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New look Craven Week for 2018

14 September, 2017 beet 4

Paarl Boys’ High who will be turning 150 years old in 2018 will host the Craven Week and Academy Week in 2018 from 08-14 July 2018.

The really big news is that the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Western Province will field invitational teams in addition to their regular Craven Week teams in 2018.…

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SA Schools International Series 2017

12 August, 2017 beet 175
# Date Time Team Team Venue
1 Fri 11-Aug 14h15 England 24 8 France Paul Roos
2 Fri 11-Aug 16h00 SA Schools 28 30 Wales Paul Roos
3 Tue 15-Aug 14h15 England Wales Paarl Gim
4 Tue 15-Aug 16h00 SA Schools France Paarl Gim
5 Sat 19-Aug 12h15 France Wales Athlone Stadium
6 Sat 19-Aug 14h00 SA Schools England Athlone Stadium
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Schreuder joins the exclusive double SA Schools club

29 July, 2017 beet 40

By being selected for SA Schools rugby in July 2017, Grey College and Free State all-rounder Christopher Schreuder became just the 14th SA Schools cricket and SA Schools rugby double achiever in South African history. Schreuder attends the most well represented school on the list and as a flyhalf he plays in by far the most popular rugby position for past achievers of this unique double.

# Year Name School Rugby Region Rugby Position
1 1974 Malcolm Thompson Maritzburg College KZN Loose Forward
2 1974 Lee Barnard KES Gauteng Flyhalf
3 1979 Chris Smit Grey College Free State Flyhalf
4 1981 Gerbrandt Grobler Grey College Free State Fullback
5 1982 Helgard Muller Grey College Free State Centre
6 1985 Frans Cronje Grey College Free State Hooker
7 1987 Errol Stewart Westville KZN Centre
8 1987 Udo Goedeke Maritzburg College KZN Flyhalf
9 1991 Greg Miller Grey HS Eastern Cape Flyhalf
10 1992 Herschelle Gibbs Bishops Western Cape Flyhalf
11 1996 Conrad Jantjes CBC Boksburg Gauteng Wing/Fullback
12 2002 Adrian Penzhorn Maritzburg College KZN Centre
13 2016 Ruan de Swardt Affies Gauteng Flyhalf
14 2017 Christopher Schreuder Grey College Free State Flyhalf
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Craven Week or Craven Weak?

23 July, 2017 beet 2

One of the things that alarmed me about Craven Week 2017 was the high number of missed tackles and the lack of commitment towards the tackle especially by players away from the breakdown. There were tries galore as the 20 teams involved combined to register more than a point per minute per game over the 5-match days. They ended up averaging over 10 tries / 72 points per game. I was convinced that this Craven Week 2017 had set a new record for worst defence display ever (or glass half full best attacking rugby ever), so I examined the basic stats from 2007-2017 and published them below the 2017 table.

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Craven Week winners 1971-2016 : KZN & Lions out to end long droughts

21 July, 2017 beet 45

This will be the Golden Lions’ 7th Craven Week “final” in 13 seasons since 2005. Their last win was back in 2005. The Lions have 14 titles to their name. This is KZN’s 1st final since 1990. That’s 27 years ago. KZN has 2 titles to their name. The two teams met 30 years ago in 1987 when they shared the spoils.

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Craven Week 2017

19 July, 2017 beet 541

KZN will attempt to win their 3rd ever final and 1st in 27 years. The Golden Lions are in search of title number 15, which will be a 1st in 12 years.

Venue City : St Stithians College, Johannesburg Dates : Mon 17- Sat 22 July 2017

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Who will be Craven Week Player of the Year 2017?

18 July, 2017 beet 30
YEAR NAME SCHOOL PROVINCE POSITION
2016 Damian Willemse Paul Roos Western Province Flyhalf
2015 Ernst van Rhyn Paarl Gymnasium Western Province Flank
2014 Curwin Bosch Grey High Eastern Province Flyhalf
2013 Grant Hermanus Paarl Gymnasium Western Province Wing
2012 Sergeal Petersen Grey High Eastern Province Wing
2011 Jan Serfontein Grey College Free State Centre
2010 Johan Goosen Grey College Free State Flyhalf
2009 Andile Jho Dale College Border Centre
2008 Sampie Mastriet HTS Drostdy Boland Wing
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Academy Week 2017 – fixtures & teams

16 July, 2017 beet 1
DATE TEAM TEAM
17-Jul Valke 41 12 Limpopo
17-Jul EPCD 62 3 Griquas CD
17-Jul Griffons 48 31 KZN Sharks CD
17-Jul Eastern Province 22 22 Griquas
17-Jul KZN Sharks 46 7 SWD
17-Jul Western Province 38 31 Boland
18-Jul Golden Lions XV 62 14 Zimbabwe
18-Jul Valke Platteland 51 12 Border CD
18-Jul SA LSEN 57 36 Griffons CD
18-Jul Pumas CD 16 15 Namibia
18-Jul Border 35 15 Leopards
18-Jul Blue Bulls 26 23 Free State
18-Jul Pumas 23 22 Golden Lions
19-Jul Limpopo 64 17 Griquas CD
19-Jul Griquas 34 19 KZN Sharks CD
19-Jul SWD 45 31 Eastern Province
19-Jul EPCD 34 27 Valke
19-Jul Boland 28 18 Griffons
19-Jul Western Province 50 36 KZN Sharks
20-Jul Namibia 31 17 Griffons
20-Jul Zimbabwe 64 15 Border CD
20-Jul Leopards 33 17 Pumas CD
20-Jul SA LSEN 43 31 Valke CD
20-Jul Golden Lions XV 31 8 Border
20-Jul Golden Lions 48 38 Free State
20-Jul Blue Bulls 46 31 Pumas
22-Jul Griquas 59 30 Border CD
22-Jul EPCD 27 21 Pumas
22-Jul Namibia 27 24 Zimbabwe
22-Jul KZN Sharks CD 26 26 Griffons CD
22-Jul Golden Lions 26 19 Boland
22-Jul Griquas 22 10 SA LSEN
22-Jul Valke CD 40 36 Pumas CD
22-Jul Free State 38 29 KZN Sharks
22-Jul Leopards 35 34 Eastern Province
22-Jul Valke 38 31 Limpopo
22-Jul Border 34 27 Griffons

22-Jul

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22-Jul Golden Lions XV 45 14 SWD
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u13 Craven Week 2017

10 July, 2017 beet 21

At Grey College, Bloemfontein starting on Monday 10 July 2017

DAY TEAM TEAM
4

Western Province

28 0 Eastern Province
3 Western Province 31 5 Golden Lions
2 Western Province 41 10 Limpopo
1 Western Province 71 0 Griffons
3 Eastern Province 29 17 Blue Bulls
2 Eastern Province 17 14 KZN Sharks
1 Eastern Province 32 15 Leopards
4 Blue Bulls 26 17 Golden Lions
2 Blue Bulls 22 7 SWD
1 Blue Bulls 45 12 Free State
2 Golden Lions 18 12 Border
1 Golden Lions 23 14 KZN Sharks
3 South Western Districts 24 22 Limpopo
1 South Western Districts 14 14 Valke
4 Boland 17 17 South Western Districts
3 Boland 32 22 Border
2 Boland 26 10 Free State
4 Border 31 29 Limpopo
1 Border 18 15 Pumas
4 Valke 24 24 KwaZulu-Natal
3 Valke 20 14 Leopards
2 Valke 36 7 Griquas
3 KZN Sharks 34 5 Griffons
4 Griquas 37 21 Zimbabwe
4 Leopards 20 19 Free State
4 Namibia 27 20 Griffons
4 Pumas 106 0 Border CD
3 Free State 41 31 Pumas
3 Griquas 94 0 Border CD
3 Namibia 15 10 Zimbabwe
2 Griffons 22 10 Pumas
2 Leopards 66 7 Zimbabwe
2 Namibia 92 12 Border CD
1 Griquas 21 19 Namibia
1 Limpopo 15 14 Boland
1 Zimbabwe 45 0 Border CD

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Grant Khomo under 16 Week 2017

10 July, 2017 beet 26

At Grey College in Bloemfontein starting Monday 10 July 2017.

There is no shortage of good rugby to watch and a number of promising players on display.

Most unfortunately the national under-16 week has become a bit of shopping outing for schools desperately looking boost their 1st XV’s for the next 2 sometimes 3 years. Sadly one of the features that’s now common at the event is that of overzealous school officials and school aligned scouts directly approaching other schools’ players whenever and wherever they can over the course of the week. Sometimes the desperation includes running onto the field immediately after the final whistle to make direct contact with sort after minors.

 

DAY TEAM TEAM
3

Western Province

38 10 South Western Districts
2 Western Province 37 19 Free State
1 Western Province 36 7 Blue Bulls
2 South Western Districts 32 27 Border
1 South Western Districts 39 23 Pumas
3 KZN Sharks 32 29 Golden Lions
2 KZN Sharks 46 13 Namibia
1 KZN Sharks 15 14 Western Province XV
3 Free State 38 20 Border
1 Free State 71 19 Zimbabwe
3 Blue Bulls 43 32 Boland
2 Blue Bulls 29 29 Golden Lions
1 Border 24 13 Golden Lions
2 Boland 25 22 Limpopo
1 Boland 17 14 Griquas
2 Eastern Province 26 24 Griquas
1 Eastern Province 21 13 Free State XV
2 Western Province XV 20 24 Griffons
3 Western Province XV 37 19 Free State XV
2 Valke 28 10 Leopards
3 Valke 36 20 Eastern Province
2 Free State XV 48 24 Pumas
1 Griffons 69 13 Border CD
3 Griffons 29 19 Limpopo
3 Griquas 24 12 Pumas
3 Leopards 46 3 Border CD
1 Limpopo 48 19 Valke
1 Namibia 31 23 Leopards
3 Namibia 59 19 Zimbabwe