Parktown aim to finish strongly

Saturday’s game against St Stithians could well be a turning point for Parktown, according to their coach, Andrew van Zyl.

The match is Parktown’s last at home for the season. In the next two weeks they meet St David’s and Potchefstroom Boys High – games you would expect them to win.

‘It’s been a bit of an up and down season for us,’ Van Zyl told ‘We have lost matches we should have won due to poor decision-making and shoddy finishing, yet if we win on Saturday we will be poised to return a 70% win rate, which would be the best at the school for a number of years now.

‘The 2009 Parktown side had some great players in the ranks, but this year’s team has gelled well as a team and we have already produced a better set of results than them.’

So far this season Parktown has won six and drawn one of their 11 games. The defeats were at the hands of Westville, Pretoria Boys High, Jeppe and St Benedict’s, and the draw was with KES, last weekend.

‘Only twice – against Westville and Pretoria – were we outplayed,’ said Van Zyl. ‘The drawn game against KES, I thought, we should have won. We outscored them by two tries to one, and left at least two more tries on the table through poor finishing.

‘Most pleasing about that game was our defence. We figured out how their backs were going to play and were well organised against them.’

St Stithians go into Saturday’s game on the back of a disappointing loss to St John’s last weekend, but it has been a good season for them too, and a win will see their campaign back on track

It should be a cracker of a game at Parktown, with kick-off at 1pm.