If the Currie Cup final of 2017 had a taste it would that of some Bloedwors.
Paarl Gimnasium or Bloedworse as they are also known as in Paarl will have with five former pupils the biggest representation in this year's Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province in Durban on Saturday. The five players are Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder, Jacques Vermeulen (for the Sharks), Dewaldt Duvenage and JD Schickerling (for Western Province).
The rest of the schools who will be represented in the final is a mixed bag. Kearsney College, thanks to the three Du Preez-brothers (Jean-Luc, Daniel and Robert), have three former pupils in action in the final. Paul Roos Gimnasium of Stellenbosch also have three former matriculants in John-Hubert Meyer, Damian Willemse and Ramone Samuels who will play in the final.
Paarl Boys' High, St Andrew's College of Grahamstown, Affies and Diocesan College (Bishops) all have two former students who will play in the final.
This year's final will also have a strong Blitzbok flavour with Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel and Werner Kok who helped the South African Sevens side to the world crown in 2016/17.
Sharks: 15 Garth April (Florida), 14 Kobus van Wyk (Paarl Gimnasium), 13 Lukhanyo Am (De Vos Malan), 12 Marius Louw (Grey College), 11 Odwa Ndungane (Hudson Park), 10 Curwin Bosch (Grey High School), 9 Louis Schreuder (Paarl Gimnasium), 8 Daniel du Preez (Kearsney College), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez (Kearsney College), 6 Keegan Daniel (Dale College), 5 Ruan Botha (Jeugland - captain), 4 Tyler Paul (St Andrew's College), 3 Ross Geldenhuys (St Andrew's College), 2 Franco Marais (Transvalia), 1 Thomas du Toit (Paarl Boys' High). Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe (Outeniqua), 17 Juan Schoeman (Affies), 18 John-Hubert Meyer (Paul Roos Gimnasium), 19 Jean Droste (Affies), 20 Jacques Vermeulen (Paarl Gimnasium), 21 Michael Claassens (Hoërskool Kroonstad), 22 Tristan Blewett (Hilton College), 23 Rhyno Smith (Paarl Boys' High).
Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse (Paul Roos Gimnasium), 14 Seabelo Senatla (Riebeeckstad), 13 Ruhan Nel (Brandwag, Benoni), 12 Huw Jones (Millfield), 11 Dillyn Leyds (Diocesan College), 10 Robert du Preez (Kearsney College), 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (Paarl Gimnasium), 8 Nizaam Carr (Diocesan College), 7 Cobus Wiese (Hoerskool Upington), 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Wynberg Boys' High), 5 JD Schickerling (Paarl Gimnasium), 4 Chris van Zyl (Rondebosch Boys' High - captain), 3 Wilco Louw (HTS Drostdy), 2 Bongi Mbonambi (St Alban's College/Voortrekker), 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (Oakdale Landbou). Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels (Paul Roos Gimnasium), 17 Alistair Vermaak (Harmony Sportsacademy), 18 Frans van Wyk (Monument), 19 Jan de Klerk (Hoërskool Pietersburg/Waterkloof), 20 Kobus van Dyk (Overberg), 21 Jano Vermaak (HTS Vereeniging), 22 Werner Kok (Hoërskool Nelspruit), 23 Dan Kriel (Maritzburg College).
5 - Paarl Gimnasium (Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder, Jacques Vermeulen, Dewaldt Duvenage, JD Schickerling).
3 - Kearsney College (Jean-Luc du Preez, Daniel du Preez, Robert du Preez); Paul Roos Gimnasium (John-Hubert Meyer, Damian Willemse, Ramone Samuels).
2 - Paarl Boys' High (Thomas du Toit, Rhyno Smith); St Andrew's College (Tyler Paul, Ross Geldenhuys); Affies (Jean Droste, Juan Schoeman); Diocesan College (Dillyn Leyds, Nizaam Carr).
1 - Jeugland (Ruan Botha), Hoërskool Kroonstad (Michael Claassens), De Vos Malan (Lukhanyo Am), Dale College (Keegan Daniel), Transvalia (Franco Marais), Hilton College (Tristan Blewett), Florida (Garth April), Hudson Park (Odwa Ndungane), Outeniqua (Akker van der Merwe), Hoerskool Upington (Cobus Wiese), HTS Drostdy (Wilco Louw), HTS Vereeniging (Jano Vermaak), Monument (Frans van Wyk), Overberg (Kobus van Dyk), Harmony Sportsacademy (Alister Vermaak), Riebeeckstad (Seabelo Senatla), Brandwag, Benoni (Ruhan Nel), Millfield UK (Huw Jones), Oakdale Landbou (JC Janse van Rensburg), Grey High School (Curwin Bosch), Grey College (Marius Louw), Hoërskool Nelspruit (Werner Kok), Maritzburg College (Dan Kriel), Wynberg Boys' High (Sikhumbuzo Notshe), Rondebosch Boys' High (Chris van Zyl); St Alban's College/Voortrekker (Bongi Mbonambi); Hoërskool Pietersburg/Waterkloof (Jan de Klerk).