Wholesale changes to SA U18 team

2014-08-19 00:00

THE SA Schools’ team have been almost completely shuffled for their clash against Wales U18 at Outeniqua Park in George today.

The match is their second in the 2014 U18 International Series, that sees the SA Schools’ team take on France, England,

Italy and Wales.

South Africa ran out 28-13 winners over France at the weekend, but the team’s selectors have made wholesale changes to the side, with only three players remaining from the team that beat France.

They are right wing Andell Loubser, inside centre JT Jackson and lock Eduard Zandberg.

Ngonidzashe Chidoma from Northwood is the only KZN player to feature in today’s match-day 23, while SA Schools captain Jaco Coetzee from Glenwood has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

That means that fellow Glenwood pupil Kenneth van Niekerk has cracked the nod to join the SA Schools squad.

SA Schools coach Hein Kriek said the decision to shuffle the team was a premiditated one.

“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,” he said.

The coach has targeted his team’s set piece as their own area of concern.

“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 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 have an impressive unbeaten run of four years in the Series.

The match is telecast on SuperSport 8 from 3.45 pm.


Barend Smit (captain, Middelburg HTS, Pumas), Andell Loubser (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls), Heino Bezuidenhout (Daniel Pienaar HTS, EP), JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, SWD), Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province), Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof HS, Blue Bulls), Embrose Papier (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls), Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp HS, Leopards), Cobus Wiese (Upington HS, Griquas Country Districts), Arnold Gerber (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls), Eduard Zandberg (Outeniqua HS, SWD), Ashton Fortuin (Southdown College, Blue Bulls), Sarel-Marco Smit (Eldoraigne HS, Blue Bulls), Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua HS, SWD), Lupumlo Mguca (Daniel Pienaar THS, Eastern Province).

Replacements: Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls), Ngonidzashe Chidoma (Northwood HS, KwaZulu-Natal), Ignatius Prinsloo (Grey College, Free State), Junior Sipato (Grey HS, Eastern Province), Victor Maruping (Louis Botha THS, Free State), Marko Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia HS, Valke), Curwin Bosch (Grey HS, Eastern Province), Nazo Nkala (Welkom Gimnasium, Griffons).

Remaining fixture: SA vs England. Saturday 23 August, Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch.

Kick-off: 4 pm.

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