It took an intercept try, two minutes shy of the full time siren, from the sensational Jurenzo Julius that helped Paul Roos Gymnasium snatch away a 24-26 victory against Paarl Gimnasium in the third Premier Interschools match of the 2022 season, at the Jan Kriel Field in Paarl. Halftime score Paarl Gimnasium 7-9 Paul Roos Gymnasium.
A tightly contested first half saw the home side head into the locker rooms trailing by two-points, 7-9, following some clinical defense that kept a strong and very talented Paul Roos attacking side at bay.
It took talented kicker Christoff de Bruyn just six minutes to claim an early 0-3 lead for Paul Roos, it would be De Bruyn’s boot seven minutes later that extended this lead when he succeeded with another penalty attempt, 0-6 to the visitors.
Despite the ball possession and territory going the way of the visiting side, it was the discipline of Paarl Gim especially on attack that allowed them to launch a few threatening attacking onslaughts. Fullback Johandré van Niekerk was a key player for Paarl Gim showing some enterprising skill with ball in hand.
It was the very same Van Niekerk who got the first try for Paarl Gim when the home side’s pack of forwards showed some brilliant interplay between them and the backs. Captain and inside centre, Philip-Albert Van Niekerk added the extras and made it a one-point game, 7-6, as the match headed into the final ten minutes of the first half.
The nippy Paarl Gim scrumhalf, Emrique Liedeman had a very good outing with some quick service to a very skilful and clinical backline with players like Kyle Smith and try scorer Van Niekerk making some good metres in key areas for the home side. Smith took a promising run in the 42nd minute and might have gotten head coach Pieter Rossouw a bit worried when the flyhalf stayed down after the tackle.
For the visiting side, players like lock Sampie Joubert and captain Herman Lourens ensured Paul Roos got quality ball at the lineout despite not being able to convert any of their quality possession into points.
It was the home side who got rewarded with a penalty following the Smith break, to add to their woes, Paul Roos was reduced to 14-men, minutes after conceding a penalty inside their own 22, when front row Wilbur Loubser was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes, the home side capitalised with the extra man.
Hooker Waldo Hanekom was at the back of a massive rolling Paarl Gim maul, Philip-Albert Van Niekerk missed his conversion attempt, but the home side took the lead only for the second time in the match, 12-9.
It was as if the rewind and replay button was pressed when Hanekom went over for his second try, a carbon copy of his first try which was scored on the exact same spot, Philip-Albert Van Niekerk missed the conversion, but the lead was building and the deficit for Paul Roos to reduce was growing bigger, 17-9.
Almost minutes later it was the inspirational captain Van Niekerk who broke through two would-be Paul Roos tackles and ghosted the ensuing visiting side’s defense, this attack led to the fourth Paarl Gim’s try when Thyron Ross dotted down in the corner.
Loubser returned to the fray and with the subsequent conversion to come, it was a three-point game (12-9) when he was sin binned, but it he soon made up for it. Smith took over the kicking duties from his captain, and slotted his first attempt, 24-9. For his sins, Loubser paid his dues when he got over for Paul Roos’ first try as the match headed into the final ten minutes, De Bruyn missing a very difficult conversion against the wind, 24-14.
The home side were reduced to 14-men when number eight Louw Du Toit was sent to the sin bin for sacking a Paul Roos maul, illegally. The Stellenbosch side scored their second try when a stellar run from the skipper Lourens saw him dive across the whitewash, De Bruyn failing to add the extras, but the try making it a five-point match, 24-19.
A Paul Roos lineout on the halfway line went skew and a scrum was awarded to the home side as the final five minutes of the game approached, a pass from the Paarl Gim was intercepted by Julius just metres inside the home side’s half, the midfielder running in untouched to score under the uprights, De Bruyn adding the extras, handing the visiting side a slender two-point lead, 24-26.
The home side had possession deep inside Paul Roos’ half, but a knock-on with time up on the stadium clock meant the visiting side from Stellenbosch record a 24-26 victory.
SupaQuick Man of the Match: Jurenzo Julius
For Paarl Gim 24
Tries: Johandré van Niekerk, Waldo Hanekom (2), Thyron Ross
Cons: Philip-Albert Van Niekerk, Kyle Smith
Yellow Card: Louw Du Toit (59th minute)
For PRG 26
Tries: Wilbur Loubser, Herman Lourens, Jurenzo Julius
Con: Christoff de Bruyn
Pens: De Bruyn (3)
Yellow Card: Loubser (43rd minute)
Paarl Gim: 15 Johandré van Niekerk, 14 Enzo Labuschagne, 13 Janeil Losper, 12 Philip-Albert Van Niekerk (c), 11 Thyron Ross, 10 Kyle Smith, 9 Emrique Liedman, 8 Louw Du Toit, 7 Dean Crouse, 6 Willie De Waal, 5 Keanu Coetsee, 4 Danio Botha, 3 Bernard Bladergroen, 2 Waldo Hanekom, 1 Jean Fourie
Replacements: 16 Jannie Grobbelaar, 17 Hendro De Jager, 18 Ben Pitout, 19 Slabbert Maartens, 20 Niel Beukes, 21 Gary Otto, 22 Hennie Otto, 23 Morne Scheepers
Paul Roos: 15 Christoff De Bruyn, 14 Luke Graham, 13 Jurenzo Julius, 12 Phillip Groenewald, 11 Christiaan Brandt, 10 Reuben Noble, 9 Liam Stander, 8 Wyatt Strydom, 7 Herman Lourens (c), 6 Andreas Oosthuizen, 5 Sampie Joubert, 4 Daniel Marais, 3 Reno Hirst, 2 Seth Haddad, 1 Wilbur Loubser
Replacements: 16 Junior Stoltz, 17 Jaden Heynes, 18 Cameron Miell, 19 Hugo Radley, 20 AJ Fourie, 21 Richard Hill, 22 Keehan Etson, 23 Braaf Leigh
Referee: Lloyd Hagglund
AR1: Cameron Africa
AR2: Clint Jacobs
2009: PRG 47-36 Paarl Gim
2010: PRG 27-30 Paarl Gim
2011: PRG 34-30 Paarl Gim
2012: PRG 5-5 Paarl Gim
2012: PRG 8-28 Paarl Gim
2013: PRG 15-24 Paarl Gim
2014: PRG 16-10 Paarl Gim
2015: PRG 21-23 Paarl Gim
2016: PRG 24-28 Paarl Gim
2017: PRG 19-20 Paarl Gim
2018: PRG 32-13 Paarl Gim
2019: PRG 15-42 Paarl Gim
2021: PRG 10-25 Paarl Gim
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