Grey College are hoping to inflict another defeat over rivals Paul Roos in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
Grey’s last loss was at home to Paul Roos in 2006.
The hosts will have no better chance to beat their rivals than this weekend, with six players from the Bloemfontein outfit missing, including dynamic scrumhalf and captain Pieter Rademan, who has SA U18 commitments.
Paul Roos will be without elusive SA U18 fullback Craig Barry as well as injured WP Schools scrumhalf and captain Rick Schroeder.
Grey have been in rampant form and last week decimated the highly-rated Glenwood 62-3. Paul Roos recorded a notable 34-0 win over Swartland.
Paul Roos will have a distinct mental advantage as they are the heavy underdogs and no one is giving them a chance. Jannie Engelbrecht, the former Springbok and Paul Roos winger said: ‘It’s better to be the underdog, as you must play harder, pull together and go out to prove everyone wrong.’
Frans van Niekerk, coach of Paul Roos, will have done his homework on Grey College. The expected heavy underfoot conditions should nullify the attacking prowess of the Bloemfontein side and Van Niekerk will surely be looking to keep the game tight.
In the other big derby clash this weekend, Rondebosch host Bishops. Both sides have blown hot and cold this season and another close encounter is expected.
Rondebosch won the previous game between the sides 16-10, however they will again start as heavy underdogs having last defeated Bishops at home in 2000. Both sides have lost a player to the SA U18 side – Bishops’ inspirational flanker Nizaam Carr and Bosch’s mercurial hooker Gary Topkin.
Bosch go into the match having been pipped 16-12 by Wynberg last Saturday while Bishops thrashed SACS 27-0.
Flyhalf Sam Lane and fullback Paul Cohen will be Bishops’ players to watch, while Rondebosch will look to Rein Smit to provide the impetus up front.
Wynberg will host SACS on Saturday having had their best season in decades. They will be keen to finish off in style, while SACS will want to turn the tables after their 20-0 first-round defeat to Wynberg.
Kieran Goss, so often Wynberg’s catalyst, is expected to ignite his dangerous backline and in particular Zingisa Ndiki, who is one of the few wingers at schoolboy level who knows how to finish.
In the Eastern Cape, Queens will host Dale at the Rec. Queens won the first encounter of the year 17-15.
Dale have lost Andile Jho to the SA U18 side which will leave a big void in their midfield.
The Queenians will again turn to prop Alan Dell and hooker Grant Hartley, while Dale No 8 Lubobalo Mtembu is also an outstanding footballer.
Queens will be looking to keep the game tight with Dale wanting the game to open up.
Paul Roos vs Grey College
Rondebosch vs Bishops
Paul Roos vs Grey Bloem
Wynberg vs SACS
Queens vs Dale
By Gareth Wright