rugby field.

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  5. @Playa: I was merely trying to pick up the Top 10 in terms of the ranking used.

    I think the College exercise proves that although going through a season unbeaten is quite an achievement, there are those seasons when a team loses a game or maybe two to other brilliant teams but is just as good as any of the unbeaten teams from other seasons.

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  6. looking at these stats , I have come to realise that most of my College mates are liars !!!
    ask any college old boy whom was there in the 80s or 90s and they seem to recall many more unbeaten seasons ….going as far to say that during there time at college they only ever recall college losing once or twice during there entire schooling carreer !!!
    Selective memory at its best !!

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  7. @ Oldschool- College boys do not lie or else they become ex College boys :lol: Maybe prone to a bit of exaggeration as the memory fades and the glory days take hold. I must say that in the last 10 years to have an average winning % of 56% for one of the top Tier 1 schools is not quite what the doctor ordered. But as Gungets says things they are a changing. You cannot keep a good dog down for too long. :mrgreen:

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  8. @star: I’m sure 2014 will be better than 56%, although they have added the mighty Grey Bloem away…..good luck with that one..

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  9. Just had it pointed out that the 1982 draws were Cambridge and Linpark (not Voortrekker). Apparently Linpark just arrived at Goldstones full of vinegar and slotted a penalty in injury time to draw the match.

    @star: College have shown you their’s, send the Westville results to ou Beet so he can work his magic. It’s not a contest till everyone gets measured – yes?

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  10. @beet: Alright cool, understood.

    I’ll email you Dale’s records. It wont anything as impressive as College’s or GCB.

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  11. @Gungets Tuft: Jeeez! Cambridge must have had a killer side that year. Dale was smashed 23-7 by College in ’82 on Goldstones.
    I was floating around in my mother’s womb in Mbali, Pietermaritzburg at that time.

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  12. @ Gungets- I honestly did not think it was a contest. The thread is about the ” best performing rugby school in KZN” since 1940. I am not sure Westville’s current stats mitigate against that. Surely I am entitled to comment on a trend which is evident in the figures presented. The ten years before the last decade had a winning % of 80%. That means a fall off of some 30%. Some might consider that material. You have gone on at length about the new vision at College which will quickly be followed by results. While we all look forward to that, it does not change the history of things. But you have raised quite an interesting point about the last 10 years. Which school rules the roost? You would have to back GW. In 2013 Westville had an 80 % return while Kearsney only lost one game.

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  13. @star: Hahhahhha .. touche. Hoisted with my own petard ….

    “I must say that in the last 10 years to have an average winning % of 56% for one of the top Tier 1 schools is not quite what the doctor ordered.” …. Star.

    “Since 2004 there has been a slight slump or the likes of Westville, Glenwood and Kearsney have caught up.” … Grassy.

    Quite correct, both of you, but I would like to see how College compares with the other KZN schools over the time. Part of it has to do with the fact that College have started (more) regularly playing out of the province during those years, although they haven’t been afraid to travel in the past. So have other KZN schools …

    I would expect House and Hilton to fare better on that front, since I believe they confine themselves locally. An apples with apples comparison within KZN would probably have to exclude opposition outside KZN, but if you want to compare yourself with the best, then include all the results – no point hiding away.

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  14. @Gungets Tuft: I think that inter-provincial travel is a trend that’s gained momentum in the last few decades.
    Even a school like Grey Bloem whose fixture list nowadays is predominantly inter-provincial did far less travel back in the 80’s. The excellent 1981 Grey side only played Grey High and Queens in that year and none of what have now become regular fixtures against Affies, Paarl Boys, Paul Roos etc.
    Of course the school landscape has changed significantly since the 70’s and early 80’s and some schools that were very strong then are barely recognisable today.

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  15. @QC86: I’ve heard that the ’84 Queens side (with Cullinan et al) was one of SA’s best ever SBR teams – didn’t they hammer GCB away? My mates who attended Queens in that era bang on about it enough anyway! :lol:

    @Gungets Tuft: Likewise, the ’85 College side was fearsome, with many top players including Stransky at flyhalf, Jeremy Thomson at centre and an excellent #8. I spoke to Stransky a few years ago and he said (if I remember correctly) that the #8 got injured soon after and didn’t play again. I watched that College side demolish all before them at the ’85 Saints festival. I was very disappointed that my school had not been invited to the festival, but slightly less so after watching College play! :lol:

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  16. 87 was College’s best year for no of Natal schools reps, something like 11 or 12 and the only chose about 18 then. The Glenwood 1965 side was our best ever with 8 KZN reps, amazing side with K Sclanders and go. Probably too long ago for most of us. 64 and 79 also very good, but not in any Grey Bloem league!

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  17. @Vleis: College gave KES a klap at the 85 Saints Festival. Only consolation is that the 85 KES side were rather ordinary, losing to Jeppe, PBHS, Highlands North and :oops: Sandringham :oops: – can you Adam and Eve it. I think they just managed to win 50% of their fixtures that year.

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  18. @Vleis: The ’84 Queens side beat Grey 26-9, one of two games that Grey lost that year – the other being to Grey High 18-10.
    In 1985 they again lost to Queens 14-3 and also lost to Maritzburg College 10-4.

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  19. Hmmm, the early 80’s seemed an exciting era for schoolboy rugby. Glenwood had some tussles with College then too, 85 were relatively heavy losses in those days…

    1981 – lost 7-9 & 10-19
    1982 – lost 6-15 & 18-19
    1983 – won 15-9 & lost 6-24
    1984 – lost 4-20 & 6-13
    1985 – lost 3-25 & 6-22

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  20. Glenwood KZN Schools reps early 80’s, seems they were up against some serious competition with College players then…

    1981 C.E. Muller
    1983 D.B. Baronet
    1984 F.H. Swanepoel (c)
    1984 D.B. Baronet
    1984 B.C. Smith
    1985 D.B. Baronet (SA Schools)
    1985 B.C. Smith
    1986 T.L. Labuschange
    1987 T.L. Labuschange
    1987 B.W. Aigner
    1987 W.M. Williams

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  21. @Vleis: T’was a good year indeed.

    KZN reps were AT Arntzen, SR Glover, KL O’Connor, DG Ross, KLL Smith
    JT Stransky (Capt. SA Schools was just Glover that year.

    87 was a bigger represenative year, with BW Catterall (capt), AJ Godfrey, UH Goedeke, DAG Reed, ID Vynne, WG Wilson picked for KZN and then BW Catterall (Capt), UH Goedeke, DAG Reed, WG Wilson for SA Schools.

    Glory days, little wistful, we are hopeful ….. :roll:

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  22. @Gungets Tuft: I think that the ’85 side was much better than the ’87 side, despite the greater CW representation in ’87. I watched the ’85 side hammer a very good Bishops side by 44 to 0 at Saints, but also watched the ’87 side get hammered by Bishops by 41 to 9 at the Piley Rees…if memory serves. I remember Catterall being a lot bigger than the rest of the team.

    I think that the excellent 8th man in ’85 was DG Ross.

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  23. @Roger: That ’85 Sandringham side was actually very good and so was the Highlands North side. Unfortunately, we had our worst 1st team in a decade at exactly the same time as KES had their worst team in a decade…so no win for us in ’85. We had a better team than KES in ’84, but Macfaland resorted to 5 man scrums (as our pack was killing KES’s pack) and we got frustrated and gave away numerous penalties, which Druian slotted from his own half. 5 man scrums were banned the following year.

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  24. @Grasshopper: It is easy to forget that 30-40 years ago DHS were probably College’s most consistent challengers in Natal. Voortrekker in Maritzburg were also formidable opposition in those days.

    In general the same could be said of many schools around the country. In the 70’s and 80’s schools like Oos Moot (Pretoria), HTS Sasolburg, Helpmekaar, Randburg, Lichtenburg, Kempton Park, Hugenote (Springs), Nelspruit and Hoer Volkskool Potch all won the Administrators trophy along with Affies and Monnas,

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  25. @meadows: Yep, agree totally. Port Natal was pretty strong too, also Mansfield, Grosvenor, Gelofte, Kuswag etc….sad scenario the demise of some of these schools as the bigger schools gobble up the kids.

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  26. @meadows: In terms of best KZN sides since rugby began in the province, this is the sequence;

    1) College – by miles
    2) DHS
    3) Michaelhouse
    4) Hilton
    5) Glenwood
    6) Kearsney
    7) Westville
    8) Northwood/Northlands
    9) Voortrekker
    10) Port Natal

    Funny correlation between age of the school and success.

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  27. @Grasshopper: I remember there being quite a few Port Natal guys in the Craven Week sides around ’77/78. They had a flyhalf and centre who played for 2 or 3 years – flyhalf’s name was Crafford if memory serves.
    Natal sides of the 70’s were largely home grown and tended to come from a spread of schools including many of those smaller and now defunct ones. I’m sure Tubby Hannaford went to Grosvenor, Tim Cocks was a Westville OB (Westville were much less of a rugby force in the 70’s than now) and there was a big group of Mansfield OB’s – Stan Holmes, Malcolm Swanby, Terry Basson, Bennie de Klerk and Snowy Suter – who ran the show at Collegians.
    A different era.

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  28. @meadows: The 30’s were seriously Michaelhouse’s

    Glenwood vs Michaelhouse
    1933 – L 3 – 6
    1934 – L 3 – 41
    1935 – L 4 – 35 (A)
    W 16 – 6 (A)
    1936 – L 3 – 42 (A)
    L 6 – 7 (H)
    1937 – L 11 – 17 (A)
    L 0 – 13 (H)
    1938 – L 11 – 20 (H)
    1939 – L 3 – 9 (A)
    L 9 – 14 (H)

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  29. @meadows: Yeah, certainly different times. When being 22 in the 1st team was normal ;-)….

    Glenwood lost to Grosvenor 3 times, 1966, 1969 and 1983….dark days! Also, lost to Port Natal 5 times in the early 70’s and 4 times in the 80’s…..tough games those. They would have been big ‘Boer-war’ derbies…..now the boers have joined us ;-)

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  30. @meadows: Crafford played full back at Craven week in Oudtshoorn. Remember him well. His goal kicking was brilliant. Same year that Danie Gerber emerged for EP. They won Craven Week going away.

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  31. @Grasshopper: There were certainly quite a few guys around who were 19 or so at a time when the “normal” age for finishing school was 17. It would be interesting to see the ages of a SA Schools team selected around that time. I suspect that most of the players would have been at least 18 or 19.

    Even the great Danie Gerber, who All black refers to above, was 19 in ’77 in his 3rd and final year at Craven Week and SA Schools. Danie at least was so talented that he made both at the age of 17.

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  32. Hopper – I know this theme is Colleges performance against Kzn teams but I have to throw this one in – remember 3 years ago when we played the USA All American U18 School team @ GWD when we won ? There was a huge fight with 10 Mins to go – most of the boys AND the Usa coach got stuck in and a yellow carded yank ran 80 meters from under the poles to get stuck too – The Usa team were getting frustrated ’cause a High school was beating a whole country team – Ref called the game and we won 18-14 or something close to that – My Video battery died 5 mins before the fight – I’m going to post some of the clips on to you tube for bloggers who are bored waiting for SBR to start ……..

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  33. Very interesting – the greatest number of losses ever for College in a season (9) was the year they had 11 reps in the KZN teams (including almost 25% of the KZN CW team)!

    Provincial selections 2013:

    KZN Craven Week: K Elder, N Gumede, T Zuma, BJ Ngwenya, M Coetzee
    KZN Academy A: S Buthelezi, M Mazwi, V Khatide, J Conradie
    KZN Academy B: L Booysen , J Koekemoer

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