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Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:35

Rugby Preview: Grey College v Boishaai

Boishaai v Grey College: After last week's washed out matches Grey College will without doubt have enjoyed a much needed rest after having played top opposition week in and week out.

grey_boishaai_1Their last match was the epic 16-16 draw with Selborne College and it would have made the boy's from Bloemfontein realise that there is no place for complacency when you are the leading rugby school in the country.

What can we expect from Paarl Boy's who once again find themselves in contention to join the top three teams in SA? Well the timing of the match is probably not ideal for them as most of their elite players are involved in the Western Province Craven Week trials which might possibly take a little out of the Boishaai team.

Still there is no denying that Boishaai will be very confident to try and make history and record a priceless win over Grey who have to look back five years to remember the last time they lost at home. What is going to be an interesting prospect is to see how the two sets of front rowers perform whith Ignus Nagel and JE van der Merwe packing against the Grey power station Neethling Fouché. Nagel and van der Merwe have been solid so far for Paarl Boys but the examination that Fouche  and co will put them through will be intense.

Naturally for the local team will be looking to their dynamic centres in Serfontien and Dries Swanepoel to do what they have done all season for Grey, exploit and weakness in the Boishaai defence and score tries. Johan Peens, the Boishaai centre will need to be on top form to keep these huge players at bay and to succeed were most have so far failed.

Expect some massive tackling as the likes of Fred Kirsten and WJ Smith deliver hit after hit against the Blue wall of Grey and the destructive Bloemfontein flanker Henco Greyling responds in kind.

To win at Grey College is an incredibly tough assignment for Paarl Boys' but they can take confidence in the fact that Grey have had some very close finishes this year and have been pushed all the way but other teams.

What has been noticeable this year is that Grey has not started their matches well and it has invariably been a good second half that has given them the victory. If Boishaai can get a solid lead early on, the dream of a rare win at Grey College is very much on the cards.

Boishaai have the personnel to do the job but the class and confidence of Grey could probably tip the scales in their favour.