Craven Week: KZN XV disappoint against Blue Bulls

2011-07-18 00:00

THE KZN XV were again disappointing against the Blue Bulls in the main curtain raiser at the end of Craven Week in Kimberley on Saturday. In saying that, however, “they were gutted after losing against the Lions with the last kick of the game and it was difficult to pick them up”, said coach Barend Steyn.

KZN did score first when Tyler Fisher (Westville) went over, dragging a number of defenders with him. The Blue Bulls then scored from a maul and then two more tries made it 19-5 at the break.

The second half was better with Siyabonga Tom converting a penalty after KZN had dominated the first 10 minutes. They battled against the pick and drive of the Bulls game and another two tries left the final score 29-8. Of the five tries scored, only the last one was by a backline player.

The Bulls were the better side and many thought that they should have been in the final but they were beaten by Free State in their second game. Free State had a 28-17 win against the Lions in the final match and these two provinces made up nine of the SA Schools side.

The SA Schools squad were named following the main game between Free State and the Golden Lions. For the first time, the squad of 22 players were named as forwards and backs. The final line-up for a match against a French Invitation XV will be named after the practice sessions. This will be a curtain raiser to the Springboks’ match against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on August 20.

It was the Blue Bulls with six players, five of them forwards, that dominated the selection. There were a further four from each of Free State and the Lions, with KZN and Western Province each having two players. Grey College and Waterkloof had four players each and, with three from Monument, were the schools that had most players.

After an initial denial that an SA Academy team from the Academy Week would be selected, a team were also named on Saturday afternoon.

Eastern Province and Golden Lions each have five players, with four from WP. KZN and Boland have two players each in the squad of 22 players. Monument has a further three players in this team with Pearson from Port Elizabeth and KES with two players each.

This side will also play the French Invitation team a week before SA Schools play them. It will be the curtain raiser to the Springboks against the Wallabies in Durban on August 13.

SA Schools: Forwards: Andrew Beerwinkel (Boland-Porterville), Morne Coetzee (Blue Bulls-Waterkloof), Leneve Damens (Free State-Grey), Morne du Plessis (BB-Waterkloof), Philip du Plessis (Golden Lions-Monument), Ime Herbst (BB-Waterkloof), Eugene le Maitre (GL-Marais Viljoen), Thabo Mabuza (BB-Southdowns), Skumbuzo Notshe (Western Province-Wynberg), Pierre Schoeman (BB-Affies), Ruan Steenkamp cpt (GL-Monument)

Backs: Tyler Fisher (KZN-Westville), Nhlanhle Hlongwane (FS-Louis Botha), Ruwellyn Isbell (FS-Grey), Shaun Robinson (BB-Waterkloof), Jan Serfontein (FS-Grey), Dries Swanepoel vcpt (FS-Grey), Tim Swiel (WP-Bishops), Siyabonga Tom (KZN-Glenwood), Percy Williams (SWD-Oudtshoorn) Coach: Poerie van Rooyen (Pumas), Asst Coach: Ken Joseph (EP), Manager: Gert Tsotetsi (Valke)

SA Academy: 1 Matthew Jones (KZN-Kearsney), 2 Chadley Wenn (Boland-Schoonspruit), 3 Bart le Roux (Eastern Province-Framesby), 4 Stefan Vermeulen (GL-Monument), Armand du Preez (EP-Die Brandwag), 6 Willie Newman cpt (GL-Monument), 7 Malcolm Marx (GL-KES), 8 Niklaas Rossouw (Bol-Montagu), 9 Cyprial Mkhabela (KZN-Glenwood), 10 Dalton Kannemeyer (WP-Wynberg), 11 Surprise Mayekiso (GL-KES), 12 John Kotze (WP-Bishops), 13 Edwin Sass (WP-Tygerberg), 14 Gideon Meiring (GL-Monument), 15 Lorenzo Baaitjies (EP-DF Malherbe), 16 Hewson Peterson (WP-Zandvliet), 17 Susa Mandlakhe (EP-Pearson), 18 Luan de Bruin (BB-Affies), 19 Tienie Burger (FS-Grey), 20 Balungi Mbangi (EP-Pearson), 21 Damien Engledoe (Bol-New Orleans), 22 Linden Rhode (SWD-Punt) Coach: Bert Schoeman (BB); Asst Coach: Joseph Jafta (Griquas), Manager: Dean Moodley (KZN).

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