Big lock Adriaan Ludick withstood the Stellenbosch heat to produce a man of the match performance as part of Paarl Gim’s winning effort against fellow Winelands powerhouse Paul Roos at Markotter. Gimmies seem to be in the process of shaving years off their supporters’ life expectancy with nail-biting late winners. This was their second “test match” of the season and the second time they left to after injury time to secure a maul style winning try. Ludick was the hero against Affies in March when he used his big frame and power to force a ball down to make contact with the grass in the in-goal area after Affies appeared to have done enough to hold the ball up, three minutes into injury time. This time around it was former Springbok hooker Chris Rossouw’s son who is making a name for himself with strong performances this season, that was the try beneficiary of a well worked driving maul off secured lineout ball four minutes after the 70-minutes of normal playing time had elapsed.
In spite of the good perform, the Paul Roos team looks like it is the quiet before the storm, with no fewer than eight, yes eight starters being in grade-11 and therefore eligible for another season in 2018.
Apart from Ludick there were a number of good performances on both sides but if one Paul Roos player has to be singled out for praise in a close to winning cause, it should be the flyhalf Juan Mostert.
Paul Roos: 15 Colia Louis, 14 Regan van der Westhuizen, 13 Brendan Venter, 12 Rufus Dercksen (captain), 11 Rémy Engelbrecht, 10 Juan Mostert, 9 Gerado Jaars, 8 Matthew Cordy, 7 Philip van Dyk, 6 Johan Bouwer, 5 Breyten Maritz, 4 Mink Scharink, 3 Hanro Jacobs, 2 Willem van den Hever, 1 Cameron Dawson
Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Tristan Leitch, 18 Alexander Mbete, 19 Ryno Niemand, 20 Lombard Basson, 21 Antonie Kock, 22 WJ Smit, 23 Johnny Solms
Paarl Gim: 15 Muller du Plessis, 14 Francois Marais, 13 Dawid Kellerman, 12 Ruben Scholtz, 11 Hanco Hanekom, 10 Daniël Beukes, 9 Hanro Geldenhuys, 8 Henco Martins, 7 AJ Wedgwood, 6 Corné Uys, 5 Ryno Beukes, 4 Adriaan Ludick, 3 Francois Staples, 2 Chris Rossouw, 1 Hugo Pienaar
Replacements: 16 Daniël Wessels, 17 Adriaan Staples, 18 Dedrich Glas, 19 Juan Beukes, 20 Dean Nieuwoudt, 21 Jean Janse van Rensburg, 22 Janke du Toit, 23 Stravino Jacobs
Coaches: Pieter Rossouw, Helmut Lehmann
Paarl Gimnasium 20 (5) – Tries: Chris Rossouw (2), Adriaan Ludick. Conversion: Ruben Scholtz. Penalty: Scholtz. Paul Roos Gimnasium 19 (7) – Tries: Gerado Jaars, Brendan Venter, Ryno Niemand. Conversions: Colia Louis (2).