Cape Town - The
SA Schools selectors have retained only two players and made a further two
positional changes for the team’s second outing of the 2014 Under-18
International Series against Wales on Tuesday, August 19 in George.
The SA Schools outplayed France 28-13 while England managed
to secure a last gap 24-21 victory over Wales in the earlier match. The other teams taking part in the annual junior
international series are England, France and Italy.
The opening fixtures took placed
last Friday, August 15 at City Park in Cape Town and the action now moves to
Outeniqua Park in George before the final matches at Paul Roos Markötter
Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday, August 23.
The three players who will start in their second match are
right wing Andell Loubser, inside centre IT Jackson and lock Eduard Zandberg.
Among the backs, Barend Smit moves from outside centre to fullback while
Edmond Rheeder will now wear the number eight jersey after playing No 6 flank
Smit, who captained Pumas at the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven
Week, will lead the SA Schools selection in the injury enforced absence of Jaco
Coetzee. The Glenwood number eight has an ankle injury.
Meanwhile two replacements were drafted after two players
were withdrawn because of injury. Mornè
Joubert (hamstring) is replaced by Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province) while
the place of Michael Kumbirai (broken ankle) will be filled by Kenneth van Niekerk
naming his match 23 against Wales, Hein Kriek, the SA Schools coach, said that
the plan was always to shuffle the team for the second match.
three matches to play just a few days apart from each other, we have to plan
very carefully, especially with a very tough last match against England in
now though, our focus are 100 percent on Wales, who will bring a huge physical
presence to the match on Tuesday. They are a solid unit and have a good set
piece, so there is no doubt we will have to be up for the challenge up front.
Wales played outstanding at times against England and they came very close to a
win, so we will have to be well prepared for them,” said Kriek.
SA Schools coach said he was pleased with the team’s performance against France
in the opening match last Friday at City Park. However, he cautioned they will
have to improve on their set pieces to combat a lively Wales pack.
did well in the lineouts but we have worked hard on our set pieces and also our
defence. Our players applied their skill on attack and we managed to make good
use of our attacking opportunities. However, we worked very hard on our
defensive pattern and mindset and that’s the area we want to target for
improvement in our second match in George,” added the SA Schools coach.
The SA Schools team, which is
sponsored by Coca-Cola, is unbeaten in their Series matches for the past four
SA Schools team v Wales on Tuesday, August 19 in George:
15. Barend Smit
(Middelburg HTS, Pumas - captain), 14. Andell Loubser (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls), 13. Heino
Bezuidenhout (Daniel Pienaar HTS, EP), 12. JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, SWD), 11. Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province), 10. Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof HS, Blue Bulls), 9. Embrose Papier (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls), 8. Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp HS, Leopards), 7. Cobus Wiese (Upington HS, Griquas Country Districts), 6. Arnold Gerber (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls), 5. Eduard Zandberg (Outeniqua HS, SWD), 4. Ashton Fortuin (Southdown College, Blue Bulls), 3. Sarel-Marco Smit (Eldoraigne HS, Blue Bulls), 2. Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua HS, SWD), 1. Lupumlo Mguca (Daniel Pienaar THS, Eastern Province)
Replacements: 16. Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls), 17. Ngonidzashe Chidoma (Northwood HS, KwaZulu-Natal), 18. Ignatius Prinsloo (Grey College, Free State), 19. Junior Sipato (Grey HS, Eastern Province), 20. Victor Maruping (Louis Botha THS, Free State), 21. Marko Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia HS, Valke), 22. Curwin Bosch
(Grey HS, Eastern Province), 23. Nazo Nkala (Welkom Gimnasium, Griffons)
The remaining SARU 2014 Under-18 International
Series fixtures are:
Tuesday, August 19 - Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SS8)
14:00 - Italy vs SWD Coca-Cola Craven Week XV
15:45 - England vs France
17:30 - SA vs Wales
Saturday August 23 - Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch
12:00 - Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV
14:00 - France vs Wales
16:00 - SA vs England