Garsfontein send out a two clear messages to the school boy rugby community with the retaining of their title as VirSeker/Beeld Macro Schools Champions.
A) That they are here to stay. They created a successful and sustainable rugby program and is a rugby power to be reckoned with. This is reflected in their under age teams, where the u/14A team was crowned VirSeker/Beeld champions and their u/16A team narrowly losing to Menlopark with 20 - 17 in the finals.
B) That the general assumption of Garsies being a run at all cost team with sub standard forwards, is simply not true. The forwards played a vital role in securing victories in the semi final and final played this week.
However the first try was the result of one of the brightest stars of the Garsfontein back line. Embrose Papier cut through the whole of EG Jansen team, with a brilliant display of speed, vision and stepping, to score after a 75m run. To many players and teams this would have been enough to be remembered as the highlight of the match. As we know now it was only the first flash of the "Embrose Papier Show" in this match.
EG Jansen showed immediately after the first try that they also came to play and win. After a 5m line out EG Jansen's maul was defended well by Garsfontein resulting in a line out for Garsfontein. EG Jansen attacked after winning the Garsfontein line out. A penalty is awarded to EG Jansen in front of the uprights for an easy three points. A confident EG Jansen declined the offer of an easy three points and decided to scrum. EG Jansen's scrum halve, Ginter Smuts scored after a brilliant individual effort. The conversion was good and the scores was level 7-7.
Then followed a period of 17 minutes of continued pressure by Garsfontein. Ambrose Papier pass the ball to PJ Steenkamp fifteen meters from the goal line. PJ Steenkamp running at an excellent angle made no mistake and scored. The conversion was good again and Garsfontein seemingly in control at 14 - 7. After the try was scored Garsfontein's outside centre, Abner van Reenen was sent to shower after both teams had a proper hand bag session.
A penalty conversion by saw Garsfontein leading at half time 17 - 7.
Garsfontein supporters was worried as the second half their team had to face EG Jansen with fourteen men and a strong wind in their faces.
Three minutes in the second half saw a penalty successfully converted and Garsfontein stretching their lead to 20 - 7. Garsfontein is showing that they will not lie down and after continued pressure on EG Jansen's try line Garsfontein's prop, CJ Steinhobel scores. The try successfully converted saw Garsfontein leading with 24 minutes remaining.
EG Jansen reply almost immediately and the industrious no 7 scores after a line out 5 meters from the garsfontein try line. Conversion successfull and Garsfontein still leading 27 - 14.
After even more pressure EG Jansen's captain and hooker Werner Fourie loses the ball on his way to a well deserved try. Embrose Papier decided to run after the awarded scrum and what followed is another chapter of the "Embrose Papier Show". Several defenders later, beaten by his brilliant foot work and speed Papier scored after running the length of the rugby field. Conversion missed and Garsfontein taking a lead of 32 - 14.
Then the crowd was reminded of the final in 2015 in an unpleasant way. First it was Andre van der Merwe, the tigh head that burst over for a converted try followed 4 min later by an unknown team mate. It was clear that EG Jansen was going to squeeze the last notes out of the fat lady. But unfortunately the referee's whistle brought an end to her singing. Garsfontein the second year running VirSeker/Beeld Champions for macro schools.
Take a bow Garsfontein.