2018 was supposed to be the big year for Paul Roos. Unfortunately, they came unstuck against a brilliant Grey College losing 26-28 in Bloemfontein. "Unstuck" not doing justice to describe an epic battle.
With 12 players that already represented their province at the various age groups but maybe more important 10 boys were part of the SARU EPD Squad. Paul Roos a bit "better" balanced in 2019 with their forwards looking better with still a loud of speed at the back.
Players to return with provincial representation:
2018 Craven Week: Robert Rodgers #1, Tiaan Pretorius #14, Kade Wolhuter #15.
2017 Grant Khomo: Jared Cairns #7, Ruben Labuschagne #12, Cade Croy #15, Jessie Linders #16.
2018 Grant Khomo: Frederich Weibach #1, Armand Maritz #8, Andreas Wild #19.
2018 SARU EPD Squad: Dylan De Leeuw #5, Luke Burger #14.
Paul Roos played 16 games in 2018 with maybe two or three "soft" games in the mix that cost them ranking points. Paul Roos did also opt to play at the St John's festival rather than participated in the inaugural World Schools festival hosted by Paarl Boishaai. In 2018 they also "only" played against 4 of the last Top 10 published by Ruggas.co.za.
During 2019 Paul Roos will again play 16 games with 6 games to be played at the SANIX tournament in April. They also host the World Schools Festival which will see them only playing against 8 local teams during 2019 which include Paarl Boishaai, Paarl Gim, Boland Landbou and Grey College.
25/03/2019 v TBA at World Schools Festival hosted at Paul Roos.
27/03/2019 v TBA at World Schools Festival hosted at Paul Roos
06/04/2019 v Wynberg Away
13/04/2019 v Grey High Away
27/04/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
28/04/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
30/04/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
01/05/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
03/04/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
04/05/2019 v TBA at SANIX hosted in Japan
18/05/2019 v Paarl Gim at home
25/05/2019 v Paarl Boishaai away
13/07/2019 v Wynberg away
20/07/2019 v SACS away
03/08/2019 v Boland Landbou away
17/08/2019 v Grey College at home
With only 4 home games including the 2 during the World Schools Festival, one can not blame if the faithfulls felt a bit neglected in what could be an unbeaten year. Although I do not think that Paul Roos will be able to better their #2 position of 2018 on the Ruggas.co.za rankings this team can definately spoil the hopes of some of the other contenders for the #1 position. The Ruggas.co.za rankings will include games that is played against already ranked opposition.