No 1-ranked Paarl Boys’ will host No 2-ranked Paul Roos in Saturday’s Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools clash.
The sides have been evenly matched since 2000, with Boishaai winning eight times to Paul Roos’s six, with one draw in 2002. The last time they met, Paul Roos triumphed 17-13.
Paarl Boys’ are at the top of the FNB rankings, having won all 15 of their games this season, and are coming off the back of a 64-12 demolition of Wynberg. However, Bosihaai 1st XV coach Sean Erasmus knows his side will be tested this weekend.
‘Paul Roos are the Sanix world champions and have had a great season,’ Erasmus told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘Hein Kriek is a very good coach, so we’ll have to prepare well to beat them. Games like this can go either way. ’
Paul Roos are second on the rankings, having narrowly lost just one game this season against Paarl Gym. They were comfortable 39-8 winners against SACS in their last outing.
‘It’s a big game and a big weekend, but I’m quite confident we can go there and do the job,’ said Kriek. ‘In the last two years the game has been won in the last minute, so it’ll probably go down to the wire again.
‘I gave our boys 10 days off before today [Wednesday] because we haven’t had a break since Japan, so we’re fully fit and raring to go.’
Paul Roos flankers Dean van Tonder and Roelf Burger are back in the squad after sustaining injuries against Wynberg almost a month ago.
This weekend’s other big maches see SACS host Wynberg, Michaelhouse travel to Hilton, and Kempton Park welcoming Monument.
Paarl Gym vs Oakdale Landbou
Boland Landbou vs Stellenberg
SACS vs Wynberg
Bishops vs Rondebosch
Bellville vs Tygerberg
Brackenfell vs Monument Park
DF Malan vs President (Goodwood)
Hugenote vs Schoonspruit
St Stithians vs St John’s
St Alban’s vs St Charles
Florida vs Rustenburg
Kempton Park vs Monument
Die Anker vs Jeugland
Vereenging Gym vs Marais Viljoen
St Benedict’s vs Pretoria Boys’
Hilton vs Michaelhouse
Maritzburg vs Westville
Kearsney vs George Campbell
Brandwag (Uitenhage) vs Kingswood
St Andrew’s vs Hudson Park
Selborne vs West Bank
Grens vs Port Rex
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