Grey fired up for Paarl challenge

Grey College are ready for their clash against Paarl Boys on Saturday.

Grey are currently the No 1 ranked school as they have enjoyed an unbeaten run so far this season. They have dominated the school circuit with convincing victories over Harmony and Upington while they went on to win all their games at the Kearsney Easter Festival (EG Jansen, Kearsney, Monument) and the recent Wildeklawer SuperSchools tournament (Paarl Gym and Outeniqua).

However, they face one of their toughest challenges of the season as they face an in-form Boishaai side in Paarl this weekend.

‘Every Saturday is a big game for us, but this is definitely one of the major matches of the season,’ 1st XV head coach Igno Machts told ‘We got a glimpse of them at the SuperSchools tournament and I rate them very highly.’

Paarl Boys 1st XV coach Elmo Wolfaard told this site on Tuesday that he hopes the rainy Cape weather will help his team beat Grey for the first time since 2000.

However, Machts doesn’t believe his team will struggle in the wet conditions.

‘Yes, we like playing expansively and 15-man rugby, but I’m confident we will adapt if it rains,’ said Machts. ‘The conditons at the SuperSchools were terrible and we still played well there. We just need to find a balance between playing tight and loose.

‘The only thing that will be a problem is the limited space on the field. Down there, the field is 10m shorter in width, so we will have less space to play in.’

Grey College will travel down to Paarl by train on Thursday afternoon.

Grey College 1st XV – 15 Niel Marais, 14 JJ de Klerk, 13 William Small-Smith (c), 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Inus Keyser, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Nicol Linde, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Tyron Schultz, 5 Cobus Nel, 4 Nicolaas Immelmann, 3 Rudolph Botha, 2 Armant Stoman, 1 Rudi Fuls.

By Gareth Duncan