Paarl Boys’ High certainly showed valour this past weekend when they came out victorious against a strong Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) team at the St John’s College Rugby tournament.
Fresh from their first defeat, after a 43-match winning streak against Christchurch Boys’ High in New Zealand, the Blue Army were most certainly looking to gain back some honour.
It looked like another upset was on the cards when Affies, who were the obvious favourites, were threatening since the first whistle. They went on to take the first points of the match through clever play driven by Affies captain Johan van Zyl.
Both teams are pretty much considered the bulls of school rugby, but Boishaai was punished with dominating scrums by Affies and numerous unforced errors.
Classy Boishaai captain Franco Horn knew his team had to make things right, with the defence line looking shaky and getting little opportunity with the ball. They managed to carry the cow skin into the Affies half and allow playmaker Henry “Boeta” Chamberlain to fire a drop goal and open their account with three points.
Chamberlain went on to create some space for his team, which was now slowly but surely making its mark on the game before a packed crowd.
Evidently the intensity of the game was lifted by Affies, however Boishaai was behind 6-7 just before half-time.
Affies were once again off to a feisty start, but seemed to lose momentum after the first 10 minutes of the second half, missing a drop kick.
To make matters worse, Wiaan Bezuidenhout was sent to the sin bin for some cooling off time. This was bound to happen as it was either the third or fourth time that one of the Affies boys committed either a late or high tackle.
Some cheer for Boishaai came in the 12th minute, on taking the lead for the first time in the match with a conversion from Seon Mouton.
A sense of urgency encouraged them to get on the scoreboard once again with only 13 minutes left. Thus, Paarl Boys’ High came from behind with Thaakir Abrahams (try), Chamberlain (conversion), Mouton (conversions), Chamberlain (drop goal) to fuel its fighting spirit and take the North against South encounter. Boys’ High win 14-10.