Paul Roos produced another scintillating display of attacking rugby to beat Napier Boys’ High 62-7 in the final match of the World Schools Festival on Saturday. DYLAN JACK reports.
The hosts, one of the top South African school sides of 2018, look set for a big 2019.
They were by far the most threatening team at this festival in terms of transitioning between defence and attack, but they will undoubtedly face tougher challenges later in the year.
Paul Roos took an early lead in this match through loosehead prop Robbie Rogers, with hooker Meiring Ebersohn reaching over after another good period of pressure.
Napier had a couple of close calls near the Paul Roos tryline, but were met by a sea of maroon whenever they went to their backline.
The home side then went upfield and got their third try when inside centre Ruben Labuschagne fed Luke Burger, who showed a clean pair of heels to scamper away and finish brilliantly on the left wing.
Paul Roos continued where they left off in the second half, extending their lead when Labuschagne dived over the line, before No 8 Jarrod Cairns also muscled his way over.
Labuschagne turned provider as his cross-field grubber was gathered by Burger, who found nobody ahead of him as he raced in for his double.
The No 12 went over for his second soon after, as did Rogers, as the scoreline started to get ugly.
However, Napier did get some reward for their efforts when replacement back Michael Hoffman scored their only try with 10 minutes to go.
Paul Roos brought up the half-century in the closing stages through openside flank Andre Smith and Burger, who finished off his hat-trick.
Paul Roos – Tries: Robbie Rogers (2), Meiring Ebersohn, Luke Burger (3), Ruben Labuschagne (2), Jarrod Cairns, Andre Smit. Conversions: Kade Wolhuter (6).
Napier Boys’ – Try: Michael Hoffman. Conversion: Henry Williams.
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