Paarl Boys’ claimed a controversial 14-10 win against Affies in the last match at the St John’s Easter Rugby Festival on Monday.
It was the most anticipated match-up of the week and lived up to expectations.
Boishaai are the undisputed No 1 side in South Africa, while Affies have been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons. But on Easter Monday, the boys from Pretoria put up a brave fight against their more fancied opponents.
Affies were on the board first with a converted try, but two penalties by flyhalf Henry Chamberlain closed the gap to 7-6 at the break.
Paarl Boys’ got into their stride as the match progressed, and Chamberlain kicked a third penalty to put them in the lead for the first time. That was followed by a superb individual try by wing Thakir Abrahams.
However, Affies landed another penalty to make it a four-point game before camping on Boishaai’s line in search of a winning try.
Affies appeared to have crossed the tryline twice, but on both occasions the referee waved away their claims as Paarl Boys’ held on for a nervy win.
In other matches, Hilton scored four tries to beat St John’s (Harare) 32-7, the NWS Combined High Schools team claimed their first win with a 29-7 victory over Florida, Paul Roos crushed Parktown Boys’ 61-12, hosts St John’s hammered the Eye of the Tiger Academy 57-10 and a late try by wing Reinhard Roets handed Nelspruit a thrilling 18-12 triumph over Helpmekaar.
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