Framesby is looking forward to the experience of playing a curtain-raiser to the Sharks versus Stormers Super Rugby match at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, 02 March 2013. They are also grateful for the good relationship they have with their opponents on the day Glenwood, which made this match possible. Just like Glenwood, Framesby will be approaching the game as a pre-season preparation for the coming season. Further evidence of this is that they will actually only finalise their 1st team squad for 2013 once they have completed a last set of trials scheduled to take place once they are back home in Port Elizabeth.
The squad picked for this match represents a nice balance between youth and experience. No fewer than 10 players have played 1st XV rugby before this year. Being firm believers in the value of teamwork, the Framesby coaching staff do not single out individuals, choosing rather to promote an environment is which each of the 22-player squad is made to feel equally responsible for the team’s performance.
Players to watch:
Prop: Wessel Strydom (EP u18 High Performance squad 2013, Grade 11)
At 1.88cm tall and 110 kg Wessel is an outstanding ball-carrier and gets around the park to complete his share of the workload. He is a tough defender and likes the physical stuff. Although he is a newcomer in the side, there is confidence that he will make good progress this season.
Locks: Ludwig Liebenberg and Wihan Coetzer (EP u18 High Performance squad 2013, both in Grade 11)
Both locks are still young but great prospects for 2014. Ludwig at 102kg a very mobile and strong carrier, while Wihan at 1.96m is a good jumper and agile runner.
Flank: Arnu Botha (EP u18 High Performance squad, Grade 12)
Arnu is returning for a second year 1st XV rugby. He is a tough nut and loves the physical stuff. At 1.88cm and 100kg he is known to impose his dominance in contact situations.
Number-8: Jaco du Toit (EP u18 High Performance squad, Grade 12)
Jaco was part of the SWD Eagles u16 squad and SA u16 High Performance squad in 2011. He adds experience and toughness to the pack.
Ernst Stapelberg (EP Cravenweek 2012, EP High Performance squad 2013, Grade 12)
Ernst is quite possibly the most highly rated flyhalf in South Africa coming into the 2013 schoolboy rugby season. He is a talent of note and showed just what a good player he is during Craven Week 2012 at which the EP Schools went unbeaten. He has already proven himself at school level and has all the attributes to become a great no.10 at senior professional level one day. Apart from all the sort after qualities in a flyhalf, at 1.88cm and 92kg he adds value towards the physical stuff as well. In addition to this he is an inspirational leader. Ernst although still under-18 is now in his third year of 1st XV rugby. A massive prospect for the future!
Dewald van Eyk ( EP u18 High Performance squad 2013, Grade 12)
Returning for a second year this under-rated player adds pace and agility to the backline. Dewald is dangerous with ball in hand and when in space he is a good finisher. He was also a Blue Bulls under-13 Craven Week player back in 2008.
Divo Welgemoed (Grade 12)
The very underrated Divo is returning for a third year of first team action. He adds much experience to the back three. This tall player thrives enjoys running rugby and carrying the ball up from positions deep within his half but also possesses an educated boot for clearing kicks if required.
The Framesby vs Glenwood match kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday and promises to be well worth the effort made to get to the Kings Park stadium early to watch.
Framesby Squad for this match:
1. Wessel Strydom
2. Visser Smit
3. Roche Van Zyl
4. Ludwig Liebenberg
5. Wihan Coetzer
6. SF Niewoudt
7. Arnu Botha
8. Jaco Du Toit
9. Roché Nel
10. Ernst Stapelberg
11. Tiaan Daniell
12. Rayn Bennin
13. Dewald Van Eyk
14. Ruan Van Niekerk
15. Divo Welgemoed
16. Ruan Lourens
17. Dean Verwey
18. Tiaan Marx
19. Jaques Du Preez
20. Juanré Roberts
21. Tiaan Stander
22. Tiaan Potgieter
Coaches: Louis Gerber , Wynand Rauch , JP du Preez
Manager: Chris Nel
Biokineticist: Stefan de Klerk