Paarl Boys’ High scored eight tries in their 46-31 Premier Interschools win against Grey College in Bloemfontein on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Boishaai’s 44-match winning streak may have ended against Christchurch College in New Zealand earlier this season, but they maintain their stranglehold on their local opponents.
On Saturday, they made a statement in the Free State against the previously unbeaten Grey.
The hosts had chalked up seven wins from as many games this season and came into this match as Rugby365’s No 1-ranked team in the country. They produced a dominant first-half display, but a second-half blitzkrieg from Paarl Boys’ showed they are still the best team in South Africa.
Coach Sean Erasmus’ boys outscored their opponents by eight tries to four, with five of those coming in the second half. Flyhalf Adner van Reenen, who formerly played for Garsfontein and the Blue Bulls in Craven Week, missed five conversions, but scored a brace of tries.
Despite their first-half dominance, Grey took a slender 17-15 advantage into the break, courtesy of converted tries to scrumhalf Ross Braude and wing Wycleff Vlitoor, and a penalty by flyhalf Chris Schreuder.
Two driving maul tries – scored by hooker Wilhelm Barnard and flank Vian Fourie – and a third on the stroke of half-time by fullback Thaakir Abrahams accounted for Paarl’s points.
It was a completely different Paarl Boys’ side that took the field in the second stanza, running in four tries in 10 minutes.
First, centre Luka Ferreira crashed over to hand them the lead for the first time, before Van Reenen, captain Francke Horn (No 8), and centre Le Roux Malan drove home the advantage with further scores against Grey’s splintered defence.
Vlitoor and Schreuder added to Grey’s tally, but they would concede another try, with Van Reenen rounding off the thumping victory.
Grey College – Tries: Ross Braude, Wyclef Vlitoor (2), Chris Schreuder. Conversions: Schreuder (4). Penalty: Schreuder.
Paarl Boys’ High – Tries: Wilhelm Barnard, Vian Fourie, Thaakir Adrahams, Luka Ferreira, Adner van Reenen (2), Francke Horn, Le Roux Malan. Conversion: Van Reenen (3).
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