Paul Roos beat Grey in exciting derby
Paul Roos Gymnasium used the power of their pack to register a deserved 24-18 win over Grey High in an exciting schools rugby derby on the Philip field in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Down 21-6 five minutes into the second half, the home team were staring down the barrel, but to their credit they came back with two excellent tries to give themselves a chance of snatching victory.
They attacked strongly until the end, but the Paul Roos defence was up to the task and they kept the Grey team at bay to build on the victory they achieved in 2018.
At flyhalf, the talented Kade Wolhuter dictated much of the proceedings for Paul Roos, with his excellent distribution and his tactical kicking.
And when they got near the Grey tryline, the Stellenbosch side showed great cohesion in the driving maul to set up their three tries.
Two of these came from lineouts when hooker Meiring Ebersohn seized the moment to score, while prop Robbie Rodgers, son of former Springbok Heinrich Rodgers, used his power to cross for a crucial try in the same manner just before halftime.
That made it 14-6 at the break after Grey flyhalf Matthew Easton earlier kicked two penalties to reduce the deficit to one point (7-6).
Grey came back strongly from 21-6 down in the second half to score tries by lock Keagan van Niekerk and Easton, but try as they might, they just could not crack the Paul Roos defence again.
The home side were let down in their lineouts, where they consistently failed to win their own ball and they eventually resorted to opting for scrums from several penalties.
From one of those they showed slick moves for Easton to dart over, but in the end Paul Roos will be satisfied with holding onto another win.
Wolhuter kicked three conversions and a penalty, while Easton added a conversion to his first-half penalties...