Paarl Boys’ 1st XV coach Sean Erasmus talks to OLLIE KEOHANE about Saturday’s match at SACS.
What do you make of SACS and the kind of rugby they’ve been playing? Based on their results this year, they seem to have improved.
SACS have invested a lot of time in their rugby and are playing very well. They have always been a good rugby-playing school.
SACS hooker Liam Larkan played a prominent role for Western Province at the U18 Craven Week. What do you think of him as a player and his head-to-head clash with Daniel Jooste on Saturday?
I think Liam will keep getting better as he makes the transition from flank to hooker. He carries well and gets around the park. Daniel is also a great hooker and this weekend will be a good battle between the two young men.
Paarl Boys’ biggest game of the season, against Paarl Gym, is on 6 August. How have you kept the boys focused on Saturday’s game against SACS?
As I’ve said before, we only focus on week for week, the league is so tough you can’t afford to think ahead and neglect any team. Every weekend is a big game. We will start focusing on the next game after SACS.
By your own admission, Paarl Boys’ were disjointed against Rondebosch last weekend, especially in the first 40 minutes. Do you feel the cobwebs have been brushed off?
We have had a hard look at each other and really worked hard this week. The boys have taken responsibility and we have focused on getting the details right.
How important is it in terms of schoolboy rugby for the big four southern suburb sides to continue to grow their game and try close the gap on their Paarl rivals?
It’s really important for rugby to keep growing in all schools, the boys must play! It’s always about the game and growing it. We must all work towards maintaining the strength and healthy competition in the Western Cape league.
Schools results (30 July)
Photo: Poppie Terblanche