Earlier this year I said that Paarl Boys’ High versus Grey College was possibly going to amount to the No.1 decider for 2016. They might still prove to be the case. However there is still some serious business ahead on Saturday in Paarl. On its own Paarl Interschools is a huge deal in any given year. This year Boishaai has the amazing unbeaten record stretching back to the start of 2015 to play for as well as a claim to the undisputed undefeated No.1 South African school rugby team in 2016. Losing the Paarl derby would be a massive blow, but it wouldn’t necessarily end the Galpille claims to the title of number 1 team. There would however be a worthy debate from Grey College and Gimmies supporters that they deserve a share of the accolades, as both have only tasted defeat once this season: Grey to the selfsame Boishaai and Gim to Garsfontein in Pretoria, right at the start of the season.
Warning: the bigness of the occasion coupled with the intensity and sometimes the field conditions does not always make for the kind of attractive rugby that both teams are able to play on most Saturdays during the season, but nail-biting affair tend to make up for whatever is lost in quality.
Prediction: The Bloedwors Gim has some heavy forward to secure go-forward ball for their dynamic backline attack (even without Wian van Zyl) and may have taken heart from how SACS were able to take the game to Boishaai for three-quarters of last Saturday match but decoding Boishaai’s organized defence will not be easy. Boishaai has been the BMT team for the last two seasons and that trend is most likely to continue for at least one more game.
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