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  1. My favorite DHS player only in the 6th team – that DHS hooker personifies the abrasive playing style I love at 2.

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  2. @Rainier: DHS a very competitive side this year. Also nice to see the spread of players between the various schools. Will be interesting to see once the teams are whittled down.

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  3. @Van: Yip, but you just know a short hooker named Stoney Steenkamp in a DHS side will be a combative presence. :-D

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  4. @Rainier: True. Played well against Westville on Saturday. I would describe him as short and cocky. At one point he was chirping the parents on the pavilion, which is not on. If he cuts that out and concentrate on playing rugby all will be well.

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  5. @Rainier: @Van: Stoney is a terrific player to watch. He plays hard and plays for the team – has made a few of the best passes anyone could hope for from a frontrow player. But has to work harder on his disciple. Red card after just coming on vs SAC at Grey PE Fest proved costly and a few other issues in other games. If he’s not careful the KZN selectors might not like the risks vs rewards. Also there is some decent compo for the 2 jumper and a few of the contenders like Stoney make good flanks as well. I think he is u17 so time on his side but no reason why he can’t put up his hand for CW this year.

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  6. Are the sides ranked in order of “selection?” i.e. Is the Sharks XV made up of the favourite in each position?

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  7. @beet: Thanks Beet but it seems different now. In that link, they were talking about trials within the pools. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first round of trials now and there are players from all schools spread across all teams. I would have assumed at first stage, teams would be balanced and then allow the standout players to come through in the “ranking” system. An example would be Jonker, last year’s CW 12 now sitting in the “2nd” team IF the teams are based on ranking. He’s had a great season this year

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  8. @ICEMAN: I thought this will be the final stage of trials with those other stages having been completed.

    The rankings are based on the selectors assessments at trials not on form during the season.

    From my experience it isn’t that crucial to be in the team listed first but it does help to be playing in the Sharks – Stormers trial. After that game the selectors usually pick a probables vs possibles for a 20 minute game.

    Jonker has had an outstanding season and will be one of the first players penned in for the Craven Week team. Even if he struggles for form at trials, he would still have the inside track and even if he had a less than convincing season, the mere fact that he was identified by SARU as a green squad player would make it extremely difficult for the KZN selectors to overlook him for CW selection.

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  9. @ICEMAN: Sorry I’ve asked around for help and it turns out the date on the KZNRU correspondence was incorrect. The main trials are held today at Maritzburg College and the final trials next week at Woodburn. So the process is not as far along as I thought. From today’s trial, players will be picked and arranged into different teams to participate in final trials. Next week the Country Districts players will also play their final trials at Woodburn.

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  10. @Rainier: No – he is at DHS now. The recruiter that was at Glenwood moved across and lo and behold he appeared back in KZN :)

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