Boishaai vs Oakdale – one of the 2024 unbeatens must fall

Ferocious tackling Oakdale’s perfect start to 2024 season will face its sternest test to date when the Bulle travel to Brugstraat in Paarl to face unbeaten Hoërjongenskool.

Included in Oakdale’s impressive start are victories over Rondebosch and Garsfontein. They produced a very systematic intense performance to beat the latter 24-19 at the NMI Toyota Noord-Suid. A couple of days later at the same tournament, Boishaai had an 14-points in closing minutes, come from behind victory against the self-same Bere of Pretoria, winning it 38-36.

The margins of victory against a useful Garsies team suggest the two teams will be closely matched when they meet on Saturday, 06 April 2024.

  • A couple of key factors.
    Boishaai’s ability to get to 38-points against strong opponents tells a story of the firepower they have to work that scoreboard.
  • Oakdale having rest and recuperations time since the NS tournament, while the Blou Trein has been put to the best against KES and Pretoria Boys’ High, in the lead up to this high profile match.


1 Paarl Gim 3 3 0 0 142 36 106
2 Paul Roos 3 3 0 0 150 59 91
3 HJS Paarl BH 5 5 0 0 202 77 125
4 Oakdale 4 4 0 0 122 54 68
5 Wynberg 3 3 0 0 162 31 131
6 EG Jansen 7 7 0 0 321 70 251
7 Northwood 3 3 0 0 100 15 85
8 St Stithians 3 3 0 0 101 24 77
9 Marais Viljoen 5 5 0 0 119 69 50
10 Charlie Hofmeyr 4 4 0 0 125 38 87
1 Bernard du Toit u17 1 Kai Pratt u17
2 Christiaan Grundling u17 2 Gustav Van Der Merwe u18
3 ⁠Juan vd Merwe u17 3 Tiaan Turck u18
4 ⁠Dian Smal u18 4 Ruan Swart u17
5 ⁠Jayden Joubert u17 5 Roy Viljoen u18
6 ⁠Anroux du Plessis u18 6 Zack Wessels u18
7 ⁠Rubin Dames u18 7 Jannes Snyman u17
8 ⁠Douw Wessels u18 8 Erick Steyn u18
9 ⁠Keagan Smith u19 9 Jandrian Goosen u17
10 ⁠Viaan Mentoor u18 10 CT Vosloo u17
11 ⁠Ashwin Swarts u18 11 Duraan Jv Rensburg u18
12 ⁠Tristan Fransman u18 12 Kurt Coetzee u18
13 ⁠Tristan Joubert u17 13 Lee-Winn Pretorius u17
14 ⁠Aiden Jacobs u18 14 Christian Vorster u17
15 ⁠Francois vd Merwe u17 15 Reinhart Viljoen u17

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  1. avatar
    #17 boerboel

    @Trots HJS (Tandem) (Comment #12)
    overzealous refs spoiling the game- very frustrating

    9 April, 2024 at 12:02
  2. avatar
    #16 beet

    The u17 Joubert twins each played a meaningful role in the opening two tries.

    Boishaai tried to speed the game up a lot. Their wings got several touches.

    Oakdale are not the easiest school to break down and very committed to making tackles and their secondary defensive lines effective.

    So a good 19-10 win for HJS. I think they have a lot of options to work with

    6 April, 2024 at 21:35
  3. avatar
    #15 Grizzly

    @Kantman (Comment #14)
    Moet se refs die afgelope paar jaar in NV baie beter.Soos vandag ook,wens ek kon die ref blame vir Bere game maar helaas,hy was goed.

    6 April, 2024 at 20:37
  4. avatar
    #14 Kantman

    @Trots HJS (Tandem) (Comment #12)
    My impression is that refereeing at Noord-Suid was better than what I saw today in the Cape. Expectations are high, but how can WO support further and continuous development?

    6 April, 2024 at 19:15
  5. avatar
    #13 Jan Kriel

    @Snelvuur (Comment #10)
    @Snelvuur, Oakdale se gebrek aan akuraatheid in wat hul doen het hulle gekos op die dag. Halwe “slips” op verdediging, swak aangeë en verkeerde besluitneming moet aandag kry. Maar net my waarneming.

    6 April, 2024 at 18:59
  6. avatar
    #12 Trots HJS (Tandem)

    @Kantman (Comment #9)
    There were 4 yellow cards ( 3 Boishaai , 1 Oakdale ). 2 of the yellow cards plus the 1 for Oakdale were for alleged high tackles. @Snelvuur (Comment #10)
    There were about 20 penalties against Boishaai and it was impossible to create any flow in the game. I thought the referee handled the game very poorly. The state of referees at school level in the Western Cape is in my opinion very poor . I do not think the Boishaai set phases were bad at all. Oakdale came with a very set game plan which was well neutralised by Boishaai. A win is a win and I feel the team is improving every game.

    6 April, 2024 at 18:16
  7. avatar
    #11 Trots HJS (Tandem)

    @Kantman (Comment #9)
    There were 4 yellow cards ( 3 Boishaai , 1 Oakdale ). 2 of the yellow cards plus the 1 for Oakdale were for alleged high tackles.

    6 April, 2024 at 18:08
  8. avatar
    #10 Snelvuur

    Good win for HJS, but a pretty poor game on the whole. Windy conditions made it difficult, but HJS were poor on set phases again, while Oakdale never really looked like threatening. Expected a bit more from them.

    6 April, 2024 at 17:03
  9. avatar
    #9 Kantman

    @JongMatie (Comment #7)
    HJS showing lots of character with this win – have to watch the game in full, but what happened with all the yellow cards?

    6 April, 2024 at 16:31
  10. avatar
    #8 Djou

    Looking forward to this one – Boishaai’s first real test down under.
    Paarl Gim vs Boland Landbou also something not to be missed.

    3 April, 2024 at 16:27
  11. avatar
    #7 JongMatie

    HJS by a point or two.
    Also depends if the ref thinks he is the most important person on the field (like most refs at nmi)

    3 April, 2024 at 10:33
  12. avatar
    #6 Kantman

    @beet (Comment #5)
    Thanks, appreciate

    2 April, 2024 at 23:14
  13. avatar
    #5 beet

    @Kantman (Comment #4)
    Thanks. The Charlies are part of a Boland expansion this year. I have never recorded their results before.

    2 April, 2024 at 22:12
  14. avatar
    #4 Kantman

    @beet Charlie Hofmeyr is also still unbeaten

    2 April, 2024 at 21:26
  15. avatar
    #3 Kantman

    Crazy that so few schools are unbeaten this early in the season. There will be many upsets it seems

    2 April, 2024 at 21:22
  16. avatar
    #2 Trots HJS (Tandem)

    This will be a real test match. Oakdale has a great team and will be well rested as they were not part of an exhaustive Easter festival. Oakdale’s has great defensive play and will be a handful. It is impossible to predict the winner.

    2 April, 2024 at 21:03
  17. avatar
    #1 Snelvuur

    If this game was in Riversdale, I would have Oakdale as favourites. Brug Street, however, is a tough place to travel to. I’ve watched all of HJS’ games this year. If I was in Oakdale’s team, I’d look to target their pack, especially in the scrums and mauls. HJS’ strength is in their backline, especially their extremely polished 10, who is calm under pressure and an excellent goal kicker.

    2 April, 2024 at 17:22

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