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VIDEO: Grey High sink Paul Roos, Selborne edge Queens, all EC schools 1st XV results

By Marc Jacobson - May 9, 2017
VIDEO: Grey High sink Paul Roos, Selborne edge Queens, all EC schools 1st XV results

In the much-anticipated televised M&F Premier Interschools derby, Grey High hosted Paul Roos in their 13th head-to-head derby, since encountering for the first time in 2005.

The hype of the match-up met all expectations in a real 70-minute thriller, with the score-exchange swinging for either side throughout.

Grey struck first blood, when eighth-man and captain, Bevan Prinsloo, showed great envision on Paul Roos’ line when he struck a gap in their defensive line, as he went over in the corner for a try.

With the 5-0 lead, Paul Roos failed to stay downed, as they struck back with two tries of their own in the 10 minutes when Grey were reduced to 14 players, after their hooker, Ruan Jonker was yellow carded for an attempted high tackle.

In a significantly breezy day in the acclaimed Windy City of Port Elizabeth, goal kicks from both sides went astray as all three conversions were missed from the three respective tries in the first half. With this, Paul Roos took a 10-5 half-time lead.

The Stellenbosch side then continued their overtake in the second half, through a penalty shortly after the break and a quick, blind-sided try when a missed touch from Grey’s exit kick found Paul Roos’ wing, Remy Engelbrecht’s hands.

Engelbrecht then, through fast, swift and fleek running, swerved around defenders and expended Grey’s defensive weaknesses to score an almost 50-metre try.

At this stage the score was 20-8 to the visitors and Grey in many perceptions looked down and out; but it wasn’t to be as the home side retreated superbly, and took control in the final 10 minutes.

Fortunately for the home side, complacent defence from Paul Roos, allowed winger Waqar Solaan to snatch the ball from the defensive winger’s grasp from a grubber kick to then go over for a try – taking the scores to 20-15.

At the death of the game in the very last minute, flyhalf LJ du Preez combined well with reserve back Leroy Komza to score a try after much pressing, approximately on the quarter-line, to sink Paul Roos’ victory hopes as the scores levelled 20-20.

Du Preez then set out for the winning conversion in the prone missed-kicks encounter, but managed to connect the ball well enough to see it through for a 22-20 Grey victory.

In all, Grey High often were their own worst enemies on attack, when on numerous occasions in the match made extensive line breaks, but failed to execute through poor passes and handling errors.

They just showed on the day how lethal they can be in their backline play, but need to work on polishing off sublime movements – after all, Grey made 11 handling errors throughout the match to Paul Roos’ four.

Scrumhalf, Darren Vermaak was at the pinnacle of a lot of good line breaks and running with ball-in-hand, while lock, Laken Grey was exceptional in the line-out set piece plays on the day, but that just to name a few.

Further down the Eastern Cape coast, there saw another traditional schools derby between Selborne College and Queens College in East London, which saw a mere conversion separating the two sides on the scoreboard.

Scoring in tandem from one another, three of the four tries on the day were scored through slick runs and backline play, as the scores projected 7-7 at half-time.

Queens struck first blood in the second half, after swift passing from within their own half, sent their outside back in at the corner, after which the conversion was missed.

Selborne then, with a never-die attitude, scored a grunting maul-over try from five-metres out with just eight minutes to go, which was reversibly converted and showed to be enough to win the game 14-12 for the home side.

On behalf of School Sports Live, watch the highlights between Selborne College and Queens College

All EC 1st XV schools rugby results over the weekend:

Die Brandwag 55-10 Daniel Pienaar

Cambridge 34-17 Port Rex

Dale College 27-5 Stirling

Despatch 24-23 Pearson High

Graeme College 10-25 St. Andrews College

Grey High 22-20 Paul Roos

Hangklip 33-17 Winterberg

Hudson Park 41-12 Kingswood College

Muir College 38-26 Nico Malan

Selborne College 14-12 Queens College

Woodridge College 31-7 Alexander Road

Image: LJ du Preez of Grey High making a clearance kick