Paul Roos will host the No 1-ranked Paarl Boys’ in a Premier Interschools clash in Stellenbosch on Saturday, writes TYRONE ENGEL.
Boishaai confirmed their status as the country’s top school rugby team after beating No 2-ranked Grey College 28-18 in Paarl last weekend to extend their winning streak to 31 games, while ending the Bloemfontein side’s unbeaten run this season.
Paul Roos have put in a strong performance this year, led by SA Schools flyhalf Damian Willemse, winning nine of their 12 games. Notable victories include a 14-11 win over Monument at the St John’s Easter Festival, and a 36-21 win against Grey High at home in the first Premier Interschools fixture of the season. They also went unbeaten at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival with big wins over HTS Middleburg (31-12) and Menlopark (32-5).
Paul Roos came unstuck against Affies at the St John’s Easter Festival, losing 24-17, while also suffering narrow losses to Paarl Gym (28-24), the week after beating Grey High, and against Oakdale (23-20) last weekend.
‘We are happy with the way we’ve progressed so far this season,’ Paul Roos 1st XV coach Stephan Jordaan told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘But we would have liked to have done a lot better against Oakdale.
‘Saturday is going to be a difficult game. The matrics in our squad have never beaten their Paarl Boys’ counterparts in U14, U15 or U16, so this is their last chance to do well against them and have the final say, and the players are quite excited about the opportunity.
‘Having Damien Willemse and Joshua Vermeulen in the side gives the other players confidence going into the game because they’ve played with some of the Paarl Boys’ players before at Craven Week and SA Schools. We have one change for Saturday – Colia Louis comes in on the left wing.’
Boishaai started the season picking up where they left off in 2015. They smashed Brandwag 48-6 in their opening game at the Porterville Rugby Day. They eased through the St John’s Easter Festival with wins against a Lions Invitational XV (54-0), Helpmekaar (24-17) and Nelspruit (17-11).
Boishaai then picked up wins against Outeniqua (29-27), in a game that went down to the wire, Bishops (58-12) and Wynberg Boys’ (48-7). They beat Waterkloof (51-5) and Affies (29-25) at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival, and then Stellenberg (41-3) and Grey College.
In other matches to look forward to in the Western Cape on Saturday, Bishops travel to Paarl Gym as they go in search of their seventh win of the season after smashing Durbanville 50-10 last weekend. Paarl Gym have lost only one game this season.
Outeniqua, who have won seven of their 10 games, will face a tough challenge away against an Oakdale side who have lost just one out of 12 games this season.
Western Cape schools fixtures (28 May):
Primrose vs Bellville South
Monument Park vs Tygerberg
HTS Bellville vs Parel Vallei
Durbanville vs Hottentots-Holland
DF Malan vs Oudtshoorn
Boland Landbou vs Stellenberg
Wynberg Boys’ vs De Kuilen
Strand vs Rondebosch Boys’
SACS vs Brackenfell
Paarl Gym vs Bishops
Drostdy vs Punt
Oakdale vs Outeniqua
Paul Roos vs Paarl Boys’
Photo: Deborah Redelinghuys