After the magnificent month of May where five games were played in idyllic condition winter struck with a cruel blow on the weekend of 1 June. Schoolmasters throughout the Cape were communicating frantically on Friday as to whether it would be safe to play matches with monsoon conditions predicted by the weather office. Thankfully their predictions were a little over the top and all the matches all went ahead as planned but the conditions were never going to be conducive to entertaining rugby.
The South African College High School (SACS) travelled out to Paarl to play Boishaai with the fields under water and snow covering the spectacular mountain backdrop. Boishaai were too strong on the day and won 29-5.
SACS were caught cold in the first five minutes and conceded two quick tries which in the conditions were always going to be difficult to claw back. Firstly centre Curtley Grain cut inside and beat some feeble attempted tackles to score before Boishaai capitalised on a turnover to set wing Daylen Daniels over for a try. Neither was converted.
The massive Boishaai pack were always going to be the telling factor in the conditions and they dominated a depleted SACS at the set-piece while rumbling up-field on a number of occasions. Three of these surges resulting in tries for their recently selected Craven Week forwards, one of whom came off the bench having being dropped to the second team a few weeks back.
SACS competed manfully and actually had territorial advantage for long periods but were unable to convert pressure to points. After the two early lapses SACS defended well for the remainder of the game would have drawn the second half had it not been for a another incidence of the referee having to leave the game early. With fifteen minutes to go the referee for the match, appointed by WP Rugby, excused himself to head off to a club game starting two hours later. This meant that an official who was running touch had to take over a complete the game. This is not the first time this has happened this season! Their watches were obviously not synchronised as Boishaai scored their final try four minutes after the game should have ended.
SACS had scored on the stroke of full time when they mauled a lineout and flank Yandisa Maqenukana dotted down from the resulting pick-and-go.
Tries: Daylen Daniels, Curtley Grain, Thomas du Toit, Daniel du Plessis and Burger van Niekerk
Conversions: Stephan Gouws (2)
Try: Yandisa Maqenukana