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Two great boys' schools meet in Rondebosch on Saturday when Rondebosch play Paarl Boys' High.
Rondebosch, in common with other Peninsula schools, find the battles against the "country" schools tough indeed. This one is especially tough as Paarl Boys' High, in their third successive season unbeaten in South Africa, are ranked No.1 on the Schools Top 20 after their demolition of the great Grey College in Bloemfontein last week.
Paarl went on tour to New Zealand, playing five matches in eight days and losing just the last - 38-36 against Christchurch Boys' High. Since then they have played eight matches in South Africa, winning them all. Their victories include those over Affies, Selborne, Glenwood and Grey Bloem.
Rondebosch have had a less demanding list of fixtures and have lost three out of eight, beaten by KES, Hugenote of Wellington and Paarl Gim.
The only opponents common to both schools are Wynberg. Rondebosch beat them 34-13; Boys' High beat them 67-25.
It is a tough task for Rondebosch but not the sort of situation they would shy away from. They are also a proud school with a great rugby tradition.
The match will, of course, be worth watching and will be streamed live.
Paarl Boys' High: 15 Thaakir Abrahams, 14 Stuart Tait, 13 Divan Enslin, 12 Le Roux Malan, 11 Sabri Jacobs, 10 Abner van Reenen, 9 Eric Myburgh, 8 Francke Horn (captain), 7 Evan Roos, 6 Vian Fourie, 5 Cornell Kotzé, 4 Pierre Pretorius, 3 Joshua du Preez, 2 Wilhelm Barnard, 1 MJ Strauss
Rondebosch: 15 Hugo Minnaar, 14 Oliver Daffarn, 13 Donald Falconer, 12 Zaka Sallie, 11 Ethan Seymour, 10 Robbie Davis, 9 Jaco Barnard, 8 Cal Smid, 7 Johan Strauss, 6 Mihlali Mgolodela, 5 Braden Tredoux, 4 Jason MacLeod Smith, 3 Shaakir Sallie, 2 Suhaib Ajmoodien, 1 Seth Christian
Date: Saturday, 20 May 2017
1st XV kick-off: 12.15
Venue: Rugby A, Rondebosch Boys' High School
Expected weather conditions: Sunshine in the midst of drought with a high of 19°C and a low of 12°C - good weather for rugby but not for gardens.
Rugby Programme, 20 May 2017
09.40: 3rd XV
10.55: 2nd XV
12.15: 1st XV
08.30: Under-16C vs Paarl Boys' High D
08.00: Under-15C vs Paarl Boys' High D
08.30: 4th XV
Lower Desert A
10.00: Under-14C vs Paarl Boys' High D
Lower Desert B
09.00: Under-14D vs Paarl Boys' High E
10.00: Under-15D vs Paarl Boys' High E