Historic Overview - Paarl Boishaai vs Grey College

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PremierInterschools2021 School of Rugby | Historic Overview - Paarl Boishaai vs Grey College - School of RugbyThe Premier Interschools 2021 season gets underway with a cracker of a match on Saturday 8 May. Paarl Boys’ High welcomes one of their most fierce rivals, Grey College from Bloemfontein. The last decade has seen these two sides challenge each other for the number one spot in South Africa.

Paarl Boys’ High (1868) and Grey College (1855) are among the oldest schools in South Africa with both having a rich rugby history, heritage, and tradition. They first played each other in 1950 and did not have a regular fixture every year due to the distance between the schools. Grey and Paarl Boys’, also known as Boishaai, played each other 21 times between 1950 and 1995, and since then it became an annual fixture. In total, they have played 45 matches with Grey having won 34, Boishaai 9, and 2 draws.

It is however over the last ten years that the hosts have been much more competitive with their Bloemfontein counterparts, than in previous years, having recorded 4 of their 9 overall wins since 1950 during this time. There has also been one draw during this period. 

Scores Through The Years

Year

Grey

HJS

2019

43

24

2018

34

20

2017

31

46

2016

18

28

2015

19

21

2014

15

10

2013

35

28

2012

18

28

2011

15

15

2010

32

12

2009

50

8

2008

34

24

2007

48

24

2006

20

5

2005

38

13

2004

38

3

2003

27

16

2002

23

6

2001

38

15

2000

10

17

1999

34

16

1998

20

6

1997

20

16

1996

9

16

1995

18

6

1993

0

0

1989

23

6

1987

31

14

1984

19

14

1984

32

12

1983

0

14

1980

13

4

1979

13

15

1978

29

13

1977

29

13

1974

21

7

1973

24

0

1960

14

0

1960

11

3

1957

3

8

1956

13

3

1954

6

3

1954

8

3

1953

12

9

1950

10

6

Grey will be hoping to set the record straight following an early-season loss to Boishaai’s neighbors, Paarl Gim. The teams did not have much game time before the season kicked off due to the restrictions around the Covid pandemic, but the Bloemfontein outfit looked better with each match they played.

Grey College season so far:

Date

Opp

For

Against

2021/04/24

Paarl Gim

16

18

2021/04/28

Menlopark

51

19

2021/05/01

EG Jansen

43

15


Like most schoolboy rugby teams, Boishaai is a bit rusty following no game time during the 2020 season and are still finding their form in the 2021 season. They have yet to select the same starting 15 as injuries have hampered their backline but come Saturday the boys should be ready for the visitors from Bloemfontein. Just like Grey, they have only played 3 games so far in the holiday festivals and have recorded wins in all three encounters.

Paarl Boys High season so far:

Date

Opp

For

Against

2021/04/24

Welkom Gim

59

21

2021/04/28

Noordheuwel

79

7

2021/05/01

Monument

34

18

Rugby at Grey College

Grey has served Bloemfontein, the Free State, South Africa and the world well over the past 150 years. Having been able to adjust and remain relevant in a changing environment, Grey has developed, grown, and excelled. The brand is known and revered throughout South Africa and even internationally with products of the school making a positive difference the world over. Parallel medium education, tolerance, respect for others and loyalty to the school are not only traditions, but firm foundations in a global village. Grey is structured on these foundations and it is constantly adapting.

Grey has produced 46 Springbok rugby players. Since World War II it has produced more Springbok players than any other school in South Africa, their latest being centre Francois Venter.

List of Grey Springboks:

 

Player

DebutYear

Herman van Broekhuizen

1896

Boetie McHardy

1912

Sarel Strauss

1921

Louis Babrow

1937

Harry Martin

1937

Piet de Wet

1938

Popeye Strydom

1955

John Wessels

1956

Gert Cilliers

1963

Flip vd Merwe

2010

Deon Stegman

2010

Johan Spies

1970

Morné du Plessis

1971

Dawie Snyman

1972

Jackie Snyman

1974

Theuns Stofberg

1976

Robbie Blair

1977

Jaco Reinach

1986

Helgard Muller

1986

Pieter Muller

1992

Heinrich Fuls

1992

Johan Styger

1992

Ruben Kruger

1993

Naka Drotske

1993

Ollie le Roux

1994

Werner Swanepoel

1997

Charl Marais

1999

CJ van der Linde

2002

Gerrie Britz

2004

Ruan Pienaar

2006

Francois Steyn

2006

Jannie du Plessis

2007

Bismarck du Plessis

2007

Adriaan Strauss

2008

Heinrich Brussow

2008

Wian du Preez

2009

Deon Stegmann

2010

Andries Strauss

2011

Johan Goosen

2012

Coenie Oosthuizen

2012

Tiaan Liebenberg

2012

Jan Serfontein

2013

Piet Van Zyl

2013

Marcel van der Merwe

2014

Cobus Reinach

2014

Francois Venter

2016

Rugby at Paarl Boys’ High School

Rugby is an integral part of the Boishaai way of life. It is important to win, but that is not the primary objective. 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.

Boishaai has produced 21 players that have represented South Africa since 1906. They have provided some of the legends and 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.

Paarl Boys provided 8 SA Schools players in 2016 which is a record for any school in one year.

Paarl Boys’ High Springboks.

  1. Cocky Hahn (1910)
  2. Dirkie de Villiers (1910)
  3. Louis Louw (1912)
  4. Theuns Kruger (1921)
  5. Champion Myburgh (1924)
  6. Jack Bester (1924)
  7. Boy Louw (1928)
  8. Manie Geere (1933)
  9. Fanie Louw (1933)
  10. Ben du Toit (1938)
  11. Ryk van Schoor (1949)
  12. Theuns Briers (1955)
  13. Piet du Toit (1958)
  14. Mannetjies Roux (1960)
  15. Haas Schoeman (1963)
  16. Carel du Plessis (1982)
  17. Wium Basson (1997)
  18. Corné Krige (1999)
  19. Gürthro Steenkamp (2004)
  20. Frans Malherbe (2013)
  21. Thomas Joubert Du Toit (2018)

The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 8 May from 13:55 on Channel 211.

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