In what was a classic case of too many mistakes, Paarl Boys lost a game they should have won by a comfortable margin. Having most of the possession in the first quarter of play, they first missed a sitter of a penalty to go ahead and then missed another opportunity with an open try line begging.
As it was, SA Schools player Grant Hermanus put the first points on the board for Gim with a penalty in the 10th minute of the game. The game was mostly played in the middle of the park with the two sides bashing it up front, and swinging wide at times, to cross the advantage line. The defence of both teams was very good and held up until halftime with the score a mere 3-0 to the Paarl Gim boys.
The second half, Hermanus slotted another penalty to take the score up to 6-0. Boishaai then went on the attack down the left side and centre, Heinrich Moller, was tackled inches from the goal line. From the resulting ruck, Gim was penalized and Gouws slotted the penalty to make the score 6-3 for Gim.
Another mistake from Boishaai saw the ball bounce off Captain and 8th man Du Toit’s chest into the hands of Van Rhyn of Gim, who kicked a clever little grubber ahead for scrumhalf Williams to dot down for a gift try. Hermanus converted and at 3-13 down, Boishaai had their work cut out to come back.
Relentless attacks up the middle saw them held up over the line and from the resulting scrum they went wide to the right and fullback Lombaard scored in the corner. The conversion was missed and they were still 8-13 behind. Boishaai was caught offside and Hermanus slotted yet another kick to keep his record at 100%. With about 10 minutes left Boishaai threw everything into the attack, but the Gim defence held strong.
When winger, Tristan Solomons, eventually crossed the tryline for Boishaai’s second try, time was up on the clock and with the resulting conversion going over, the boys in blue were still behind. Gim won this close encounter 16-15 thanks to their simple and basic gameplan and some steady kicking from fullback Hermanus. Boishaai had their chances but could not convert most of them into points and came up just short in the end.
For Paarl Gim:
Try: Grant Williams
Con: Grant Hermanus
Pens Grant Hermanus 3
For Boys’ High:
Tries: Rayhaan Lombaard, Tristan Solomons
Con: Stefan Gouws
Pen: Stefan Gouws.
15 Grant Hermanus, 14 Paul Human, 13 Taigh Schoor, 12 Willie Smal, 11 Leaviel Gouws, 10 Walter Smit, 9 Grant Williams, 8 HJ Luus, 7 Dieter Leicher, 6 Gustav Marais, 5 Ernst van Rhyn, 4 Jaco Willemse, 3 Adriaan Geldenhuys, 2 Marco Mostert, 1 Gavin van den Berg
Replacements: 16 Willem Moolman, 17 Johan Grobbelaar, 18 Tiaan Kriel, 19 Hennie Beukes, 20 Johan Visser, 21 Wayno Visagie
Coaches: Christoff Lötter, Hendrik Weber
Paarl Boys’ High:
15 Rayhaan Lombaard, 14 Tyreeq Cassiem-February, 13 Curtley Grain, 12 Heinrich Möller, 11 Wian Gouws, 10 Stefan Gouws, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 CF du Toit, 7 Christo Mostert, 6 Andreas van Wyk, 5 Ruben de Villiers, 4 Wian Botes, 3 Derrick Marais, 2 Carel van Zyl, 1 Quintin Vorster
Coaches: Sean Erasmus, Elmo Wolfaardt
Marius van der Westhuizen (Western Province Referees’ Society)
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