SA RUGBY LEGENDS VICTORIOUS AGAINST BOISHAAI LEGENDS
An impressive list of international school teams thrilled the crowds at the recent World Schools Rugby Festival which took place in Paarl last week, between April 2-7. Hosted by the prestigious school, Paarl Boys’ High, as part of their 150-year anniversary celebrations, 10 Top SA schools participated in addition to 10 of the world’s best schoolboy teams. Paarl Boys’ High has a rich rugby history and has been consistently acknowledged as one of the leading rugby schools in the country. In celebration of the event, the South African Rugby Legends (SARLA) fielded a team of their own Cape based Legends to play against the Paarl Boys’ High Boishaai Legends team, held on the final day of the festival, Saturday, April 7.
The Boishaai Legends Team has remained undefeated locally for the past three years. This winning period has spanned more than 50 matches since the start of the 2015 season. The Boishaai Legends boasted a formidable team with former Springbok Captain and Paarl Boys High Old Boy, Corne Krige, as Captain and another Boishaai Legend, Mannetjies Roux, who led the team out onto the field to a packed audience for this match, the festival’s wrap-up event.
The SA Rugby Legends Team was led by former Springbok De Wet Barry, (a Paarl Gim Old Boy), and the impressive team line-up included the likes of Forwards such as Justin Melck, Andries Human, Francois Coertze, Mpho Mbiyozo and Henley du Plessis and Back Players, De Wet Barry, Andries Strauss, McNeil Hendriks, Conrad Jantjes, Quinton Daniels and Jongi Nokwe. The SA Rugby Legends Team was coached by former Springbok Coach Ian McIntosh, and supported by Marco Wentzel, Marius Hurter and Dale Santon, all former Springboks themselves.
Going into the break at half time, the SA Rugby Legends Team led the game at 14-12 to Boishaai. The second half of the game saw Conrad Jantjes make an impressive dash to the try line, converted by Monty Dumond, putting the SA Legends ahead 21 -12.
A tense game, full of action, saw the score remain here until the very end when the Boishaai Legends went over for a converted try, finishing the game at a close 21 – 19. This close score resulted in enormous cheer from the fans in the crowds for the SA Rugby Legends victory.
SA Rugby Legends Captain, DeWet Barry said “It was both a special and memorable experience to play with and against players you’ve known for so long. It was also a great honour to see Mannetjies Roux lead Boishaai out, with Corne as Captain. It was a tough game, which was to be expected with both teams comprising of such skillful players. Legends for sure!”
Corne Krige, who played Captain for Boishaai, added “It was an unbelievable game, fast and tense! Of course, we would have loved to have won against the SA Rugby Legends Team. Our old guys showed off their great skills and there were some exceptional tries.”
SARLA would like to congratulate both Paarl Boys High and Carinat Sports Marketing for the successful presentation of an impressive showcase of international schools’ rugby with all our South African schools making us proud with their performances across all the matches played.
SARLA CEO, Stefan Terblanche, proudly stated “I was both excited and inspired witnessing not only our future legends in action, but our former rugby greats out on the field once again. I would like to sincerely thank all the Rugby Legends who so generously gave of their precious time to participate in this event. This truly defines what legends rugby is all about.”
For more information on SARLA please visit: www.sarugbylegends.com
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