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PREVIEW: Grey High host traditional rivals Paul Roos in televised clash this weekend

By Marc Jacobson - May 4, 2017
PREVIEW: Grey High host traditional rivals Paul Roos in televised clash this weekend

In a Premier Interschools encounter, Grey High is set to host traditional rivals from Stellenbosch, Paul Roos, at Grey on Saturday, which will be televised on SuperSport TV.

Forming the embodiment of traditional schools' rivalries throughout the whole of South Africa, Premier Interschools does its weekly round to broadcast and up-hype the passion shared between schools rugby affiliations all year round.

This week, Grey High and Paul Roos will take air, and after having gone down 36-21 to the Stellenbosch side last year and put to the sword 34-3 in 2015, Grey will certainly seek redemption this time round in front of their local Port Elizabeth faithful.

“2005 was our first fixture against Paul Roos here in Port Elizabeth, where it ended in a 14-14 draw, and we [Grey High] have had some wonderful encounters since then – the most memorable being in 2014 when we came back from 26-0 down to win it 27-26,” said Neil Bielby, Grey High School Deputy Head.

“We have a great deal of respect for Paul Roos rugby, and there’s no doubt we will start as the underdogs so it will be a tough game for us, but we have won it in the past and we will be in it for a shout on Saturday,” Bielby added.

With both schools over 150 years old, they share similar traditions, but differ slightly according to their styles of rugby – with Grey the more slick, fleek and elusive-running side, while Paul Roos lend the more forward-orientated game. The approach each side bring come Saturday can foresee some interesting viewing.

“Our backline is really quick, they love to run with ball-in-hand without letting the play die and we always aim to have good interplay at the same level speed-wise between both backs and forwards for a quick game of rugby,” commented Bevan Prinsloo, Grey High 1st XV Captain and eighth-man.

“Against Paul Roos last year, it was probably one of the more physical games I’ve played and there was a lot of talent on show there, especially in the likes of Damian Willemse [now a Junior Springbok], and in tough conditions we went down, but this year we will be looking to turn it around,” Prinsloo added.

Grey High Director of Rugby, Alan Miles, has taken over the reigns of Grey’s 1st XV rugby in 2017, and he is assisted by a young upcoming coach and former old Grey student, Byron Schmidt, as well as Jarryd Buys – who was involved significantly in the NMMU Varsity Cup set-up.

In nine games so far in 2017, Paul Roos have won seven, just losing out to Paarl Gim 20-19 and Waterkloof 38-25 respectively, while Grey High have currently won five out of six games in 2017, with the solitude 11-11 draw against Marlow Landbou.

Head-to-head results for the last 10 years:

2016: Paul Roos 36-21 Grey High 

2015: Grey High 3 - 34 Paul Roos

2014: Paul Roos 26 - 27 Grey High

2013: Grey High 23 - 18 Paul Roos

2012: Paul Roos 19 - 23 Grey High

2011: Grey High 18 - 22 Paul Roos 

2010: Paul Roos 43 – 37 Grey High

2009: Grey High 13 - 20 Paul Roos 

2008: Paul Roos 16 – 41 Grey High 

2007: Grey High 17 - 31 Paul Roos