On a cold and wet Saturday in Paarl, Grey College did just enough to ensure their unbeaten run continues in a game against Paarl Boys side.
2 minutes from the stoppage time, Paarl Boys where behind 10-12 and had the opportunity to go ahead with a penalty. The 30m kick just dipped underneath the posts into the strong wind. With time up on the clock, Grey got a penalty for an offside from Paarl and sealed the match to make the final score 15-10 in favour of the Boys from Bloem.
Grey scored first in the 27th minute when their left wing, Glen Erickson, went over in the corner after a good burst from fullback, Louw Steenkamp. The conversion was missed and Grey led 5-0. Paarl Boys then worked the ball up field in phases with the strong wind at their backs. They pinned Grey in their own half and the continuous pressure paid off when right wing, Tristan Solomons, cut inside from a backline move and scored. Fullback Ryan Lafitte was successful with the conversion and Paarl Boys led 7-5 at halftime.
The weather made things difficult for both teams, but to their credit they played with ball in hand and both teams kept attacking the other’s goal line. With the wind in their favour Grey could have used the boot more effectively. Henry Slabbert then eventually broke the resilient Boishaai defence when he broke through three defenders to score after a great run. Steenkamp converted and Grey again led 12-7.
Paarl Boys answered with a penalty from Lafitte to make the score 12-10 to Grey and for the next 20 minutes it was a battle of attrition as no one could wrestle the initiative from the other. That is, until the last 2 minutes when Paarl Boys had the opportunity to go ahead, but against the strong wind the kick from Lafitte was just short. Grey then deservedly wrapped it up in the final minute.
For Grey, their two loose forwards, De Wet Bezuidenhout and Henry Slabbert, were immense in the wet weather and on the day, this was the difference between the two teams.
For Paarl Boys:
Try: Tristan Solomons
Conversion: Ryan Lafitte
Penalty: Ryan Lafitte
For Grey College:
Tries: Glen Erickson, Henry Slabbert
Conversion: Louw Steenkamp
Penalty: Louw Steenkamp
Paarl Boys: 15. R. Lafitte, 14 T Solomons, 13 C Grain, 12 H Moller, 11 W Gouws, 10 R Lombaard, 9 B Thain, 8 P Coetzee, 7 A van Wyk, 6 P Bester, 5 R de Villiers, W Botha (captain), 3 D Marais, 2 C van Zyl, 1 Q Vorster.
Coaches: Sean Erasmus, Elmo Wolfaardt
Grey College: 15. L Steenkamp, 14 C Pretorius, 13 N Stannard, 12 M Andrade, 11 G Erickson, 10 W Wessels, 9 D Badenhorst, 8 A Jonker (captain), 7 H Slabbert, 6 D Bezuidenhout, 5 K Rothman, 4 J Burger, 3 J Botha, 2 JC Janse v Vuuren, 1 R Terblanche.
Coaches: Wessel du Plessis, Tewis de Bruyn, Henry Theron
Referee: Stephan du Toit. (WP Referee Society)
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