Combinations. How good is the Affies tight-five?

Just like against Paul Roos, the Affies pack put in another huge effort against Paarl Gim on Saturday. Their dominance at scrumtime was the most evident part of the package they bring on game day. Their lineout is on-point and their loose play top notch. Difficult customers indeed. They are top of their game. The next question is how do their incredibly powerful tight-five stack up against standout schoolboy teams of the past?

However the pressure they are able to apply up front is not translating to scoreboard success. A close defeat to Paul Roos (25-30) and now an even closer one against Paarl Gim (19-20). The Affies 2024 season is beginning to look a little like 2017 in terms of tight defeats in huge games.

25/03/2017 Affies 33-35 Paarl Gim
17/04/2017 Affies 10-14 HJS Paarl BH
29/04/2017 Affies 14-21 Paul Roos
06/05/2017 Affies 32-35 Grey College

The aim of this post was to pay homage to the Affies engineroom as the best in SA at the moment and then ask the question: who are your best six schoolboy rugby combinations so far in 2024? Not individual picks but combos: frontrow, secondrow, backrow, halves, centres, back-three.


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  1. avatar
    #14 4×4

    They are brilliant, but you ain’t seen nothing yet…

    17 April, 2024 at 19:31
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    #13 Kaya 85

    Loosies, the Grey loose Trio was exceptional v Outeniqua…but the Jeppe loosies defensively against Grey were mammoths…hairy, grizzly, unyielding bullriders…Gim’s looseforwards very impressive also, but the success of their playing method is the props and locks also attacking like loosies…

    15 April, 2024 at 19:11
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    #12 Kaya 85

    Centres….I must give it to Grey College, their 12 and 13 are superb. As a combination they are phenomenal…both very powerful, fast…good hands, relentless. 13 had a blinder v Outeniqua…mind you, the whole team did.

    15 April, 2024 at 19:05
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    #11 Kaya 85

    @OudAffie (Comment #3)
    Respect to Coach Koch…the Affies scrum is very scary…Vrey at Loosehead is Yster, I thought Gim’s tighthead was going to be torn in half, to his credit he endured the mangling…bloody ‘eck, his neck…these guys are tough. But Vrey especially and the locks behind him powerful…Even at u/16 everyone was trying to survive scrumming him.

    15 April, 2024 at 19:03
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    #10 agter_die_pale_pa

    @OudAffie (Comment #3)
    Kan nie meer saamstem nie. Jaco is ‘n great ou en het tyd vir almal, ongeag jou affiliasie. Affies is baie bevoorreg om hom te he.

    15 April, 2024 at 14:13
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    #9 Smallies

    @Rainier (Comment #8)
    Ek weet nie of hy beseer is nie ,Ja nee Felix se groot toets sal die naweek wees ,maar wat ek gesien het kry hy die bal weg selfs in n tackle situasie…

    15 April, 2024 at 12:56
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    #8 Rainier

    @Smallies (Comment #7)

    Ek sal graag die 10 onder druk wil sien speel, soos dit verseker die naweek gaan gebeur.

    Is Pretorius Ekeji beseer?

    15 April, 2024 at 12:45
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    #7 Smallies

    Not to sound like a one eyed supporter but the Grey 9 and 10 was excellent this weekend as well as 11,14,15 ….however I’ll reserve my judgement until after this weekend ,Gim will be a very stern test.

    15 April, 2024 at 11:59
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    #6 Rainier

    At my age the memory is not great but did the Garsies pack not have the upper hand in the scrums against AHS?

    15 April, 2024 at 11:49
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    #5 OudAffie

    @Dixon’s (Comment #4)
    Mnr P Joynt was 1st team coach between 2010 and 2014. In those 5 years they won 83% persent of their games and in 4 of the 5 years ended in the top 4 in SA. 2013 being one of the best teams the school has ever had. He coached Pierre Schoeman, Ivan Van Zyl and RG Snyman. He is not coaching anymore, he is in a sense the Captain of the the Affies Super Tanker. :-D

    15 April, 2024 at 11:37
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    #4 Dixon’s

    @OudAffie (Comment #3)
    Is the headmaster still involved with coaching at all, i met him a few years ago when i was part of a touring primary schools cricket side and we stayed at Huis Frank le Roux and he was house father at the time. A good man, spent a long time chatting with us about rugby and was a great host. i remeber thst he was 1st XV coach for a while before he became Head

    15 April, 2024 at 11:25
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    #3 OudAffie


    If I may, Jaco has been an excellent coach for Affies and has over the last decade bring immense knowledge and expertise to the Affies first teams.. He is a Affies man through and through. Been Head Coach and Forward coach and part of the first team Coaching team 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Making him the 4th longest serving coach for the Witbulle. Since 2015 the Witbulle has won 75% percent of the games he has been part of. He is also the 7th youngest coach the coach Affies. He has been part of the Blue Bulls Craven week coaching team since 2012 as a forwards coach and has been head Coach for them 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. He must be given alot of the credit for the Affies packs the last decade.
    15 April, 2024 at 09:35
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    #2 Pamos

    Westvilles back three are very good too. They were the x factor vs Jeppe this weekend.

    15 April, 2024 at 06:05
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    #1 Pamos

    This could be very interesting! There could be loads of combinations out there. I feel that the College front row is very overrated and that is because of Rambo. He has not brought the x factor he had last year in my opinion. Two games I watched live they did not dominate the scrums like they should be. The Glenwood game was the most disappointing. Uzu Xaba the tight head for Glenwood stood his ground really well.

    15 April, 2024 at 05:59

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