The Candies and Monnas to face each other for the first time since 1998

Written by Hannes Nienaber

Monnas-vs-Pretoria-Boys-High School of Rugby | The Candies and Monnas to face each other for the first time since 1998 - School of RugbyFor the first time since 1998, the pride of Pretoria Boys' High will face the Wit Bulle of the Hoërskool Monument on the rugby field.

This Saturday's clash will only be the third time these two proud rugby schools will meet each other with Pretoria Boys' High playing hosts on their main field named after Bill Brooks - the Brooks Field. 

Monnas who celebrate their centenary this year were scheduled to play Marais Viljoen of Alberton this Saturday, but the latter withdrew from the encounter. Pretoria Boys' High and their charismatic Director of Rugby, Paul Anthony, came to the saving grace of Monnas to agree to a match-up for the first time in 23 years. 

This will without a doubt be a great test for the Candies who have a young side, but it is a clear indication that Pretoria Boys' High is looking to lift their rugby programme to a higher-level 

This match will also provide the Candies with a good indication of how much work is still left before their annual interschools clash against neighbours, Affies, which will be their next encounter of the season on the 4th of September. 

Monument has three games left after Saturday's encounter one against Noordheuwel and Garsfontein without the matrics and then their final match of the 2021-season against EG Jansen of Boksburg with the matrics. 

"We are grateful to Pretoria Boys' High and Paul Anthony for giving us an opportunity to play some rugby. We are glad that we are able to give our boys the opportunity to play. The outcome of Saturday's match is not important, the most important fact is that the boys' can play the game," said Tjaart van der Walt, head of rugby at Monnas. 

The Candies have one game under the belt since the lockdown interrupted the schoolboy rugby season. They narrowly lost against King Edward VII from Johannesburg by 27-24 last Saturday.

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