Paarl Gim will kickoff 2022 on Friday 18 March with a challenging match against a useful Stellenberg team. Although Stellenberg is only considered a Premier B-league team in the Western Province region, at a national level, they are competitive enough to finish in the Top 20 this year.
Gim will run on with five regular starters from their top rated team of 2021. Amazingly all five already enjoy high profiles as they were able to grab attention by being amongst the best players in their respective positions as under-17’s. Amongst them hooker Luca Bakkes who’s strength was already quite evident last season. Big flyhalf Liam Koen’s boot helped him to be a standout and its expected that as a confident senior, he may try to use his size to good effect around the gain-line. In the backline the elusive Janiel Losper makes the switch from fullback to outside centre, where he will partner the at times brilliant PA van Niekerk, who seemed like he could not put a foot wrong in 2021. PA’s head-to-head with Stellenberg’s star Damian Markus is perhaps the pick of the positional battles. Finally Niel Burger-like Logan Opperman stays on the right wing to haunt defences.