Craven week starts in PE today

2012-07-09 00:00

The 2012 Craven week for Boy’s U18 rugby begins today in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. The first round matches take place over two days, with the second round on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a rest day and all 20 teams play on Saturday.

THE KZN squad of 22 players will be hoping for three good matches and with twelve players that were involved in either Craven, Academy or Grant Khomo weeks last year they could well be one of the better teams. Six of the players are playing in their second Craven week, twins Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez, Sandile Kubeka all from Kearsney, with three Glenwood players, Carel Swart, Sihle Ngxabi and Nkululeko Marwana.

This year for the first time the 20 teams and their managers and coaches will be able to interact with the high performance department of SARU under manager Rassie Erasmus. He and his support staff will conduct clinics and workshops.

KZN’s first match is at 1 pm today against Free State and it is being televised on SS1 and CNN. Free State this year does not have as many Grey College players as usual and they are likely to be weaker than normal. This does not mean that they will be an easy game, but if KZN play to their potential, they could well get their Craven week off to a good start.

Following the KZN game is the opening ceremony, followed by the main game on the first day, Eastern Province against the Falcons. The main game on Tuesday is Western Province against the Blue Bulls. Captaining Western Province is the acclaimed flyhalf, Handré Pollard from Paarl Gym, who recently played in the Under 20 World Cup won by South Africa. The team from the Cape will be hoping to follow their U16 and the Academy side to be the winners.

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