In the traditional last fixture of the year Affies and Pretoria Boys High will again battle for bragging rights untill 2020. Since 1923 these two proud rugby schools have played each other one hundred and fifteen times with Affies winning sixty-five matches and nine matches ended in a draw. Pretoria Boys High last won in 2008 (15-21) with Affies biggest win (67-6) in 2016 and their biggest loss (0-19) in 1943.
Affies had a wonderful start to their season staying unbeaten for seven games, but then slumped and lost five out of six games including their first ever losses to KES (29-33) and Westville (31-35). Thereafter, Jeppe, Maritzburg College and last weekend Waterkloof were beaten comprehensively giving them a season record of played sixteen, won ten, drew one and lost five.
Pretoria Boys High is in a rebuilding phase and although they are looking a lot better than in recent years they played in fifteen games and lost nine. Their last win was against St Benedict's (33-15) on the 1st of June whereafter they lost against St John's, KES and Maritzburg College.
Although the statistics show that Affies is the overwhelming favourites do not underestimate the Souties, they always keep something special for the Boere which is never pleasant.
Saturday will not only see battles being fought on the playing fields but also next to it. Families divided by a railway track will stand next to each other shouting and supporting until the end, but it will all end in a firm handshake and smile and a "see you in 2020". Oh yes, and when they are five metres apart from each other the "*&@)@%$#^%" Souties or Boertjies will follow, all depending who won or who lost.
Personally, I have not missed a game since that awful afternoon in 2005 when the Souties won 25-21. Tomorrow I will meet some old enemies and hopefully will walk away thinking, Siestog they are not that bad.