Lacklustre performances from KZN sides as they struggle with tries

2009-07-21 00:00

THERE has been rugby each week of the school’s winter break, where KZN sides have been involved and a brief summary of the fortunes of the various teams is reflected here. It appears as if generally the KZN sides have not been attacking enough, or have not had the attacking ability found in some of the better teams.

The Under 13 team played in Kimberley. They did well enough to win two of the three games played, but the loss by 0-34 against Eastern Province would have hurt. KZN scored four tries in the three games, but had seven tries scored against them, five of these by EP. They had two wins against the Valke 7-0 and a good display in the final game winning 21-14 against the Golden Lions.

The Under 16 Grant Khomo side also won two of their three matches in Riversdale.They had a difficult opening match against Western Province, losing 0-12, which did give them a wake-up call. The two wins were 17-15 against the Golden Lions after a good second half and then 11-10 against Eastern Province. They scored two tries, with five against.

The SA Academy Week for Under 18 players, essentially ‘B’ sides from each of the provinces ,was held in Pretoria. KZN has two sides selected with the ‘B’ team essentially under 17, but not exclusively. This was the most disappointing set of results flrom all the KZN sides with the ‘A’ team losing two games and drawing one. The ‘B’ team won one game and lost two.

The Academy A drew 17-17 with the Golden Lions then lost 12-20 against Western Province and 16-17 against the Pumas. They scored nine tries with seven against.

The Academy B did admirably against the Blue Bulls but went down 18-23. They lost 21-31 against Boland and won their final match 21-12 against Eastern Province Country Districts. They scored seven tries with six against.

One player, Khaya Majola from Westville, was selected for the SA Academy team which played at Craven Week.

There was also a KZN side at the SLEN (learners with special education needs) week in Potchefstroom, where they won one game, losing the other two. The game they won 23-14 was against the Blue Bulls. They lost 12-21 to an Invitation team and 13-15 against the Eastern Cape. They scored seven tries with four against.

The KZN Craven Week team in East London lost the first match 15-22 against Free State, arguably the strongest side at the Week, although Free State lost narrowly to Western Province in the final match.

In their second game, three tries enabled them to win 23-0 against the SA Academy side. The final game was a 22-25 loss against the Blue Bulls, although KZN had opportunities to win.

The defence was good as only five tries were scored against them. However, of the 22 teams at Craven Week only one side, Border Country Districts (Transkei) scored less than KZN, with all the other teams scoring more than six tries.

Only lock Ricky Schnetler (Glenwood) was selected for the SA school side.

Certainly there is room for improvement in 2010. The Under 16, some members of the Academy sides and a few from the Craven Week team who will be available next year, KZN have the makings of a good team and perhaps will be one of those that can play in the final game in 2010.

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