Glenwood High School has won the prestigious international rugby union tournament, The Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament in Japan. Glenwood took on Higashi Fukuoka High School from Japan, beating them 45 – 6.
In 2008 Glenwood was chosen by SARU to represent South Africa at the prestigious SANIX World Youth Championships in Japan. Glenwood managed to win this tournament, beating the champions of England, New Zealand and France along the way. Glenwood was invited back in 2009 and, although they did not win the tournament, they had the satisfaction of beating the New Zealand champions, De La Salle College from Auckland 37 – 10 in the third-place playoff.
Glenwood has won this prominent tournament for a second time, being part of an elite group of schools such as Hamilton Boys High School (NZ) who won this tournament in 2014, 2011 and 2010; Christchurch Boys (NZ) who won in 2006, 2005 and Rotorua Boys’ High (NZ) in 2014 and 2003. Glenwood is the only South African school that has won this tournament twice.
Thirty Glenwood school-boy rugby players and six staff members travelled to the Global Arena in Fukuoka in Japan on the 24th of April.
Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron has invited a large group to the Baby Boks trials camp in Cape Town next week:
Junior Springbok trials squad (position in brackets):
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Jan-Henning Campher (hooker)
Tinus de Beer (flyhalf)
Aston Fortuin (lock)
Stedman Gans (centre)
Denzel Hill (No
Jaco Holtzhausen (prop)
JT Jackson (centre)
Manie Libbok (flyhalf)
Andell Loubser (wing)
Franco Naude (centre)
Divan Rossouw (wing)
Hendre Stassen (lock)
Eli Snyman (lock)
Gavin van den Berg (prop)
Franco van den Berg (prop)
Luigy van Jaarsveld (No
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
De Wet Bezuidenhout (flank)
Mosolwa Mafuma (wing)
Victor Maruping (flank)
Xerox Golden Lions
Le Roux Baard (hooker)
Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf)
Rhyno Herbst (lock)
Lusanda Badiyana (flank)
Tango Balelike (hooker)
Michael Brink (flyhalf)
James Hall (scrumhalf)
Nicolaas Oosthuizen (prop)
Lupumlo Mguca (prop)
Junior Pokomela (No
Roche van Zyl (prop)
Keanu Vers (fullback)
Jeremy Ward (centre)
Stephanus Nieuwoudt (flanker)
Saud Abrahams (flank)
Ruan Brits (hooker)
Paul de Wet (scrumhalf)
Eduan Keyter (fullback)
Daniel Maree (flank)
Gary Porter (lock)
Duncan Saal (wing)
Carlo Sadie (prop)
Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback)
Ernst van Rhyn (flank)
Jaco Willemse (lock)
Eduard Zandberg (lock)
Jaco Coetzee (No
Zane Davids (flank)
Ruben de Villiers (lock)
Wikus Groenewald (prop)
Edwill van der Merwe (wing)
Kuyenseka Xaba (flank)
A talented group that will be out to win a spot in the South African squad that will travel to the Junior World Cup in England. South Africa will play Japan in their opening game. Interesting to note that Curwin Bosch has been penned down as a fullback.
The day Rugby Union turned professional everything changed, this beast we all are complaining about is one of our own creation, the values, beliefs, ethos all went down the drain for most involved in the game.
Rugby became another beast, it was fuelled by competition, pride and desire to be the best at any cost. The camaraderie, brotherhood still form some of the pillars of the game but the lure of maximising financial gain, getting the most years out your body and to a less extent winning as many titles as you can has gotten greater. Very few institutions could sustain their reputation by mere pride and history. Teams have become money cows and these institutions have become mere businesses. From the best Unions to the smallest.
In recent weeks there has been a resurface of not an old story, but a story that goes back as far as a decade. Schools poaching players and the abuse of substances. Education takes a back seat in some schools to accommodate the rugby frenzy and hype. Rugby has become an occupation and you will realise most boys and some girls growing up now; want to be professional players. Rugby is a source of pride for most schools and it is what put some schools on the map.
Some schools have taken it so far as to start recruitment programmes and scouting systems not just in South Africa but as far as their neighbouring countries. Some schools have taken the safer options as they approach talented youngsters from Zimbabwe from as young as 13 years old. One head not only mentioned how this solves some of the transformation aims the school is looking to achieve but also allows them to keep their pact with other schools intact.
In most cases poaching has improved the lives of many players who have received opportunities they would have never got. What is rather troubling is poaching from an institution that has already invested in a youngster already. Is there a moral line crossed here?
The contracting processes are starting at ages as young as 15, case in mind being the current incumbent for the Springboks Handre Pollard. With youngsters being earmarked as the next Springbok it is the young players’ driving force towards getting bigger and stronger to get a contract early. The size of players is paramount and one of the most important aspect of players in South Africa. When players neglect the right nutritional pathway and use of healthy supplements but instead are left having to resort to substance abuse.
Will it ever stop? Never. The patience has gone out the window as players have become bigger, faster and more athletic. Even the props have begun to look like loose forwards. When youngsters are told by their coaches to get bigger, and to get faster they have neglected the first rule of having talent- working hard. Now I will not condone the use of steroids. It’s unacceptable and should never be an option. Bans need to be extended from mere 6 months to two years to make a statement.
Now, when a boy is surrounded by fellow players and team mates that are urging him to use or forget about making a side peer; pressure kicks in. Coaches are insisting on the size of players and there is an even more telling example in that some players are written off and labelled too small to play the game at Test level. Case in mind; Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh deemed too small for their position. Gio Aplon (despite playing a few games; his lack of size meant he was never backed 100%) is another who battled. Factors like this contribute to how players prepare for a life as professionals or players.
We have stopped to fully appreciate skill and have decided to blind ourselves in believing size beats all. The reality is when all else fails and physicality is matched; skill wins. School boys are now subjected to live matches on TV. The level of exposure is so high, reputations and sponsors’ millions are on the table. Sponsors back winners and what counts now is winning. Players need to perform and be in the best shape of their lives. Contracts are awarded to bigger, stronger, faster youngsters. Players that if they aren’t genetically gifted will resort to plan A or B.
Schools are complaining about ‘possible’ breaches in agreements not to poach from each other. Is that like when Eddie Jones agreed to coach the Stormers? Contracts are easily broken now. People’s words have been reduced to hearsay.
Can poaching ever be stopped? I doubt it. It will remain a problem as long as a player will be offered a better opportunity than his current setting. If you find yourself at a school ranked 6th on the Top schools list and the number 1 school offers you a scholarship are you going to decline? Are you going to rely on sentiment that they developed you and gave you the big break? This level of emotion has left most players. They will jump into any door they feel will enhance their best chance to becoming a Springbok one day. Just like a player will fight to go to the best Union in the country. The logic is the same.
Any player will be off to the best place for them whether it is morally right or wrong. It is the beast that lives now and continues to grow. This is the business world and schools are the next biggest entities after Unions. Whatever the case. It’s a long way off till any of this can stop and there needs to be a stage SARU decide to be part of the school system. Most parents may need to be informed that young players too may be tested at any stage for drug taking. Gone are the days when players are playing in the provinces they grew up. It’s all down to who has the strongest brand and most money. They get the best players now.
Brendan Venter once said “…young players are sadly seen as commodities and a survival of the fittest policy comes into effect. The moment such an environment is cultivated, competition for places becomes so stringent that individual ambition takes precedence over team camaraderie.”
SA Rugby on Tuesday announced a new structure to the 2016 Coca-Cola Youth Weeks, with the junior tournaments being hosted concurrently in Paarl and the Under-18 tournaments in Durban.
In the past all the tournaments were hosted at different venues.
The Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week will be hosted simultaneously at Paarl Gymnasium from 4 to 8 July, and the Coca-Cola Academy Week and Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week will be hosted between 11 and 16 July at Kearsney College in Durban.
The Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week, meanwhile, will be hosted at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria from 27-30 June.
“The new structure of our Youth Weeks will have several benefits, the biggest of which is that we will be able to ensure that the Mobi-Unit coaches, the national selectors, our High Performance staff and the SA Rugby Academy Coaches will be able to attend all the tournaments,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“In the past they either had to split up into two teams to keep an eye on all the tournaments or they had to attend each tournament for only a few days.
“Another advantage is that player education with regards to our rugby pathways, safety campaigns, referee recruitment programmes and contracting could be done simultaneously with both groups of players.
“The new structure will also create a festival of rugby at each venue for the players, their families and friends, while boosting the camaraderie among the players. With these changes, the players and supporters can look forward to an action-packed SA Rugby Youth Weeks series from start to end.”
Western Province on Saturday secured back-to-back South African Rugby Union Under-17 Interprovincial Sevens titles as they defeated SWD 43-7 in the Cup Final at Hoërskool Paarl Gimnasium to complete the competition unbeaten.
The Pumas won the Plate Final, while Free State won the Bowl Final and KwaZulu-Natal the Shield Final.
Western Province booked their place in the final after registering a morale-boosting 29-0 victory against Western Cape neighbours, Boland, in the Cup Semi-final.
Earlier in the day they defeated Griquas 48-0 in the Cup Quarter-final.
SWD, meanwhile, defeated the Blue Bulls 28-14 in the Cup Quarter-final and then beat the Lions 21-15 in the Cup Semi-final to book their spot in the final.
The final day’s play followed on a thrilling opening day with a series of big wins and a few tight games keeping fans entertained throughout the day.
In total 296 tries and 1852 points were scored in the two days of rugby. Western Province’s Damian Willemse was the highest points scorer in the tournament with 42 points, while his team-mate Muller du Plessis’ seven tries were the highest by a player.
The Cup Final was exciting with SWD taking an early 7-0 lead compliments of a stunning try by WP van Heerden. But Western Province bounced back with a try by Wian van Zyl, who found space out wide, allowing them to level the scores. WP’s Vian Fourie added their second try minutes later as he dashed to the tryline and broke through two tackles to score under the posts. This strong start boosted their confidence as Khanya Nkusane added another try on the stroke of halftime thanks to his raw pace, which earned the hosts an encouraging 19-7 lead.
Western Province continued to run riot on attack in the second half with Damian Willemse, Muller du Plessis, Charl Serdyn and Mike Mavovana scoring to increase their try tally to seven for a 43-7 victory. SWD, meanwhile, were forced to feed off the scraps throughout the match, and with no possession with which to launch an attack, they were unable to make their presence felt.
In the Plate Final, the Pumas struck first against the Blue Bulls with a try by JC Pretorius and they added another a few minutes later compliments of Jaco Joubert to take a 12-0 lead. The Blue Bulls tried hard to force their way into the match as the first half progressed, but their efforts were countered by the effective Pumas defence. The Mpumalanga side continued their dominance after the break with two tries in quick succession to stretch their lead to 24-0. The Bulls hit back a minute before the final whistle with a try by Lincoln Daniels, but this was cancelled out by the Pumas from the kick-off as they ran in yet another try to secure a 29-5 victory and the Plate trophy.
It is no surprise that Paarl Boys’ High are on top of our final rankings of the 2015-season. The class of 2015 finished the season unbeaten by beating Outeniqua by 30-28 in the final of the Maties Top Schools tournament in the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch….by School of Rugby
The first time since 1982 that the first XV of Boishaai finished a season unbeaten.
Boishaai will surely also top all of the other rankings, but we at School of Rugby has the bragging rights that we were the first ranking system placing them on top. The other powerhouse from the Boland town, Paarl Gimnaisum, finished in the second position. Paul Roos would’ve occupied this spot, but their surprise defeat against Boland Landbou going into the home straight of the season cost them.
Michaelhouse also finished the season unbeaten and gets the number-nine spot on the rankings. They only played 12 matches during the season. This cost them on our system as we reward teams that play more matches and whom play against quality opposition.
Both teams who played in the final of the Beeld Noordvaal Trofee for Macro Schools, Garsfontein en HTS Middelburg, moved into out Top 20. It must be remembered that we look at a season as a whole. Both teams had slips early in the season, but managed to finish strong.
Paarl Boys’ High
Paul Roos Gimnasium
Rondebosch Boys’ High
Grey High School
Jeppe Boys’ High
Matches that didn’t count towards our rankings:
Paul Roos Gimnasium was crowned champion at the annual Sanix Youth Internasional Tournament in Japan. They played six matches in the tournament against Higashi Fukuoka High from Japan (45-13), Ryutsu Kezai University/Kashiwa High of Japan (78-0), Enisei-STM of Russia (57-0), Gose Industrial High of Japan (38-0), Truro College of England (63-0) and Brisbane Boys’ College (35-3). The team from Stellenbosch also thrashed Viadana of Italy (94-0) at the St. John’s College Easter Festival which is excluded for the stats for the rankings.
Affies defeated the SARU XV by 50-0 at Wildeklawer.
Glenwood hosted its annual Photonote 7s Tournament on Saturday, 22 August 2015. 20 teams from around the country participated in this tournament.
Judging by the calibre of schools that played, the rugby was of high quality. It’s great to see the game of 7’s grow like it has in the last couple of years in KwaZulu-Natal. Tournaments like these give players a opportunity to experience a different form of rugby.
However, it was Westville and DHS who caused upsets to make it to the semi-finals along with Glenwood and Glenwood Falcons. The teams contested in Pool stages in a round robin format according to the 7’s IRB format, after which the top placed team in each group progressed to the semi-finals. Typical sevens fashion there was a Cup, Plate, Bowl.
The tournament consisted of 5 pools with each team playing 4 knock-out matches.
Glenwood would like to sincerely thank the title sponsor of this event, Phonote for their generous support.
Paul Roos host Grey College in Stellenbosch on Saturday, in a match that will determine who finishes second in the national Top 20 rankings……. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
While Paul Roos are aiming to end their 150th-anniversary celebration with a victory at their beloved Markötter Stadium, Grey travel to the Western Cape with just as much to play for in their final outing of the season.
The boys from Bloemfontein are in search of a first win against a team from this province in 2015 and will want to prove their promotion above Paul Roos in the national rankings this past week is no fluke either.
The teams, who have produced the most Springboks (Paul Roos 48 and Grey 44), come into the clash in contrasting form. The Maroon Machine 1st XV have lost two of their last four games, while Grey Bloem are on a six-game winning streak.
Wessel du Plessis, Grey’s 1st XV coach, is adamant recent form should not be taken into account as it won’t influence the outcome on Saturday.
‘Paul Roos are the Sanix World Youth champions and will be playing in front of their supporters. If anything, we’ll be the underdogs,’ Du Plessis told SARugmag.co.za. ‘In perhaps one of the biggest inter-provincial schools matches, the pressure will be on both sides to perform.’
Grey staged a magnificent comeback to record a 25-20 victory in this fixture last year and Du Plessis says they have prepared similarly to 12 months ago.
‘We’ve prepared the boys to play on a much heavier field with thicker grass than they are used to, but I think they are ready for the challenge,’ he added. ‘It’s always nice to end a long campaign on a high against a side like Paul Roos.’
In Saturday’s other big encounters, Dale welcome Queen’s, Nico Malan face Framesby, Bishops tackle Wynberg, SACS host Rondebosch and Paarl Boys’ put their perfect record on the line against Drostdy.
Paul Roos – 15 Hein Steenkamp, 14 Nico Leonard, 13 Troy Payne, 12 Kristoff Baard, 11 Jason Myburgh, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Josh van Eeden, 8 Pierre van der Merwe, 7 Lazlo Pschorn, 6 Malan Basson, 5 Joa Swart, 4 Louis Conradie, Dre Calitz, 2 Abrie Coetzee, 1 Muammir Salie.
Subs: 16 Peter Cordy, 17 Robert Matthee, 18 Stephan Annadale, 19 Dean van Tonder, 20 Roelf Burger, 21 Tiaan Coetzee, 22 Sebastian Uys, 23 Paul Burger.
Grey College – 15 Jandré de Beer, 14 Johan van der Walt, 13 Francois Agenbach, 12 Dawid Snyman, 11 Marnus Boshoff, 10 Mario Vieira, 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Hardus Nel, 7 Dian Schoonees, 6 Dawid Theron, 5 Janco van Tonder, 4 George Rossouw, 3 IG Prinsloo, 2 Daniel Rust, 1 Gideo Beukes.
Subs: 16 Pieter van Staden, 17 Stef Brits, 18 Johan Swanepoel, 19 Marius Stander, 20 Johan Dippenaar, 21 Niel Durow, 22 PR Serfontein, 23 Lourens Schreuder, 24 Jaco Wessels, 25 Marius Kruger.
Hudson Park vs Cambridge
Dale vs Queen’s
Nico Malan vs Framesby
Despatch vs Pearson
Diamantveld vs Jim Fouche
Sentraal vs Welkom Gym
Bishops vs Wynberg
DF Malan vs Bellville
Brackenfell vs De Kuilen
Drostdy vs Paarl Boys’
Durbanville vs Stellenberg
Tygerberg vs Paarl Gym
Paul Roos vs Grey College
SACS vs Rondebosch
Worcester Gym vs Charlie Hofmeyr
SA Schools coach Hein Kriek on Friday proved faith in the players that held their nerve to win against France in the Under-18 International Series for their final clash against England on Saturday as he made only a few changes to his starting team.
Kriek made five personnel changes to his team, two of which were forced by concussion, which paved the way for utility forwards Hendré Stassen and Zain Davids to be promoted from the SA Schools A team to the SA Schools team. Stassen replaces Ruben van Heerden in the run-on team, while flanker Johan Visser takes over from Cobus Wiese.
The other changes in the starting line-up were at loosehead prop where Cabous Eloff replaces Ashwyn Adams, while Curwin Bosch moves from fullback to flyhalf in place of Damian Willemse, and Andell Loubser gets a run at fullback. On the left wing Manie Libbok is selected in place of Wandisile Simelane.
“England have won both their matches in the Series so far and they are a strong unit, so we will have to be at our best to beat them,” said Kriek. “With that in mind we opted for continuity in selection in the starting line-up, however, the replacements will play an equally important role to keep alive our hopes of finishing the tournament unbeaten.
“England got the better of us in the final match of the tournament last year, which marked our first defeat in the series in four years, but I believe in the team, and if they play to their potential hopefully we can get the desired result.”
The final round of matches will be played at the City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town with the SA Schools team meeting England in the Series decider, while the SA Schools A team will battle it out with Wales and France will go up against Italy.
SA Schools A coach Lance Sendin, meanwhile, made nine changes to his starting team for their clash against Wales, which features new-look looseforward and halfback combinations. Flankers Phillip Krause and Kwanda Dimaza will join forces with No8 Khanya Ncusane in the loose trio, while scrumhalf Matthew Dahl and flyhalf Bader Pretorius will dictate play. Dahl also takes over the captaincy from Stassen.
In the front row props Christopher Klopper and Mashao Mukhari have been handed starts, while Ruan Vermaak replaces Stassen at lock, and centre Abner van Reenen takes over from Cyprian Nkomo.
The SA Schools A team will meet Wales at 11h00 and the SA Schools team take on England at 15h00, with the matches being broadcast live on SuperSport 8.
SA Schools team to face England:
15 – Andell Loubser (Blue Bulls, Menlo Park)
14 – Nico Leonard (Western Province, Paul Roos Gymnasium)
Over at SASchoolSports.co.za, the top 10 are primarily the same, with the only movement coming in seventh position where Selborne usurp Grey High following a 44-12 victory over Dale at the weekend.
Stellenberg have dropped down to 14th after their 13-12 loss to hosts Wynberg at the Hawthornden, promoting Oakdale and Glenwood up one rankings spot each.
Lower down, Middelburg have been rewarded for their 15-point win over Menlopark, rising from 18th to 15th, ahead of Noord-Kaap, Outeniqua and St Benedict’s. And at the bottom, AHS Kroonstad come onto the list following Nelspruit’s relegation.
The SA Schools team and England on Tuesday remained unbeaten in the Under-18 International Series after registering their second round of victories in the competition in an exciting day’s play at Outeniqua Park in George.
The SA Schools team defeated France 12-5 in a hard-fought encounter to close off the day’s play in front of a passionate crowd, while England thumped the SA Schools A team 33-8.
These teams will square up against one another in the final round of the competition at the City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town, on Saturday in what will prove to be the competition decider.
In the other match Wales defeated Italy 32-10.
SA Schools XX (9) France XX (0)
The SA Schools team signalled their intentions early on against France as they applied pressure on attack from the outset, which earned fullback Curwin Bosch a penalty in the eighth minute to hand the team a 3-0 lead. The following exchanges were tight as both teams used their forwards in an attempt to gain ascendancy and defended well, which resulted in them opting for penalty goals to earn points. The scrums and mauls were particularly physical as both teams put their bodies on the line. Bosch tripled the hosts’ score to 9-0 in the 31st minute as he added two more penalties. France, meanwhile, tried hard to make their presence felt and managed to work their way five metres out from the SA Schools’ tryline three times in the last 10 minutes of the half, but the solid defence denied them from crossing the tryline.
The second half was equally tense, and with neither team giving an inch on defence, Bosch slotted over his fourth penalty 15 minutes after the break to extend their lead to 12-0. The hosts came the closest they had been to the tryline in the match soon after by taking advantage of a gap in the defence, but wing Wandisile Simelane was bundled into touch metres from the tryline. France hit back by forcing their way close to the hosts’ tryline twice in the closing minutes, and their strong-minded approach paid off as Thomas Darmon crashed over in the 70th minute to reduce the deficit to 12-5. France struck again in the dying seconds after being awarded a penalty, but the SA Schools team defended like demons to secure the 12-5 victory.
SA Schools – Penalties: Curwin Bosch (4).
France – Try: Thomas Darmon.
SA Schools A 8 (3) England 33 (26)
England started their clash against the SA Schools A team with a bang as they scored their first of four first-half tries in the first minute compliments of fly half and captain Max Malins. The visitors dominated territory and possession in the opening 40 minutes by stringing together phases and forcing the SA Schools A team to defend for long periods, and they earned the rewards as they accumulated 26 points in the half. In return the hosts were only able to slot over a penalty compliments of flyhalf Eddie Fouche, as they battled to breach the defence. Despite trailing far behind, however, the hosts defended well on their tryline at times, but the visitors’ tenacity allowed them to break through in the end.
England scored their fifth try six minutes into the second half as Theo Brophy Clews navigated his way through the defence, but this proved to be their only points in the second half as the hosts tightened up their defence and retained possession on attack. The SA Schools A team’s determined efforts to force their way over the tryline finally paid off in the last 10 minutes as Abner van Reenen forced his way over the chalk to reduce the deficit to 33-8. They continued to show their fighting spirit until the final whistle, but they were unable to add to their score as England’s defence held.
SA Schools A – Try: Abner Van Reenen. Penalty: Eddie Fouche.
England – Tries: Gabriel Ibitoye, Josh Bayliss, Max Malins (2), Theo Brophy Clews. Conversions: Max Malins (3), Theo Brophy Clews.
Glenwood High School’s 1st XV made the Journey to Port Elizabeth (Saturday 8th August 2015) to take on Framesby in what was a tough fixture between the two sides.
The first half saw Glenwood take a slow start to the game, being caught off guard on defence allowing Framesby to go in for an early try.
The Framesby side coped better with their line outs and ran hard on attack leaving the Glenwood team to defend off waves of attacks, it was in the last 5 minutes of the first half, saw pressure applied from the Glenwood side allowing some great play for a quick pop to Glenwood number 10 Jerome Bossr, who went over for the try to end the half at 7-7.
The second half was a surge of energy by the Glenwood side as there was a burst of two tries in a short space of time bringing the score to 19-7. Framesby bounced back using their big forwards on attack to form a driving maul off a line out, to go over for a try increasing their score to 14-19.
Glenwood had a good period of attack and had majority of the possession, which forced Framesby to strengthen their defence, but gave away a penalty allowing Bossr to increase the lead to 22-14.
Framesby shortly after counter attacked in their half using a chip to the corner allowing their faced paced backline to push forward and go over the line increasing the score to 19-22.
In the last 5 minutes of the game Framesby gave away a penalty once again giving Bossr the opportunity to increase Glenwood’s lead and ending the game with a win for the Green machine at 25-19.
Over at SASchoolSports.co.za, Paarl Gym move back into the top three after their 69-0 triumph over Wynberg at the weekend. Michaelhouse, who didn’t play, drop to fourth place. The rest of the top 10 are unchanged.
Lower down, Stellenberg rise three positions higher from 14th to 11th, usurping Eldoraigne, Oakdale and Glenwood. Bishops climb two spots higher from 15th to 13th; Noord-Kaap jump up a spot to 15th, while St Benedict’s rise to 16th.
There are three new additions to the list, with Middelburg, Outeniqua and Brackenfell replacing Oakdale, Dale and SACS.
SA School Sports Top 20
1. Paarl Boys’
3. Paarl Gym
6. Paul Roos
7. Grey High
8. EG Jansen
10. Grey College
16. St Benedict’s
17. St Benedict’s
– SchoolboyRugbyBlog.co.za Top 20 rankings to come
The South African Rugby Union on Thursday named the SA Schools and SA Schools A squads for the Under-18 International Series against England, France, Wales and Italy in August.
The teams, which consist of 26 players each and are sponsored by Coca-Cola, were selected by a panel of national and SA Schools selectors following the conclusion of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Stellenbosch.
The SA Schools squad will face Wales on 7 August in Stellenbosch, France on 11 August at Outeniqua Park in George and England on 15 August at City Park Stadium in Cape Town.
The SA Schools A squad, meanwhile, will take on Italy in Stellenbosch, England in George and Wales in Cape Town in their clashes, which will serve as curtain-raisers to the SA Schools matches.
Hein Kriek from Paul Roos Gymnasium has again been appointed the SA Schools coach, while Lance Sendin from Hugenote Hoërskool in Wellington will guide the SA Schools A team.
Following DHL Western Province’s remarkable 95-0 victory against Eastern Province in the final match of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, 12 players from the Cape side were selected in the SA Schools squad, while the remainder of the squad was made up of players from the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Eastern Province, SWD, the Valke and Griquas CD.
Eastern Province flyhalf Curwin Bosch, who was named the Coca-Cola Craven Week player of the year in 2014, was one of four players who retained their places in the squad, with the others being Blue Bulls scrumhalf Embrose Papier wing Andell Loubser and Griquas CD looseforward Cobus Wiese.
The squads will assemble in Cape Town on Sunday 2 August to begin their preparations for the series.
In the first four years of the Under-18 International Series, only England have defeat the SA Schools team – a feat which they achieved in the closing match of last year’s tournament.
SA Schools squad for the Under-18 International Series:
Backs: Andell Loubser (Blue Bulls – Menlo Park), Joshua Vermeulen (Western Province – Paul Roos), Nico Leonard (Western Province – Paul Roos), David Brits (Border – Selborne), Stedman Gans (Blue Bulls – Waterkloof), Manie Libbok (SWD – Outeniqua), Manuel Ras (Western Province – Paarl Boys High), Wandisile Simelane (Golden Lions – Jeppe), Curwin Bosch (Eastern Province – Grey), Damian Willemse (Western Province – Paul Roos), Embrose Papier (Blue Bulls – Garsfontein), Jondre Williams (Western Province – Boland Landbou)
Forwards: Kwezi Mafu (Eastern Province – Grey), Hacjivah Dayimani (Golden Lions – Jeppe), Johan Visser (Western Province – Paarl Gymnasium), Cobus Wiese (Griquas CD – Hoerskool Upington), Ruben De Villiers (Western Province – Paarl Boys High), Salmaan Moerat (Western Province – Paarl Boys High), Ruben Van Heerden (Blue Bulls – AHS), Ernst Van Rhyn (Western Province – Paarl Gymnasium), Ashwyn Adams (Western Province – Rondebosch Boys High), Cabous Eloff (Blue Bulls – AHS), Dewald Maritz (Pumas – Hoerskool Nelspruit), Carlű Sadie (Western Province – Bellville High)Johan Grobbelaar (Western Province – Paarl Gymnasium), Nico Peyper (Valke – EG Jansen)
Coach: Hein Kriek
SA Schools A squad:
Backs: Earll Douwrie (Boland – HTS Drostdy), Riaan Van Rensburg (Eastern Province – Framesby), Tyreeq February (Western Province – Paarl Boys High), Ryan Muller (Western Province – Bellville High), Abner Van Reenen (Blue Bulls – Garsfontein), Mujaahid van der Hoven (Western Province – Rylands), Heino Bezuidenhoudt (Eastern Province – Daniel Pienaar), Cyprian Nkomo (Pumas – Hoerskool Middelburg), Eddie Fouche (Blue Bulls – AHS), Bader-Werner Pretorius (Kwa-Zulu Natal – Michaelhouse), Matthew Dahl (Kwa-Zulu Natal – Hilton), Jason Olivier (Griffons – Welkom Gimnasium).
Forwards: Zain Davids (Western Province – Rondebosch Boys High), Kwanda Dimaza (Border- Dale), Phillip Krause (Blue Bulls – AHS), Ngwekazi Khanya Ncusane (Western Province – Paarl Boys High), PJ Steenkamp (Blue Bulls – Garsfontein), Kamva Dilima (Eastern Province – Grey), Reinhard Nothnagel (Golden Lions – Monument), Hendre Stassen (Valke – EG Jansen), PW Koegelenberg (Boland – Swartland HS), Mashao Mukhari (Blue Bulls – Pretoria Boys High), Ignatius Michael Prinsloo (Free State – Grey College), Abram Venter (Griquas – De Aar High), Andre Lategan (Eastern Province – Framesby), Marnus Van der Merwe (Pumas – Hoerskool Nelspruit)
Coach: Lance Sendin
2015 Under-18 International Series fixtures:
Friday, 7 August – Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
There’s just one change to the FNB rankings, with Grey PE overtaking Maritzburg…..By: SARugbyMAG.co.za
Only seven of the FNB Top 20 teams were in action this past weekend.
Maritzburg are the only side on the list who suffered defeat last Saturday, going down to 34-8 to 13th-ranked Michaelhouse. Jeppe, Eldoraigne, Dale, EG Jansen and Monument also recorded convincing victories.
Over at SASchoolSports.co.za, Michaelhouse rose to fourth in the rankings in a direct swap with Paarl Gym, who dropped to fifth. ‘House are currently on an 11-match winning streak, including victories over provincial rivals Kearsney, Glenwood and Maritzburg.
In the only other change in the top half, Selborne have slipped from eighth to ninth place below EG Jansen, after the latter dismantled Rustenburg 73-12 over the weekend. Glenwood are promoted three spots up the order from 16th to 13th, above Stellenberg, Noord-Kaap and Nelspruit.
Further down, Maritzburg drop out of the group and are replaced by Dale, who start out in 18th position, while Boland Landbou climb one spot higher to 17th.
After a nail-biting finish which say Glenwood score an after the hooter winner against Westville during preseason Port Natal Series final in February, it was the highly motivated Westville who turned the tables and recorded a memorable 18-17 win against their hosts in Durban’s biggest inter-schools rugby rivalry.
A big crowd had gathered for Glenwood’s Old Boys day and they were treated to all the elements that make schoolboy rugby the most exciting rugby package in South Africa at the moment.
Glenwood got off to a flying start and scored a 4th minute try. It all really started when Westville attempted to carry the ball up from inside their own 22m but ran into trouble after Glenwood players arrived quickly and in numbers to effect the turnover at the tackled ball position. The ball found its way into midfield where a useful chip ‘n chase by Glenwood centre Donovan du Randt, forced Westville’s pressured sweeper Brogan Boulle to carry the ball back over his own line and concede a 5m scrum.
The set piece provided the springboard for impressive no.8 Marco Palvie to make his first meaningful ball-in-hand contribution. His onslaught was quickly followed by prop Christopher Klopper’s angled power run to get over for the try. Fly half Jerome Bossr converted to make it 7-0.
Westville opened their own account in the 8th minute via fly half Neil van Rooyen’s penalty, after scrumhalf Bryce Kitching’s quick tap and go had won his team an extra 10m as a result of Glenwood not retreating the required distance before engaging. 7-3.
A try in the 27th minute saw the visitors taking the lead for the first time, a position they held onto for the rest of the match. Its origin was an attacking lineout near their opponents 22m line, which was won by no.8 Zane Heyneke and gave rise to an effective but slowish driving maul.
When the formation started to dissipate and momentum was lost, Westville’s most dependable player this season Devon Muller broke off the back, dummied, and got over the advantage line to set up a new front-foot platform, which made it possible for his teammates to use the width of the pitch deep inside the 22m area. From the next ruck established, a pass went to the player of the first half, lock Fudge Qoma, who with work still to be done, used a bit of physicality to bust through two tacklers directly in front of him and score, making it 8-7
Glenwood had opportunity to regain the lead a few minutes late after a poor exit had the well-positioned Palvie collecting and charging back at full tilt. The in-from no.8 wasn’t given free rein to sow his seeds of destruction during this game as a result of very committed defending but on this occasion the carry led to an offside at the ruck penalty against the visitors, from which Bossr missed the kick at goal.
On 32-minutes, Westville who had enjoyed a noticeable territorial advantage during the half extended their lead via try number two. Overall Glenwood centre Maarten Holtzhausen had a good game but in this move when he tried to thread a grubber through a gap in midfield, it ricocheted off a Westville defender resulting in a turnover, which Ville’s standout 103kg hooker Hendrik Prinsloo took full advantage of aided by one of his signature explosive runs.
The often underrated Neil van Rooyen then produced a perfectly weighted dink into an unguarded space behind Glenwood’s D-line and the evil bounce saw the hardworking speedster Tonny Mahangu enjoying the benefits of having the favourable line. He controlled the ball at the second bite and finished under the sticks in style. Van Rooyen converted to make it 15-7.
Mistakes from or shortly after halfway restarts cropped up as an issue for both teams. Very soon after the next kickoff, Bossr reduced the deficit to 15-10, once Westville were penalised for holding. From the kickoff that followed, Qoma got into a good penalty winning body position over the ball after a good take by Lencho Brynard but slow support from his teammates once he’d been sacked. Van Rooyen however missed the shot at goal.
The referee endorsed the new playing time rules introduced for school rugby this season, which saw the game continuing well beyond the 35-minute running time mark and Glenwood nearly profited from a poor exit by fullback Shane Ball, which triggered a good run by his opposite number Jayden Morgan, who provided spark on attack at different times during the match.
At halftime it was 15-10 to Westville. 3 minutes after the break, Van Rooyen landed a penalty to grow Westville’s lead to 18-10.
During a passage of play started around the 10th minute of the half, Glenwood came up with a series of offensives which caused Westville a lot of distress and led to numerous penalties being awarded to Glenwood, including one that appeared to be for a cynical knock-down very near the try-line.
Glenwood resisted the urge to go for goal and instead tried to reduce the two score deficit via lineouts and tap ‘n go takes. The likes of Palvie, Klopper and Bossr all had goes at the line and but were stopped by a gutsy and organised defence. Morgan dropped a ball close to the line as well. Even when a bit of relief was gained, it was Holtzhausen who made the first of his two pleasing line breaks for the match, with this first one reigniting the relentless goal line intensity, assisted once again by Palvie’s ability to get over the gain line.
Twice Prinsloo came to Westville’s rescue with timely interventions, the second one delivering in a good long ball-carry out of his 22m area. The end result was that Glenwood crucially did not come away with a single point form this attacking stanza.
Westville’s best try-scoring opportunity of the half was initiated by an excellent in his tracks stopping Kitching tackle on Palvie when the latter tried to break off the back of a scrum on his own 22m line. This led a knock-on and from the scrum, Ville’s set move put fast-moving centre Sishle Mhlamvu into a hole. He was denied by a superb try-saving tackle by Bossr.
In the 27th minute more excitement was produced as Westville’s attack resulted in a Glenwood counter in which wing Ilunga Mukendi featured. Then another crucial moment followed soon afterwards as Glenwood ran a ball out of their own 22m area, set wing GJ Lubbe off on a long run down the left touch with plenty of support players on his inside. It was all in vain though the wing had placed a foot on the touch line while still inside his own half of the field.
With time running out Glenwood’s Morgan and Holtzhausen both found gaps to set up their best finisher du Randt but he uncharacteristically knocked on the pass inside the Westville 22m area with very little to get in his way of scoring.
Unlike earlier in the half, Glenwood now had little choice but to tap ‘n go from penalties – especially with their lineouts where also not guaranteed ball. Palvie again showed up with a big carry but he was held up over the line by Westville’s dogged tacklers. One good rolling maul, along with more bashes and snipes at the try-line continued for the next few minutes, with several Glenwood players dropping the ball at critical times.
Westville finally had an opportunity to clear the danger from a 5m scrum but decided to attempt a rather adventurous blindside run from behind their own goal-line, which had it come off might have seen them go coast to coast. The pass from Kitching to Ball was however a poor one and dropped, requiring the off-balance athletic Ball to improvise with a spectacular acrobatic kick to save blushes.
The freakish kick ended up in the middle of the 22m area where a Glenwood player caught it and drove forward. Finally the home team got rewarded for all their redzone pressure when flank Alex Brummer crossed the line with a lot of effort. Bossr converted to make it a one-point game at 18-17.
There was still time for one more Glenwood assault. Westville’s defence stood firm and won a penalty well inside their own half, which they duly cleared off the field to bring the curtain down on an thrilling game.
The emotions displayed by the two sets of players after the game were in itself a sight to behold as it provided a clear indication of how every single player on the park had given it his all during this game.
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries from South Africa’s top rugby schools, which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.
Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.
The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.
Paul Roos Gymnasium takes on Paarl Gimnasium on their home turf on Saturday, May 16 (kick-off at 12:15). The match will be televised live on SuperSport 5 (channel 205) and SuperSport Select (channel 210).
Paarl Gim are eager to avenge the loss they suffered on home turf last year, especially as it’s Paul Roos’ 150th year and they were recently crowned World School Rugby champions in Japan.
These two schools share a long and rich history in rugby and the first recorded time Old Boys of the two schools played together for SA was in 1906, when the Springboks played Ireland in Belfast. That day Steve Joubert was the first of many Gimmies to represent his country – and his Bok captain was Paul Roos himself.
Grey College will look to end a two-match losing run when they host Affies on Saturday reports SARugbyMag.co.za
Last year’s No 1-ranked South African school lost to Monument and Paarl Boys’ last week to drop to fifth in the latest FNB rankings.
Affies are ranked 14th, having lost three matches this season, but are unbeaten in their last four. They beat Framesby, Westville and a Saru Invitational XV, before drawing with Paarl Gym.
Grey captain and No 8 Wessel Roberts is confident his side can bounce back this weekend.
‘Some results didn’t go our way, but we are working hard and eager to turn things around,’ he told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘There will be a few new faces in the team, because of injuries, and they are eager to help restore pride to the 1st XV jersey.
‘I have told the team to keep their heads high and to train and play like winners.’
In other big matches this weekend, Monument and EG Jansen meet to determine the winners of the Tuks Super 16 Series, Eastern Cape rivals Dale and Selborne face each other for the 150th time, and SACS host Bishops in the country’s oldest schools rugby clash.
Grey College vs Affies
Brandwag vs Daniel Pienaar
Dale College vs Selborne
Jim Fouche vs Marlow
Muir vs Nico Malan
Queens College vs Kingswood
Pearson vs Hudson Park
Boland Landbou vs Paarl Gym
SACS vs Bishops
Rondebosch vs Paarl Boys’
Wynberg vs Grey High
Worcester Gym vs Drostdy
Strand vs Tygerberg
HTS Bellville vs Bellville
Brackenfell vs DF Malan
DHS vs Michaelhouse
Westville Boys’ vs Kearsney
Hilton College vs George Campbell
Jeppe vs Victoria Boys’
Maritzburg College vs KES
Nelspruit vs Garsfontein
Monument vs EG Jansen
Eldoraigne vs Kempton Park
HTS Middelburg vs Pietersberg
Ermelo vs Marais Viljoen
Transvalia vs Centurion
Klerksdorp vs Rustenburg
Vereeniging Gym vs Florida
The annual Vodacom Bulletjie Day at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, May 9 will see a record amount budding Vodacom Bulletjie rugby players take to the field.
Thanks to the efforts of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union the sport’s reach has grown exponentially and kids from the development clusters will be participating en masse.
Vodacom Bulletjie rugby is the biggest mini-rugby project in South Africa and the first initiative of its kind in the country.
Chairmam of Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby, Riaan Langenhoven said the increase in numbers equates to a massive logistical operation as they have to cater for nearly a thousand little boys and girls aged from 6 to 8 years.
“The increase in our numbers is down to the good work the Blue Bulls Rugby Union is doing at our youth clubs and development schools,” Langenhoven said.
“We have seen good growth at our youth clubs that join us for the Vodacom Bulletjie Day which has given us the boost to 5,927 participants – more than 600 teams will be participating on the day.”
The Vodacom Bulletjie Day is one of the highlights on the calendar at Loftus Versfeld where the logistical arrangements can only be described as ‘miraculous’.
This year there will be 197 Under-6 teams (1598 players), 237 U-7 teams (2125) and 218 U-8 teams (2177 players) learning the true meaning of sportsmanship.
“Since I’ve been involved over the last eight years, this will be the largest number of teams from rural areas involved in our development initiatives,” Langenhoven said.
“The union should be commended for putting the clinics in place and Vodacom for supplying the facilities and the equipment to get the children involved.”
“Approximately 100 teams will be coming from our youth clubs, which we did not have in the past.”
The day is not only a special occasion for the little ones playing on the B, C and D fields at Loftus Versfeld but also for the approximately 12,000 parents that dream of one day watching their kids donning the Light Blue jersey.
Vodacom’s Janus Kloppers, Brand Manager – Sponsorships & Regional marketing said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby fulfilling its role in developing a love for rugby and in essence widening the pool of South Africa’s future rugby talent.”
“With a strong emphasis on participation and integration, the Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day embodies all the important values of rugby.”
The growth of the Vodacom Bulletjie Day is nothing short of amazing since the first formal day was held at Loftus Versfeld in 1996 where 2000 boys had the unique experience of playing at the famous stadium.
In Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby players do not tackle each other; instead each player wears a ribbon on either side. When the ball carrier’s ribbon is ‘ripped’, they must pass the ball to a team mate within three seconds or three steps.
After passing the ball, the player must re-attach the ribbon to their belt before taking part in the game again. The player executing the ‘rip’ shouts “rip”, and holds the ribbon up in the air. The referee will then acknowledge the ‘rip’.
The player who performed the ‘rip’ must hand the ribbon back to the opponent immediately – only thereafter may the player participate in play.
Monument beat Grey College 17-7 at the Wildeklawer Super Schools festival in Kimberley on Monday.
The final game of the 2015 edition was closely contested and the first and only points of the half came in the 20th minute when Monument flyhalf Xander Kruger landed a long-range penalty.
Kruger was at it again after the break when he converted his own try, before outside centre Dawid Snyman crossed the line to get Grey on the board late in the second half.
Grey gained momentum and ferociously attacked the Monument line, but the defence held firm. And with three minutes to go, No 8 Len Massyn scored a breakaway try to seal the match for Monnas.
Meanwhile, Affies and Paarl Gym drew 22-22 in match that produced six tries.
Affies flyhalf Eddie Fouché and Gimmies inside centre George Lourens traded penalties, before speedster Keenan Abrahams scored the opening try for the Cape side against the run of play.
Fouché responded with a five-pointer for Affies, but failed to convert as they trailed 10-8 going into the break.
Both sides went over for two more tries in the second stanza, but with the scores tied at 22-22, Lourens skewed his final conversion attempt and Affies went long with the 22 dropout. The chase was good and they won a penalty at the breakdown. Fouché stepped up, but like Lourens, he botched the decisive kick.
‘We didn’t take our opportunities and it cost us in the end,’ Affies coach Jaco Koch told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘We fell off tackles too easily and the missed kick at the end is another example of poor execution. I’m not happy with the result, but still proud of the boys’ effort.’
In other matches, the Saru Invitational XV defeated HTS Louis Botha 31-9, Glenwood edged Noord-Kaap 27-26, Outeniqua beat Waterkloof 19-16, Paarl Boys’ laboured to a 19-14 win over EG Jansen, Middelburg pipped Oakdale 24-23, Selborne fought back to draw 20-20 with hosts Diamantveld, and Boland Landbou snatched a 21-20 victory against Menlopark.
The Western Cape might not be blessed with too much in the form of gold, platinum and other precious minerals, but if you are looking to boost your rugby team it seems that there is no place better to mine for players.
That is how it seems when you look at the way the Blue Bulls are going about their business these days as they set their eyes on the bounteous talent that hails from the Western Cape to prop up and replenish their dwindling stock.
Unions are under obligation to inform other unions when they are interested in another regions school players or when they go hunting outside their border, and so in a letter from Xander Janse van Rensburg, who is the Blue Bull’s High Performance Manager, to the Western Province Rugby Union, it states that the Blue Bulls have targeted no less than 62 WP school rugby players in an effort to lure them into the Blue Bulls stable.
The reality is that these players, who are in Grade 11 and 12, have learnt everything they know about rugby in the WP but may well never get to play professionally for their province.
Gert Smal, the WP Director of Rugby is clearly not amused by the plundering of his school players and as reported on IOL he mentioned that the Blue “Bulls clearly do not trust their own school system or players. This suggests that there is no development taking place with them. I would like to know how school children on their side feel about this.”
The Bulls have recently made it a habit to look for their future prospects in the WP with Paarl Gim’s and current Springboks Handre Pollard and Francois Hougaard, two of the big nuggets that were recently extracted from the Cape.
With the plethora of talent that oozes out of Paul Roos Gym, Boishaai, Gimmies, Rondebosch and SACS it seems that the Bulls are quite content to keep dipping into this talent pool until it runs dry.
What is the solution? Not long ago the Border rugby union made waves by stipulating that a school player who has been contracted by another union will not be able to represent Border at Craven Week. However that does little to deter a player who has already been earmarked to play for a big union whilst still in Grade 11.
Is this just the age of professionalism school rugby has entered or should a province have first pick of school players from their province?
SA Rugby magazine looks ahead to the festivals at Kearsney, KES, St John’s and St Stithians.
Since the first edition in 2008, the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival has grown rapidly to become one of the most prestigious schoolboy festivals in the country. Three standout performers at the festival receive an all-expenses paid bursary for the Sharks Academy.
THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS
Seven of the country’s top 20-ranked schools will line up at the 2015 festival. Only two teams have been replaced this year, with Nico Malan and Monument making way for Hoërskool Menlopark and SACS.
MATCHES TO WATCH
Day one will see EG Jansen take on Affies, while top-ranked Grey College tackle HTS Middelburg. Selborne’s match-up against Menlopark headlines day two, while the penultimate game of the 2015 festival sees Grey College and EG Jansen face each other.
HE SAID IT
‘Durban is a social hub over Easter and one of the major drawcards, especially for the upcountry schools, is the magnificent weather we experience during this time. We have a rotation policy when it comes to the teams we invite as we don’t want the same fixtures every year. Our end goal is to create an atmosphere of togetherness, through traditional, exciting schoolboy rugby, played in the right spirit.’ – Kearsney director of rugby Keith Thompson
Day 1 (2 April)
Kearsney vs Selborne (09:30)
SACS vs Dale (10:45)
Menlopark vs Westville (12:00)
EG Jansen vs Affies (13:15)
Glenwood vs Framesby (14:30)
Grey College vs HTS Middelburg (15:45)
Day 2 (4 April)
Selborne vs Menlopark (09:30)
Westville vs Dale (10:45)
Kearsney vs Grey College (12:00)
Affies vs SACS (13:15)
Glenwood vs HTS Middelburg (14:30)
Framesby vs EG Jansen (15:45)
Day 3 (6 April)
Westville vs SACS (09:30)
Framesby vs Affies (10:45)
HTS Middelburg vs Selborne (12:00)
Glenwood vs Menlopark (13:15)
Grey College vs EG Jansen (14:30)
Kearsney vs Dale (15:45)
KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL
The KES Easter Rugby and Hockey Festival was first staged in 2002 as part of the school’s centenary celebrations and has become an annual event.
THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS
The number of teams has increased from 12 to 14. The organisers replaced four teams that participated last year – Grey High, Marlow, Menlopark and Trinityhouse – with Ben Vorster, Daniel Pienaar, Durban High, Hudson Park, Kingswood and St David’s Marist.
MATCHES TO WATCH
The last match of the festival between hosts KES and Queen’s College promises to be a cracker, with St David’s taking on Kingswood College in the ‘curtain-raiser’.
SHE SAID IT
‘The KES festival was initially arranged as a once-off event, but its immense success saw it become an integral part of the school’s sports calendar. We have seen enormous growth over the years, with sponsorships being sought in the form of package deals, and individual advertising via wedges/boards around the field.’ – KES festival organiser Derron van Eeden
Day 1 (2 April)
Hudson Park vs Hentie Cilliers (08:00)
St David’s Marist vs Graeme College (09:20)
Kingswood College vs Parktown Boys’ (10:40)
Queen’s College vs Northwood Boys’ (12:00)
Daniel Pienaar vs Eldoraigne (13:20)
KES vs Ben Vorster (14:40)
Durban High School vs Rondebosch Boys’ (16:00)
Day 2 (4 April)
St David’s Marist vs Durban High School (08:00)
Ben Vorster vs Eldoraigne (09:20)
Hentie Cilliers vs Kingswood College (10:40)
Daniel Pienaar vs Northwood Boys’ (12:00)
Hudson Park vs Graeme College (13:20)
Parktown Boys’ vs Queen’s College (14:40)
KES vs Rondebosch Boys’ (16:00)
Day 3 (6 April)
Hentie Cilliers vs KES Invitation XV (08:00)
Northwood Boys’ vs Graeme College (09:20)
Hudson Park vs Parktown Boys’ (10:40)
Eldoraigne vs Durban High School (12:00)
Daniel Pienaar vs Ben Vorster (13:20)
St David’s Marist vs Kingswood College (14:40)
KES vs Queen’s College (16:00)
ST JOHN’S COLLEGE
St John’s will celebrate their festival’s 20th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1995, 12 local and international teams have come to Houghton to play in one of the few rugby festivals that focuses on camaraderie and enjoyment, instead of competition. While St John’s make a point of rotating schools annually, Cape powerhouses Paarl Boys’ and Paul Roos have attended every festival over the past decade and will be there again this year.
THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS
The organisers have replaced six of the 2014 contestants – Waterkloof, Pretoria Boys’, Noordheuwel, Klein Nederburg, Australia’s Scots College and St John’s from Harare – with Garsfontein, Hilton, Monument, St Benedicts, a Lions Invitational XV and Italian club side Viadana.
MATCHES TO WATCH
Day one’s headline clash sees Hilton take on Nelspruit, who were ranked ninth in South Africa last year. On day two, Nelspruit will be out to prove their two victories in three meetings over third-ranked Garsfontein in 2014 were no fluke. On day three, Paul Roos, ranked second last year, tackle sixth-ranked Monument before Paarl Boys’, ranked 13th last year, take on Garsfontein in the festival finale.
HE SAID IT
‘It has always been our aim to introduce different schools to each other. Sponsorships, advertising, marketing and TV broadcasts may come into play, but we want our festival to remain an educational tool.’ – St John’s master of rugby Adrian Norris
Day 1 (2 April)
St Charles vs Jeppe (12:45)
Lions Invitational XV vs Garsfontein (13:30)
Paul Roos vs Viadana (14:45)
Hilton vs Nelspruit (16:45)
St Benedict’s vs Monument (18:00)
Paarl Boys’ vs St John’s (19:15)
Day 2 (4 April)
St Benedict’s vs St Charles (08:45)
Lions Invitational XV vs Viadana (10:00)
Nelspruit vs Garsfontein (11:15)
St John’s vs Hilton (13:30)
Paarl Boys’ vs Monument (14:45)
Paul Roos vs Jeppe (16:00)
Day 3 (6 April)
St Charles vs Viadana (09:00)
St John’s vs Lions Invitational XV (10:45)
Paul Roos vs Monument (11:30)
St Benedict’s vs Hilton (13:30)
Nelspruit vs Jeppe (14:45)
Paarl Boys’ vs Garsfontein (16:00)
ST STITHIANS COLLEGE
The St Stithians Easter Festival was first staged in 1984 and the 32nd edition will take place from 2-6 April. The festival has grown over the years, with different schools invited every two to three years to ensure top quality, exciting, attacking rugby.
THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS
The organisers have replaced four schools from 2014 – Hilton, Linden, SACS and St Benedict’s – with Clifton, Grey High, Michaelhouse and Pretoria Boys’ High. Two additional teams, a Schoonspruit Invitational XV and St Alban’s, have also been invited.
MATCHES TO WATCH
There are two big clashes on day one, with Pretoria Boys’ taking on Wynberg Boys’ and Maritzburg College facing Grey High, who were ranked fifth in the country last year. Pretoria Boys’ will play Grey High on day three.
Day 1 (2 April)
St Andrews vs St Alban’s (09:45)
Pretoria Boys’ vs Wynberg Boys’ (11:00)
Windhoek vs Clifton (12:15)
St Stithians vs Schoonspruit Invitational XV (13:30)
Helpmekaar vs Michaelhouse (14:45)
Maritzburg vs Grey High (16:00)
Day 2 (4 April)
Windhoek vs Pretoria Boys’ (09:45)
St Alban’s vs Maritzburg (11:00)
Schoonspruit Invitational XV vs Clifton (12:15)
Wynberg Boys’ vs St Andrews (13:30)
Grey High vs Helpmekaar (14:45)
Old Stithian Association vs Michaelhouse Old Boys (sevens) (16:00)
St Stithians vs Michaelhouse (16:30)
Day 3 (6 April)
Michaelhouse vs Windhoek (09:45)
Maritzburg College vs Schoonspruit Invitational XV (11:00)
Pretoria Boys’ vs Grey High (12:15)
Wynberg Boys’ vs St Alban’s (13:30)
St Stithians vs Clifton (14:45)
Helpmekaar vs St Andrews (16:00)
Glenwood’s 1st XV Invitational side took on Westville in the final of the annual Port Natal Night series on Friday the 27th February 2015.
There was a large crowd ready to be entertained as this is always a game not to be missed. The game started off badly with mistakes being made by both teams. Glenwood fly half Jerome Bossr opened the score through a penalty, but Westville were quick to return with a penalty against Glenwood which brought Westville level with Glenwood 3-3.
Into the second half both teams struggled to cross the try line with some big tackles and hits being made, but with a penalty against Glenwood nearing the half brought Westville’s score up to 6-3.
At the very end of the game once the hooter had sounded Glenwood won a penalty near the Westville try line, this gave Glenwood an opportunity to level the score with a possibly penalty kick but Glenwood opted to take a tap and go and Glenwood player Ilunga Mukendi found a gap and charged through the Westville defence to award Glenwood the winning try which was then converted by Bossr to give Glenwood the overall win of 10-6.
This was a tough game for both teams as well as emotionally exciting for the spectators and although there were some mismatches between the two sides with mistakes, the night series was part of the teams preparations for the upcoming season.
The EG Jansen rugby player caught in possession of steroids last week will be leaving the school.
SARugbymag.co.za understands that the boy was set to take part in 1st XV trials later this month.
A member of the public notified the school soon after witnessing a suspicious looking deal between a pupil and an unidentified third party. After further investigation, two pupils, including the rugby player, were singled out and drugs found in their possession.
EG Jansen principle Leon de Beer said the rugby player did not represent the 1st XV last year.
‘He played a few games for the second and third teams, but his interest in sport dwindled towards the end of the season,’ he told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘His friend did not take part in any school sports.’
While the boys, aged 16 and 17, have been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled to take place next week, the rugby player is set to enroll at another school.
‘I highly doubt whether they [he and his parents] will turn up for the hearing, as they have already decided to withdraw him from EG Jansen and look for another school.’
‘It’s extremely disappointing that our school has to be associated with a drug scandal, but I called the police [who arrested both pupils before releasing them to their parents] to show that we don’t condone substance abuse and that such behaviour won’t be tolerated at my school.’
Provincial teams drawn from non-traditional rugby schools arrive in Cape Town this weekend for the kick off of the second Under-15 Legends Iqhawe tournament at Athlone’s City Park on Monday.
The competition brings together U15 teams from all 14 provincial unions made up of players from schools where rugby has been introduced in local and regional competitions for under-privileged communities.
The tournament is part of SARU’s long-term player development pathway and is managed and driven by the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) as part of their Vuka programme.
“We enjoyed a very successful first year in 2013 bringing together eight provincial teams from South Africa , drawn mainly from regions and schools who are non-traditional rugby playing schools”, said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.
“We want to create a pathway for as many young learners as possible , who have rugby talent , to participate in a tournament on equal par with the Grant Khomo and Craven Weeks.”
SARLA has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for young talent via their Vuka Rugby programme, which is now in its seventh year.
The Legends Iqhawe Week is the annual culmination of the programme, fulfilling the need for a national tournament similar to the more mainstream rugby schools’ weeks.
“Vuka has been running successfully in the Western Cape for the past seven years and is also now running in KZN”, said SARLA’s Iqhawe Tournament Coordinator, former Springbok centre Pieter Muller.
“One of the key objectives of SARLA is to give back to the game of rugby and to help in transforming the lives of young people, which is why we established Vuka. We saw this as a major need in communities who don’t necessarily offer rugby as an activity, and to also help unlock the vast potential and talent that exists in these areas”, said Muller.
Vuka is now a highlight on the calendar of schools in the Cape Flats region, and is seen as an opportunity to further develop players to be drafted into the more formal structures of rugby at various levels.
“Following last year’s tournament, won by the Western Province team, we are pleased that the full complement of Unions are participating in this year’s tournament,” said Muller. “Now, more than ever, it is vital that we offer programmes like this to assist SARU achieve their transformation objectives.”
The Tournament take paces between 09h00 to 15h00 on Monday October 6 and Tuesday October 7 and concludes on Thursday, October 8 from 09h00 to 12h00, with Wednesday being a rest day
On Friday 29 August, the 10th annual Traditional Schools Rugby Luncheon was again successfully hosted by Rob Visick, Doug Tweedie and their team at the Salt Rock Hotel on the KZN North Coast.
The 2014 edition continues to highlight the growth in popularity of the event with 180 guests from 9 of the Province’s Traditional Boys’ Rugby Schools all enjoying the camaraderie shared amongst these traditional rivals – both the Province and Schools were represented by some of their most well-known Old Boys and Rugby Families.
Glenwood High School were recognised as the Province’s number 1 ranked Team for 2014, having their name proudly etched on the Floating Trophy for the 5th time in the event’s 10 year history adding to recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 1st XV Captain and Deputy Head Prefect, Kevin Du Randt, was present to fittingly receive the award from ex-Springbok Captain and Sharks CEO John Smit.
The Sharks CEO was the event’s guest speaker and his enthusiasm and positive approach to the role the Sharks and KZNRU have to play in the continued development of Schoolboy Rugby in our Province were palpable and we look forward to significant development in this area of the game in KZN. Accompanying him was another rugby legend and Springbok selector, Ian Macintosh.
All in all another successfully run event which continues to foster healthy ties between the Provinces Traditional Rugby playing Boys’ Schools.
The England Under-18 team on Saturday handed the SA Schools side their first defeat in four years in the International Under-18 Series in Stellenbosch as they secured a 30-22 victory in a nail-biting encounter.
The big difference between the teams was England’s ability to convert their point-scoring chances into points, while mistakes at crucial times came at a high price for the hosts.
The defeat followed a 40-15 victory against Wales at Outeniqua Park in George and a 28-13 victory against France respectively.
England dominated territory and possession in the first 25 minutes and they used most of their try-scoring chances, which forced them onto the front foot early on.
England wing Roti Segan scored the first try in the first ten minutes after scrumhalf Will Homer spread the ball out wide, which allowed Segan to use his pace to outsprint two defenders for a 7-0 lead.
England lock Joe Batley scored their second try two minutes later after another fantastic pass out wide, which allowed them to take advantage of an overlap.
SA Schools fullback, Curwin Bosch, however, managed to reduce the gap to 14-3 with a penalty.
But England’s impressive attacking play saw them secure their third try of the half a few minutes later after outside centre Max Clarke gathered an effective pass and forced his way through two defenders to stretch their lead to 19-3.
Centre Harry Mallinder had a chance to extend their lead further in the 25th minute, but his penalty attempt went wide.
SA Schools wing Keanu Vers, however, scored a vital try for the hosts four minutes before half time after an encouraging attacking display in which they retained possession and applied pressure on England. With momentum on their side they spread the ball to the left wing and Vers dived underneath an England defender to score their first try of the match and reduce the deficit to 19-8.
England continued their fine form two minutes into the second half by winning a lineout steal in SA’s red zone, which flank Sam Underhill capitalised on to sprint to the tryline for their fourth try of the match and a 24-8 lead.
Vers, however, hit back in the 43rd minute with his second try after the SA Schools team gathered a loose ball and passed the ball to Vers, who used his pace to touch down. This reduced the score to 24-15.
The try bolstered the home team’s confidence on attack and they again put together phases and worked their way into England’s 22. The visitors’ lock Kieran Treadwell received a yellow card for playing the ball on the ground, but the hosts were unable to take advantage of the extra player as unforced errors cost them on a few occasions.
England flyhalf Rory Jennings, meanwhile, added three points to his team’s score with a penalty in front of the posts in the 55th minute to build up a 27-15 lead.
The SA Schools team, however, fought their way back into the match in the last 10 minutes with centre JT Jackson scoring their third try following a fantastic run up the wing by Vers, who handed off after drawing two defenders. Bosch converted to reduce the gap to 27-22 with six minutes to go.
This, however, was short-lived as the visitors slotted over a penalty in the next run of play to take a 30-22 lead.
The hosts had an opportunity to reduce the gap to one point with a late try, but Ver’s pass failed to find the support player two minutes from time, which secured England the eight-point victory.
In the earlier matches the SARU Regional Academy XV registered a 48-29 victory against Italy and Wales pipped France 10-9 in a hard-fought encounter.
SA Schools 22 (8) – Tries: Keanu Vers (2), JT Jackson. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2). Penalties: Curwin Bosch.
England 30 (19) – Tries: Roti Segan, Joe Batley, Max Clarke, Sam Underhill. Conversions: Rory Jennings (2). Penalties: Harry Mallinder (2).
Outeniqua High School lock Eduard Zandberg will lead the SA Schools team in the final match of the SARU Under-18 International Series against England in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
The match will see the two remaining undefeated sides in the 2014 series face each other, while in other matches at Paul Roos Gymnasium’s Markötter Stadium, Italy will face a SARU Regional Academy XV and France will tussle with Wales.
SA Schools coach Hein Kriek and the national selectors made four changes to the side that overpowered Wales 40-15 at Outeniqua Park on Tuesday. Earlier in the series South Africa also beat France 28-13.
Zandberg will be the third SA Schools captain of the series, after Jaco Coetzee (Glenwood HS, KZN) and Barend Smit (Middelburg THS, Pumas) took charge of the team in Cape Town and George respectively.
For the England match, Eastern Province and Grey High School utility back Curwin Bosch will start at fullback after playing at flyhalf in the opening match, while his halfback partner against the French, Transvalia’s Marco Janse van Vuuren, starts at scrumhalf.
In the pack, Grey HS flanker Junior Pokomela earns a first start after playing off the bench in George, while Garsfontein High School’s Jan-Henning Campher will start at hooker, as he did against France.
The SA Schools side did suffer some injuries, but according to Kriek, it was part of their broader planning.
“The idea was always to shuffle the team for the second match and then pick the best available team for England. We improved in each outing and we hope to be spot-on in our execution against a well-coached and very good England side,” Kriek said.
All matches will again be televised live on SuperSport 8.
The SA Schools team to play England Under-18 at 16h00 in Stellenbosch is:
15. Curwin Bosch (Grey HS, Eastern Province)
14. Andell Loubser (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls)
13. Heino Bezuidenhout (Daniel Pienaar HS, Eastern Province)
12. JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, South Western Districts)
11. Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province)
10. Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof HS, Blue Bulls)
9. Marco Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia HS, Valke)
8. Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp HS, Leopards)
7. Junior Pokomela (Grey HS, Eastern Province)
6. Arnold Gerber (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls)
5. Eduan Zandberg (Outeniqua HS, South Western Districts)
4. Aston Fortuin (Southdowns College, Blue Bulls)
3. Sarel-Marco Smith (Eldoraigne HS, Blue Bulls)
2. Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls)
The SA Schools on Tuesday evening retained their four year undefeated status in the SARU Under-18 International Series by beating Wales Under-18 in convincing fashion, scoring a 40-15 win at Outeniqua Park in George.
In earlier results of the International Under-18 Series, England beat France 23-6 and Italy overcame SWD Schools XV 38-21 in a lively and high-scoring match.
The South African schoolboy side delivered a compelling performance in the first hour of the match, racing to a 40-3 lead, but to their credit Wales came back well in the last ten minutes of the match.
Earlier in the day, England scored a good win over France and retained their unbeaten status to set up a mouth-watering clash with South Africa when the series concludes in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
The South African Schools team made a number of changes after their opening win against France in Cape Town on Friday and that worked to their advantage and they came out firing from the opening play.
They raced into an early lead courtesy of a well-worked set piece play. Daniel Pienaar THS prop Lupumlo Mguca found himself in space from a line-out move near the Welsh line and his off-load found Southdowns College lock Aston Fortuin who dotted down under the posts in the second minute of play.
Fly half Thinus de Beer kicked the easy conversion and was involved again seven minutes later when the Waterkloof High School pivot slotted a good penalty kick.
De Beer converted his second of the afternoon when good follow-up play by Menlo Park winger Andell Loubser resulted in a try for Daniel Pienaar THS midfielder Heino Bezuidenhout.
The flyhalf also kicked penalties in the 19th, 22nd and 29th minute of the half as Wales found it difficult to halt the South African attacks legally.
The SA Schools side enjoyed territorial advantage and had most of the possession as well, with a fourth minute penalty by Davy Jones the only answer the Welsh had in the first half.
The second half started in spectacular fashion when local Outeniqua High School lock Eduard Zandberg raced 50 meters down the touchline with the run resulting in a try for Garsfontein High School scrumhalf Embrose Papier. De Beer converted and at 33-3, it was all over bar the shouting.
There was more for the locals to get excited about as SWD midfielder JT Jackson rounded off a fine counter-attack started way back in the SA Schools half. Jackson, who hails from nearby Oakdale Agric in Riversdale, ran a great support line and was rewarded for that. Again De Beer converted.
De Beer was then yellow carded for a late tackle and this gave Wales the breathing space they needed to regroup. They attacked well in this period, applying pressure and enjoyed much better field position.
Centre Owen Watkin scored under the sticks, dancing inside the South African defence and flanker Josh Middelton scored after the buzzer went to give Wales something to build on for the final series of matches in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
South African Schools 40 (26). Tries: Aston Fortuin, JT Jackson, Embrose Papier, Heino Bezuidenhout. Conversions: Thinus de Beer (4). Penalties: De Beer (4).
The remaining SARU 2014 Under-18 International Series fixtures are: Saturday 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch 12h00 Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV 14h00 France vs Wales 16h00 SA vs England
The Schools selectors have retained only two players and made a further two positional changes for the team’s second outing of the 2014 Under-18 International Series against Wales on Tuesday, 19 August in George.
The SA Schools outplayed France 28-13 while England managed to secure a last gap 24-21 victory over Wales in the earlier match. The other teams taking part in the annual junior international series are England, France and Italy.
The opening fixtures took placed last Friday 15 August at City Park in Cape Town and the action now moves to Outeniqua Park in George before the final matches at Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 23 August.
The three players who will start in their second match are right wing Andell Loubser, inside centre IT Jackson and lock Eduard Zandberg. Amongst the backs, Barend Smit moves from outside centre to fullback while Edmond Rheeder will now wear the number eight jersey after playing No 6 flank against France. Smit, who captained Pumas at the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, will lead the SA Schools selection in the injury enforced absence of Jaco Coetzee. The Glenwood number eight has an ankle injury.
Meanwhile two replacements were drafted after two players were withdrawn because of injury. Mornè Joubert (hamstring) is replaced by Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province) while the place of Michael Kumbirai (broken ankle) will be filled by Kenneth van Niekerk (KwaZulu-Natal).
In naming his match 23 against Wales, Hein Kriek, the SA Schools coach, said that the plan was always to shuffle the team for the second match.
“With three matches to play just a few days apart from each other, we have to plan very carefully, especially with a very tough last match against England in mind.
“For now though, our focus are 100 percent on Wales, who will bring a huge physical presence to the match on Tuesday. They are a solid unit and have a good set piece, so there is no doubt we will have to be up for the challenge up front. Wales played outstanding at times against England and they came very close to a win, so we will have to be well prepared for them,” said Kriek.
The SA Schools coach said he was pleased with the team’s performance against France in the opening match last Friday at City Park. However, he cautioned they will have to improve on their set pieces to combat a lively Wales pack.
“We did well in the lineouts but we have worked hard on our set pieces and also our defence. Our players applied their skill on attack and we managed to make good use of our attacking opportunities. However, we worked very hard on our defensive pattern and mindset and that’s the area we want to target for improvement in our second match in George,” added the SA Schools coach.
The SA Schools team, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola, is unbeaten in their Series matches for the past four years.
The SA Schools team vs Wales on Tuesday, 19 August in George:
15. Barend Smit (Middelburg HTS, Pumas) – captain
14. Andell Loubser (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls)
13. Heino Bezuidenhout (Daniel Pienaar HTS, EP)
12. JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, SWD)
11. Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province)
10. Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof HS, Blue Bulls)
9. Embrose Papier (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls)
8. Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp HS, Leopards)
7. Cobus Wiese (Upington HS, Griquas Country Districts)
The remaining SARU 2014 Under-18 International Series fixtures are: Tuesday 19 August 2014 – Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SS8) 14h00 Italy vs SWD Coca-Cola Craven Week XV 15h45 England vs France 17h30 SA vs Wales Saturday 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch 12h00 Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV 14h00 France vs Wales 16h00 SA vs England
The SA Schools rugby team got off to a winning start in the SARU Under-18 International Series on Friday afternoon when they defeated France 28-13 at the City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town.
They scored four converted tries, two in each half, to maintain their perfect record of the past four years against Northern Hemisphere opposition. In the earlier match, England managed to beat Wales 24-21.
Next Wednesday in George, the SA Schools will be in action against Wales while England face France, also at the Outeniqua Park Stadium.
At City Park Jaco Coetzee and his SA Schools team elected to play into a strong wind in the first half. They started slowly and preferred a kicking game, while France again dominated territory. However, the first chance to score fell to SA Schools flyhalf, Curwin Bosch, who was unable to convert his penalty. Bosch later made amends by slotting all four conversions.
France U18 scored the first try of the match when scrumhalf Antione Dupont dummied his way through to score under the posts. They continued to pressurize the home team, but the South African proved to be dangerous on the counter attack, which later allowed them to score twice from quick turnover ball.
The SA Schools leveled matters when wing Andell Loubser scored after a good piece of individual skill by Bosch, who sent his winger away with a clever inside pass. Anthony Belleau, the French flyhalf, slotted a penalty which allowed his side to regain the lead at 10-7. A few minutes later the home team fell further behind after a Belleau drop goal.
However, the match swung into South Africa’s favour and the lively Bosch again played a pivot role in the next try, scored by outside centre Barend Smith. Bosch slotted the conversion to hand the SA Schools a slender 14-13 lead at halftime.
Five minutes after the resumption lock Jaco Willemse powered his way over for a well-deserved converted try. The French tried their best but the SA Schools forward kept the pressure on them with some good movements. Right at the end, Loubser rounded off a good performance for the SA Schools when he dotted his second try after a slick backline movement.
France U18 – 13: Tries: Antoine Dupont. Conversion: Anthony Belleau. Penalty: Belleau. Drop goal: Belleau.
The remaining Under-18 International Series fixtures are (all matches live on SS8):
Tuesday 19 August 2014 – Outeniqua Park, George 14h00 Italy vs SWD Coca-Cola Craven Week XV 15h45 England vs France 17h30 SA vs Wales Saturday 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch 12h00 Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV 14h00 France vs Wales 16h00 SA vs England
Glenwood’s Jaco Coetzee has been selected to captain the SA School’s U18 Rugby Team for 2014 at the forthcoming U18 international series against France, Wales and England, from 10 to 24 August.
Their first match is against France at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on 15 August, followed by Wales at Outeniqua Park in George on 19 August, and England at the Paul Roos Markötter grounds in Stellenbosch on 23 August.
Jaco has moved through the ranks, as captain of the U13B KZN Craven week-side and then joining Glenwood in Grade 8 as captain of the U14 A-side and the following year captaining the U15 A-side. Jaco’s knee was severely injured in his Grade 10 year and he was not able to play rugby at all in his U16 year. He came back the following year and was selected to represent KZN at Craven week and KZN U18 7’s in 2013. At the annual Glenwood Sports Banquet Jaco was named Open Player of the Year for 2013.
2014 has been a very good year for Jaco, he was chosen to represent South Africa at the African Youth Games in Botswana, playing for the SA Sevens Rugby Team who won gold. Jaco then went on the represent KZN at Craven week where he captained one of the matches and was man of the match for that specific game.
Jaco is a good all-rounder sportsman who has also excelled at athletics representing KZN, he plays 2nd Team water polo and will take on a game of cricket.
Jaco’s natural leadership abilities shows as he leads Glenwood as Deputy Head Prefect and Boarder Prefect.
Jaco has signed a two year contract with the Stormers and will be moving to Cape Town in 2015.
In another boost for junior rugby in the country, broadcaster SuperSport will televise all nine matches live on SS8.
The fixtures are scheduled for Friday 15 August at City Park, on Tuesday 19 August at Outeniqua Park in George and the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday 23 August.The SA Schools team, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola, is unbeaten in their Series matches for the past four years.
The SA Schools team versus France U18 on Friday at City Park (all matches live on SS8):
The Under-18 teams of England, France, Wales have arrived in South Africa for the annual international series against the SA Schools, which will take place at three venues spread across the Western and South Western Cape reports www.sarugby.co.za
The visiting teams are once more accompanied by Italy, who will face the Coca-Cola Craven Week selections of Western Province and SWD, as well as a SARU Regional Academy selection.
In another boost for junior rugby in the country, broadcaster SuperSport has confirmed they will televise all nine matches live on SS8.
The fixtures are scheduled to place on Friday 15 August at City Park in Crawford, Cape Town, on Tuesday 19 August at the picturesque Outeniqua Park in George and the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday 23 August.
SARU is hosting the keenly awaited international series, which sees the best South African schoolboy talent in action against the very best of Europe, for the fourth consecutive year.
The South Africans are currently on an impressive winning streak, having lost none of their previous nine matches in the series, dating back since 2011.
A huge amount of current household names have first made their mark playing for the SA Schools, before graduating to senior rugby and the various SARU national teams such as the Emerging Springboks, Springbok Sevens, Junior Springboks (SA Under-20) and ultimately the Springboks.
Former SA Schools stars who recently have graduated through the SARU national teams’ rank include Handré Pollard, Johan Goosen, Jan Serfontein (Springboks), Sergeal Petersen, Warrick Gelant and JD Schickerling (Junior Springboks) and Tshotsho Mbovane (Springbok Sevens).
Last year’s SA Schools squad included George schoolboy hero Gelant (fullback), Duhan van der Merwe (wing), Jacques Vermeulen (number eight), Dan (lock) and Jean-Luc (flank) du Preez as well as Joseph Dweba (hooker), Thomas du Toit (prop) and Abongile Nonkontwana (lock).
All of these players played for the Junior Springboks team at the recently held IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, where the South Africans lost by a single point against England in the final.
SARU CEO, Jurie Roux, described the annual international series as an important part of the further development of South Africa’s best youth rugby players.
“It is an exciting time of the year for us as we welcome the national representative Under-18 squads of England, Wales, France and Italy to our shores in preparation of our SA Schools international friendlies. Our objectives with this programme is to afford our best Under-18 players with international playing opportunities.”
“One of the benefits of this is that following these fixtures, our Development and High Performance departments will identify the players who have impressed during the series for possible further representation in our national structures, be it for the Junior Boks, Springbok Sevens or ultimately the Springboks,” explained Roux.
The 2014 SARU Under-18 International fixtures are:
Friday, 15 August 2014 – City Park, Cape Town
12h30 Italy vs WP Coca-Cola Craven Week XV
14h00 England vs Wales
16h00 SA Schools vs France
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 – Outeniqua Park, George
14h00 Italy vs SWD Coca-Cola Craven Week XV
15h45 England vs France
17h30 SA Schools vs Wales
Saturday, 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markötter, Stellenbosch
12h00 Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV
14h00 France vs Wales
16h00 SA School vs England
Port Natal Skool are the Winners of Plate final at the inaugural Clifton College 7’s tournament .
Port Natal Skool received an invitation to be part of the inaugural Clifton College 7’s tournament that took place at Riverside Sports grounds on Saturday 09 August 2014.
The Port Natal team ended 2nd in their pool after beating Hilton College and Kingsway but losing to DHS. Port Natal beat host school Clifton in the semifinal 35 – 0 and was set to play George Campbell in the Plate final after George Campbell beat Westville in their semifinal clash.
The final was a close contested affair between the two schools but in the end the Port Natal Skool team managed walk away victorious 17 – 12. Congratulations to Karl Terblanche who was awarded one of the players of the tournament and received a sport scholarship to study at UKZN.
Glenwood travelled up to the capital, Pretoria, this weekend to take on the mighty Afrikaanse Hoër Skool (Affies). Having not beaten Affies at their home since 2008, the Green Machine were ready to rewrite the history books.
It was clear from the outset that Glenwood meant business and played with a great intensity to put the home team under several sustained periods of pressure. The visitors were rewarded with 2 penalties early in the game which gave them a 6 point lead as Curtis Jonas converted both.
Having the bulk share of territory and possession Glenwood continued to hammer at the Affies defense. They were finally rewarded when Kenny van Niekerk, the Glenwood loose-head prop, linked with the outside backs unleashing the pace of Sphamandla Ngcobo, Glenwood’s outside centre, who crossed the try line in the right hand corner to extend the visitors to lead 11-0. Jonas was unsuccessful with the conversion.
Ngcobo could not be kept out of the action as the Glenwood forwards asserted their control opening space out wide. Having gone through several phases of well constructed attack, the space was created wide on the left hand side were Ngcobo outsprinted the cover defence and dotted down in the corner.
With the clock winding down towards half time, Affies were rewarded with a penalty to close the gap to 16-3.
Glenwood were not about to give up their ascendancy and continued to play constructive rugby deep in the Affies half. It was a line break again by Jaco Coetzee, Glenwood’s eighth-man and SA schools representative, who set up the next try scoring opportunity. Van Niekerk was again instrumental in the play when he passed to James Venter, Glenwood’s open side flanker, who busted through a number of tackles to score. The try was converted by Jonas as the visitors extended their lead to 23-3.
On the stroke of half time, Affies had a line-out close to the Glenwood line and scored a well worked try from a very strong rolling maul. The conversion was unsuccessful and the teams went into the break at 23-8.
The 2nd half saw the home team take more control as the visitors visibly started to tire. With the game opening up and the pace still high Glenwood had to tighten up the game. James Venter added another try to his name as he scored from a line-out maul 10 meters from the opposition try-line. The score now stood at 28-8.
Jonas stepped up again to convert a penalty as the visitors continued to apply pressure deep in the Affie’s half. The lead was extended to 31-8.
Having more possession than in the 1st half, the Affies team spread the ball wide and made Glenwood work hard on defence. They were rewarded with 2 tries during the half forcing their way back into the game. Both tries were converted as the Glenwood lead was reduced to 31-22.
With the final whistle only seconds away Glenwood’s captain, Kevin du Randt, opted to kick a penalty to touch instead of taking a sure 3 points. Glenwood won the lineout and scored a great team try as they mauled the home side over the try line to score. James Venter came up with the ball and earned himself a hat-trick for the day!
The final score was 36-22. Credit must be given to a Glenwood team that showed great attitude and discipline in a game that was played under some difficult conditions.
Selection of any team will always have its positive and negative reaction from the rugby public, this is nothing strange in South Africa nor any other rugby nations all over the world.
The past few weeks SA Rugby have firstly announced their Craven Week squad to play in trail matches, and this week they announced the South African Schools team which will play against France, Wales and England in the coming weeks.
People only see these boys in the few games they play at the yearly “Craven Week Tournament” and the assumption is usually that the top teams players at the Craven Week have the inside lane for selection into the SA Schools team.
To understand the selection process and the development that SARU put into our young players we did some investigation into the processes and programs.
The most important thing to note is that all Craven Week squads, from U13 to U18 level, are selected by the school bodies of the various unions and not SARU.
SASRA (South African Schools Rugby Association) is the schools governing body overseeing these various school bodies at union level. Each union selects their own coaches and managers for each Craven Week team from U13 to U18 level. The unions organises their own independent trails, and with their selectors select the teams that will represent them at the various Youth Weeks.
These various schools associations members, coaches and managers are almost exclusively teachers who also coach or coached at schools level.
The first time anybody from SARU really sees any player is at one of these Youth Weeks (U13, U16, and U18). Selectors at these Youth Weeks (U16, U18 Academy and Craven Week) compromise of the two national selectors (Ian Mac & Peter Jooste), the U20 Junior Springbok Coach, and 6 school representative selectors selected by SASRA.
SASRA will always try to have the selectors represent our major regions because they have a more intimate knowledge of players as they see them in school leagues during the year. These selectors are active, or retired teachers of which some of them have also been past coaches of Craven Week teams. Each and every selector in this group has an equal say in the selection process. All selectors attend the U16 Grant Khomo Week, U18 Academy Week and Craven Week. Because the U16 and Academy week run at the same time, the selectors are split up to ensure both weeks are covered.
With the U16 and Academy week the teams play over 3 days with one rest day. Each team plays twice and because there are 20 teams or more, you can have 3 matches at the same time on three different fields which is very challenging for the selectors.
It is only the Craven Week that runs from Monday to Saturday with the Friday as a rest day. All games at the Craven Week except Saturday games are played one after the other on the main field, so that selectors at least get to see all the games at the main tournament.
Players are only really ‘identified’ at U16 and Academy Weeks, meaning the stand-outs are taken note of but there are no squads selected to compete in post Craven Week games. Players from the Academy week do filter into the SA Schools side as it happened in the past.
As far as the tournament itself goes, rules dictate that in all Youth Weeks every single player, from 1 to 22, must be included in the run-on XV in one of the two matches during the week (this excludes the Saturday game at Craven Week). Another stipulation is that you have to have two front rows in your 22 and the same player in the front row is not allowed to play in consecutive games.
Fixtures for these weeks game are decided by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) together with SASRA. The first two days fixtures is based on the strength of the teams in the previous year to try and get a strength vs strength scenario. Days 3 and 4’s fixtures is decided in the evening after each days play.
Selectors are very careful to judge a player because he might come up against a weak opposition team in either 1 or 2 of his fixtures. It is made even more difficult for the selectors with half the team that will start game 1 will not be in game 2 (the seven reserves in game one has to start game 2 as part of the run-on XV). Basically some players will only get 1 game, or 1 and a half games, but most important, just about all your combinations change from 1 game to the next.
Considering the above, the statement made by Jurie Roux during the week makes sense where the kid who has come from the U16 has an advantage over someone who just plays at the U18 Craven Week, the selectors have a better or more intimate knowledge of that player.
There are obvious flaws to the current system and some players will get overlooked, but we are also aware that programmes are currently being put in place to address some of these flaws and cast the net a bit wider than just the Youth Weeks.
To sum up it seems that allot of work is going in behind the scenes from SARU and SASRA to get the best possible players into the selection of any South African Schools side.
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Thursday an SA Schools squad of 28 players for the forthcoming Under-18 International series against France, Wales and England, from 10 to 24 August.
The squad was selected following a successful trial match held on Saturday at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, after the conclusion of the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks. Nine players from the Blue Bulls were selected in the squad, Eastern Province have four representatives while three players each from KwaZulu-Natal and South Western Districts were selected.
Hein Kriek of Paul Roos, who coached the DHL Western Province team at the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Middelburg, will coach the SA Schools team.
The SA Schools team, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola, have remained unbeaten in their international matches over the past four years.
Their first match is against France at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on August 15, followed by Wales at Outeniqua Park in George on August 19, and England at the Paul Roos Markötter grounds in Stellenbosch on August 23.
SARU CEO Jurie Roux congratulated the squad on their selection and explained that the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks Programme as well as the SA Schools itinerary falls in line with SARU’s strategic objective of providing platforms for our country’s top Under-18 players, so that they are able test their skills against the best local and international opposition.
“From here on, there will be hands-on coaching, management, programmes of intervention and monitoring of this group of players by our Springbok and Junior Springbok management teams as well as the SARU Mobi Unit,” said Roux.
“Over the years we have seen many players graduate from the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks to the SA Schools team and then to our provincial unions and our various national teams such as the Springbok Sevens, the Junior Springboks and ultimately the Springboks. This pathway is one of the core objectives of our Development and High Performance Departments.”
The SA Schools squad and management will assemble in Cape Town on 10 August in preparation for the three Under-18 internationals.
The 2014 SA Schools squad is:
Fullbacks: Morné Joubert (Glenwood HS, KwaZulu-Natal), Eduan Keyter (Affies, Blue Bulls), Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province).
Wings: Nazo Nkala (Welkom Gimnasium, Griffons), Jerry Danquah (Queens College, Border), Andell Loubsher (Menlo Park, Blue Bulls).
Centres: Barend Smit (HTS Middelburg, Pumas),JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, SWD).
Flyhalves: Curwin Bosch (Grey HS, Eastern Province), Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof, Blue Bulls).
Scrumhalves: Marko Janse van Vuuren (HS Transvalia, Valke), Embrose Papier (Garsfontein, Blue Bulls).
Loose forwards: Jakobus Coetzee (Glenwood, KwaZulu-Natal), Junior Pokomela (Grey HS, Eastern Province), Edmund Rheeder (HS Klerksdorp, Leopards), Cobus Wiese (HS Upington, Griquas Country Districts), Victor Maruping (Louis Botha, Free State), Arnold Gerber (Menlo Park, Blue Bulls).
Locks: Eduard Zandberg (Outeniqua HS, SWD), Jaco Willemse (Paarl Gimnasium, Western Province), Ashton Fortuin (Southdown College, Blue Bulls).
Hookers: Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein, Blue Bulls), Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua HS, SWD).
Props: Ignatius Prinsloo (Grey College, Free State), Sarel-Marco Smit (Eldoraigne, Blue Bulls), Ngonidzashe Chidoma (Northwood HS, KwaZulu-Natal), Michael Kumbirai (St Albans College, Blue Bulls), Lupumlo Mguca (Daniel Pienaar, Eastern Province).
Coach: Hein Kriek (Paul Roos, Western Province)
The SA Schools itinerary for 2014 is:
10 Aug Squad assembly in Cape Town
15 Aug SA Schools vs France – City Park Stadium
19 Aug SA Schools vs Wales- Outeniqua Park, George
23 Aug SA Schools vs England – Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch
SARU has announced a squad of 55 players to attend the SA Schools trials on Saturday, 26 July at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
The SA Schools trial squad was selected by the national selectors following the conclusion of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Middelburg. The trials in Kempton Park will assist the national selectors to finalisethe 28-man SA Schools squad for next month’s series of youth international matches featuring France, Wales and England.
In the last four years the SA Schools team, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola, participated in the series with great success by remaining unbeaten. With a healthy rugby development system in SA, they will look to repeat this feat for the fifth time in August following the decision by the English, French and Welsh Under-18 teams to return to SA this year.
The SA Schools team will face France in their first match of the series at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on August 15, Wales at Outeniqua Park in George on August 19, and England at the Paul Roos Markötter ground in Stellenbosch on August 23.
The trial group consists of 23 backs and 33 forwards and includes two players who starred at the Under-18 Academy Week in Worcester recently, Boland flanker Jurie Fick and Lions number eight Hacjivah Dayimani.
“This large group of players caught the attention with their exciting skills during another excellent Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week. All of them now have a final chance to impress the selectors, who have the difficult task to select just 28 players for the upcoming youth internationals,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.
Roux added: “Over the years we have seen many players graduate from the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks to the SA Schools team and then to either to our provincial unions or the Springbok team. We believe this tough competition for our school players will ensure that they are adequately prepared for the demands and challenges of international rugby in future.”
The following players will attend the SA Schools trials on Saturday in Kempton Park, Johannesburg:
Western Province on Thursday took the honours as the unofficial champions at the Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week for the third successive time as they registered a convincing 26-11 victory against hosts, the Blue Bulls, at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.
The Cape side built on their victories against Border and the Golden Lions on the opening two days by delivering another impressive attacking performance, which they supported with a solid defensive effort to secure the victory.
The match marked a repeat of the final game last season, which Western Province won 22-15, while the Cape side pipped the Free State 10-7 in the 2012 tournament.
Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State also finished the tournament on a high note with memorable victories.
Boland 10 (10) Eastern Province 24 (0)
Boland had the upper hand in the first half against Eastern Province as they capitalised on their point-scoring chances to secure a try and penalty for a 10-0 lead at the break. But the Port Elizabeth side bounced back strongly in the second half with their forwards and backs combining well to force their way onto the front foot. This earned Eastern Province three tries, while flyhalf Malan Olivier added a penalty in the dying minutes to take their score to 24. Boland, meanwhile, failed to add to their score in the second half as they struggled to break through the Eastern Cape team’s effective defence.
Zimbabwe’s hopes of finishing the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week unbeaten were dealt a big blow as they went down 34-22 to Namibia in their final match. Namibia came out firing and outscored Zimbabwe three tries to one in the first half to take an encouraging 19-7 lead. Nambia built on this in the second half with back-to-back tries to extend their lead. But Zimbabwe showed their fighting spirit to crash over for two tries. Namibia, however, had the final say with their fifth try two minutes from the final whistle to secure their most impressive victory in the tournament.
Namibia – Andre van der Berg (2), Gerweino Benade (2), Jano Rieckert. Conversions: Chad Plato, Delron Brandt (2). Penalty: Chad Plato.
Griquas 41 (26) Border CD 0 (0)
The clash between Griquas and Border CD was a one-sided encounter from the outset as Border threaded together an effective display in all facets of their game, which allowed them to cross the tryline at will against Border CD. Such was their dominance on attack they scored eight tries in total – four of which were in the first 15 minutes – with flank Willem Scholtz scoring his hat-trick. Griquas supported this with a solid defensive effort, which denied Border CD from scoring a single point.
Griquas – Tries: Bernard Jansen, Christopher Andrews, Gladwin Nieuwenhuizen, Van Zyl Jacobs, Willem Scholtz (3). Conversions: Van Zyl Jacobs (3).
KwaZulu-Natal 34 (17) Griffons 24 (14)
KwaZulu-Natal succeeded in building on their fine victory against SWD on Tuesday as they ended the Griffons unbeaten run in the competition. The match proved to be a try festival, with teams scoring nine tries in total, but it was the five tries by KwaZulu-Natal that pushed them ahead on the scoreboard. Three of these five tries were scored by wing Bongani Tonny Mahlangu, who was in top form on attack. The first half was tightly-contested as the teams put their bodies on the line, which resulted in the Griffons trailing by only three points at the break. KwaZulu-Natal, however, used their attacking chances well in the second half, and managed to keep the Griffons in check on defence, which set them up for the victory.
Griffons – Tries: Cobus Erasmus, David Eyssen, Dian De Beer, Gora Gora. Conversions: Dylan Stiemmie (2).
Blue Bulls XV 20 (17) Valke 15 (10)
The Blue Bulls XV finished the tournament on a high with their unbeaten record intact as they registered a hard-fought 20-15 victory against the Valke. The Blue Bulls XV powered their way to a 10-0 lead early in the match and added their second try a few minutes later. The Valke, however, hit back with a try in the dying seconds of the half to add to their earlier penalty to force their way back into the match. The second half was particularly hard fought as neither team gave an inch, with the Blue Bulls XV only adding a penalty to their score, while the Valke managed to score their second try. The penalty, however, was sufficient for the home team to hold onto the lead until the end of the match.
Blue Bulls XV – Calderon Levens, Eduard Pretorius. Conversions: Tristan Janse van Vuuren (2). Penalties: Tristan Janse van Vuuren (2).
Valke – Tries: Jean Van der Linde, Marthinus Johannes Holtzhausen. Conversion: Marthinus Johannes Holtzhausen. Penalty: Marthinus Johannes Holtzhausen.
Border 27 (3) Leopards 22 (14)
Border staged a dramatic second-half comeback in their clash against the Leopards to recover from a 14-3 half-time deficit and secure a 27-22 victory. The East London team battled to work their way into the match in the first half, while the Leopards made the most of their point-scoring chances. But the roles were reversed in the second half as Border delivered an impressive attacking display to score four tries, the last of which was four minutes before the final whistle, to seal the victory.
Leopards – Tries: Adrian Jacobs (2), Rasmus Breedt. Conversions: Gerhard Fourie (2). Penalty: Gerhard Fourie.
Golden Lions 22 (3) Free State 27 (13)
The Free State were in fine form against the Golden Lions as their forwards and backs gelled well to push the team into the lead for most of the match. The Golden Lions tried hard to stamp their authority, but the solid Cheetahs defence did well to shut them out in the first half, which allowed the Bloemfontein side to take a 13-3 lead. The Lions, however, found their rhythm in the second half and earned the rewards as they crossed the tryline three times, while they limited the Cheetahs to only one five-pointer. In the end Free State back Mario Vieira’s kicking proved to be the difference on the scoreboard as he slotted over all three conversions and two penalties which cancelled out the Lions’ two conversions and penalty.
Free State – Tries: Dian Schoonees (2), Gerrie Koegelenberg. Conversions: Mario Vieira (3). Penalties: Mario Vieira (2).
Pumas 14 (0) SWD 31 (17)
SWD started their clash against the Pumas with a bang as they scored three back-to-back tries to build up an encouraging 17-0 lead at the break. The Pumas hit back with a try shortly after half time, but they battled to contain SWD who again stamped their authority on attack to add another two tries to their tally. The Mpumalanga team, however, fought until the end to cross the tryline for the second time in the dying minutes, which allowed them to stretch their score into double figures.
Pumas – Tries: Du Preez Van der Merwe, Melokuhle Nhlabathi. Conversions: Du Preez Van der Merwe (2).
The clash between Griquas CD and the Limpopo Blue Bulls was a tense affair as the teams held one another scoreless in a hard-fought first half. Both teams, however, scored two tries in the second half. But ill-discipline cost Griquas CD, as the difference on the scoreboard was three penalties by Limpopo Blue Bulls centre Chrizaan Strauss.
Griquas CD – Tries: Ashwill Botha, Heinrich Fourie. Conversion: Kylan Griqua.
Western Province were in top form in the final match of the day thanks to an effective game plan which involved retaining possession on attack and applying intense pressure on the hosts. With their pack and backline functioning well, the Cape side spent most of the match in the hosts’ half and penetrated the Blue Bulls defence at will, which earned them four well-worked tries. Such was the Blue Bulls’ struggle to make their presence felt they earned only a penalty in the first half for their efforts, while they managed to score a try and another penalty in the second half to take their score into double figures.
Western Province – Tries: Benjamin Momberg, Damian Willemse, Jade Fortune, Khanya Ncusane. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (3).
Blue Bulls – Try: Luke Fortuin. Penalties: Ruan De Swardt (2).
The Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week on Monday started on an exciting note at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria with a series of big wins and a few close encounters keeping spectators entertained.
Western Province, the Blue Bulls and the Free State, in particular, established themselves as the early favourites to compete for places in the final match of the tournament on Thursday after encouraging victories in their opening games.
Western Province 61 (42) Border 0
The Western Province forwards and backs combined well in the first match of the day and stamped their authority from the outset against Border, which resulted in an impressive nine tries and a 61-0 victory. Six of these tries were scored in a strong first half showing. The Cape side’s fullback Gianni Lombard was also in fine form with the boot as he slotted over eight conversions to add to his try for a personal tally of 21 points.
Western Province – Tries: Benjamin Momberg (2), Bernard Swart, Gianni Lombard, Khanya Ncusane (2), Lubello Scott, Wian Van Zyl (2). Conversions: Gianni Lombard (8).
Valke 6 (3) Griffons 19 (12)
The Griffons scored two first-half tries to only a penalty for their 12-3 lead against the Valke. But the Kempton Park side contained them well in the second half and limited them to scoring only one more try. Unfortunately for the Valke, however, they battled to score points, which resulted in them having to settle for two penalties in the match.
Valke – Penalties: Marthinus Johannes Holtzhausen (2).
Griffons – Tries: Duke Vincent Jantjies, Johannes van Huyssteen, Lubabalu Stan-Lee Mteyise. Conversions: Dylan Stiemmie (2).
KwaZulu-Natal 17 (10) Golden Lions 22 (10)
The clash between the Golden Lions and KwaZulu-Natal, meanwhile, was close from the outset as the teams were head-to-head at 10-10 at half time. They again found themselves deadlocked on 17-17 with a few minutes to go. But a late try by Lions lock Sam Eshun sealed the 22-17 victory for the Johannesburg side.
Golden Lions – Tries: Sam Eshun, Stefan Moolman, Wandisile Simelane. Conversions: Wandisile Simelane (2). Penalty: Wandisile Simelane.
Blue Bulls XV 62 (33) Border CD 3 (0)
The Blue Bulls XV were impressive in all facets of their game against Border Country Districts as they powered their way to a 33-0 lead at the break and the highest score of the day. In total the Blue Bulls XV crossed the tryline 10 times, while they shut out the visitors on defence, which limited them to only a penalty for the match.
Blue Bulls XV – Tries: Calderon Levens (3), Denzel Liebenberg, Eduard Pretorius (2), Henro Conradie, Leon Pretorius, Lwandile Mabhongo, Tristan Janse van Vuuren. Conversions: Tristan Janse van Vuuren (6).
Border CD – Penalty: Enrico Bokwe.
Griquas 13 (7) Zimbabwe 15 (7)
Griquas and Zimbabwe were involved from a tight tussle as both teams put their bodies on the line throughout the clash. Such was the closeness of the match the teams were level at 7-7 at the break. However, two tries in five minutes after the break by Zimbabwe pushed them ahead on the scoreboard. Griquas tried to force their way back into the match with a try and penalty, but this still left them short on the scoreboard.
The Free State also started their Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week campaign on an encouraging note with a convincing 48-12 victory against Eastern Province with seven tries to show for their efforts. The first half, however, was close as the teams scored a try a piece, but an extra conversion and penalty by Free State back Mario Vieira handed them a 10-5 lead at the break. The side, however, found their rhythm in the second half and ran in tries at will.
Free State – Tries: Gerrie Koegelenberg (2), Kyle Kermis, Lehlohonolo Makhamba, Mario Vieira, Mfezeko Moyo, Thian Du Randt. Conversions: Mario Vieira (5). Penalty: Mario Vieira.
Boland 22 (7) Pumas 19 (7)
The battle between Boland and the Pumas was epic as the teams found themselves head-to-head up until the dying minutes. The teams managed only a converted try a piece in a tightly-contested first half and built on this with two more tries in the second half, of which they each converted one. This left the teams level at 19-19 on the stroke of full time. But Boland were awarded a penalty which Keenan Lyle Williams slotted over to secure the victory.
Boland – Tries: Austin Murtz, Lincoln Daniels, Rick Jordaan. Conversions: Keenan Lyle Williams (2). Penalty: Keenan Lyle Williams.
Pumas – Tries: Hermanus de Jager Kruger, Jaco Joubert, Johannes Christoffel Pretorius. Conversions: John-Robert Charles Smith, Zander Joubert.
Griquas CD 14 (11) Leopards 12 (12)
Griquas CD had to fight for their 14-12 victory against the Leopards as neither team gave an inch throughout the clash. The Leopards led by a point at the break thanks to two tries to only a try and two penalties by Griquas CD flyhalf Kylan Griqua. But they were unable to score a single point in the second half, while Griqua added another penalty, which earned his team the narrow 14-12 victory.
Griquas CD – Try: Gerhard Gregory . Penalties: Kylan Griqua (3).
Leopards – Tries: Izak Jonker, Lionel George. Conversion: Gerhard Fourie.
Namibia 29 (10) Limpopo Blue Bulls 19 (5)
The clash between Namibia and the Limpopo Blue Bulls started slowly as the teams used the first half to find their feet. But they both applied pressure on attack in the second half and earned the rewards. Namibia’s four tries to only three by the Limpopo Blue Bulls, however, allowed them to register a morale-boosting 29-19 victory.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Danny Mokhoabane, Franco Van der Watt, Henk Van Zyl. Conversions: Chrizaan Strauss (3).
Blue Bulls 40 (27) SWD 19 (7)
Hosts the Blue Bulls showed that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the competition as they powered their way to a 40-19 victory against SWD. The hosts came out firing with their first try being scored three minutes into the match. They camped in the visitors half early on and earned the rewards with a 27-7 lead at the break thanks to effective performances by their forwards and backs. They built on this in the second half, despite SWD fighting back strongly, to stretch their score to 40 points.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Happiness Badise Peterson, Henk Pretorius, Hluma Zondani, Jack Hart, Rudolph De Lange. Conversions: Ruan De Swardt (3). Penalties: Ruan De Swardt (3).
It started off chilly, but it did not take long for the rugby action at the Coca-Cola Academy Week in Worcester to warm up the crowds and players alike on Monday.
There were tries aplenty at the rugby fields of the Technical High School Drostdy, with Western Province, Eastern Province and Griquas Country Districts amongst those who warmed to the occasion and score some spectacular tries.
Early action kicked off in icy conditions and mist, but the weather soon changed to pleasant, with the teams responding accordingly.
Western Province made their mark against Free State, easily outplaying the Bloemfontein side, while Eastern Province overcame the Pumas in a lively match.
KZN were also impressive, brushing aside SWD. The Blue Bulls also showed good form in coming from behind to beat hosts, Boland.
Run-of-play reviews of all matches are available by clicking on each match link. A summary of matches with scorers are:
The Blue Bulls scored two tries in the last five minutes to clinch a good win. Boland had the best of the exchanges in the first half and were leading deservedly at the break.
If defense dominated the first 35 minutes, not so in the second as both teams scored some great tries, with the brace by Blue Bulls’ Lyle Marat the most telling as it first drew scores level and then won his team the match.
Blue Bulls 31 (3). Tries: Chevan Swart, Lylle Maart (2), Shakeel Fredericks. Conversions: Hendrik Mulder (4). Penalty: Mulder.
Griquas were their own worst enemy in a match where they created numerous chances, but converted a few. They took an early lead, but soon lost their way as the Griffons capitalised on their mistakes. A yellow card and two failed kicks in the last couple of minutes compounded their start in the early morning cold.
Border proved far too slick for the Northern Free State team and delivered a strong second half performance to win going away.
The first half was fairly competitive, with the Griffons doing well in the tight phases, but in the second half, there was only one team on the field as Border’s passing stretched the Griffons defence.
Border 34 (13). Tries: Penalty Try, Cole van Tonder, Daniel Voigt, Heinrich Nieuwenhuizen. Conversion: Liam McLoughlin (4). Penalties: McLoughlin (2).
Griffons 10 (3). Tries: Adriaan Odendaal, Tiisetso Madonsela. Conversion: Louis Spershott. Penalty: Corne Cooper
Talk about a match of two halves. The Valke did all the playing in the first half and had all the answers up front. The second half saw the Golden Lions getting some ball and in the hands of their backs, who had too much pace and power for their opponents.
Golden Lions 26 (12). Tries: Adriaan van Blerk, Craig Hume, Lucky Mkhize (2). Conversions: Johan Saayman (3).
The Limpopo Blue Bulls impressed with their good interplay and communication, but lacked composure on attack. A good half-time talk sorted that out and when they returned in the second half, the Pumas Country Districts team could not contain them.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 31 (3). Tries: Pule Molokomme, Frans Botha, Hendrik Nel. Conversions: Hardus Geldenhuys (4). Penalty: Geldenhuys.
Pumas Country Districts 3 (3). Penalty: Carl Jacobsy
The Border side were in trouble from the start. Griquas opted for some early penalties to get the scoreboard rolling, but once they started to attack with ball in hand, rewards came in the form of five well-worked tries.
Griquas Country Districts 33 (21). Tries: Adriaan Burger, Breslen Ryk, Dirk Hanekom, Juniel Cloete, Sarel van der Merwe. Conversion: DJ Brand. Penalties: Brand (2).
The LSEN team only had two training sessions as a team and it showed as the Valke showed more fluidity and composure, especially on attack. The LSEN defence also lacked the communication needed to stop the Valke, who gelled nicely.
Blue Valke 31 (19). Tries: Anthony Robertson, Delmond Venske, Gert Mulder (2), Visser van der Bank. Conversions: Rudolf Heenop (3).
LSEN 8 (5). Try: Bradley Meintjies. Penalty: Johannes Visser
It was a very mature performance by the EP team. They played structured and with discipline, but never failed to get the ball to their speedy outside backs. This was appreciated by Glen Flitoor, who scored the first hat-trick of the afternoon.
EP CD 37 (17). Tries: Glen Flitoor (3), Siyamthanda Siaw (2). Conversions: Christiaan Nel (3). Penalties: Nel (2).
The Eastern Province team delivered the best performance of the day, but take nothing away from the Pumas, who gave it their all as well. In the end the EP side’s loose forwards combined beautifully and proved a seamless interaction between backs and forwards, with no8 Dean van der Westhuizen rewarded with a brace. Fullback Garrick Mattheus also kicked like a machine.
Eastern Province 49 (23). Tries: Dean van der Westhuizen (2), Denver Kleu, Duan du Plessis, Duwayne Baartman, Luciano Grootboom. Conversions: Garrick Mattheus (5). Penalties: Mattheus (3).
Western Province proved far too slick and well-coached for Free State, who had enough possession, but not enough variation to beat the WP defence. The Free State side wanted to play wide all the time and it made it easy for the WP to push them over the sidelines. When on attack WP played it down the middle of the field, which resulted in gaps opening up on both sides, which was exploited with some good angled running and support play.
Western Province 43 (17). Tries: Carlu Sadie, Danrich Visagie, Michael Meyer, Mitchell Carstens, Mujaahid van der Hoven, Taigh Schoor. Conversions: Cornel Smit (5). Penalty: Rayhaan Lombaard.
In one of the most entertaining matches of the day, a draw was perhaps the best result for both teams. Both showed much on attack, but serious lapses on defence, which resulted in some rather easy tries being scored.
Namibia played their best rugby in the first half and looked set for a win, but KZN scored some long-range tries in the second half to jump into the lead. A try with the last play and a successful conversion by Namibia brought the match to an entertaining end.
KZN CD 22 (8).Tries: Clifferd Jacobs, Kyle Rhode, Phakama Zondi. Conversions: Ryan Elliott (2). Penalty: Elliott.
Namibia 22 (15). Tries: Jerome Stephan Beukes, Schalk Grobbelaar, Tobie Van Zyl. Conversions: Hendrique Olivier (2), Penalty: Olivier
Boland came back well in the second half and spurred on by the locals, out-edged the Golden Lions at the death. A last minute penalty by Boland centre Ruben Brandt, who missed one just before, sealed the win for the home side.
Vodacom will take rugby to the community with the Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day set for Atteridgeville on Saturday, 7 June, where the young players will be playing at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Approximately 1200 young budding Vodacom Bulletjie rugby players will be in action where they will experience the joys of playing the game within a much wider rugby community, and where a strong emphasis is placed on participation.
The day has a strong development theme with kids from township schools in the
BBRU development clusters from areas such as Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Eersterust and Soshanguve. The little boys and girls will continue a proud tradition in the biggest mini-rugby project in South Africa which is the first initiative of its kind in the country where they will be playing each other from 08:00 to 13:00.
The primary goal of the day is to instil sportsmanship, a love for rugby and the Vodacom Bulls franchise. In Vodacom Bulletjie rugby players do not tackle each other, instead each player wears a ribbon on either side. When the ball carrier’s ribbon is ‘ripped’, he must pass the ball to a team mate within three seconds or three steps.
After passing the ball, the player must re-attach the ribbon to his belt before taking part in the game again. The player executing the ‘rip’ shouts “rip”, and holds the ribbon up in the air. The referee will then acknowledge the ‘rip’.
The player who performed the ‘rip’ must hand the ribbon back to the opponent immediately – only thereafter may the player participate in play.
The business of poaching/attracting schoolboy rugby players has reached enormous proportions in the Valke Rugby Union.
It has even reached the stage where a charge of kidnapping is reported to have been laid with the police against two members of the staff of Dr EG Jansen of Boksburg, the destination of two Under-14 schoolboys who are excellent rugby players.
The school from which they were ‘poached’ is Vereeniging Gimnasium, whose headmaster is Dries van Heerden, a well-known rugby man who at one stage was the chairman of South African Schools.
According to a report in Beeld newspaper, last Friday, January 17, at 16.00 two teachers from Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen came to the Vereeniging Gim’s hostel and went off with two Under-14 boys who are ‘[brilliant rugby players’. Nobody at Vereeniging Gim – not the housemaster or any other member of staff – had been told about the action.
According to Van Heerden, only the housemaster or the boys’ parents could give them permission to go out.
Apparently the vehicle arrived and within minutes the two boys got aboard and left.
Van Heerden said: ‘If something happens to the boys, we are in troiuble.’
The two boys concerned were ‘discovered’ by Vereeniging Gim in Stellenbosch in 2013 and started at Vereeniging Gim in 2013. Gim paid the boys school fees and boarding fees in 2013, a bursary dependent on performance.
According to the Gim Director of Rugby, Doom Gouws, Gim intended doing the same this year.
One of the two members of staff who picked the boys up, Uwe Sauer, was the boys’ coach at Vereeniging Gim last year, but then moved to EG Jansen, where he is coaching the Under-15 team this year, the age group into which the boys fall.
According to Sauer, the boys had wanted to move to EG Jansen last year, but he had told them to stay put – but they could contact him later.
He said that on January 17 he already had the written permission from the parents for the change to be made.
The principal of EG Jansen, Leon de Beer, said that the housemaster was not available at the time of the incident and that there was nobody who could give them an exeat.. according to him, the boys would live with an (unnamed) member of staff.
Natasha Andries, the mother of one of the boys, claimed that she had sent Vereeniging Gim a fax saying that she wanted her son to move to EG Jansen as he had been unhappy from the start at Gim.
She said: ‘Nobody was kidnapped.’
Van Heerden said that the parents would be expected to pay back the school and hostel fees.
The Wildeklawer tournament, not a part of Easter’s rugby, has become the most influential of the tournaments with its ability to attract a large number of top schools. This year is no different when it takes place on 28-30 April.
A change this year will be the absence of Basjan Reinhardt who did so much of the organisation but who died last year of a heart attack on the day after his birthday.
The schools invited this year are Affies, Boland Landbou, Diamantveld, Drostdy, EG Jansen, Glenwood, Grey College (Bloem), Grey High School (PE), HTS Middelburg, KES, Maritzburg College, Monument, Noord-Kaap, Oakdale, Outeniqua, Paarl Gim, Paul Roos, SARU Invitational XV, Selborne and Waterkloof.
Of these schools several were on the final Top 20 ranking in 2013 – Paarl Gim (1), Outeniqua (2), Affies (3), Grey Bloem (4), EG Jansen (5), Waterkloof (9), Oakdale (10), Grey PE (11), HTS Middelburg (12), Monument (13) and Noord-Kaap (15). Paul Roos, who did not have as good a year as usual last year were also on the FNB Top 20 at times. This year they should enjoy the arrival of a great Under-16 team in 2013. Glenwood, Diamantveld and Drostdy, too, were there for a while, and they, Boland Landbou and Selborne were always close.
Paarl Boys’ High are not there this year as they are off to Japan as South Africa’s representative at the Sanix Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament. Framesby of Port Elizabeth are also not there but in come Selborne of East London, HTS Middelburg and KES of Johannesburg who missed out last year.
The venue this year reverts to Hoërskool Diamantveld in Kimberley after being hosted by Maritzburg College last year as a part of the great school’s 150 birthday celebrations.
There are some interesting match-ups – Gim against Affies and Grey Bloem against Outeniqua who won last year’s encounter. But the truth is that every match has the promise of high standard excitement.
Monday, 28 April
Paarl Gim vs Affies
Outeniqua vs Grey Bloem
Oakdale vs Noord-Kaap
Paul Roos vs KES
Drostdy vs Selborne
Boland Landbou vs SARU Invitational XV
Monument vs EG Jansen
Grey PE vs Maritzburg College
Diamantveld vs HTS Middelburg
Glenwood vs Waterkloof
Wednesday, 30 April
Oakdale vs Affies
Paarl Gim vs EG Jansen
Outeniqua vs Monument
Paul Roos vs Selborne
Drostdy vs SARU Invitation XV
Boland Landbou vs HTS Middelburg
Grey Bloem vs Glenwood
Waterkloof vs Grey PE
Maritzburg College vs Diamantveld
KES vs Noord-Kaap