Much was said of Outeniqua going into the game, especially after their wins over Paarl Boys High and Grey Bloem. Their opponents, Gim, had a far more low-key build-up to the game, but form and history counted little on a day that was dominated by the Paarl men. Gim got the scoreboard moving courtesy of an early penalty by Wyatt Murphy. That was followed by the games first try, when scrumhalf Brendan Nell finished off a good passage of play to stretch the Gim lead to 10 points. Kwaggas’ star centre Warrick Gelant got the ball rolling for the home team with two penalties to cut the deficit to four points. But the joy was short lived as Man of the Match Jacques Vermuelen crashed over for the first of his two tries on the day to take Gim out to a 17 – 6 lead with four minutes to go till half time.
Then Kwaggas’ flyhalf Dewald Malan produced a piece of magic as he launched a counter attack from his own half. The nippy halfback sliced through the Gim defence and ghosted round fullback Ryan Murphy before feeding Leighton Eksteen who dotted down in the left-hand corner. Gim led 17 – 11 at the break. The second half started much like the first, with Gim dominating all facets of a play. A second Vermuelen try and another Murphy penalty pushed Gim out to a 14 point lead as the score read 25 – 11 after 45 minutes. Eight minutes later Gim were at it again when skipper Rikus Bothma scored off a rolling maul, just reward for the skipper’s brave decision to kick for the corner (Gim 30 – 11 Outeniqua).
The Kwaggas were given a sniff when Leaviel Gouws was yellow carded with 15 minutes on the clock. The home side made good use of the numerical advantage when Eksteen crossed for his second try to bring the deficit down to 12 points (Gim 30 – 18 Outeniqua).
However, the joy was short lived for the Kwaggas as a loose chip kick fell in Ryan Oosthuizen’s arms and the big centre gladly accepted the gift and sprinted 40 metres down field to score under the poles and secure the game. To their credit, the Kwaggas never gave up and ran in a superb try off a set piece when big Duhan van Der Merwe used his pace to carve up the Gim defence to dot down between the sticks after the hooter. The end result was a fine win for Gim, who head back to Paarl with their reputation enhanced and most likely with a number one ranking to their name.
Final Score: Paarl Gimnasium 37 – 25 Outeniqua.
Tries: Leighton Eksteen (2), Duhan Van Der Merwe
Cons: Warrick Gelant (2)
Pens: Warrick Gelant (2)
Paarl Gimnasium (37):
Tries: Brendan Nell, Jacques Vermuelen (2), Rikus Bothma, Ryan Oosthuizen
Cons: Wyatt Murphy (3)
Pens: Wyatt Murphy (2)
Man of the Match: Jacques Vermuelen (Paarl Gim)
Outeniqua 1st XV: 1 Stefaan Grundlingh, 2 Marne Botha, 3 Wynand de Necker, 4 Hendri Storm, 5 Eduard Zandberg, 6 Geor Malan (c), 7 Lian van Schalkwyk, 8 Dian Koen, 9 Remu Malan, 10 Dewald Human, 11 Duhan vd Merwe, 12 Warrick Gelant, 13 Douw Schoeman, 14 Leighton Eksteen, 15 Hennie Barnard.
Coaches: Piet Cloete, Martin Oosthuizen, Jacques Wolfaardt.
Paarl Gim 1st XV: 1 Gavin van den Berg, 2 Wilner Conradie, 3 DJ van Niekerk, 4 Johan Momsen, 5 JD Schickerling, 6 Gareth Cilliers, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 8 Rikus Bothma, 9 Brendan Nell, 10 Walter Smit, 11 Dylon Fairbridge, 12 Ryan Oosthuizen, 13 Grant Hermanus, 14 Leaviel Gouws, 15 Wyatt Murphy.
Coach: Christoff Lotter
Source: School Sports News