Top schools flex muscles
5 May 2009
This past weekend saw some big victories at the Windhoek schools tournament.
Paarl Boys’ have been playing some superb rugby and were victors against tournament hosts Windhoek Gimnasium on Thursday, thrashing them 50-0. Saturday saw Boys’ High annihilate Elnatan 77-3, with Gavin Haupfleish maintaining his sublime early season form ( he contributed 20 points with the boot).
Grey Bloem turned in another strong performance to thrash Outeniqua 41-0. This Friday sees the top two schools in the country – Grey Bloem and Paarl Boys’ – face off against one another in Bloemfontein. Paarl Boys’ have only lost once this season (to Affies 30-15) while Grey are unbeaten.
Marlow Agricultural continued their good form and defeated Queen’s College 21-17 at the Rec in Queenstown last week, after leading 14-3 at the break. Queen’s put in a strong second-half display and almost snatched victory at the death but were denied by some heroic Marlow defence.
Meanwhile, Grey PE held off a spirited Wynberg side to win 10-3 in Cape Town on Friday, with Siya Kolisi scoring the only try of the game.
Affies gave Jeppe a rugby lesson, winning 65-6 after leading 34-6 at the break. The Pretoria-based school scored five tries, with their backs running Jeppe to pieces (winger Ruhan van der Westhuisen grabbed a double). Affies face off against bitter rivals Pretoria Boys’ this weekend and will be looking to turn the tables after last year’s humiliating defeat.
Glenwood have reached the semi-finals of the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament where they will play against Lycée de Borda from Dax in France. De La Salle College from Auckland will be Glenwood’s biggest threat and the two schools are likely to meet in the final. Glenwood beat Josho Gakuen High 29-17 in the quarter-final.
By Gareth Wright