Affies thumped Pretoria Boys High 38-3 in front of an estimated 15 000 crowd on Saturday.
Affies have now won 54 of the 105 games played between the two schools, with Boys High taking 41. More importantly, this was Affies’ second win in a row against their local rivals, breaking the jinx that Boys High have held over them (before last year’s game, Affies had won just four of the 10 encounters between the sides since 2000).
The hosts never looked like losing on Saturday. Their big forwards were in control throughout and their defence was superb. Boys High’s tactic of shovelling the ball out to their impressive Craven Week winger, Richmond Collins, failed as he was tackled out of the game and, apart from a short period at the start of the second half, when they kept the ball among their forwards, Boys High never looked like scoring a try.
Affies were on the scoreboard in the third minute thanks to a penalty by flyhalf Warren Gilbert, with Boys High equalising shortly afterwards via the boot of centre Rossouw de Waal. Those were, however, to be the English school’s last points of the game.
Gilbert added two more first-half penalties and converted the try scored by fullback WJ Strydom, to give his side a 16-3 half-time lead.
It took Affies 10 minutes to add to their score when prop Johan Rautenbach crashed over for a try, converted by Gilbert. From then on it was all Affies. Rautenback got his second try and Strydom grabbed his second in the final minute. Gilbert’s conversion made it 38-3 and the biggest victory in this fixture since 1998.
Affies are regarded as one of the top sides in the country, and they have the fixture list to prove it. Over the next two weekends they will host Grey College and Monument, before ending off a testing three weeks with an away trip to Maritzburg College on 29 May.