NZ has an official national school rugby championship game. Is this Paarl Boys’ High versus Grey College our South African unofficial national championship game – the game that decides the number-1 schoolboy rugby 1st XV in SA for 2016?
It’s a rhetorical question. For sure many will agree that there is so much rugby still to come for both schools after this coming Saturday’s HJS Paarl Boy’s High versus Grey College clash and anything could happen to derail either or both teams chances of claiming top spot; but at same time give this high profile “test match” it’s dues. In the context of BMT, this match promises to require HMT: huge match temperament. It will be a battle of two unbeaten powerhouses coached by two of the best school rugby coaches around at present, two schools that somehow had all the pieces fall into place to be able to beat a very good Affies team in the same week. Unless this outcome is draw, the winner will be one step closer to finishing as the top ranked team in 2016.
Premier Interschools has been at the forefront of bring live coverage of top school rugby games to TV viewer and once again they will fulfil their goal to please by broadcasting this all-important game – Ch.210 just before 14h00
In recent seasons a few of the powerhouses have closed the gap on Grey College significantly, Paarl Boys’ High being one of them:
|2015||Grey College||19||21||HJS Paarl BH||HJS Paarl BH|
|2014||Grey College||15||10||HJS Paarl BH||Grey College|
|2013||Grey College||35||28||HJS Paarl BH||Grey College|
|2012||Grey College||18||28||HJS Paarl BH||HJS Paarl BH|
|2011||Grey College||15||15||HJS Paarl BH||Draw|
|WINS||2||2||& 1 DRAW|
FYUI (for your useless information)
The famous 1000 days
Between their 9-3 defeat to Paul Roos in 2009 (their only loss that season) and their 45-29 defeat to Paarl Gim in 2012, Grey College were unbeaten for two full seasons and accumulated a total of 957 of days of being undefeated. Schoolboy rugby radio personality Andre T later rounded this up to 1000 days for convenience. Irrespective it remains an outstanding achievement considering the difficulty of Grey’s annual fixture list during 2010 and 2011, and in particular the character they showed to win matches during 2011.
The last time Paarl Boys’ High lost a 1st XV match was 11-10 to Marlow in the Burger Final back in 2014. Their unbeaten 2015 season was as good as they come. So by Saturday 21 May 2016 that HJS streak would have grown to stand at 630 days.