Fortunes of the matric movers

One of the trends of the 2019 season has been the number of players who were prepared to move school ahead of their grade-12 year.

In terms of provincial and national selection many of them did well.

I guess the real question is did their respective moves help them to make that step up or by staying put would their self-motivation coupled with what their old schools had to offer, have been enough to see them reach those same provincial/national achievements.

Okuhle Siyeni (prop) – Dale/Border AW to Westville/SA Schools
Dylan de Leeuw (lock) – Stellenberg/WP CW to Paul Roos/SA Schools
Tyler Bocks (centre) – Paul Roos to HJS Paarl BH/SA Schools
Zeilinga Strydom (fullback) – Transvalia/Valke CW to Garsfontein/SA Schools

Lehlonolo Lithabe (wing) – Louis Botha/Free State CW to Glenwood
Ewan Roode (lock) – Jeppe/Lions CW to HJS Paarl BH
FC du Plessis (flyhalf) – Welkom Gim/Griffons CW to Grey College/Free State CW
Juandre Odendaal (flank) – HTS Middelburg/Pumas CW to EG Jansen/Valke CW


  1. Please note that these boys moved to other/different schools for various reasons.
    Not all the boys moved for the same reason.

    The above will have a different bearing on the answer provided.

  2. @Carl de Kock: Correct. Although not eligible for CW this year, Xavier Adams that played for Bellville HS & WP Academy last year, joined Betlehem Voortrekker as an u19 player this year, because he hates the mountain & sea and loves Unico Polonies. Or maybe not. At all.

  3. I presume that Siyeni is in grade 11 to comply with the Headmasters agreement . If that is the case it will be good to see how he develops further for Westville and higher honours. Westville have a great record of producing loosehead props with 2 current Super Rugby players ( Sti Sithole at the Lions and Majola at the Sharks.)

  4. @star: Well he is in Gr.11 but I don’t think he complies with the same HMA that Westville headmaster Trevor Hall fought so hard to enforce by stopping the Glenwood prop from playing in around 2012 in name of spirit of the agreement. OS was in gr.11 in Dale and next year he will be u19.

  5. @linespeed: And Westville provided the finishing touches. :wink: There once was a young man named Cameron Wright who was a Westville boy through and through. He left Westville mid Grade 11 for Hilton where he finished up. I would like to think that both my old schools have had some part to play in his development. :lol: :lol:
    @ Beet- looking forward to next year Westville seem to have the edge over their rivals with 4/5 CW players back, the best 2nd team in the province and the U16s coming through with 6 GK players. Looking forward to Stott field to reverse a miserable trend. :wink:


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