Boishaai rested a few SA Schools players last week for various reasons and got something of a wake-up call from the Bosch boys. True, the weather didn’t make things easy for either side, especially when it came to tricky footwork, but the Brug Street Boys didn’t have it all their own way. This week see better weather predictions with a sunny day predicted. However their opponents seem to predict some cloudy skies with a lot of rain. Making the field very slippery. "Banana Peel? slippery?
This week sanity suggests that Boishaai should rest some of the other battle-weary campaigners with a view to 6 August, but one or two greater considerations come into play at this stage, not least of which the refreshing, in-your-face brand of rugby that has become the trademark of their hosts on Saturday, SACS.
Feisty opposition, wet field, player over-exposure, an unbeaten record and Faure Street all come together to provide a potential headache for Messrs Erasmus and Wolfaardt.
That’s even before one looks at the composition of the SACS side. James Brewer’s team has provided a breath of fresh air with its high-intensity style this campaign. In the midfield Dutchman Jordy Hop epitomises their sometimes kamikaze-like commitment, with Nick Redelinghuys a relentless force inside him.
Such is the confidence in the pack that Craven Week hooker Liam Larkan was left in the front row against Bellville last Saturday, with hooker Lance Steytler consigned to the side of the scrum. No-one could discern a difference – that speaks volumes for the exemplary commitment to the cause of Graeme Wepener’s squad.
Will SACS be able to pull an "Affies" out of the hat coming Saturday. Taking into account a very competitive pack, superb defence and a will to win. Maybe? Add the fact that the brilliant Liam Larhan will again want to show how big the mistake was not to pick him in the SA School's squads. It becomes a possibility.
SACS having narrowly missed out on claiming the scalps of Paarl Gym 17 - 13, and Boland Landbou 28 - 18, earlier this year will belief that they can win this one. They will feel it is time to beat a Whinelands team. SACS should look to take early opportunities for points, whichever way it presents itself. Not allowing Boishaai any momentum or lead at any stage of this match. The home side has nothing to lose, going into the closing round of local derbies. A strong showing against one of the best schoolboy sides anywhere would represent the ideal fillip for the remainder of the season.
Boishaai on the other hand will want to forget their mistakes made last week and concentrate on one thing only, beating SACS.
You can be sure of a full house turning up to support the exhilarating Young Ikeys. And we all can not wait to see if Liam Larhan will again proof he is the best hooker in the country.
|1ST XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘A’||12.00|
|2ND XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘A’||10.45|
|3RD XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘A’||9.30|
|4TH XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘A’||8.15|
|5TH XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||SPENCER-SMITH||9.10|
|6TH XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||SPENCER-SMITH||8.00|
|7TH XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||JUNIOR SCHOOL “A”||10.20|
|8TH XV||PAARL BOYS HIGH||JUNIOR SCHOOL “A”||9.10|
|U/16 A||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘B’||10.15|
|U/16 B||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘B’||8.00|
|U/16 C||PAARL BOYS HIGH||SPENCER-SMITH||10.20|
|U/16 D||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS “B”||8.00|
|U/15 A||PAARL BOYS HIGH||MEMORIAL ‘B’||9.10|
|U/15 B||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS||8.00|
|U/15 C||PAARL BOYS HIGH||JUNIOR SCHOOL “B”||9.10|
|U/15 D||PAARL BOYS HIGH||JUNIOR SCHOOL “B”||8.00|
|U/14 A||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS||10.15|
|U/14 B||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS||9.10|
|U/14 C||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS “B”||10.15|
|U/14 D||PAARL BOYS HIGH||DE VILLIERS “B”||9.10|