Paul Roos set the Easter Festivals alight

Written by Hannes Nienaber

NewsGReganvdWest School of Rugby | Paul Roos set the Easter Festivals alight - School of RugbyPaul Roos Gimnasium produced the most dominating performance at one of the annual Easter Festivals since Monument of Krugersdorp back in 2005.

The team from Stellenbosch racked up 214 points in their three matches at the 23rd St John’s College Easter Festival in Johannesburg, while conceding a mere 15 points in the process.

Their fullback, Kade Wolhuter, would’ve came close to be named Player of the Tournament if there were such an accolade on offer. Wolhuter scored 67 of his side’s points during the festival. He scored more than 20 points in each of his side’s matches.

Paul Roos Gimnasium defeated the Golden Lions Invitational XV by 78-10 with Wolhuter scoring 23 of his sides points. Wolhuter again racked up 23 points as HTS Daniël Pienaar was thrashed by 68-5. On the final day of the festival Wolhuter scored 21 points as Nelspruit was comfortably beaten by 68-0.

The team from Stellenbosch has racked-up 315 points thus far in the season with the 15 points at St John’s the only ones they’ve conceded thus far. In their season opener against Swartland they won by 101-0.

Monument was also in devastating form back in 2005 when they scored 167 points while conceding only ten points during the St Stithian’s College Easter Festival. They’ve defeated Durban High School (72-7), Boland Landbou (44-0) and Glenwood (51-3) in an impressive showcase of skill and power back in 2005.

Monnas also thrashed Maritzburg College by 71-3 just before the Easter Festival at Saints.

Paul Roos’ backline was quite impressive at St John’s and the oppositions’ defences could not answer all the questions posed to them. The centre pairing of Brendan Venter and Regan van der Westhuizen was in fire. Venter is the son of former Springbok centre, Brendan Venter. The latter coincidently matriculated from Monument in Krugersdorp.

The two wings Tiaan Pretorius and Cade Croy enjoyed enough possession to showcase their skills. Pretorius is the son of former South Eastern Transvaal loose forward, Torros Pretorius. He is also the cousin of Blitsbok en Lions star, Kwagga Smith.

Flyhalf, Juan Mostert, was also a true general and got some quality ball thanks to his halfback partner, Xander Botha, and the pack of forwards. Paul Roos’ captain and hooker, Jean-Jacques Kotze, led the pack from the front.

The prop Robert Rodgers’ father Heinrich Rodgers played for the Springboks in five tests in the same position as his son.


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