Two exciting schoolboy events take place in the Western Cape this weekend.
Paarl Gym host the inaugural Super 14 festival, sponsored by Wildeklawer, which involves some of the country’s top schools.
Paarl Boys’ take on Waterkloof in the main curtain-raiser on Saturday. Waterkloof are unbeaten this season and recently defeated Paarl Gym 17-12 at the Waterkloof Easter festival. Likewise, Paarl Boys’ have had a strong start to the season losing only once, to Affies (30-15) at the St John’s Easter festival.
Paarl flyhalf Gavin Haupfleisch has been in sublime form this season and could play a major role in igniting the Boishaai side.
Paarl Boys’ coaches Richard Visagie and Elmo Wolfaard will have instructed the team to move the ball into space, opting for a tactical rather than physical approach, seeing as they are up against a physically dominant pack.
The main game of the afternoon sees hosts Paarl Gym playing against Monument. Monument have already lost to two Cape schools this season (23-15 to Paarl Boys’ and 8-6 to Paul Roos). Gym, who beat Rondebosch 13-6, have also suffered a plethora of injuries in recent weeks.
Monnas will be determined to improve on their performances at the St John’s festival, with coach Oupa van der Merwe expecting more patience from his team.
Wynberg Boys’ are also hosting a festival this weekend, with the main attraction involving Bishops and Grey PE.
Bishops have been affected by numerous injuries to key players, like flyhalf Sam Lane and dynamic No 8 Nizaam Carr. Both have been outstanding for Bishops this season and coach Dave Mallett will struggle to fill the void.
Grey will look to unsettle Bishops at the breakdown especially with their openside flankers Siya Kolisa and Renier Erasmus who have been outstanding this season.
Since losing to Marlow Agricultural (16-15), Grey have beaten Michaelhouse (33-5), Hilton (39-25) and Graeme College (67-5).
Bishops have also made a good start to the year winning all three of their fixtures at the St Stithians Easter festival.
By Gareth Wright