It’s too early to proclaim unbeaten Grey College versus unbeaten locally in over two seasons HJS Paarl Boys’ High as the SA Schoolboy rugby national title deciding game of 2017 but it will go a long way to establishing who that title belongs to come the end of August.
As has been mentioned by a few even if Grey do beat the Galpille on home soil this Saturday, they still have a tricky run in to the end of the season possibly without the services of a number of key to their winning cause backline players who are currently rated as favourites to receive SA under-18 call ups. Among those matches without SA Schools players is an away trip to Stellenbosch to play Paul Roos (remember Paul Roos 21 – 14 Affies in late April).
Should Boishaai depart Jock Meiring Street as winners, they will stretch their unbeaten run against SA 1st XV’s to within two weeks of the 1000 day milestone (31/08/2014-current) – and only Rondebosch will be able to prevent them from reaching that unique 4-digit number. In terms of No.1 in SA and unbeaten status aspirations Boishaai has the usual popular Interskole derby against going strong neighbours Gim (Paarl Gim 35-33 Affies) at the start of August and before that matches against Paul Roos and Oakdale (in Riversdale) included in their list of tough fixtures.
But for now all focus will be on Bloemfontein and hopefully an epic match, televised on SuperSport channel 207 at 14h00 compliments of Premier Interschools
For the matchup record:
Grey College 35-32 Affies
HJS Paarl BH 14-10 Affies
From Premier Interschools:
On Saturday 13th of May Premier Interschools will present their 4th edition for 2017 and a real humdinger of a match. The undisputed two top dogs will fight it out for the No 1 spot in SA Schoolboy Rugby. While Paarl Boys have been the trendsetters the last two years going unbeaten, the rugby factory from Bloemfontein has been re-charging its batteries and came out roaring in the 2017 season. They have swept away all opposition with ease so far with their toughest match being against another Paarl team in Paarl Gimnasium, which they dispatched by 31-19 at the Wildeklawer tournament.
They once again possess a backline of sublime speed and skill with another set of Kriel brothers being instrumental in most of the moves. Fullback David and younger brother Richard who can play wing or centre, is usually in the thick of things when the ball is on the move. Flyhalf Christopher Schreuder is a well-rounded pivot with great hands, vision and an educated boot that can dictate any situation on the day. On his inside at No 12 is a 2016 SA Schools player in Rikus Pretorius. This hard running big centre keeps opposition defence channels very busy and creates space for his teammates to run into. At outside centre they have Janco van Heyningen who represented the SA Academy side last year. This quick footed player can dance through any opposition defence at the slightest chance and should be watched very carefully. At the base of the scrum they have youngster Ross Braude who has a quick crisp pass and feeds his backline good ball, while always keeping an eye open for the opportunity to slip around the blind side. The captain Marcel Theunissen is a hard working No 7 flanker who leads from the front and set the example for the rest of his forwards. They will have to be on their best when they face the juggernaut pack from Paarl.