It could get ugly, but SACS will give all

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

SACS will have to give it their all if they are to tri­umph over mighty Paarl Gym in their Western Prov­ince Un­der 19A match to­day.

Home- ground ad­van­tage is some­times worth a 10-point start, but SACS are up against the num­ber one team in the coun­try.

The best they can hope for is an ef­fort to limit the dam­age in terms of the fi­nal score.

Then again, no team is un­beat­able, a mes­sage SACS coach Graeme Wepener will be im­part­ing to his charges. “If we come into this game think­ing the im­pos­si­ble is pos­si­ble, then we have an out­side chance of caus­ing a ma­jor up­set,” Wepener said.

“Play­ing Paarl Gym, the num­ber one school in South Africa with four SA Schools play­ers, is ob­vi­ously a priv­i­lege, but also quite daunt­ing. We have cho­sen to em­brace the chal­lenge and the boys are de­ter­mined to give ev­ery­thing they have. One of the beau­ties of sport is that any­thing can hap­pen on the day and al­though the odds are heav­ily stacked against us we will try our best to get the win.

“It is great for us to have flank Dean Bas­son back from in­jury. He was con­sis­tently our best for­ward be­fore he got in­jured.

“In the backs we have been forced to move cap­tain Kea­gan Wheeler into scrumhalf af­ter Michael Hen­ning broke his arm at Cape Schools Week. The player to watch in the backs though is cen­tre Seb Roodt who has been a rev­e­la­tion for us this sea­son.”

Gym coach Christoff Löt­ter and his as­sis­tant Hen­drik We­ber have forged a win­ning com­bi­na­tion over the past cou­ple of years.

Key to the Boland school’s suc­cess has been the the fact that the play­ers se­lected for first team duty, do not for­get to re­spect op­pos­ing teams, never say­ing that a lesser side isn’t a threat no mat­ter how poor they are.

“We will never ap­proach a game believ­ing it has been won al­ready; that would be court­ing disas­ter. But we are driven to win ev­ery game we play against all-com­ers,” said Löt­ter.

“So far this sea­son we’ve man­aged to stay un­beaten, and we hope to con­tinue play­ing a win­ning, 15man brand of rugby with the fo­cus on the boys en­joy­ing the oc­ca­sion and rep­re­sent­ing the school with pride.”

Gym’s un­blem­ished record of 15 wins and one draw will no doubt strike fear into the hosts, not to men­tion the try- scor­ing count which in­cludes 19 tries scored in three games dur­ing Cape Schools week.

The Gym SA un­der-18 play­ers are Grant Her­manus (start­ing at right wing), No 8 Rikus Bothma (cap­tain, on the bench) and flanker Jac­ques Ver­meulen (on the bench).

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