Paarl Boys’ scored five second-half tries to defeat SACS 37-17 at Brugge Street Stadium in Paarl on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Billed as one of the biggest school matches of the year, this clash produced eight tries, but failed to live up to expectations in terms of all-round quality.
SACS came into this game ranked No 3 in the country after a string of good results, while No 1-ranked Paarl Boys’ were on a 57-match winning streak against South African opposition.
In a low-quality first half, two penalties by fullback Abner van Reenen put the hosts 6-0 up.
The shackles were broken in the second half. Boishaai accounted for the first try when Rewan Horne crashed over, but the hooker was then sent off for a cynical infringement.
SACS failed to take advantage, and instead conceded a penalty try and a try scored by Thaakir Abrahams in that period as Boishaai’s lead was pushed out to 23-0.
SACS slowly started to build up a head of steam and managed to score twice – through openside flank Craig Bylin and fullback Michael Abrahams. But the hosts responded in similar fashion with scores by Adrian Alberts and Robert Bester to seal the victory.
SACS’ American-born star Sujai Ikemefuna would add a third try for the visitors, but it wasn’t to be for coach Nick Maurer’s charges as Boishaai continued their winning ways.
Paarl Boys’ – Tries: Rewan Horne, penalty try, Thaakir Abrahams, Adrian Alberts, Robert Bester. Conversions: Abner van Reenen (2). Penalties: Van Reenen (2).
SACS – Tries: Craig Bylin, Michael Abrahams, Sujai Ikemefuna. Conversion: Jordy Hop.
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