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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:32

Rugby: Outeniqua v Gimmies - Clash for No.1?

Written by  Deon de Waal

They were at  Paarl Boys High last Saturday, then off to play a match at the Point of Mossel Bay and their next fixture leads back to Paarl to take on Gimmies this coming Saturday. That’s what it takes for SA’s No.1 team, the Outeniqua Juggernaut as it Jigga Jigga’s its way along this season.

outvgimHow mouth-watering is the game this weekend going to be? I venture to say this might very well be the game to settle who the number one side in the country will be this year! It is highly likely that whoever wins this game will go unbeaten this year. I know I’m tempting fate with that but, hey, it is quite a possibility is it not?

Before we look ahead let’s just consider last weekend and the Outeniqua v Punt game. I haven’t written a match report because it was unfortunately a little one sided and while the Punt team never gave up there was really no facet of the game that they could say they had parity in. Dian Koen stood out for Outeniqua again and I think he would be my man of the match. His eighth man play is really exemplary and he checks all the boxes of a classical number 8.

Warrick Gelant excelled as usual but the really stand out thing about Saturday was his kicking, particularly for poles. He converted all his kicks except the last one which was one of the easier of the day ironically. Why the kicking was so exceptional was that it was done in a really stiff breeze, probably a good 20 or 25 km/h. It was great and drew appreciative oohs and aahs after every kick!

The final score was 71-3 and if one was brutally honest it could have been a little more but for a few fumbles and stumbles.

On to this Saturday and any Schoolboy Rugby aficionado must be looking forward to this one. It is being televised and will I am sure be an absolute spectacle.

It’s being touted as being a game that will test who has superiority: the Outeniqua backs or the Gimmies forwards. This might not be entirely accurate though as I believe that upfront there will an almighty tussle. The lineouts are going to be fascinating with the contest between J.D. Shickerling of Paarl, who is the old hand having represented SA Schools last year, and the youngster, Eduard Zandberg of Outeniqua. Both are 2m tall and over 110 kgs. Incredible for schoolboys!

In the tight loose one must favour the Paarl boys as the loose trio is exceptional but never underestimate the talent of this Outeniqua side. You will do so at your peril.

As to the backs, well, any team will do well to contain these Outeniqua boys. Give them the ball and you will see magic happen. Talking to a player from another school today he indicated that they saw a possible weakness at 13 for Outeniqua. I don’t think that is the case at all. Douw Schoeman would be welcome in any first fifteen in the country and fortunately for Outeniqua he is in their first fifteen!

The Gimmies backs are also a force to be reckoned with and will not I am sure give Outeniqua an inch. It will be exciting to see if this Outeniqua backline can unlock the Paarl defence. Outeniqua’s defence has been a little porous at times this year but they have the All Black attitude of, “we don’t care how many points you score, we are going to score more!”

A feast of rugby is to be expected and hope to see you all their or at least sitting in front of you TV’s!

Broadcast: 13h35 SS7

Kick Off: 13h50

Teams:

TEAM PLAYERS FOR THE GAME ON 27TH APRIL

POSITION

NAME

1

Stefaan Grundlingh

2

Marne Botha

3

Wynand de Necker

4

Hendri Storm

5

Eduard Zandberg

6

Geor Malan   (kapt)

7

Lian van Schalkwyk

8

Dian Koen

9

Remu Malan

10

Dewald Human

11

Duhan vd Merwe

12

Warrick Gelant (o/k)

13

Douw Schoeman

14

Leighton Eksteen

15

Hennie Barnard

16

Le Roux Baard

17

Gregory Nel

18

Anton Smit

19

Christopher Roelfse

20

Wynand du Preez

21

Corne de Klerk

22

Dirk Barnard

 

Coaches: Piet Cloete (Headcoach) + Martin Oosthuizen (back players) + Jacques Wolfaardt (Front players) + Walter Lutch (Biokinetic)

Paarl Gimnasium

 

POSITION

NAME

1

Gavin van den Berg

2

Wilner Conradie

3

DJ van Niekerk

4

Johan Momsen

5

JD Schickerling

6

Gareth Cilliers

7

Jacques Vermeulen

8

Rikus Bothma(Kapt)

9

Brendon Nell

10

Wyatt Murphy

11

Dylon Fairbridge

12

Ryan Oosthuizen(O/Kapt)

13

Wayno Visagie

14

Leaviel Gouws

15

Grant Hermanus

16

Jasper Wiese

17

Regardt Louw

18

Jaco Willemse

19

Edrich-John Pretorius

20

Luhandré Luus

21

Zandré de Koker

22

Walter Smit

23

Ruan Stander

 

Coaches: Christoff Lötter and Hendrik Weber

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