FS beat WP in Craven Week final

2010-07-05 00:00

FREE State stamped their mark on the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week when they won the final match 42-21 after leading 22-11 at half-time against Western Province in Welkom on Saturday.

KZN finished fourth, after losing 49-23 to the only other unbeaten team, Boland.

FS won the try count 5-2, outstanding, 22-point flyhalf Johan Goosen orchestrating victory with another top-notch display.

KZN assistant coach Barend Steyn said, despite fighting back to 28-23 after a bad start, the injury-hampered KZN squad were flat after coming so close to beating Free State on Thursday and Boland ran away with it in the end.

The SA Schools’ selectors named one KZN player in their side, Westville flank Khaya Majola. Steyn said the Springbok selectors formed part of the panel that picked the side, which was officially chosen on merit.

KZN inside centre Patrick Howard must have been in contention, but he was up against established national players William Small-Smith (Free State, captain), Andile Jho (Border) and also Paul Jordaan.

KZN captain Guy Alexander was also up against the fiercest competition at No. 8, as was hooker Senzo Mtshali, while another strong KZN contender, left wing Emil Schwarz, had his Craven Week blighted by injury.

First-choice KZN flyhalf Fred Zeilinga, who was injured in his last school match before Craven Week, would have been there and thereabouts but, again, had the fiercest competition, among them the superb Free Stater Goosen.

The point is, only so many players can make a team and for the many prospects that missed out, there is still much to play for as they go further in their fledgling rugby careers.

KZN’s replacement pivot for Zeilinga, Duncan Campbell (41) was second to top Craven Week points scorer Goosen (47).

POINTS SCORERS

Boland (22) 49 Tries: Leroy Bitterhout (3), Andrew van Wyk, Chevandre van Schoor, Willem Liebenberg, Ruan van Rooyen. Conversions: Jacques Rossouw (4). Penalties: Rossouw (2).

KZN (10) 23 Tries: Wade Elliot, Jason Klaasen; Conversions: Duncan Campbell (2); Penalties: Campbell (3).

SA Schools: 15 Craig Barry (WP), 14 Jean-Paul Lewis (WP), 13 William Small-Smith (Free State, capt), 12 Andile Jho (Border), 11 Leroy Bitterhout (Boland), 10 Johan Goosen (FS), 9 Rudi van Rooyen (Blue Bulls), 8 Nardus van der Walt (Bulls), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (WP), 6 Khaya Majola (KZN), 5 Ruan Botha (Valke), 4 Ruan Venter (Lions), 3 Allan Dell (Bdr), 2 Jason Thomas (EP), 1 Steven Kitshoff (WP). Subs: 16 Anrich Bitzi (FS), 17 Neethling Fouche (FS), 18 Schalk van Heerden (Bulls), 19 Wiaan Liebenberg (Bol), 20 Kevin Luiters (FS), 21 Paul Jordaan (FS), 22 Tshotsho Mbovane (WP). Coaches: A.J Mercuur (Bol), Janse van der Ryst (Griquas CD). Manager: Adam Lottering.

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