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  1. T. Ndzuzo will feel hard done by after making the CW team last year. Other wise very happy with the CW team.

    How Joe Jonas starting at flyhalf is beyond me, he’s the reserve scrum half for his first team ? I assume he will also cover scrum half as there isn’t one on the bench.

    Has Sean Barnes always been a prop? Thought he played 8th man.

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  2. Well done to all the players picked. They must stay injury free, continue to work hard and make us KZNer proud during July.

    The matches will not be easy BUT the Craven Week team has the potential to do well.

    I think the new Craven Week coach also has the potential to become a well-remembered one for all the right reasons and hopefully he can bring about the much needed cohesion to do well at CW.

    My opinion is that one player who has battled for mobility this season had a poor final trial and probably should not have made a team going on that performance or his form this season. Hopefully he can either overcome whatever niggle he is carrying or improve his fitness drastically and prove exactly why he deserved to be included, because he can be a difference-maker. Come the youth weeks, many in KZN including myself will be rooting for the team to do well. Given the level of compo expected, it’s impossible to enjoy success while having to carry a player.

    Always worth remembering the players don’t pick themselves

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  3. Wow the ‘Glenwood show’ in 2017. Some amazing players. Pepsi and Nohamba from DHS are also class! good luck boys.

    Great to see 2 Northwood boys in the u16 team, such good reward for hard work.

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  4. @Thumper: Howzit Thumper, yes very strange. Also felt Mchunu should be the starting Nr7. Any way it is what is. Well done to all the boys

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  5. @warriors7: At this stage the name isn’t important.

    The sad part is that it adds to the corruption of what the youth weeks are meant to stand for and further erodes the worth of the tournaments. The process was meant to honour the best players in each region. In this case I believe that a player who has worked hard and deserved to be picked for the provincial youth week has been cast aside while someone who hasn’t earned that right was favoured for whatever reason. If that whatever reason happens to be out of the hands of the selection panel then it is really worrying.

    Anyway the best thing that can happen now is this player turns a corner in his season and plays to his true potential come July.

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  6. @Pinotage:

    Craven Week – Jeremy McLaren (Glenwood) – he was coaching a small school called Kloof just a couple of years ago and has earned a lot of respect and admiration for his ability.

    Academy Week – Grant Bell (Clifton) – he was the Westville head coach and their difficulties seemed to start after he left. Very organised and forward thinking man. I can’t help but believe that if he was heading KZN school rugby for the last few years, our results would have been far better.

    Grant Khomo Week – Scott Mathie (DHS) – former pro player who has also made a quick rise to the top and his star is still on the rise. Already the KZN schools 7’s coach for a few years. It won’t surprise me if he graduates to pro rugby coaching status down the line.

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  7. @beet: Where is SM of Kearsney? Wasn’t he the GK coach last year?

    Westville really has declined significantly since the departure of Grant Bell. Although this year is better than last year, I was not impressed with the two matches that I saw at Saints. They looked average against Grey High and then really struggled to beat a St Alban’s team that selected eight 2nd team players on the day. Westville of four years ago would’ve done much better. I hope that they can sort out their woes.

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  8. @Vleis: I would describe the current team as more workmanlike than anything else. Against GW( away and currently laden with CW week players) they had the better of possession and territory but did not have the X-Factor to finish off. My feel for the Westville set-up is that the O/B network is gaining traction and the boarding options expanded. Both support a more positive future. The Westville U14s only lost one game against the brenchmark school and that was the U14e.I suppose it is all about a culture
    which they need to identify and embrace.

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  9. @warriors7: I presume you are talking 1ST team. By 20 points to Affies in Pretoria and by 3 to Hilton on WOB day. Against Hilton is was also workmanlike versus X-factor. I really rate that Hilton team and will be glued to the TV set when they take on College.

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  10. @warriors7: I presume you are talking 1ST team. By 20 points to Affies in Pretoria and by 3 to Hilton on WOB day. Against Hilton is was also workmanlike versus X-factor. I really rate that Hilton team and will be glued to the TV set when they take on College.

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  11. @star: Yes, that is a good word – workmanlike. They dertainly played with great passion and commitment – there is love for the badge, but as you say, they didn’t have any X-factor players, apart from maybe the big hooker.

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  12. @Vleis: SM seems to enjoy job hopping. He is now at MHS (again). :)

    He was “promoted” to CW asst coach. With the youth week transformation requirements applying to coaching positions as well, there is a bit of a jugging act that has to take place esp in KZN where the pool of available and qualified “target” SBR coaches remains tiny. So when the 2016 CW asst coach decided to take up a post at a primary school, he was obliged to vacate his CW post as well. This opened the door for SM.

    I say “promoted” because it’s debatable which post carries greater weight – CW asst or GK head coach??? In KZN the GK head coach has a far far greater say in his team’s selection and being a CW asst provides no guarantee of becoming the next CW head coach.

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  13. @Vleis: I thought the Westville hooker played very well against Hilton. I only saw one half of the match tho. Also really like the 11 wing. I thought he was good against both Hilton and Jeppe. When the 3rd year veteran players at 8 and 12 play to the full potential they are great as well. 15 also a quality player who would not have let anyone down at CW or AW if he was given the chance – there was lots of compo for those spots tho.

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  14. @beet: Same old, same old. I’m sure that there is interference every year. I haven’t seen much SBR this year but in an average MHS side Knox impressed me as did the lock Calvert-Evers who must have been in with a decent shout at CW selection as well. Interesting to see Glenwood dominating the backs these days. A point of interest is that the 07 MHS backline has just produced it’s 3rd Springbok (still to be capped) along with a 7’s Bok which is a pretty good record by any standard.
    Good luck to all the boys selected.

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  15. @star: Yeah I’m looking forward to a good game at Gilfillan. I’m expecting a College backlash after their below par performance last week. Should be a good battle up front and will be interesting to see if either team can overcome a stalemate in the backlines. Truter will be back for MC. He has a bit of X which they missed last week. No Williamson or Khanyile tho so two big blows. Hilton also nursing a few injuries. I saw Williams limp off at trials and not sure about Curtis + Schreuder + Marx + Warren = quality players.

    Hopefully no trigger happy ref who’s decisions determine the outcome.

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  16. @meadows: Yeah Meadows. In a year where everyone is saying there’s a national shortage of quality tall locks and particularly in KZN where a quality 2m lock is extremely rare in any given year, it’s a little depressing to see an athletic in-form player Ollie C-E miss out on Craven Week. He has been a joy to watch. I’m happy for Rocky Knox. He has been super this year.

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  17. @beet: Is it that a veiled reference to the Midlands Ref Society who have stirred the passions of many a Kearsney supporter. :wink:

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  18. @star: Partly but in my defence I watch a lot of other non-Kearsney matches in the Midlands as well and interact with the support bases. I can even reference you to a match back in about 2012 between your 2 alta mater where the one school’s published match report virtually spelled out the dissatisfaction with the reffing decisions on the day.

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  19. Glad to see Hlope in the GK team (a good mobile option for lock). Hoping to see a lot more in the next 4 years (only Gr 9 now)

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  20. @beet: Yay!! Kloof got a mention! My son has just made the Sharks U13a side and will be heading to their Craven Week in July too. 3 boys form Kloof Senior made the Sharks teams this year, two of them in the ‘A’ side and one in the ‘B’ side. Quite an achievemnet for the little school up the hill. :mrgreen:

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  21. @Speartackle: Thanks Spear.

    Not yet hey, have a few options available and one or two more to explore. Going to be a tough choice. At the end of the day he must decide where he thinks he will be the happiest. We just want to make sure he is in the right place where he can get the best support and exposure for his rugby and other sports.

    Will keep you posted once he decides. :lol:

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  22. Looks like all you need to beat KZN side in CW is put a top 10 school against them!!!!

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