Pretoria Boys High turned the tables on King Edward, winning the second leg of their home-and-away fixture 29-25 in Pretoria on Saturday.
Like last year, KES won the encounter in Joburg, with Boys High proving to be a different proposition on their home ground.
The hosts were good value for the win. Their forwards dominated proceedings and KES had to feed off scraps of possession. Pretoria Boys stole a number of lineouts on the KES throw, and they effected quite a few turnovers in the rucks and mauls.
The King Edward backs looked the more dangerous with the ball in hand, but they never saw enough of it, and they were guilty of holding on to the ball when one more pass might have resulted in a try, on more than one occasion.
Pretoria Boys have, in Richmond Collins, one of the best schoolboy wings around, and he scored two tries for them. One came at the end of a full backline move, while the other was from a classic blind-side wing cutting inside move.
Collins’ counterpart in the KES team, Surprise Mayesiko, is no slouch either. He is still U16, and is in the Golden Lions Grant Khomo Week team. He scored a hat-trick of tries on Saturday, showing an eye for the gap, and a blistering turn of speed.
Boys High flanker and captain Katlego Maake scored two tries for them, with hooker Darren Strydom getting the other. Flyhalf Matt Currie kicked two conversions. KES scrumhalf Ruan van Rensburg kicked two penalties and two conversions.
Pretoria Boys coach Greg Hassenkamp told keo.co.za that the game showed his side are a different proposition when they play at home.
‘We played too few games at home this year,’ he said, ‘and we seem to save our best performances for when we are here.’
Hassenkamp praised his forward pack, saying the win was very much due to their starving the dangerous KES backs of possession.
‘They looked more organised on attack than we were, so it was important not to let them run too much.
‘This was an important win for us in the context of the season we have had. We have three games left now and are in with a chance of returning a 50% win record, something that looked unlikely earlier on.’
By Gauteng correspondent