Can Paul Roos Keep Their Hopes Alive?


This game will be the decider of which school will close the season off as the number 2 in the country. Both teams come off a two-week rest with Paul Roos back from Japan where the convincingly became the Sanix champions after beating St Peter's College of New Zealand while Paarl Gim will still be a bit sore after their 33-47 loss to Grey College.

Paul Roos is unbeaten after 11 games but only 5 of their games was against reputable opposition and only four from South Africa. However, the form they displayed at the World Schools Festival and against Boishaai (5-0), Rondebosch (31-7) and to a lesser extent against Grey High (24-18) does make them one of the favourites to wear the SA Schoolboy Rugby Crown in 2019.

Paarl Gimnasium however, has done the hard yards in South Africa and showed against current number 1 Grey College (33-47) that they are the closest there is to a team to threaten their unbeaten record. Great wins against Monnas (43-29), Menlopark (38-23), Affies (46-19) and Oakdale (52-25) showed that apart from Grey College, Paarl Gim is the team everybody dreams of beating.

Paarl Gim surprised many with the speed they are playing, in 2018 they were a lot slower out of the blocks and although they still play their basic gameplan they are not that patient anymore. A great pack of forwards with backs that can switch defence into an attack at the blink of an eye.

The 2018 team of Paul Roos had a brilliant backline but sometimes their shortage of grunt up front made life "difficult" against some of the top teams. Their team of 2019 still have brilliant backs but now they have the forwards to supply their backline with more than adequate quality ball and space to attack.

Will Paul Roos survive to challenge Grey College for the crown on the 17th August at the Markotter? MMmmmmm it is going to be extremely close with one of the teams' supporters blaming the referee afterwards but my ticket is booked for the 17th of August.


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