• Paarl derbies headline blockbuster schools weekend

    The Premier Interschools 2021 season will get under way this weekend with a cracker of a match on Saturday, while there are also big games in the Eastern Cape and KZN.

    Paarl Boys’ High welcome one of their most fierce rivals, Grey College of Bloemfontein.

    Grey will be hoping to set the record straight following an early season loss to Boishaai’s neighbours, Paarl Gimnasium. The teams did not have much game time before the season kicked off due to the restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Bloemfontein outfit looked better with each match they played.

    Like most schoolboys rugby teams, Boishaai are a bit rusty following no game time during the 2020 season and are still finding their form in the 2021 season. They have yet to select the same starting 15 as injuries have hampered their backline but, come Saturday, the boys should be ready for the visitors from Bloemfontein. Just like Grey, they have only played three games so far in the holiday festivals and have recorded wins in all three.

    Boys’ High’s neighbours, Paarl Gim, will welcome Paul Roos from Stellenbosch in what will be another exciting encounter. In the Cape’s southern suburbs, Bishops face SACS, while Rondebosch take on Wynberg. Meanwhile, Oakdale, who appear to have a very strong U19 A side this year, will be up against Stellenberg.

    There is plenty going on in KZN and the Eastern Cape as well, with DHS, Maritzburg, Kearsney, Northwood, Glenwood and Hilton all playing this weekend. The highlight of the Eastern Cape action is Queen’s College facing Selbourne College, which will be broadcast on the SuperSport Schools YouTube channel.

    Further north, the Virseker Cup starts this weekend, with a Limpopo derby between Pietersburg and Ben Vorster, while KES will be up against Affies and Monument face Waterkloof.

    Western Cape

    Paarl Boys’ High vs Grey College (SuperSport Rugby, 1:55pm)

    Paarl Gimnasium vs Paul Roos (SuperSport Schools, 11:45am)

    Boland Landbou vs Drostdy

    Bishops vs SACS (SuperSport Schools, 11:45am)

    Rondebosch vs Wynberg

    Stellenberg vs Oakdale

    KwaZulu-Natal

    DHS vs Maritzburg College

    Kearsney vs Michaelhouse

    Northwood vs Hilton

    Glenwood vs Westville

    Eastern Cape

    Dale College vs Grens

    Framesby vs Kingswood

    Grey High vs St Andrew’s College

    Queen’s College vs Selbourne College (SuperSport Schools, 2pm)

    Gauteng (Virseker Cup)

    Monument vs Waterkloof

    HTS Middelburg vs Garsfontein

    Noordheuwel vs EG Jansen

    Helpmekaar vs Marais Viljoen

    Pietersburg vs Ben Vorster

    KES vs Affies

    St Alban’s vs St John’s

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    Dylan Jack