Paul Roos beat Grey High 36-21 in the first Premier Interschools clash of the season in Stellenbosch on Saturday. TYRONE ENGEL reports.
Paul Roos dominated from the start, taking a 15-point lead into the break. They then weathered a second-half fightback from Grey High despite being reduced to 14 players to avenge their 27-26 loss at the same venue in 2014.
Paul Roos opened the scoring in the ninth minute as flank Hanré du Toit powered his way over the line after a good period of possession. SA Schools flyhalf and Paul Roos captain Damian Willemse converted to give the home side a 10-0 lead.
Grey High hit back 10 minutes later after some great work through the hands. SA Schools No 8 Kwezi Mafu offloaded to wing Ayabonga Matroos who made the break and sent inside centre Josiah Boafu in for the try. Flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela converted to level the scores.
Paul Roos regained the lead again two minutes later as hooker Daneel Steinman dotted down after a strong driving maul from a lineout 5m out.
Grey then hit the front for the first time as Dobela converted his own try after skipping through the defence.
Two more tries for the home side, from centre Lyle Hendricks and Du Toit’s second, as well as a drop goal from Willemse, gave the hosts a 29-14 lead at the interval.
Grey scored first after the break as Matroos made the break and raced in for the visitors’ third converted try.
Both sides then lost a player each as Grey High’s Matroos was shown a yellow card, while Paul Roos winger David-Lee Moses was shown red after the two exchanged hands to the face and Moses retaliated with a closed fist punch.
Man of the Match Willemse, as well as SA Schools fullback Joshua Vermeulen, kept Grey High pegged back with very good tactical kicking. Paul Roos scored their first points of the second half with seven minutes to play as Willemse converted lock Phillip van Dyk’s try.
The home side defended well in the dying minutes to secure the victory.
Paul Roos – Tries: Hanré du Toit (2), Daneel Steinman, Lyle Hendricks, Phillip van Dyk. Conversions: Damian Willemse (4). Drop goal: Willemse.
Grey High – Tries: Josiah Boafu, Lubabalo Dobela, Ayabonga Matroos. Conversions: Dobela (3).
Photo: Paul Roos