There was a setback for detractors hoping to pin the “#HockeySchool” label on Paul Roos following decisions not to play at the Monnas Centenary Festival, Noord-Suid and Wildeklawer in 2021.
Instead Paul Roos added value to the theory that the key to a successful schoolboy rugby campaign is a hot backline. Some on-fire plays opened holes for finishing of a high standard as part of a 45-21 away win against Boland Landbou on the Farm outside Paarl.
Without taking anything away from the Maroon forwards who had to provide the stable bases from which they could launch devastating attacks, their backs were clinical and awesome. A combination of speed, handling and good understanding turned the a good deal of the match into a nightmare for Boland Landbou defence.
Amongst the threats on the pitch was Lomwabo Mfikili. The muscular inside centre is a top academic and started his Paul Roos rugby career as a small under-14D player.
Having the equivalent of Boland Landbou’s pack in senior rugby would have been yielded good rewards. They were generally patient and good at ball protection, and able to make ground gains during these periods of retention. After going 28-0 down, their forwards rallied to help the next 40 or so minutes end 21-17 in the home team’s favour. When the Western Cape fields get wetter, they are bound to become more of a headache to opposition.
The eye-sore on Friday was the Boland Landbou backs. They seemed to crumble under the pressure with BIH (ball-in-hand). When questions were asked of them on 1v1 defence, they found it very difficult to read or respond quickly to the threats Paul Roos posed.
|#||BOLAND LANDBOU||#||PAUL ROOS|
|1||Jaco Wiehahn||1||Wilbur Loubser|
|2||Gustav Laubscher||2||Torbyn Visser|
|3||Dante Driessen||3||Jason Johnson|
|4||Schalk Van Schalkwyk||4||Daniel Marais|
|5||Andries Truter||5||Reyner van Driel|
|6||Jean Timms||6||Gabriel Templeton|
|7||Josh Hanekom||7||Herman Lourens|
|8||Dieter (K) Mohr||8||Liam Calitz|
|9||Kristoff Smith||9||Janneman Slabbert|
|10||Hurjo Bezuidenhout||10||Christoff de Bruyn|
|11||Adriano Prag||11||Denver van Wyk|
|12||Jurian Van Santen||12||Lomwabo Mfikili|
|13||Emile Geyser||13||Jared Africa|
|14||Angelo Daniels||14||Leigh Braaff|
|15||Jandre Genis||15||Jorenzo Julius|