Paarl Boys’ beat SACS 28-13 in Cape Town on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 39 matches. OLLIE KEOHANE reports.
SACS produced a superb first-half performance to lead 10-9 at the break, but SA’s No 1 side showed their class in the second, with two late tries giving them a comfortable victory.
Boishaai fullback Gianni Lombard opened the scoring with an early penalty but, after a dominant 10-minute spell from their forwards, SACS hit back with a try from No 8 Alex Halvorsen. Centre Jordy Hop missed the conversion.
Lombard slotted another penalty, before SACS crossed the line five minutes later through hooker Liam Larkan, who fielded a good box kick and dotted down in the corner. While the conversion was again missed, the hosts led 10-6 after 20 minutes.
Lombard kicked a third penalty late in the half to narrow the gap to one at the break.
Both sides came out firing in the second half, but with Paarl Boys’ matching the physicality of SACS, replacement Nicholas Carstens burst over the line to give his side a 14-10 lead.
Hop slotted a penalty for SACS, before Boishaai cracked the game open with a try from winger Thaakir Abrahams, who showed good pace to finish in the corner. Lombard converted to make it 21-13 with eight minutes to go.
SACS spent the remainder of the match on their tryline, and while they defended well, flank Francke Horn crossed the line in the final minute to seal the win for the visitors.
‘The boys really emptied the tank,’ said SACS coach Graham Wepener. ‘A lot of credit must go to the SACS forwards, who nullified a pack with six SA Schools players in it. But Paarl Boys’ showed their class by breaking open a tight match and proved once again why they are South Africa’s No 1 schools side.’
SACS – Tries: Alex Halvorsen, Liam Larkan. Penalty: Jordy Hop.
Paarl Boys’ – Tries: Nicholas Carstens, Thaakir Abrahams, Francke Horn. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (2). Penalties: Lombard (3).
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