2017 was another great year for Rugby at Die
Wilge High School, with new history written in
the record books. All the age groups played with
eager and a willingness to win. The results of
the season were more than satisfactory and we
are proud of each and every boy that
participated. New sponsors also jumped on board,
and we would like to thank EJE Industrial
Electronics, based in Kempton Park and Caltex
Canal Crossing for choosing and believing in us.
We are more than grateful for your help and
Die Wilge participated in the annual rugby day
held at Krugerlaan, Vereeniging. The junior boys
tried their best, but unfortunately they lost.
The First team played against Randeor, from
Gauteng. We outclassed and outplayed our
opponents convincingly to eventually win 42-0.
The gauntlet was laid down, and the we were
ready for any challenge that was set in our way!
Double rounds of Rugby matches took place with
the participating schools, Die Wilge High
School, Keurhof (Klerksdorp) and Oom Paul
Die Wilge (Away) vs Oom Paul:
The junior team narrowly lost their respected
- The u/16’s won their match 32-10 and,
- The Second team automatically won because OPS
doesn’t have a second team.
- First Team won 57-0, this after the referee
stopped the game because of the margin.
Die Wilge (Away) vs Keurhof:
- The junior teams struggled, but the fighting
spirit new stopped.
- The u/16’s narrowly lost, but
- The Second Team drew 5-5 and the
- First Team won 34-12.
Die Wilge (Home) vs Oom Paul:
- The u/16’s won yet again, this time even more
- The Second Team and the First Team
automatically won their respected matches
because OPS forfeited.
Die Wilge (Home) vs Keurhof:
- The u/16’s unfortunately lost their match,
ending their chances of winning the league.
- The second team showed a lot of character as
the won 7-5.
- The First Team also won 24-20.
In summary, the u/16’s ended up second in the
North West League whilst the Second Team made
history by winning the Second Team league for
the first time. The First Team won the league
for the Third year in a row.
Cravenweek 2017 – Durban
“Convincing, surpassing and unbeaten…” These
were the words of the local newspaper; The
Herald. This can’t be more true to describe the
success story of the North West Leopards Team of
Die Wilge had 11 players and 2 educators in the
Cravenweek Team for 2017:
Katlego Kokwe, Ramolatudi Lubby, Letlhogonolo
Meseo, Amogelang Gorekwang, Michael Mofokeng,
Ronaldo Olifant, Katlego Kubelo, Zolile Nyatela,
Tshiamo Mothupi, Lebogang “Chappies” Thebenyana
and Hlumelo Mfenyane were selected for the team.
Mr. RL Prinsloo was the Chairperson and Mr. LP
Geyer the coach and Team Manager.
Here are the results:
Leopards 57 – Sharks 5
Leopards 48 – Griffons 14 (Man of the Match –
Leopards 50 – Lions 17 (Man of the Match –
Ramolatudi “Oupa” Lubby)
In summary, the Leopards won all their matches,
had two players in the top 5 for the most tries
scored. Zolile Nyatela scored the most tries
during the week with 6 tries and Amogelang
Gorekwang scored 3 tries. Zolile Nyatela was
chosen to be part of the SA LSEN Team, making
him the first player in the history of Die Wilge
to be in the SA TEAM.
In conclusion, we would like to thank every
player and educator for their dedication and
willingness to participate. Thank you for making
2017 yet another memorable year for Die Wilge
Rugby. We would also like to thank the
principle, Mr. AB Rudd, the administrative staff
and the Hostel staff for your assistance and
support. We couldn’t have done it without you.
report 2016. “The Journey”
The year of 2016 can be described as a year like
no other on and off the rugby field. We can
summarize this year in one phrase, The Journey,
coming from far, coming as underdogs, fighting
throughout and ending up on top through hard
work, dedication and willingness to complete
Die Wilge High School participated in the
Development Rugby League of North West. We
competed against mainstream schools, with a rich
rugby culture. The schools we competed against
were Promosa, Boitoka and schools from Ikageng.
Die Wilge did not lose a single match, and ended
up undefeated in this league.
The official league for our school stated in
April. The first match was played on our own
The junior teams showed a lot of character
throughout the year, but could not match against
the more physical teams from other schools. The
important factor was that they never gave up,
and played until the final whistle.
The 0/16 team played very good rugby throughout
the year. Unfortunately lady luck was not in our
favour here, losing the final match, thus
meaning they ended up second in the league. They
set a good platform for 2017, and we can’t wait
for the next season to start.
This is literally all the schools, north of the
Vaal River. There are a total of 252 schools
that form part of this league and that can
participate at any given day.
The First team of Die Wilge was the winners of
North West, thus they went further and competed
against other provinces.
Die Wilge also hosted the Semi-Finals of the
Noordvaal / North Vaal Championship. This was
the clash between all the winners from North
West, against all the winners of Tshwane / Blue
Bulls. Die Wilge played against Kwaggasrand High
School, and we won that game convincingly, 19-0.
The final was played in Witbank, at WH de Klerk
School. Here we played the winners of
Mpumalanga, Jim van Tonder High School. This was
a brutal matchup, with a lot of points scored in
the game. The difference between these teams was
the willingness to win, the hunger for victory
and the brotherhood between the players. Die
Wilge played and fought together like a pack of
wolves, not leaving anyone behind, thus making
them victorious with a score of 40-27 and
crowning them as champions.
The First Team of 2016 can be considered as the
dream team, undefeated through the whole 2016
season. They played a total of 10 matches,
scored 268 points and only conceded 65 points.
We played against various schools, from various
provinces, and still came home with the cup.
Furthermore, 10 players from Die Wilge were
selected to be part of the North West Leopards
0/18 LSEN team. These boys played in the annual
Cravenweek, which took place in Pretoria. Thank
you for sacrificing your holidays and
congratulations with this achievement.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank
the following people for all their hard work and
support during the Rugby season:
Mr. JC Boshoff, Mr. AB Rudd, Me. CM Clarke for
all your support, driving to matches, phone
calls and motivating, you are leading by
example, thank you;
- The hostel staff for your fuelling our players
throughout the season;
- Mr. RL Prinsloo for all his organising,
motivating, preparation of fields and taking the
learners back home after practices and matches;
- All the different coaches (0/14 – First Team).
Thank you for your time, loyalty and sacrifice;
- All the staff for all your support, messages,
call, Whatsapp’s; and last, but not least;
- All the players for the spirit in which you
played the game and promoting the good name of
Die Wilge High School through it.
Wilge se rugby is van uitnemende kwaliteit. Die
rede vir die suksesse kan toegeskryf word aan
goeie afrigting en hardwerkende spelers. Drie
van die onderwysers by Die Wilge is ook deel van
die Luiperds Rugby Bestuur (2 Afrigters en die
Die Potchefstroom-gemeenskap is vuur en vlam
agter Die Wilge se rugby. Onsspog tans met
verskeie borge vanuit die gemeenskap:
• Afrox- Potchefstroom
• Wohnin Verwe
• Wanted Clothing
Hoogtepunte in 2014:
• 0 / 16 A Ligawenners, speel Noordvaal
• Die skoolspog met 9 Noordwes Luiperds Spelers.
• Cravenweek deelname te Potchefstroom
Hoogtepunte in 2015:
• 0/14 A Ligawenners
• 0/19 A Ligawenners
• Die skool spog met 14 Noordwes Luiperds
• Cravenweek deelnamete Worcester (Wes-Kaap)