Grey vs Paul Roos in PE
SCHOOLS PREVIEW: This match has rapidly become one of schools rugby's highlights of the year, again a Premier Interschools match.
Apart from the other activities, there will be 21 rugby matches, played by 42 teams. Admire the energy and generosity of the schoolmasters involved.
The encounters have often been thrilling, often close and always of top quality.
This year it is at Grey, not that home ground has been decisive it seems. In six matches at Grey, Paul Roos has won three, Grey two, with a draw. In six matches at Stellenbosch, the two schools have each won three.
The match will be live on TV and certainly worth watching.
Both sides are ranked on the Schools Top 20 - Paul Roos at fifth and Grey at 11th.
Paul Roos have had much the tougher fixture list up to now. Grey have not played a team ranked in the Top 20 while Paul Roos have played six teams on the Top 20, beating Drostdy, Helpmekaar, Nelspruit and Affies and losing to Paarl Gim and, somewhat surprisingly, Waterkloof.
Grey has four players in this year's side who played for Eastern Province at last year's Craven Week - centres Aya Matroos and Waqar Solaan, fullback Sihle Njezula and hooker Ruan Jonker. In addition, lock Gerik Rautenbach was at the Academy Week.
Paul Roos, on the other hand, has no players with such experience.
Grey: 15 Sihle Njezula, 14 Enrique Franks, 13 Aya Matroos, 12 Waqar Solaan, 11 Uan Tait, 10 LJ du Preez, 9 Runaldo Pedro, 8 Bevan Prinsloo, 7 Dean van Dyk, 6 Travis de Bruin, 5 Laken Grey, 4 Gerik Rautenbach, 3 Philip Weyer-Henderson, 2 Ruan Jonker, 1 James Scott.
Replacements: 16 Corné Slabbert, 17 Warwick Griffin, 18 Richard Horne, 19 Dumisa Ngcivana, 20 Darren Vermaak, 21 Jordan Blewett, 22 Joshua Oosthuysen, 23 Kholiwe Konza.
Paul Roos: 15 Colia Louis, 14 Regan van der Westhuizen, 13 Brendan Venter, 12 Rufus Dercksen (captain), 11 Rémy Engelbrecht, 10 Juan Mostert , 9 Gerado Jaars, 8 Matthew Cordy, 7 Philip van Dyk, 6 Willem van der Hever, 5 Ryno Niemand, 4 Mink Sharink, 3 Hanru Jacobs, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Alexander Mbete.
Replacements: 16 Micardo du Preez, 17 Tristan Leitch, 18 Cobus Esterhuizen, 19 Lombard Basson, 20 Jacques Viviers, 21 Antonie Kock, 22 Johnny Solms, 23 WJ Smith.
Date: 6 May 2017
1st XV kick-off: 14.00
TV broadcast: SuperSport Channel SS7
Venue: Grey High School
Expected weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 19°C and a low of 13°C
Rugby Programme for 6 May 2017
10.20: 4th XV
11.30: 3rd XV
12.40: 2nd XV
14.00: 1st XV
09.10: 5th XV
09.10: 7h XV
12.40: 6th XV
Results Down the Years
Paul Roos vs Grey PE
2005: Draw, 14-14 in PE
2006: Paul Roos won 28-14 in Stellenbosch
2007: Paul Roos won 31-17 in PE
2008: Grey won 23-19 in Stellenbosch
2009: Paul Roos won 20-13 in PE
2010: Paul Roos won 43-37 in Stellenbosch
2011: Paul Roos won 22-19 in PE
2012: Grey won 23-19 in Stellenbosch
2013: Grey won 23-18 in PE
2014: Grey won 27-26 in Stellenbosch
2015: Paul Roos won 34-3 in PE
2016: Paul Roos won 36-21 in Stellenbosch