Paarl rely on talented pivot

Gavin Hauptfleish will spearhead Paarl Boys’ challenge this season.

The flyhalf is one of three players in the 2010 squad who represented the 1st XV last year, along with flankers JC Jooste and Byers de Villiers. Hauptfleish has the rare ability to dictate a game with his boot, while using his attacking skills to carve  defences to shreds. He will play alongside SA Academy centre Heinrich Arendse, who has just joined the school.

Paarl Boys’ head coach Elmo Wolfaard will once again be assisted by Mike Bayley, the former Bulls assistant coach who is involved with the school as a consultant, while ex-Boland and Bulls front ranker Andries Human will assist Richard Visagie with the pack.

‘Our preparations have been of a high quality, so we are feeling confident ahead of the new season,’ Wolfaard told ‘Last year we lost only two games – to Boland Landbou [23-19] and Grey Bloem [50-8] – but we are striving to do even better in 2010.’

Paarl Boys’ kick off their season at the St Johns Easter Festival in early April where they will face stern opposition in Helpmekaar, Hoërskool Nelspruit and Jeppe Boys’ High. Their biggest game of the year will be at home against Grey College on 8 May.

By Gareth Wright