Paarl Gim sneaks past Affies 20-19 after a tightly contested Sportsmans Warehouse Premier Interschools North vs South derby in the capital on Saturday the 13th of April.

 Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies) came very close to pulling off an upset against unbeaten Paarl Gimnasium (Paarl Gim) in a back-and-forth battle in Pretoria.

Affies dominated upfront, but Paarl Gimnasium had the last laugh. In the end, the side from the Western Cape came out on top by a single point in the seventh Premier Interschools clash between the two schools.

The home side’s pack had the upper hand, ruling the set pieces, especially the scrums. This starved the visitors of the free-flowing possession that they’re accustomed to receiving. As a result, Gim’s dangerous backline lacked its usual potency. Gim did, however, catch the Affies’ defence napping early on, with right wing, Immanual Prinsloo, bursting through for the first of his two tries, and the only five-pointer of the half.

Ruben Pienaar’s trusty right boot kept the home side within touching distance, as he slotted two penalties, leaving Affies trailing by only one point, 7 points to 6 at the break.

The second half developed into a see-saw battle between the two kickers, as Pienaar and the visitor’s fullback, Freek de Kock, each knocked over two penalties. Then, the hosts’ best player on the day, left wing Eagan Roux, capitalised on a well-executed training ground move, to dive over for a try, which gave Affies the lead for the first time in the match.

Gim’s continued pressure on defence would soon pay dividends as Prinsloo’s dream game, wasn’t yet complete as he read an Affies’ backline move like a book to intercept the ball on his 22-metre line before flying down the field and scoring a five-pointer for Gim.

That crucial piece of magic meant that the left winger, who until a few weeks ago still ran out for the 2nd XV, had bagged an invaluable brace of tries, which earned him a well-deserved man of the match award.

De Kock’s clutch second penalty of the half was the final nail in the coffin as Paarl GImnasium held onto their lead for the last remaining minutes to claim a sweet and very hard-fought victory away from home. Paarl Gimansium with bragging rights over Affies for another year.

Sportsmans Warehouse Man of the Match: Paarl Gim – Immanuel Prinsloo.


 For Affies

Tries: Immanual Prinsloo (2)

Con: Freek de Kock 2/2

Pens: Freek de Kock 2/2


For Paarl Gim

Tries: Eagan Roux

Cons: Ruben Pienaar 1/1

Pens: Ruben Pienaar 4/4


Affies: 15 Ruben Groenewald, 14 Rikus Strydom, 13 Nicolaas Grobler, 12 Janco Purchase, 11 Roux Egan, 10 Ruben Pienaar, 9 Hendre Schoeman, 8 Ruan Lippold, 7 Albert Smit, 6 Stephan Mcdonald, 5 JD Hattingh, 4 Muntingh Hamman, 3 Ruan Smuts, 2 Ethan Van Dyk, 1 Werner Vrey

Paarl Gim: 15 Freek De Kock, 14 Immanual Prinsloo, 13 Markus Muller, 12 Kobus Blanckenberg, 11 Markus Moolman, 10 Chandler Green, 9 Melt Viljoen, 8 Nicolas Nel, 7 Wihan Kotze, 6 Jan Keogelenberg, 5 Marinus Daling, 4 Quintin Potgieter, 3 Ely Williams, 2 Dawie Stemmet, 1 Jean-Jacques Du Preez



Date Time League Season Full Time
13/04/2024 1:00 pm Premier Interschools 2024 70'


Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Pta)
936 Jorissen St, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa


Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Pta)2219Loss
Paarl Gimnasium1120Win

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Pta)

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Paarl Gimnasium

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