Scrumhalf Eric Myburgh scored a double as Paarl Boys’ defeated Paul Roos 21-9 in their Premier Interschools match at Brug Street Stadium in Paarl on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
This Paarl Boys’ side is renowned for their attacking supremacy, especially in the second half of matches. But in front of their home crowd on Saturday, Boishaai delivered an impressive defensive performance to limit the visitors from Stellenbosch to just three penalties.
In a match where both teams struggled to get any fluency in their play, it came down to set-piece dominance and discipline, and unfortunately for Paul Roos they were second-best in both departments.
Flyhalf Abner van Reenen and fullback Colia Louis traded penalties twice as they reached the half-hour mark locked at 6-6. But the Maroon Machine would have the final say of the half. Wing Remi Engelbrecht ripped through Boishaai’s defence with a brilliant run from the back, and was hauled in by the cover defender. But the hosts were penalised for holding on, and Louis lined up and converted his third penalty as Paul Roos led 9-6 at the break.
It wasn’t much of a contest in the second half, as Paarl Boys’ scored 15 points in the first 10 minutes after the resumption, before coming up with a defensive masterclass to keep Paul Roos scoreless.
Van Reenen kicked his third penalty to draw level, but that was followed by Myburgh’s brace. His first try came from a brilliant kick-chase deep into Paul Roos territory. For the second, he spotted a gap in the defence and peeled off the back of a driving maul to score under the posts.
Van Reenen could only convert one of the two tries, but it had no impact on the outcome.
Paarl Boys’, whose last defeat against South African opposition came in 2014 when they lost 30-28 to Marlow, could have secured an even bigger margin of victory, but they lost the ball twice over the tryline.
Paarl Boys’ – Tries: Eric Myburgh (2). Conversion: Abner van Reenen. Penalties: Van Reenen (3).
Paul Roos – Penalties: Colia Louis (3).
Photo: Johan Orton/Paarl Boys’