After a 2-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic the biggest interschools rugby derby is back!

Paarl Gimnasium (Gim) and Paarl Boys’ High resume their rivalry this Saturday the 30th of July in a SupaQuick Premier Interschools clash live on SuperSport. The Bloedworse against the Galpille, North vs South. The 104th match between the two schools is set to kick-off at 16:00pm and take place at the Faure Street Stadium in Paarl.

The first match was played in 1915 when masters, schoolboys and old boys all played together. This was the format till 1927 after which it was decided that the interschools matches should only comprise of schoolboys. The current format as we know it today started officially in 1929.

Before the forced 2-year break, the interschools was only interrupted for one year in 1928 when for some reason lost in the midst of time, the derby did not take place.

The competitive nature of the derby is reflected in the average winning margin between the two schools which is only 5 points in over 100 games played. There have been 11 draws between them and three of those ended 0-0, the last one came in 1986. Both teams will have to fight for victory and the bragging rights of Paarl.

During the week there will be functions and reunion get togethers’ where old friends and foes will reflect on the glory days gone by.

The first battle on the rugby field will take place on Wednesday evening as the two Old Boy teams lock horns in what can only be described as a friendly but fierce game. Thursday afternoon sees the “Goffels” and “Hommels” (G and H teams) play their own unique brand of rugby. Friday morning brings atmosphere and anticipation as the business end of the weekend kicks off. Both schools will fill their halls with war cry’s and the “Big Brag” will be in full voice.  This is when the rugby and hockey players that have been chosen to represent their respective first teams on Saturday, are introduced and get capped.

Friday afternoon is highlighted by the U14A match and the “main” match of the day, the third team game, known among locals as the “Chiefs vs Chippies”. There are only four matches played on the Saturday. The matches start at around 12h00 with the U15A match, followed by the U16A’s, Seccies (Second team) and then the 1st XV.


Results Through the Years


1915: PBHS won 10-0
1916: Gim won 7-5
1917: Gim won 3-0
1918: Gim won 3-0
1919: Gim won 9-0
1920: Gim won 20-0
1921: Draw 6-6
1922: Draw 3-3
1923: PBHS won 3-0
1924: PBHS won 13-5
1925: PBHS won 7-3
1926: PBHS won 6-5
1927: Gim won 5-3
1928: No match
1929: Draw 3-3
1930: PBHS won 5-3
1931: Gim won 6-0
1932: Gim won 7-3
1933: PBHS won 3-0
1934: PBHS won 5-4
1935: Draw 0-0
1936: Gim won 11-6
1937: Gim won 5-3
1938: Gim won 5-3
1939: Gim won 9-8
1940: Draw 3-3
1941: Gim won 6-0
1942: Draw 0-0
1943: Gim won 9-6
1944: PBHS won 6-0
1945: PBHS won 14-6
1946: Draw 3-3
1947: PBHS won 8-3
1948: Draw 3-3
1949: Gim won 9-3
1950: PBHS won 6-3
1951: PBHS won 6-0
1952: PBHS won 11-0
1953: PBHS won 6-5
1956: Gim won 6-3
1957: Gim won 5-3
1958: Gim won 11-0
1959: PBHS won 11-3
1960: Gim won 9-3
1961: PBHS won 6-0
1962: PBHS won 6-0
1963: PBHS won 8-0
1964: Gim won 9-8
1965: Gim won 11-0
1966: Gim won 8-0
1967: Gim won 8-6
1968: Gim won 3-0
1969: PBHS won 8-5
1970: Gim won 19-8
1971: PBHS won 11-6
1972: PBHS won 6-3
1973: PBHS won 19-6
1974: Gim won 9-3
1975: PBHS won 3-0
1976: Gim won 8-6
1977: PBHS won 15-6
1978: Gim won 13-10
1979: Gim won 12-6
1980: Gim won 9-3
1981: Gim won 12-0
1982: PBHS won 16-15
1983: Gim won 15-6
1984: Gim won 10-4
1985: PBHS won 16-6
1986: Draw 0-0
1987: PBHS won 15-7
1988: Draw 6-6
1989: Gim won 15-4
1990: PBHS won 10-6
1991: PBHS won 8-4
1992: Gim won 20-15
1993: PBHS won 19-17
1994: PBHS won 11-6
1995: PBHS won 17-3
1996: Gim won 18-16
1997: Gim won 13-10
1998: PBHS won 16-5
1999: Gim won 13-6
2000: PBHS won 15-7
2001: PBHS won12-3
2002: Gim won 15-0
2003: PBHS won 25-6
2004: Gim won 13-3
2005: Gim won 22-10
2006: Gim won 23-17
2007: Gim won 10-0
2008: Gim won 35-8
2009: PBHS won 24-12
2010: Draw 19-19
2011: Gim won 22-19
2012: Gim won 16-9

2013: Gim won 37-26

2014: Gim won 16-15

2015: PBHS won 16-12

2016: PBHS won 26-25

2017: PBHS won 18-13

2018: PBHS won 24-21

2019: Gim won 18-17


 Paarl Boys’ 2022 Season:

Paarl Boys started their season at the Noord-Suid tournament, winning their first game and drew the second against a very strong Garsfontein side. They came unstuck against a very good Rondebosch team but picked themselves up again to win both their Wildeklawer games against Maritzburg College and Monument. A week later they found themselves up in Bloemfontein against a rampant Grey College outfit and after leading at half time, could not keep up with the boys from Bloem, and lost that game due to the high intensity Grey showed in the second half.

They again bounced back with good wins against Paul Roos and Bishops, continuing their good form, showing an upward trend coming into the interschools derby. Their players were well rewarded with their current form and seven players were included in the Western Province Craven Week team while another four were included in the WP XV team. Four of these players in Matthew Fick, Thurlon Williams, Jameel de Jongh and Shah-Jehaan de Jongh were included in SA Schools and SA Schools A teams. The De Jongh family can be proud of the siblings making these teams.

Results to Date:

Date Opp For Against
2022/03/25 Menlopark 31 6
2022/03/28 Garsfontein 19 19
2022/04/09 Oakdale 22 15
2022/04/14 Lions Inv 83 0
2022/04/16 Helpmekaar 32 16
2022/04/18 Hilton 14 5
2022/04/23 Rondebosch 18 22
2022/04/30 Maritzburg College 38 3
2022/05/02 Monument 27 3
2022/05/14 Grey College 12 21
2022/05/21 Paul Roos 35 15
2022/05/28 Bishops 29 7
2022/06/04 Wynberg BHS 42 24
2022/06/11 Boland Landbou 48 22
2022/07/23 SACS 33 11


Paarl Gymnasium 2022 Season:

 Paarl Gim is having a stellar season so far and have only lost 2 games against Affies and Paul Roos. Both these losses came as somewhat of an upset, but the games were so close that it could have gone either way. The Gim team looks fast and slick yet again with a massive pack of forwards and quick backline well directed by their Flyhalf, Liam Koen. They won against a very strong Grey College team and have put 50 points past five of their opponents during the season, they enjoy scoring tries and to keep them from doing so will need a huge defensive effort.

Paarl Gim had 5 players representing Western Province at Craven Week with a further 4 being selected for the WP XV.  Luca Bakkes, Emrique Liederman, Keanu Coetzee and Daniel Botha all made SA Schools and SA Schools A teams.

Results to Date:

Date Opp For Against
2022/03/18 Stellenberg 12 6
2022/03/26 Monument 42 19
2022/03/29 Glenwood 64 17
2022/04/09 Wynberg BHS 33 14
2022/04/23 Affies 26 29
2022/04/29 Helpmekaar 59 12
2022/05/02 Grey College 22 17
2022/05/07 Paul Roos 24 26
2022/05/14 Rondebosch 52 21
2022/05/21 Boland Landbou 26 21
2022/06/04 SACS 66 13
2022/06/11 Oakdale 42 10
2022/07/23 Bishops 57 26


Rugby at Paarl Boys’ High School

Rugby is an integral part of the Paarl Boys’ way of life. It is important to win, but that should not be the primary objective. A sportsman may never be abused to ensure the success of a team. The primary objective at Paarl Boys’ High must be one of enjoyment, for both player and coach. Whereas they agree with the legendary Vince Lombardi when he said: ‘’Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’’ they hold winning to be more than just points on the board. Winning relates to the values, commitment, and the pursuit of the best of one’s abilities.

PBHS has produced 21 players that have represented South Africa since 1906 of which 19 have been capped for tests. They have provided some of the most famous Springbok rugby players ever to have played in the Green and Gold. Players like Oom “Boy” and Fanie Louw, Piet “Spiere” du Toit, Mannetjies Roux, Ryk van Schoor, Carel Du Plessis and Corné Krige. Their latest contributions are lock Salmaan Moerat who captained the 1st team in 2016 and 8th man Evan Roos who represented the school’s 1st team in 2018 and scored a memorable try during the interschools game.

Paarl Boys’ High Springboks.

Bok No Name
112 Dirkie de Villiers
113 Cocky Hahn
147 *Louis Louw
182 Champion Myburgh
186 Jack Bester
207 Boy Louw
222 Fanie Louw
227 Manie Geere
247 Johnny Bester
253 Ben du Toit
278 Ryk van Schoor
313 Theuns Briers
332 Piet du Toit
367 Mannetjies Roux
391 Haas Schoeman
523 Carel du Plessis
661 *Wium Basson
676 Corne Krige
764 Gurthro Steenkamp
841 Francois Malherbe
901  Thomas Joubert du Toit
923 Salmaan Moerat
924 Evan Roos

Legendary “Oom” Boy Louw and Carel du Plessis also coached the Springboks. Corné Krige is still the only SA Schools captain who went on to captain the Springboks as well.

Rugby at Gim

Paarl Gim is without a doubt one of the big five rugby schools in South Africa. They have to date produced 25 Springboks of which 23 have been capped in tests for South Africa, the latest being Grant Williams.

Rugby started at the school in 1902 and in the early years no strict age-groups were defined and the schools operated as a rugby club, the staff frequently turned out in the colours of the school. The headmaster back then, FC Wahl also captained the school’s 1st XV!

Paarl Gim Springboks


Bok No Name
94 *Japie le Roux
103 Pietie le Roux
110 Steve Joubert
195 Pierre de Villiers
203 JC van der Westhuizen
301 Jan Pickard
340 Hugo van Zyl
398 Wynand Mans
535 Schalk Burger snr
552 Kobus Burger
585 Kobus Wiese
595 Balie Swart
625 Mornay Visser
652 Pieter Rossouw
690 De Wet Barry
693 Louis Koen
699 *Chris Rossouw
711 Marius Joubert
735 Jean de Villiers
754 Schalk Burger jnr
810 Ashley Johnson
853 Lourens Adriaanse
857 Handré Pollard
891 Louis Schreuder
929 Grant Williams


The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 30 July from 15h55 on channel 210 RUG / RUGA

Schedule Date Series Title Episode Title Start Time Channel Status
29-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball U14-U18: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 13:20 OTT5 Live
29-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball Build Up U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 16:05 VR4 Premier
29-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 16:10 VR4 Live
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball Build Up U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 04:00 VR4 Repeat
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 04:05 VR4 Repeat
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball Build Up U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 09:25 VR2A Repeat
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 09:30 VR2A Repeat
31-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Netball U19: Paarl Girls’ High School vs Paarl Gimnasium 03:00 CSN Repeat
27-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 17:15 RUG / RUGA Premier
27-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 20:30 CSN Repeat
27-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 22:15 RUG / RUGA Repeat
28-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 13:45 VR2A Repeat
28-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 18:45 RUG / RUGA Repeat
29-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 06:30 VR4 Repeat
29-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 10:30 VR4 Repeat
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Preview Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 15:35 CSN / RUG / RUGA Repeat
30-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Rugby Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 15:55 CSN / RUG / RUGA Live
31-Jul-2022 Premier Interschools Rugby Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 10:30 CSN Repeat
01-Aug-2022 Premier Interschools Rugby Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gimnasium 18:30 RUG / RUGA Repeat



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