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Bishops outclass Paul Roos for a historic win on the Piley Rees

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Imad Khan of Bishops (man of the match) during the Premier Interschools 2021 match between Bishops and Paul Roos
(Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

A masterclass well-rounded performance from Bishops at a wet and rainy Piley Rees saw them thoroughly outplay Paul Roos to record a 36-13 victory, (halftime: Bishops 13-8 Paul Roos) in the second Supa Quick Premier Interschools match of the season, on Saturday 15 May.

One first half and three second half tries from Bishops allowed them to secure their first win against Paul Roos since their 33-23 win back in 2010 breaking a five-match Maroon Machine winning streak. 2013 the sides drew 22-all, and prior to the draw, it was Paul Roos who dominated this fixture.

Bishops' clinical play at the breakdown and set pieces allowed their backs to run with ease. Despite the wet conditions, the home side made better use of their opportunities allowing them to score four brilliantly thought-out tries. Supa Quick Man of the Match Imad Khan kicked two conversions and four penalties taking his personal tally for this historic Bishops victory to 16 points.

Matters were pretty evenly poised in the opening 15 minutes of the game with Bishops getting the first points via the boot of scrumhalf Khan but his penalty conversion was cancelled out almost immediately when Paul Roos' Christoff de Bruyn succeeded with a penalty attempt, 3-3.

Two telling moments led to Bishops scoring the opening try of the match when inside centre Bruce Sherwood powered his way across the try line despite a tackle attempt by Paul Roos' flyhalf de Bruyn. The Bishops forward pack outmuscled the Maroon Machine at two consecutive scrums that allowed Sherwood to dot down under the upright, Khan made no mistake adding the extras, 10-3.

In contrasting moments minutes before the end of the first half, Bishops overturned the ball on their own try line when they won the scrum feed but it was the subsequent clearance kick from Sherwood that was charged down by Paul Roos' number eight Tristan van Dyk, who pounced on the ball reducing Bishops lead to just two points, de Bruyn missed the conversion attempt, 10-8.

It was, however, the home side who had the final say in the opening stanza, Khan calmly slotted his second penalty as the rain began to bucket down. Bishops headed into the changing rooms with a slender five-point lead, 13-8.

Bishops head coach, Wesley Chetty must have had an inspirational halftime chat because it was the home side who drew first blood in the second half courtesy of well-placed crosskick from flyhalf Johnny Roche for replacement back Rupert Holmes, who gathered the ball to score in the corner, Khan missing the conversion attempt, 21-8.

A period of Paul Roos fight back seemed to be gaining momentum as the visitors advanced deep into Bishops' territory, with flyhalf de Bruyn setting his forward up as they got over the advantage line but it was again the brave defensive effort from the Bishops forwards that led to a crucial turnover metres from their own goal line.

The attacking prowess of the Bishops' backline coupled with the clinical defence of their forwards enabled the home side to effect critical turnovers at crucial moments in the match. A delayed pass from Roche resulted in Suleiman Hartzenberg joining his centre partner on the scoring sheet as he ghosted the Paul Roos defence en route to scoring Bishops' third try. Khan missed the conversion, but the scrumhalf would redeem himself moments later when he slotted a penalty conversion, 29-8.

A late consolation unconverted try from hooker Tristan van Dyk, five minutes from the final whistle, reduced the home side's lead but it was too little too late following a 61st minute try from Bishops number eight Nicholas Steinhagen, that took the final score to 36-13.

Scorers:

For Bishops 36

Tries: Bruce Sherwood, Rupert Holmes, Suleiman Hartzenberg, Nicholas Steinhagen

Cons: Imad Khan (2)

Pens: Khan (4)

For Paul Roos 13

Tries: Tristan van Dyk, Torybyn Visser

Pen: Christoff de Bruyn

Supaquick Man of the Match: Imad Khan

Teams:

Bishops: 15 Fiekie Petersen, 14 Alex Myeki, 13 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 12 Bruce Sherwood, 11 Jack Pace, 10 Johnny Roche, 9 Imad Khan, 8 Nicholas Steinhagen, 7 Jordan Dare, 6 Nassar de Kock, 5 Ali Bruce, 4 Keenan Mills, 3 Chris Pittaway, 2 Josh Michau, 1 Josh Mansfield

Replacements: 16 Sam Aitken, 17 Luca Broggian, 18 Sean Craig, 19 Shariq Davids, 20 Ronan Dutton, 21 Rupert Holmes, 22 Jermaine Lwande, 23 Abel Mokwena

Coach: Wesley Chetty

Paul Roos: 15 Jared Africa, 14 Leigh Braaf, 13 Matthew van Schalkwyk, 12 Lonwado Mfikili, 11 Justin Levine, 10 Christoff de Bruyn, 9 Janneman Slabbert, 8 Tristan van Dyk, 7 Herman Lourens, 6 Liam Calitz, 5 Rayner van Driel, 4 Daniel Marais, 3 Jason Johnson, 2 Torybyn Visser, 1 Cameron Miell

Replacements: 16 Wilbur Loubser, 17 Zion Smuts, 18 Daniel Cairns, 19 Corbin Benjamin, 20 Gabriel Templeton, 21 Devon Milne, 22 Wener de Kock, 23 Reuben Noble

Coach: Jacques Hanekom.

 

Reported by Lyndon Julius

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