It was a case from so close, but yet so far for Paul Roos Gimnasium in their Premier Interschools clash Saturday against Paarl Gimnasium in the Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch.
Gimmies bagged their third successive victory in this annual clash by 20-19 thanks to a try by hooker, Chris Rossouw, three minutes after the hooter sounded. Rossouw, the son of the former Springbok hooker with the same name, scored from a rolling maul in the 73rd minute of the match to secure the victory.
The teams weighed each other up for the first 20 minutes before Paul Roos’ scrumhalf, Gerado Jaars, scored the opening try in the 21st minute of the match. Jaars dived over beneath the uprights after a counter attack started by fullback, Colia Louis. Both teams went into the epic clash unbeaten.
Rossouw scored the first of his two tries in the match from a planned line-out move to open his side’s account. Paul Roos led 7-5 at the break. In the second half the the two teams took their supporters on a see-saw ride as the lead changed a few times.
Paarl Gimnasium took the lead after Paul Roos’ lock Breyten Maritz was yellow carded after he brought down a rolling maul that saw Gim win about 22 meters. From the resulting penalty which Gimmies kicked to touch their lock Adriaan Ludick chrashed over after another rolling maul.
The visitors most dangerous attacking method was their rolling mauls which Paul Roos had no answer to. Paul Roos took the lead again after their flyhalf, Juan Mostert, kept the defence guessing and outside centre, Brendan Venter, ran the perfect line to cross the tryline to give their side a 14-12 lead.
Venter is like Rossouw the son of one of the World Cup Champion Springboks of 1995. Venter’s father also Brendan is also currently part in the Boks’ management team.
Mostert and his halfback partner, Jaars, was the best players on the field for the home side. Paarl Gimnasium again took the lead after centre Ruben Scholtz slotted a penalty with only seven minutes left in the match.
The narrow lead of 15-14 was however short lived as replacement Ryno Niemand caught the ball from the kick-off to score which gave Paul Roos a 19-15 lead.
Paarl Gimnasium 20 (5) – Tries: Chris Rossouw (2), Adriaan Ludick. Conversion: Ruben Scholtz. Penalty: Scholtz. Paul Roos Gimnasium 19 (7) – Tries: Gerado Jaars, Brendan Venter, Ryno Niemand. Conversions: Colia Louis (2).