English tourists beat SA U18

2009-08-11 00:00

AFTER a smashing of the Italian U18 side on Monday last week, the SA Schools XV played the England U18 team on Friday, also in Kimberley. The heavier and more physical English team ran out convincing 45-13 winners.

The England team, coming largely from junior club sides, has been together for six months and had won the U18 six nations, as well as playing a number of other matches against other U18 teams. The SA Schools team, chosen at the end of Craven Week, had a few practice sessions ahead of the Italian match and then were together for four days ahead of this match, hardly the preparation to win against a good team.

The tourists were better prepared with their game plan, which had been built around their huge pack of forwards and they were faster to the breakdown. However the SA Schools team showed plenty of character despite the difference in the scoreline.

A hat trick of tries was scored by winger Christian Wade, with fullback Jack Wallace scoring a brace. Centre Andy Shot scored their other try and flyhalf George Ford kicked three penalties and three conversions.

For SA Schools, their lone try was dotted down by Paul Roos centre Phillip du Plessis, with Paarl Gym and SA Schools flyhalf, William van Wyk, slotting two penalties and converting the try.

SA Schools coach Chris September said: “The result is disappointing, but I think we have learnt a lot of lessons following the two matches against Italy and England.

“The players are also disappointed, but I told them that hopefully many of them would one day play against England at an International level.”

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