This weekend see the big clash between Grey College and Paul Roos Gymnasium at the Markotter Sport Fields.
There has been a rich history between the two rivals going back to their first clash in 1967.
They started to make it an annual match in 1988 and in 1992 the entire schools started participating in the Interschools.
Since 1967 Grey and Paul Roos have met 35 times with Grey winning 26 of these encounters.
Many legendary old Grey Springboks (and many other old Greys) that now live in the Cape are sending their sons to Paul Roos, such as Theuns Stofberg (old Grey Springbok), Robbie Blair (old Grey Springbok), Frikkie Naude (WP), Chris Smith (WP) and many more.
The last three years were all very similar with one number
standing out. The number 2.
The winning margin in each of the three games, with Grey College being the fortunate team on the winning side in each encounter.
The margins speak about very close fought games that could have gone either way with the perhaps the team that kept the most composure coming out on top.
Paul Roos was not the favourite to win in the last three years, but in each game they upped their tempo and gave Grey their utmost at the end of the season.
The 2019 version promises to be no different. Paul Roos always had a difficult season to manage as they were going to represent South Africa at the Sanix Schools festival in Japan.
They started off well by winning the Newlands rugby day match against Paarl Boys High and then went on to beat two New Zealand schools convincingly at the World Schools festival held at their home ground of Markotter.
They only played two more local derbies against Rondebosch and Grey PE winning both before they headed off to Japan.
They had little trouble in overcoming all and sundry and won the Sanix trophy at a canter.
Coming back from the high in Japan they encountered rampant winelands neighbours Paarl Gymnasium and Paarl Boys High who both lost the previous year to Paul Roos and had a score to settle.
The two Paarl teams duly paid their respects to the new World Champion by beating Paul Roos on consecutive Saturdays. Paul Roos had a setback from their trip to Japan where they lost both their incumbent centres and captain and had to re-shuffle their backline.
This had a definite effect on their continuity and backline strike ability. Hopefully their full backline will be available for the final game against Grey College.
Paul Roos had 2 players picked for the SA Schools teams and 8th man Jarred Cairns and lock Dylan de Leeuw will be missing from their line up for the Grey match.
Grey College is once again on track for yet another unbeaten season and only the last Interschools match against Paul Roos can trip them up.
They have beaten all comers with relative ease this season and the 2019 team is already spoken of as one of the all-time best this rugby factory has produced over the years. With an average match score of 54-18 against all the top schools in South Africa one can relate to the Bloemfontein uptake that this is a special team indeed.
They are somewhat victims of their own success as well in that 5 of their players and their coach is involved in the SA Schools setup that is currently playing an international series against France, Wales, Argentina and England.
Prop Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 8th man George Cronje, hooker Andre-Hugo Venter, lock Sisonke Vumazonke, fullback Sonwabo
Sokoyi and coach Wessel du Plessis will all be missing out on the
Stellenbosch trip and Grey will need to tap into their huge player pool to come up with replacements.
This should however not hamper the Bloemfontein outfit to much as most of the replacements will have some 1st team games under their belt as Grey College uses a squad system that rotates players throughout the season.
The game will be broadcast live on Saturday 17 August on SuperSport Ten from 13h55.
You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 14 August at 19:00 on SuperSport One featuring Steven Kitshoff and Gerhard Olivier.
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