PBHS: Day 4 - Gimmies give Jaguares a reality check
WORLD SCHOOL FESTIVAL: On a cool, autumn day, Paarl Boys' High's international schoolboy festival came to an end when the South African legends played the Boishaai legend with several former Springboks in the rugby-related action of a kind.
Hilton vs Rhinos, 78-19
The Rhinos were willing. Their big forwards got stuck in and they were always willing to run with the ball, regardless of where they were on the field, but they tended to seek the tackle instead of Hilton's way of passing before the tackle. When Rhinos spread the ball they did much better and in this match scored three tries, the best when they gave Moses Sepolona on an overlap and off he raced 60 metres for the try.
It took Hilton just four minutes to start winning. From a line-out maul they went left and flyhalf Ruan Wilmans sidestepped twice to score.
After a penalty, big Niaan Taljaard went on a midfield run. From him the ball went wide left to fullback Gareth Schreuder who cut back and scored.
After two Hilton tries, the Rhinos went on the best organised maul of the tournament for a try by big Latu Kolopeaua.
A penalty gave the Rhinos an attacking line-out from which loose forward Ethan Howard scored.
That made the half-time score 29-12
After time Joseph Elphic scored a hat-trick of tries, Gerhard Venter intercepted and scored under the posts. Gerhard Venter did in like manner Siyabanga Xulu did a clever intercept with substitute Bryce Trodd to score under the posts.
Tries: Ruan Wilmans 2, Gareth Schreuder, unidentified, Robert Mattison, Joseph Elphic 3, Patrick McVeigh, Gerhard Venter, Siyabanga Xulu
Cons: Gareth Schreuder 9, Bryce Trodd
Pen: Gareth Schreuder
Tries: Latu Kolopeaua, Ethan Howard, Moses Sepolona
Cons: Austin Kikuchi 2
Referee: Jaco Smith
Paarl Gim vs Argentina, 38-36
The end of this match was thrilling as the Argentinians came back and then sought victory till they made the mistake of kicking the ball away and Gim kicked the ball out for a slender victory.
The Argentinians scored six tries to four but the 12 points of three penalties and a dropped goal by flyhalf Charl Janson beat the 10 points of their two extra tries.
It was a match that Gim seemed to have well at hand as they led 30-5 in the second half.
That became 33-31 with five minutes to play. Gim had a simple penalty in front of the posts but, surprisingly, opted for the five-metre line-out. It produced another penalty and another line-out. They bashed and then went wide tight where tall right wing Hein Strauss got the ball down for a try. 38-31.
There was time for the Jaguares to fight for the score. They battled against the defence which was determined and secure till Farias broke. but with a man outside of him, he kicked.
Farias's own try, which gave the Argentinians a 5-3 lead was an excellent one, scored from 60 metres out with two offloads in tackles en route to the try-line.
Three of Argentina's tries came from tapped penalties as they sought to play quickly.
It was a willing, thrilling match.
Gimmies may have said to Boishaai: We can do what you couldn't do.
For Paarl Gim:
Tries: Stravino Jacobs, Van Eeden Hanekom, Dean Niewoudt, Hein Strauss
Cons: Charl Janson 3
Pens: Charl Janson 3
Drop: Charl Janson
Tries: Nicolás Farias, Tomás Vannini, Matías Salvatierra, Manuel Berstein, Juan Martín Gonzalez, Martín Avellaneda
Cons: Nicolás Farias 3
Referee: Divan Uys
Grey College to Hartpury College, 60-0
With Grey leading 12-0 and just 11 minutes into the match, Hartpury suffered the great loss of a player sent from the field - a red card.
For the rest if the match they did nothing to suggest that they could be at Grey with their speed, variety and support.
It took just 32 seconds for them to get the lead when Hartpury lost the kick-off and Grey went wide left where Wyclef Vlitoor broke and Ian Small-Smith beat two defenders with sidesteps to score in the right corner.
When Grey threw the ball over a line-out, their excellent scrumhalf Ross Braude caught the ball and raced over the 22 and on to the goal-line, 12-0 after 6 minutes.
Then the guillotine fell on Hartpury's No.8.
Big Werner Gouws intercepted and raced away to score, Braude scampered around a scrum tighthead and Lesley Botha scored from a scrum. 31-0 at half-time.
In the second half, Franco Smith intercepted and, when caught gave to Small-Smith who got his second.
Then Grey scored two tries from precise grubbers, one by Small-Smith for his hat-trick and the other by Joubert Schoolman.
Vlitoor broke and prop Jan-Hendrik Wessels took an inside pass to score near the posts. 55-0 with 18 minutes to play.
The best individual try of the match came in those 18 minutes, when flyhalf Du Plessis broke on a 45-metre run, beat two defenders and scored on the left.
For Grey College:
Tries: Ian Small-Smith 3, Ross Braude 2, Werner Gouws, Lesley Botha, Joubert Schoeman, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Zander du Plessis.
Cons: Zander du Plessis 5
Referee: Nathan Swartz
Affies vs Africa- Pacific Dragons, 17-5
A haka befoire the match, lots of stoppageages, including for injuries, during the match anmd a win for Affies, who led 10-5 at the bfreak, in a fgairly drab affir.
Tries: Heinrich Bischoff, David Jacobsz, Eric Sherman.
Con: Regardt Roets.
For Africa-Pacific Dragons:
Try: Uta Fale.
Paarl Boys' High vs Christchurch Boys' High, 25-7
Last year Christchurch Boys' High won in Christchurch; this year Paarl Boys' High won in Paarl.
It was a tough match. There were individual performances, such as strong George Harding an Max Hughes of the dancing feet for Christchurch and powerful Evan Roos for the home side.
It was a demanding match and both sides had brave players.
Before the match there was an aggressive haka from the New Zealand teams.
Paarl Boys' High scored first and last, as their pack won winnable battles throughout.
Paarl scored first when Christchurch were offside and Trent Sivertsen goaled. 3-0 after 4 minutes.
Paarl then lost a man to the sin bin but conceded no points in his absence. When Christchurch were reduced to 14 men, Paarl mauled from a line-out. Roos broke away, beat four defenders and scored in the right corner. 8-0 after 27 minutes, which was the half-time score.
The sides each scored a try early in the second half to make the score 15-7 and for the next 20 minutes battle raged.
In the last 10 minutes Paarl scored twice to make the result look easier than the match really was.
Paarl's last try was a carbon copy of their first - penalty, five-metre line-out, maul and then a breakaway by Roos to score in the right corner.
For Paarl Boys' High:
Tries: Evan Roos 2, Vian van der Sandt, Cullen van der Merwe
Con: Trent Sivertsen
Pen: Trent Sivertsen
Try: Max Hughes
Con: Ollie Lewis
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni