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Saturday, 31 July 2010 20:20

Interskole Nail-Biter! Boishaai & Gimmies Share Spoils!

Gimmies have tried gamely in the past few seasons to get back to winning ways but have had to play second fiddle to Boishaai and that trend looked like continuing this year although Gimmies found themselves ranked three places higher than their rivals this time.

Paarl Boys have been playing some great rugby in 2010 and it would have come as no surprise if they ran away with this the 80th match between Paarl Gimmies. But Gimmies have only lost two games this season and from the start looked to try and keep Boishaai at bay for as long as possible.

Marshalled by No.10 Gavin Haupfleisch Boishaai were soon into the lead as he hammered over a penalty in the opening minute and the signs looked ominous for Gimmies. However throughout the match Paarl Gim tackled tirelessly and never allowed Boishaai space to attack.

Thanks to a drop by Lance Rutherford and a penalty by Willie Viljoen Gimmies snatched the lead ( 6-3) only to make a huge error in passing which allowed an easy turnover and ultimately for the flyer Devon Williams to crash over in the left hand corner for the opening try of the game for Boishaai. Gavin Haupfleish converted from the acute angle and it was suddenly 13-6 in Paarl Boys favour.

Spurred on by their massive support Gimmies lauched wave after wave of attacks only to see many opportunities squandered. However their positive play saw them rewarded with a couple of kickable penalties and we had one point game going into half time. 13-12!

The second half started where it had ended and relentless attacks by Gimmies coupled with resolute defence by Boishaai meant that pressure started to build and one sensed that it could not go on indefinitely. Yet Haupfleisch on more that one occasion saved the day with a booming kick to give Boishaai a breathier and a chance to regroup after each Gimmie attack.

It started to appear that Paarl Gim had boxed themselves to a standstill as Boishaai near the closing stages started to enjoy more possession and even managed a penalty to extend their lead to 16-12. With 15 minutes to play the Paarl Boys flyhalf slotted home another penalty and it looked at 19-13 that Gimmies were going to have to bend the knee again to Paarl Boys who started to control the game.

However for the rest of his life Gimmies centre Kobus van Wyk will be retelling the tale of how the waters parted for him and he suddenly found himself shrugging off defenders to score the biggest try of his life. Willie Viljoen converted and the capacity crowd which was close to 30 000 watch the final 5 minutes in slow motion and there was a collective roar when the final whistle blew to leave the two Paarl jugganauts locked at 19-19.

This one an epic match. Well done Boishaai! Well done Gimmies!

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