Maroon off to Grey
It’s a pleasant 730 km along the Garden Route with glimpses of the Indian Ocean to travel from Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth. Paul Roos Gymnasium will be doing it this weekend when they go to renew their rugby friendship with Grey High School.
It’s a bit of a migration, this fixture. Apart from 21 rugby teams, there are 21 hockey teams and other activities – golf, debating, fishing, chess, mountain biking, cross country, tennis and squash.
These two great schools have been doing this every year since 2005. For the 1st XVs, it is the 15th match. They drew in 2005, but since then Paul Roos have won eight to Grey’s five. Victory has not always gone to the home side.
In fact, the visitors could win again this year, for Paul Roos seem to have an exceptional side.
Season So Far
In just three matches Paul Roos amassed 186 points, beating two New Zealand sides, Napier Boys’ High 62-7 and Southland Boys’ High 93-5, and Rondebosch 31-7.
Grey drew 17-17 with St Andrew’s of Grahamstown but beat DHS 33-14 and Northwood 43-12.
Rugby Programme, Saturday, 13 April 2019
13.00: 3rd XV
14.10: 2nd XV
15.30: 1st XV
08.20: 5th XV
11.50: 4th XV
13.00: 6th XV
11.50: 7th XV
Grey lock Dumisa Ncgivana and outside centre Liyema Matyolweni both played for Eastern Province at the 2018 Craven Week.
Of the Paul Roos side, prop Robbie Roberts, outside centre Tiaan Pretorius and Kade Wolhuter were in the Western Province team. Wolhuter played fullback then but is at flyhalf in the present Paul Roos side.
Grey: 15 Kai van Kampen, 14 Jared Kirsten, 13 Liyema Matyolweni, 12 Leo Wolf, 11 Siviwe Zondani, 10 Matthew Easton, 9 Hlumelo Klaas, 8 Theo Repinz (captain), 7 Dylan Halgreen, 6 Damon Royle, 5 Keagan van Niekerk, 4 Dumisa Ncgivana, 3 Marco Nortjé, 2 Nathan Doster, 1 Daniel Wolf
Paul Roos: 15 Cade Croy, 14 Andrew Pegg, 13 Tiaan Pretorius, 12 Ruben Labuschagne, 11 Luke Burger, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Xander Botha, 8 Jarod Cairns, 7 Calvyn Louis, 6 Andre Smit, 5 Arno Heenop, 4 Daniel Swart, 3 Corné Weilbach, 2 Meiring Ebersohn, 1 Robbie Rodgers
Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019
1st XV kick-off: 15.30
Venue: Grey High School
Expected weather conditions: Partly cloudy with a high of 23°C and a low of 16°C. Good weather for rugby.
Paul Roos vs Grey High Down the Years
2005: Draw, 14-14 in Port Elizabeth
2006: Paul Roos won 28-14 in Stellenbosch
2007: Paul Roos won 31-17 in Port Elizabeth
2008: Grey won 23-19 in Stellenbosch
2009: Paul Roos won 20-13 in Port Elizabeth
2010: Paul Roos won 43-37 in Stellenbosch
2011: Paul Roos won 22-19 in Port Elizabeth
2012: Grey won 23-19 in Stellenbosch
2013: Grey won 23-18 in Port Elizabeth
2014: Grey won 27-26 in Stellenbosch
2015: Paul Roos won 34-3 in Port Elizabeth
2016: Paul Roos won 36-21 in Stellenbosch
2017: Grey won 22-20 in Port Elizabeth
2018: Paul Roos won 43-8 in Stellenbosch