Paarl Boys’ High beat bitter rivals Paarl Gymnasium 18-13 at Fraure Street Stadium on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
The result and Paarl Boys’ three-year unbeaten streak were in the balance for long periods of this game, but in the end the visitors did just enough to win their third consecutive derby and keep their perfect record against South African opposition intact.
Boishaai enjoyed a lot of possession early on, but they started off tentatively. Gimmies were forced to do all the tackling and they did so with aplomb. But the visitors were eventually rewarded with a penalty at the breakdown and fullback Abner van Reenen stepped up to convert it into points.
Paarl Gym’s defiance in defence continued as they managed to get out of the danger zone on several occasions. Gimmies looked to have done so again in the 18th minute when they forced a knock-on and won a scrum. But the ball squirted loose from the back of the scrum and Boishaai seized possession before simply shifting the ball wide for wing Luka Ferreira to score.
The hosts started to come into the game towards the end of the half, and scored 10 answered points to take the lead at the break. Fullback Muller du Plessis, who earlier made a try-saving tackle, dotted down for Gym, and flyhalf Ruben Scholtz kicked the conversion and a penalty.
The second half was less action-packed, with both teams kicking a lot more. Boys’ High regained the lead with a converted try, but Gym applied all the pressure in the last quarter of the contest.
Scholtz and Van Reenen successfully traded kicks at goal again. With a five-point advantage, Boishaai tried to wind down the clock with a series of pick and go’s, but they were penalised for sealing off at the breakdown, affording Gym one last opportunity to score and draw level. But from the resultant lineout, the ball spilt loose and Boys’ High hacked the ball into the stands to end the game.
Paarl Gym – Try: Muller du Plessis. Conversion: Ruben Scholtz. Penalties: Scholtz (2).
Paarl Boys’ – Tries: Luka Ferreira, Divan Enslin. Conversion: Abner van Reenen. Penalty: Van Reenen.
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