Rugby: Paul Roos winning streak intact

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Match Report: Paul Roos vs Paarl Boys’ High

Paul Roos’ win streak remains intact with a test match style win over Paarl Boys’ High 25 points to 10 in the second fixture of the Sportsmans Warehouse Premier Interschools double-header.

The Maroon Machine has issued a bold challenge to rival schools, asserting their dominance and suggesting they’ll be formidable opponents both on their home turf and away throughout the season. Anticipation was high for what was expected to be a fiercely contested match on the Markotter fields, and it certainly lived up to its pre-match hype, providing ample excitement and value for the home fans in attendance.

Paarl Boys High travelled to Stellenbosch looking to settle the score from last year’s Sportmans Warehouse Premier Interschools fixture where the visitors on the day Paul Roos ran away victors 35-17. Paarl Boys High have not had the best start to their season but as many know, the form book goes out the window on derby day.

The hosts set the tone early on through their flanker and man of the match Gert Kemp who opened the scoring, busting through the Boishaai defensive line, after a great offload in contact from number eight Reuben Kruger.

The visitors managed the early pressure well and got an opportunity to get on the board and settle the nerves three minutes after Paul Roos drew first blood. Flyhalf Vian Mentoor chipped away at the deficit with a well struck penalty to close the gap to four points. Paul Roos 7 Paarl Boys’ 3 with 15 minutes played.

PRG continued to ramp up the pressure on the visitors as they marched their way towards the Paarl Boys’ High try line. You could sense it was only a matter of time until they broke through once more. Scrumhalf Adeeb Boraine was the benefactor of his forward’s hard work when he sniped around the fringes of the ruck and dived over under the poles. Flyhalf Joshua Dampies had no problem with the conversion giving his team an 11-point lead at half time. Paul Roos 14 Boishaai 3.

It was Dampies that got scoring underway in the second half as his educated boot knocked over a drop goal. It wasn’t just off the tee that he was good but his kicking out of hand allowed Paul Roos to play the game in the right areas of the field and manage the outcome throughout.

The Paarl Boys’ High effort could not be faulted throughout, and their endeavours finally paid off when wing Ashwin Swarts scored their only try of the game. Mentoor slotted the conversion from out wide to put his team in touching distance on the scoreboard trailing by seven points.

Paul Roos always knew when to up the tempo and it was soon after conceding that they lifted it once more and launched a barrage of attack on the visitors as they looked to put the game beyond doubt.

With eight minutes to go the Maroon Machine maul went into overdrive as they charged towards the Boishaai try line. Their relenting pressure and powerful forward pack were too much for Paarl, hooker Altus Rabie who had been given a yellow card earlier in the match landed the killer knockout blow that saw the efforts of the blue and white hoops come to an end.

For good measure Dampies was given the opportunity to add another three points to the hosts tally which he did as they kept Paarl Boys’ quiet on the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.

The Maroon Machine were to powerful and clinical for their opponents on the day as they extend their unbeaten run. At the beginning of the season, they set out a marker for the first team to live up to their schools long admired history, and they have done so with distinction so far.

For Paarl Boys’s High its back the drawing board as they enjoy a short break after a frantic start to the season.

A derby that delivered once more, Paul Roos defending their home turf against long standing Western Cape rivals Paarl Boys’ High.

Sportsmans Warehouse Man of the Match: Paul Roos – Gert Kemp

Scorers:

For Paul Roos

Tries: Gert Kemp, Adeeb Boraine, Altus Rabie

Con: Joshua Dampies 2/3

Pens: Joshua Dampies 0/3

Drop Goal: 1/1

Yellow Card: Altus Rabie

For Paarl Boys’ High

Tries: Ashwin Swarts

Cons: Viaan Mentoor 1/1

Pens: Viaan Mentoor 1/

 

Media release issued by Terras Communications on behalf of Premier Interschools.

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