Affies believe they can beat Grey College in Saturday’s much-anticipated match in Pretoria between the top two schools in the country.
Grey are the top-ranked side in South Africa year after year and they deserve that accolade again at this stage of the season by virtue of an unbeaten record which includes wins over Monument, Paarl Gimnasium, Selborne and Paarl Boys.
If anyone is going to stop them this season, one fancies it will be Affies who, although they lost to Paarl Boys earlier on, have shown good form in their big wins over Jeppe and Pretoria Boys in recent weeks.
Affies coach Sakkie van der Walt is under no illusions about the task facing his side, but he believes they are capable of a win.
‘The boys are up for it,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘We are certainly going for a win and, with the pack of forwards we have we believe we are in with a chance.’
He is, however, wary of the Grey backs. ‘They have the usual dangerous backline and we saw when they were up here for the Super Schools tournament that their forwards are also very mobile.’
Van der Walt believes his side’s chances will depend on dominating up front and then defending solidly. ‘I think both schools play the same open, attractive style of rugby and it should be a great game,’ he said.
There were a few injuries in the Boys High game last weekend, according to Van der Walt, and they have lost prop Luan de Bruin for Saturday. Fullback Tiaan Putter is also still out of action, but winger WJ Strydom who is deputising for him got two tries against Boys High on Saturday, to take his tally to 17 for the season.
There will be 28 games between the two schools on Saturday, with the first teams kicking off at 2:30pm.