The FNB Classic Clash between the two Kroonstad rivals, Rooiskool and Blouskool, was an absolute cracker decided by a try in the dying moments which gave Rooiskool a 17-13 victory at Hoërskool Kroonstad.
Both sides agreed that it was a wonderful match on a wonderful day and played in an excellent before a crowd of some 7,000 in beautiful weather.
It was a match that both sides wanted desperately to win, as is the case with such derbies. Win that and your season is made.
Blouskool were leading 13-9 when burly flyhalf François van Biljon dropped a goal to make it 13-12 and then Rooiskool's fullback Stefan Schoeman scored the winning try.
The schools were balanced and probably the difference between the two was the remarkably play of François van Biljon, the Griffons' flyhalf at Craven Week.
This is the Afrikaanse Hoërskool's fourth successive win.
Try: Stefan Schoeman
Pens: François van Biljon 2
DGs: Van Biljon 2
Try: René Eksteen
Con: Jaco Enslin
Pens: Enslin 2
Blouskool: 15 Pieter Zietsman, 14 Johan Aucamp, 13 Rubin Botha, 12 Jaco Enslin, 11 Neill Oosthuizen, 10 JM Janse van Rensburg, 9 René Eksteen, 8 Johann Botes (captain), 7 Andro Swanepoel, 6 Bryan Meyer, 5 Coenie Westraad, 4 Elandré Jv Rensburg, 3 Albert Human, 2 Herman Pretorius, 1 Willem Botes.
Replacements: 16 Alex Coetzee, 17 Dawid van Oudtshoorn, 18 Erik Rossouw, 19 Charles Westley, 20 Heinrich Hoops, 21 PD Maree.
Rooiskool: 15 Stefan Schoeman, 14 Jean Pretorius, 13 Jaco Combrink, 12 Danie van Zyl, 11 Pierre Uys (captain), 10 François van Biljon, 9 JW Bruwer, 8 JP Nel, 7 Jacques van Rooyen, 6 Ignus Gresse, 5 Stephan Groenewald, 4 Manie Uys, 3 Phillip van Zyl, 2 Wayne Wright, 1 Bertiaan Luyt.
Replacements: 16 Hendré van Zyl, 17 François Poolman, 18 Wessel Crous, 19 TP Kleynhans, 20 Aldert van Wyngaardt, 21 Erick Reinecke, 22 Gerrit Otto, 23 John Potgieter.
Referee: AJ Jacobs (Griffons Referees' Society)
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