SA U20s change one for Maties
Cape Town - Dawie Theron, coach of the South African Under-20 side, made only one change to the team for Friday’s second friendly that will conclude their training camp, against Maties in Stellenbosch.
Jan Serfontein, who was named Craven Week Player of the Tournament in 2011, replaces Patrick Howard at inside centre from the team that beat Ikeys by 31-29 in Cape Town last week. The match kicks off on the Coetzenburg B-field at 10:00.
“I’m very proud of the commitment shown by the training squad during our camp,” said Theron.
“We’re privileged to be able to use the excellent facilities of the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport and it was good to see the players respond to that by lifting their game on the training field and in the gym.
“We all realise the importance of the next couple of months. The Junior World Championship is just more than four months away and we would like to get the people of South Africa behind us. The only way of doing that, is going into the tournament properly prepared.
“With that in mind, all players attending this camp will get an opportunity to showcase their talent and what they have learnt during the past two weeks against Maties on Friday.”
The Junior World Championship takes place from 4 to 22 June in the Western Cape. An Argentinean Under-20 touring side will visit South Africa in April for three matches against the SA U20s.
The SA Under-20 team: 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 JJ de Klerk, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Allan Dell.
Substitutes: 16 Gideon Muller, 17 Marzuq Maarman, 18 Jason Thomas, 19 Franco Marais, 20 Mihlali Mpafi, 21 Ettiene Oosthuizen, 22 Jacques du Plessis, 23 Cobus Nel, 24 Shaun Adendorff, 25 Poerie van Rooyen, 26 KK Hlungwane, 27 Errol Jaggers, 28 Mathys Smit, 29 Patrick Howard, 30 Ruwellyn Isbell.