The Golden Lions who have blown their opponents away during the last two under-19 Currie Cup finals, will get their 2018 campaign underway against EP this weekend with another strong group of players.
Lock Cristen “Kwagga” van Niekerk was just about the only SA Schools player who emerged from last year’s under-18 international series with his head held high. They have numerous other SA Schools players in their ranks include starters for this first match in Keegan Glade, Mark Snyman, Yanga Hlalu and Kennedy Mpeku.
Arguably one the biggest surprise package players of 2018 has been flyhalf Chris Humphries, the Trinityhouse old boy who delighted so many with his performances for Wits during the Varsity Cup.
Rondebosch old boy Cal Smid could prove to be a player to watch this year. The younger brother of Rayn has nailed down a starting spot at no.8.
Oupa Mandisi Mthiyane, the former DHS early school finisher who had an awesome season with EP u19 last year is another great acquisition by the Lions.
|5||Cristen van Niekerk||Monument|
|11||Janco van Heyningen||Grey College|
FIRST ROUND FIXTURES
|Golden Lions||Eastern Province|
|Western Province||Blue Bulls|