Free State Provisional Craven Week team 2018

Free State CW 2018 Provisional Team
1 Hendrik Wessels 1 of 15 Grey College
2 Andre-Hugo Venter 2 of 15 Grey College
3 Albert Annandale 1 of 1 Sentraal
4 Ofentse Maphuti 1 of 7 Louis Botha
5 Danwich Beukes 3 of 15 Grey College
6 Samkele Mzayiya 2 of 7 Louis Botha
7 WJ Steenkamp 4 of 15 Grey College
8 Werner Gouws 5 of 15 Grey College
9 Ross Braude 6 of 15 Grey College
10 Zander du Plessis 7 of 15 Grey College
11 Ian Small-Smith 8 of 15 Grey College
12 Franco Smith 9 of 15 Grey College
13 Wyclef Vlitoor 10 of 15 Grey College
14 Brandon-Lee Adams 3 of 7 Louis Botha
15 Richard Kriel 11 of 15 Grey College
16 Francois Boonzaaier 4 of 7 Louis Botha
17 Lihle Lokwane 5 of 7 Louis Botha
18 Herman Aggenbag 12 of 15 Grey College
19 Nhlanhla Senoamadi 6 of 7 Louis Botha
20 De Wet Marais 13 of 15 Grey College
21 Delano Williams 1 of 1 Jim Fouché
22 Jade Human 14 of 15 Grey College
23 Lehlonolo Lithabe 7 of 7 Louis Botha
24 George Cronjé 15 of 15 Grey College


  1. To all the rugby fans. I have been following the results on this website for a while and it left me wondering. How can it be, for instance in the EC that a school like Daniel Pienaar with nearly a 1 000 boys perform rather poorly and on the other hand Marlow with 230 boys do much better, both are “rugby schools”. Or the Free State producing only one great rugby school, Grey, probably the best in the history of SA schools rugby, while the other Free State schools are average. But the Boland region on it’s own has 4 top rugby schools close to each other, and the Western Cape about 8 great rugby schools. To find an answer I read a lot about the science of skill building, whether it is sport or music etc, and I found that it all comes down to quality coaching and how you practice. There are numerous examples of unlikely places producing great sportsmen etc. It is no coincidence that certain schools are always in the top 10 rugby schools in SA and others never. If you investigate the programmes at these schools you will find that they are good at sport and academics, and not just rugby.These schools work harder and have quality coaches and a culture of expectation that the children will perform and achieve.

  2. @Rooikat: A big factor is recruitment as well as a rugby tradition or family tradition that attracts talent from far and wide.

    A brilliant Afrikaans rugby player at 12-13 years old that is on, for example, the Natal South Coast where there are no established rugby schools, will seek out a school that can do something bigger with that talent. Michael Horak is an excellent example of this –

    It would be an interesting exercise to look at the primary schools and hometowns of the boys at Grey, Glenwood, and the Paarl and Stellenbosch schools.

  3. @Goose I agree that recruitment is a factor. But if you go and study the so called “talent hotbeds” of the world you will find that research shows that skill building is the key factor for producing top sportsmen, musicians etc. Skill building is achieved by a number of things, but importantly quality coaching, commitment and passion. For example Nigel High School (yes the school does exist!) years ago through the passion and commitment of one teacher and 6 learners produced the best athletics team in SA, and a silver medalist at the Olympics, with no recruitment, money, top facilities, big name coaches etc. There are numerous other examples. The point is, our mindset in SA is that if you show “talent” you must go to a certain school to succeed, where skill building scientific research shows otherwise.

  4. @Goose Just to add to my previous reply, skill building is precisely what happens at the top schools, but it can happen at any school with good coaching etc in place.

  5. I cannot help but notice that Louis Botha has seven players in the team. They lost 73-0 to Marlow and 68 something to the Grey Cherries, both these teams are not in the top 20. Surely it is a high number of provincial players for a average school team?

  6. @Rooikat: Skill building = quality coaching, commitment and passion … I like that!!

    Interesting topic … some good “reads” that you can recommend?

  7. @TheGoose: I would guess that more than 80% of the boys in Paarl and Stellenbosch schools comes from within a 50km radius. The other 20% will be from further afield and from farming areas. I know that a lot of old boys send their sons to their Alma Maters even is he is currently farming 100’s of km’s away. The Boishaai 2011 1st team had 6 old boy’s sons in the starting line up. That is most probably a record that few schools will be able to top.

  8. @Rooikat: Good point about coaching and passion. However, I think that exceptional talent from outlying regions will tend to one of the ‘rugby academy’ schools.

  9. @BoishaaiPa: Agreed. The old boy factor is a huge one. Your point about farming is also important – boys from farming stock are likely to be damn tough.

  10. @Rooikat: Louis Botha is the only really reliable source of PD for FS schools. Bulls were more proactive in their approach (read Garsies ++). I therefore take my hats off to Free State i.t.o. their recent “results”. They probably have the toughest coach challenge of all the ” Groot honde”.

  11. @Rainier: Cheetahs beat Griquas 83-0 and game stopped early. However I think Griquas don’t have a competitive team this year judging from some results. E.g Zwartkop beat Diamantveld etc.

  12. @BrotherBear: nie regtig nie, dis baie makliker om n patroon te vestig as slegs 7 spelers daardie patroon moet baas raak, daarteen kan wp se span dalk uit 9 skole kom, bulls 5 skole leeus 5 skole

  13. @Smallies: jy weet waarvan ek praat. Gaan oor opsies wat mens kan uitvoer met beskikbare talent. Gaan ook oor ervaring van spelers wat al in bepaalde druk situasies was. Gaan oor hoe vinnig jy kan aanpas by hoer pas en intensiteit. Opsies by ander provinsies is, met respek, baie groter en groter poel van talent. Jy kan ook makliker speler kies wat aanpasbaar is en vinnig leer.


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