Paul Roos will host Grey High on Saturday in the first Premier Interschools match of the 2016 season.
The last time the sides met at Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch in 2014, Grey came back from 26-0 down to secure a 27-26 victory. Paul Roos avenged that loss last year when they beat their Eastern Cape rivals 34-3 in their own backyard.
Grey High are unbeaten this year after four games. They thrashed Stirling 50-0 at the Graeme Rugby Day, before beating Westville 29-6, Bishops 44-0 and Michaelhouse 39-15 at the St Stithians Easter Festival.
Paul Roos have won three out of four games this season. They crushed Windhoek Gym 67-7 at their Rugby Day, before beating Hilton 69-6 and Monument 14-11 at the St John’s Easter Festival. However, they lost their final match 24-17 to Affies.
‘We had tough competition at the St John’s Easter Festival,’ Paul Roos 1st XV coach Stephan Jordaan told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘We were a bit disappointed with the loss against Affies, but are happy with where we are at the moment. And we’ve got to move forward because we’ve got Grey High this weekend and then Paarl Gim, which are both big games for us.
‘We’ve been focusing on our scrum ahead of Saturday, as we struggled a bit in that area at the Easter festival,’ Jordaan added. ‘But on the whole we are looking to play an all-round game, to get the forwards and backs involved.
‘And while it’s nice to have players like [flyhalf] Damian Willemse and [fullback] Joshua Vermeulen in the side, we expect everyone to make a contribution on the day. We can’t be looking to build a performance around one or two key players, everybody has to pull their weight.’
Jordaan said the team had spoken about the 2014 loss to Grey High, without dwelling on it too much.
‘We know Grey are very dangerous and you’ve got to play for 70 minutes when you face them, not just 35. However, it’s a new season and it’s two years later. We’ve got a new team, different views and a new coach, so we’ve got to move forward.
‘Grey High have definitely become one of our bigger rivals, and not just in rugby. The entire weekend is a big event and we feel privileged to be part of such a big weekend of sport.’
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