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Paarl Boys’ High vs Paarl Gimnasium Historic Overview

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August is derby month and this year Premier Interschools is bringing one of the biggest and most famous ones on Saturday the 6th of August to your local screens. Paarl Boys High versus Paarl Gimnasium. The Galpille against the Bloedworse, South vs North. This is the time of year when the town of Paarl is divided into the two camps for a whole week. A rivalry that exists for more than 100 years culminates in the main rugby match between the two schools at the Faure Street Stadium at 16h00 on Saturday. This will be the 99th time these two teams lock horns for Interschools that started with the first match in 1915 when masters, schoolboys and old boys all played together. This was the format up to 1927 after which was decided that the Interschools matches should only comprise of schoolboys. The current format as we know today officially started in 1929.

The Interschools was only interrupted for one year in 1928 when for some reason lost in the midst of time, the derby did not take place.

Paarl Gim has dominated the contest since 2000 having won eleven of the sixteen matches with Paarl Boys winning four and one draw in 2010. This however does not indicate the intensity of these games as the average winning margin in 99 games is a measly five points. There are no easily won Interschools games. Each point gained is precious and defence is usually rock solid. There have been three matches that ended in 0-0 draws, the last one in 1986. This shows the commitment and pressure that can build in these games. Overall Paarl Gim has won 49, Paarl Boys 38 with 11 draws since 1915, indicating that before 2000 and Gim’s two winning streaks, the contest have been very close indeed.

Results through the Years

1915: PBHS won 10-0

1916: Gim won 7-5

1917: Gim won 3-0

1918: Gim won 3-0

1919: Gim won 9-0

1920: Gim won 20-0

1921: Draw 6-6

1922: Draw 3-3

1923: PBHS won 3-0

1924: PBHS won 13-5

1925: PBHS won 7-3

1926: PBHS won 6-5

1927: Gim won 5-3

1928: No match

1929: Draw 3-3

1930: PBHS won 5-3

1931: Gim won 6-0

1932: Gim won 7-3

1933: PBHS won 3-0

1934: PBHS won 5-4

1935: Draw 0-0

1936: Gim won 11-6

1937: Gim won 5-3

1938: Gim won 5-3

1939: Gim won 9-8

1940: Draw 3-3

1941: Gim won 6-0

1942: Draw 0-0

1943: Gim won 9-6

1944: PBHS won 6-0

1945: PBHS won 14-6

1946: Draw 3-3

1947: PBHS won 8-3

1948: Draw 3-3

1949: Gim won 9-3

1950: PBHS won 6-3

1951: PBHS won 6-0

1952: PBHS won 11-0

1953: PBHS won 6-5

1956: Gim won 6-3

1957: Gim won 5-3

1958: Gim won 11-0

1959: PBHS won 11-3

1960: Gim won 9-3

1961: PBHS won 6-0

1962: PBHS won 6-0

1963: PBHS won 8-0

1964: Gim won 9-8

1965: Gim won 11-0

1966: Gim won 8-0

1967: Gim won 8-6

1968: Gim won 3-0

1969: PBHS won 8-5

1970: Gim won 19-8

1971: PBHS won 11-6

1972: PBHS won 6-3

1973: PBHS won 19-6

1974: Gim won 9-3

1975: PBHS won 3-0

1976: Gim won 8-6

1977: PBHS won 15-6

1978: Gim won 13-10

1979: Gim won 12-6

1980: Gim won 9-3

1981: Gim won 12-0

1982: PBHS won 16-15

1983: Gim won 15-6

1984: Gim won 10-4

1985: PBHS won 16-6

1986: Draw 0-0

1987: PBHS won 15-7

1988: Draw 6-6

1989: Gim won 15-4

1990: PBHS won 10-6

1991: PBHS won 8-4

1992: Gim won 20-15

1993: PBHS won 19-17

1994: PBHS won 11-6

1995: PBHS won 17-3

1996: Gim won 18-16

1997: Gim won 13-10

1998: PBHS won 16-5

1999: Gim won 13-6

2000: PBHS won 15-7

2001: PBHS won12-3

2002: Gim won 15-0

2003: PBHS won 25-6

2004: Gim won 13-3

2005: Gim won 22-10

2006: Gim won 23-17

2007: Gim won 10-0

2008: Gim won 35-8

2009: PBHS won 24-12

2010: Draw 19-19

2011: Gim won 22-19

2012: Gim won 16-9

2013: Gim won 37-26

2014: Gim won 16-15

2015: PBHS won 16-12

During the week there will be functions and reunion get togethers with old friends and foes reminiscing about the days gone by. The first battle on the rugby field is fired on the Wednesday evening as the two Old Boy teams lock horns in what can only be described as a friendly but fierce game. Thursday afternoon sees the “Goffels” and “Hommels” (G and H teams) play their own unique brand of rugby before Friday morning when it kicks into the business end of the weekend. This is the time when the two schools have their ‘Big Brags’ in the school hall. Here the Rugby and Hockey warriors that will represent their respective teams on the Saturday are introduced and the first teams get capped for Interschools.

There are only four rugby matches played on the Saturday at Faure Street Stadium. The games usually start around 12h00 with the u15A match, followed by the u16A, the Seccies (second team) and then the main match commencing at 16h00. On the Friday afternoon the rest of the rugby teams battle it out on the fields of the host who this year is Paarl Boys High.

The two big matches on Friday afternoon is the u14A match and the “main” match is the rugby games between the school’s Third teams, known among the locals as the “Chiefs” vs “Chippies”.

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select from 15.55

You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday 3 August at 17:15 on SuperSport 1 featuring Corne Krige, Elma Smit and Kobus Wiese


Schedule Date Schedule Time Duration Channel Name
Wednesday, 03 August, 2016 17:15 00:15:00 SS1 / SS1A / CSN
Wednesday, 03 August, 2016 18:45 00:15:00 SS8
Thursday, 04 August, 2016 18:15 00:15:00 SS8
Friday, 05 August, 2016 05:30 00:15:00 SS6 / SS6A
Friday, 05 August, 2016 14:30 00:15:00 SS1 / SS1A / CSN
Saturday, 06 August, 2016 04:30 00:15:00 SS1 / SS1A / CSN
Saturday, 06 August, 2016 10:40 00:15:00 SS7 / SS7A / SS7N

Rugby at Paarl Gimnasium

Paarl Gim is without doubt one of the ‘Big Five’ rugby schools in South Africa. They have to date produced twenty-three Springboks of which twenty-one have been capped in tests for South Africa.


Rugby started at the school in 1902 and the early years no strict age-groups were defined and the schools operated as a rugby club, the staff frequently turned out in the colours of the school. The headmaster back then, FC Wahl also captained the school’s 1st XV.

Paarl Gim Sprinboks

Bok No Name
94 *Japie le Roux
103 Pietie le Roux
110 Steve Joubert
195 Pierre de Villiers
203 JC van der Westhuizen
301 Jan Pickard
340 Hugo van Zyl
398 Wynand Mans
535 Schalk Burger snr
552 Kobus Burger
585 Kobus Wiese
595 Balie Swart
625 Mornay Visser
652 Pieter Rossouw
690 De Wet Barry
693 Louis Koen
699 *Chris Rossouw
711 Marius Joubert
735 Jean de Villiers
754 Schalk Burger jnr
810 Ashley Johnson
853 Lourens Adriaanse
857 Handré Pollard

Current Crop:

The 2016 squad is yet again one of the top schoolboy teams in South Africa and produced three WP Craven Week players and six Academy Week players in total. Two of their Craven Week players in Muller Du Plessis (wing) and Muller Uys (Flank) also made the SA Schools side.

Rugby at Paarl Boys’ High School

Rugby is an integral part of the Paarl Boys’ way of life. It is important to win, but that should not be the primary objective. A sportsman may never be abused to ensure the success of a team. The primary objective at Paarl Boys’ High must be one of enjoyment, for both player and coach. Whereas they agree with the legendary Vince Lombardi when he said: ‘’Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’’ they hold winning to be more than just points on the board. Winning relates to the values, commitment and the pursuit of the best of one’s abilities.

PBHS has produced twenty players that have represented South Africa since 1906 of which eighteen have been capped for tests. They have provided some of the legends and most famous Springbok rugby players ever to have played in the Green and Gold. Players like “Oom” Boy Louw and Fanie Louw, Piet “Spiere” du Toit, Mannetjies Roux, Ryk van Schoor, Carel Du Plessis and Corné Krige.

Paarl Boys’ High Springboks.

Bok No Name
112 Dirkie de Villiers
113 Cocky Hahn
147 *Louis Louw
182 Champion Myburgh
186 Jack Bester
207 Boy Louw
222 Fanie Louw
227 Manie Geere
247 Johnny Bester
253 Ben du Toit
278 Ryk van Schoor
313 Theuns Briers
332 Piet du Toit
367 Mannetjies Roux
391 Haas Schoeman
523 Carel du Plessis
661 *Wium Basson
676 Corne Krige
764 Gurthro Steenkamp
841 Francois Malherbe

Legendary “Oom” Boy Louw and Carel du Plessis also coached the Springboks. Corné Krige is still the only SA Schools captain who went on to captain the Springboks as well. Ryk van Schoor’s son, Theuns was a teacher at PBHS and coached the u16A team.

Current Crop:

Paarl Boys are having another stellar season after the unbeaten run of 2015 and are still unbeaten in the 2016 season as well. They contributed eight players to the WP Craven Week team and four to the Academy team. All eight of their CW team players made the SA Schools side in Gianni Lombaard (Fullback), Manny Ras (Centre) , Khanya Ncusane (8th Man), Charl Serdyn (Flank), Salmaan Moerat (Lock and SA Schools Captain), Reece Bezuidenhout (Prop), Adam Neethling (Prop) and Daniel Jooste (Hooker).




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