The 2024 SACS Nite Series has proven to be very unpredictable with a series of upsets highlighting the competition which reaches its fourth round on Wednesday this week.
One team that has stood out, after being dubbed underdogs, is Rondebosch Boys High, who have impressed in the first three rounds of the series.
They’re currently unbeaten in the competition and are playing an attractive, structured, and well-orchestrated brand of water polo.
They opened their campaign with an emphatic 14-6 triumph over Reddam House Constantia. In round two, they defied the odds, edging the hosts, SACS, 9-7 in a highly competitive and entertaining match to hand coach Devon Card’s side an improbable second loss of the series. ‘Bosch then followed that up a 12-5 win over Wynberg Boys’ High last week.
This week, Rondebosch faces arguably their toughest test of the season when they take on Bishops Diocesan College, who are also unbeaten in the Nite Series, in a showdown for top spot ahead of the play-off matches, which loom at the end of the month.
Speaking exclusively to SuperSport Schools ahead of the big clash, ‘Bosch head coach Jared Wingate-Pearse said he was satisfied with his team’s performances of late, but he reiterated the need to stay focussed as the series draws to its conclusion.
“I’m very happy with the performances. We have worked hard in the season, and the season has been up and down so far, but it’s nice to have gone three for three in the Nite Series,” he said.
“Our match against SACS last week was a big confidence-booster for us. However, I believe there is still room for improvement, so we will keep working hard.”
Apart from participating in the Nite Series, Rondebosch has also faced many of the country’s leading teams this season. Last month, at the SAC Shield in Makhanda, they finished in fourth place, just above Paul Roos and Selborne College.
However, Wingate-Pearse revealed that his side was dissatisfied after they missed out on a podium place, saying that they have used that disappointment as motivation for the remainder of the Nite Series.
“We played a great game plan against SACS, and the boys executed it very well,” he said about ‘Bosch’s win over the Nite Series hosts.
“We were the underdogs going into the game, so you could say we didn’t have the pressure on us, but the boys wanted a big performance after a disappointing St Andrew’s tournament.
“Our composure on attack was the difference in the game as a good offence leads to a good defence.”
Bishops have been in superb form this season, finishing as runners-up at the SAC Shield, while remaining unbeaten through the first three rounds of the Nite Series.
Coach Jabulani Sibiya’s side has also beaten SAC Shield winners SACS twice this season and they’ll go into round three intent on keeping their Nite Series record clean.
Wingate-Pearse says his side understands the task at hand and they will need to be sharp in every department to claim victory.
“Bishops are definitely one of the form teams this year and also unbeaten in the Nite Series,” he said.
“They have a well-drilled team and a great coach.
“We will have to be very sharp on defence for those quick balls into the centre and shoot well to take this one. I look forward to a cracker game, hopefully,” he concluded.
In other matches, SACS will look to make it two Nite Series wins in a row when they face Wynberg Boys’, while Paul Roos tackle Reddam House.
All the action will be LIVE on SuperSport School.
Fixtures: Round 4
17:00- SACS vs Wynberg Boys High
18:00- Rondebosch Boys High vs Bishops
19:00- Reddam House Constantia vs Paul Roos
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