Paarl Boys’ captain Salmaan Moerat says his side’s ability to compete at the breakdown played a big role in their 28-18 win against Grey College.
Boishaai extended their winning streak to 31 games after handing Grey College their first loss of 2016.
‘We knew the breakdown was going to be a key area,’ Moerat said. ‘We knew we were going to have to work hard there and I think that’s where the game was won. There were a few things that didn’t go too well for us today that we need to work on, but I’m happy with the win. I’d like to thank the coaches, we appreciate all the hard work that’s been done behind the scenes.’
Paarl Boys’ fullback Gianni Lombard, who was named Man of the Match, said his side’s self-belief and defensive structures also played a big part in the win.
‘We prepared well during the week. There were some nerves among the players, but we knew we could pull off the win. Before the game we said we needed to close them down so they couldn’t pick up any momentum. I think we were able to do that. We also held our lines on defence [in the second half] and our forwards were able to slow down their ball at the breakdown.’
Grey captain Gideo Beukes said his side had shown good fighting spirit against a resolute Boishaai defence.
‘It’s always a big game against Boishaai, especially playing them at home. We knew they were a strong team, and it just shows that you’re never done fighting, you have to stay humble and stick to the basics. Injuries have affected us this year, but the guys who came through know they have to give their all when they pull on this jersey.
‘Looking back, you always think of things you could have done to get the win. We said before the game that we have to give everything and enjoy the game and if we know we’ve done that, then we’re happy. Well done to Boishaai, they defended well.’
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