1st XV team lists for 14 March 2020

# HJS PAARL BH # MONUMENT
1 Abraham Reyneke 1 Jan Hendrik Bessenger
2 Ruan van Blommenstein 2 Brandon Beukes
3 Sebastian Lombard 3 Heiko Pohlmann
4 Coetzee Le Roux 4 Zander Hoeksma
5 Romano Fourie 5 Dries du Preez
6 Herman Visser 6 Rynard Mouton
7 Luca Ribbens 7 Hennie du Randt
8 Cameron Hanekom 8 Ethan Snyman
9 Keean Barnard 9 Franco Hallatt
10 Compion von Ludwig 10 Armand van Noordwyk
11 Keagan Smith 11 Reuben Barnard
12 Sebastiaan Boshoff 12 Marco Botha (c)
13 Hakeem Kunene 13 Waldo van den Berg
14 Ethan Isaacs 14 Herschelle Goodman
15 Jarred Rees 15 Luan van der Walt
# WELKOM GIM # HELPMEKAAR
1 Vuyo Holliday 1 Brandon Bouwer
2 Dylan Pretorius 2 Thonga Mbatha
3 Franco-Lee Ceaser 3 Stefan Liebenberg
4 Jarred Kruger 4 Ruan Slabbert
5 Wian Muller 5 Zack van Zyl
6 Mingo Piti 6 Ruan Gerber
7 Calla Pienaar 7 Tyler Skudder
8 Keke Morabe 8 Nathan Lainis
9 Marco Weideman 9 Keune Kirkham
10 Bennie Human 10 Sebastine Watney
11 Angelo Oliver 11 Diego Cupido
12 Testimony Dodo 12 Jacques Raath
13 Keno Alexander 13 Melbirt van der Spuy
14 Morne Maastriet 14 Ruben Weideman
15 Donovan Don 15 Josh Jooste
# AFFIES # DIAMANTVELD
1 Beorn Graham 1 Jan Potgieter
2 Keagan Potgieter 2 Louis Vermeulen
3 Jaco du Toit 3 Rudolph Steinmann
4 Jakkie Eloff 4 Quintin Kruger
5 Reinhardt Ludwig 5 Andre Hanekom
6 Jaques Marais 6 Wynand Pool
7 Jeandre du Preez 7 Ryno van Rensburg
8 Willie Potgieter 8 Stefan Swart
9 Johan Muller 9 Dennie Ludick
10 Dieter Crafford 10 Dirkie Beukes
11 Bjorn Van Wyk 11 Rohan Theron
12 Nico Muller 12 Carlo Louw
13 Christiaan du Toit 13 Sean Harding
14 Kyle Liebenberg 14 Johan van Zyl
15 Quewin Nortje 15 Theron vd Merwe
# EG JANSEN # INVITATION XV
1 Johnathan Redelinghuys 1
2 Kyle Pepler 2
3 Donovan Redelinghuys 3
4 Aiden Oosthuizen 4
5 Marko Bredenkamp 5
6 Francois Deysel 6
7 Marco Venter VC 7
8 Jeandre Kruger 8
9 Damion Drinkwater 9
10 Sheldon Diemieniet 10
11 Jadon Du Preez 11
12 Louis De Bruin 12
13 Keagon Balfour 13
14 Giovanni van Eeden 14
15 Jason Edwards 15
# GARSFONTEIN # KEMPTON PARK
1 Thansville Mayman 1
2 Kwagga Van der Nest 2
3 Byron Marx 3
4 Ruan Delport 4
5 Hanno Theunissen 5
6 Juan Steyl 6
7 Dupre Wessels 7
8 Hardus Rothman 8
9 Rowan Cloete 9
10 Carlton Banies 10
11 Geraldo Flusk 11
12 Bertus Sadie 12
13 Kerneels Coertze 13
14 Neil Gericke 14
15 Stephan Spies 15
# FRIKKIE MEYER # STELLENBERG
1 1 Matthew Joseph
2 2 Jaco Fourie
3 3 Alistaire Bosman
4 4 Niel Nelson
5 5 JD Dreyer
6 6 Francois Joubert
7 7 Joshua Eras
8 8 Connor Pretorius
9 9 Jaden Sam
10 10 Janko Caarstens
11 11 Luca Wienand
12 12 Meyr Retief
13 13 CJ Groenewald
14 14 Scott Enslin
15 15 Ayrton Nel
# WATERKLOOF # OUTENIQUA
1 Jurie O’Connel 1 Johann Jordans
2 Xander de Jager 2 Francois Breytenbach
3 Albert Benade 3 Laurence Victor
4 Ruben Wiese 4 Dylan Lamprecht
5 Lourens de Beer 5 Mynard Gous
6 Dylan Beckers 6 Leon Volschenck
7 Ulrich Bekker 7 Ludik Muller
8 Monty Loubser 8 Divan Coetzee
9 Johan Swarts 9 Philip Fouche
10 Reinhardt Stipp 10 Chadley Josias
11 Nandus Pieterse 11 Jujade Coeries
12 Xavier Human 12 Johan Leonard
13 Malcolm Langa 13 Tinsley Stuurman
14 JP Tverdon 14 Caston Michaels
15 Barend Bester 15 Bladen Hector
# BOLAND LANDBOU # HTS MIDDELBURG
1 Jaco Wiehahn 1 Revaldo de Kock 0
2 Gustav Laubscher 2 Pieta Voges 0
3 Henri van der Westhuizen Captain 3 Cassie Botes 0
4 Dieter Mohr 4 Tiaan Wessels 0
5 Luhan Steyn 5 Ignus Strydom 0
6 Isak Nel 6 JW Maree 0
7 Josh Hanekom 7 Francois Pretorius 0
8 Stefan Nortje 8 Zander Eyssell 0
9 Jacques Theron 9 Khirwin Erasmus 0
10 CJ Snyman 10 Alex Vermaak 0
11 Keanan Wentzel 11 Lennard Olivier 0
12 Wian Smit 12 Luwyn Smit 0
13 Canan Moodie 13 Damian Markus 0
14 Hentie Fourie 14 Jacquin Jacobs 0
15 Boet Moolman 15 Cycle Visagie 0
# PRETORIA BH # PAARL GIM
1 N Kruger 1 Yannik Marais
2 S Maposa 2 Cristiaan du Toit
3 J Josephs 3 Angus Apollis
4 S Krugel 4 Gerhard Marais
5 T Hubsch 5 Hennie Sieberhagen
6 J Mitchell 6 Eric Basson
7 R Tosi 7 Reynhardt Crous
8 K Brett 8 Jabez Steenkamp
9 J Collaros 9 Michael Koch
10 J Jonker 10 Bradley Davids
11 T Gatthaar 11 Marlin Riley
12 K Meadows 12 John du Toit
13 B Mayikeso 13 Curwin Gertse
14 H Mashabane 14 Arno Marais
15 P Twala 15 Matthew Jacobs
# BELLVILLE # SACS
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# WP TIP # OAKDALE
1 1 Petri Steyn
2 2 Kaylim Cordier
3 3 Neil Francis
4 4 Marnitz Mellet
5 5 Corné Rahl
6 6 Janus Ferreira
7 7 Paul De Villiers
8 8 Phillip Kleynhans
9 9 Neil Le Roux
10 10 Morne Els
11 11 Tino Singe
12 12 Alwich Van der Linde
13 13 Monré De Ridder
14 14 Jan Hendrik Louw
15 15 Matthew Stephens
# CAMBRIDGE # MARY WATERS
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# DALE # MUIR
1 Akhona Faltein 1
2 Mangaliso Zixesha 2
3 Cinga Gidi 3
4 Sitha Mdoda 4
5 Lwando Kolisa 5
6 Mandi Mashiyi 6
7 Anda Simanga 7
8 Ayabonga Tshatshu 8
9 Curwin Casper 9
10 Mihle Kenene 10
11 Hlomla Madikane 11
12 Silamlele Zweni 12
13 Liqayiya Gantsho 13
14 Bakanyile Maqetuka 14
15 Waseem Boswell 15
# HUDSON PARK # NICO MALAN
1 Oscar Myataza 1 Roland van Wyk
2 Sambe Galada 2 Zolani Mpendu
3 Bubele Madiba 3 Sibu Khuzwayo
4 Dillan Kromhout 4 Mike du Toit
5 Keegan Poonasamy 5 Mattys Louw
6 Mlibo Njova 6 Jarrod Matthee
7 Esam Zamubuntu 7 Wessel van Dijk
8 Morne Fouche 8 Logan Pfeiffer
9 Zuzu Dom 9 Hanru van Vreden
10 Bayanda Figlan 10 Jaywardean Prinsloo
11 Lathitha Ngxokela 11 Ayabonga Charles
12 Josh Jonas 12 Janku Heydenrych
13 Inga Giqo 13 Conrad van Vuuren
14 Sophumelela Bana 14 Ismael Booysen
15 Bulumko Mfundisi 15 Christiaan Denysschen
# QUEEN’S # PEARSON
1 Usiphile Mayekiso 1 Aviwe Pantsi
2 Liyema Mgwigwi 2 Luke Pretoius
3 Curt Vermaak 3 Lubambo Maqutyana
4 Emmanuel Fako 4 Teagan Strydom
5 Eli van Schoor 5 Jadon Corbett
6 Junior Damane 6 Liyema Myataza
7 Liyema Lisa 7 Connor Stopforth
8 Terance Heidtmann 8 Robert Barnes
9 Aviwe Kanuka 9 Jordan Swanepoel
10 Sihlalo Benge 10 Edward Kruger
11 Tiamo Mjali 11 Renaldo Wellman
12 Ave Mfengu 12 Landile Nkengana
13 Asemahle Mafenyana 13 Dylan Olivier
14 Ryan Maree 14 Lwando Davane
15 Aluve Stemela 15 Liqhuawe Mokuena
# GREY HS # BRANDWAG
1 Matthew de Lange 1 Zukisa Sali
2 Tiaan Ingram 2 Ruben Barnard
3 Hendrik Vermaak 3 Krynauw du Plessis
4 Russell Lister 4 Kyle Erasmus
5 Justin Friend 5 Neil Lawson
6 Yolisa Dladla 6 Antro-Jean Henning
7 Dylan Halgreen 7 Eaden Tait
8 Damon Royle 8 Vian Beling
9 Nathan Sieberhagen 9 Bradley Lewis
10 Kai van Kampen 10 Michael Annies
11 Siviwe Zondani 11 Liam Delport
12 Larkquin Goliath 12 Liyema Mtotoyi
13 Liyema Matyolweni 13 Terence Goliath
14 Reece Hancocks 14 Corné Dawson
15 Lathitha Nqebe 15 Octavian Muller
# KINGSWOOD # SELBORNE
1 N. Tonisi 1 Wesley Onions
2 M. Pritchard 2 Jordan Mcloughlin
3 A. Gqaza 3 Umtha Fudu
4 E. Maddow 4 Josh Olivier
5 A. Chamberlain 5 Tylor Glover
6 M. Bedford 6 Matt Coetzer
7 M. Stretton 7 Lelethu Layitha
8 A. Brussow 8 Guy Bishop
9 T. Flush 9 Matthew Coetzer
10 M. Jamda 10 Warrick Day
11 D. van Rensburg 11 Lutho Somlota
12 L. Adam 12 Ayabulela Magadla
13 J. Roux 13 Nkoka Ngobe
14 C. Kalipa 14 Okwam Qavane
15 D. Pharo 15 Daniel de Beyer
# ST ANDREW’S # FRAMESBY
1 Jake Boateng 1 Ethan Terblanche
2 Luke Danckwerts 2 Karl Puchert
3 Lukhanyiso Bomela 3 Tiaan Wicks
4 Malibongwe Mkosi 4 Johan van Biljon
5 Liam Little 5 Mondré van der Merwe
6 Joel Vides 6 Ruben du Preez
7 Nic Sutherland 7 Nicholis Groenewald
8 Matt Hillary 8 Ruan Claassen
9 Sinjin Broad 9 Tiaan du Preez
10 Sam Francis 10 Brandon Wilkie
11 Reece Galloway 11 Jemaine George
12 Matt Schaefer 12 Nathan Jubber
13 Libongo Mazwana 13 Stefan Oosthuizen
14 Sam Stuart 14 Olwethu Chigumba
15 Lloyd Koster 15 Estian Steynberg
# GRAEME # MARLOW
1 Brandon Gardner 1 Hano Froehlich
2 Raven Bush 2 Jaco Vermaak
3 Chumani Tshuni 3 Quinten Van der Walt
4 Thando Nogaya 4 George Price
5 Hlomla Maranene 5 Zach Bester
6 Sonqoba Makalima 6 Gerhard Du Plessis
7 Lathi Jodwana 7 Duan Steyl
8 Andrew McCallum 8 Syce Botha
9 Cody Schmidt 9 John-Oswald Watson
10 Sakhe Kepe 10 Hansie Odendaal
11 Lelona Xhaso 11 Leyton Valentyne
12 Theo Shelle 12 Kirwin Du Preez
13 Buhle Planga 13 Wessie Odendaal
14 Declan de la Mare 14 Cayden September
15 Jordan Doyle 15 Enric Taljaard
# BEN VORSTER # MENLOPARK
1 Khutso Tshisikhawe 1
2 Johnde Grobler 2
3 Nicky Grobler 3
4 Marvoules Mashimbyi 4
5 Dehan Van Vuuren 5
6 Dean Ballenyne 6
7 Renzo Du Plessis 7
8 Ryno Scheepers 8
9 Eugene vd Heever 9
10 Lehann Marais 10
11 Ndzalama Twala 11
12 Alexander Gird 12
13 Nathan van den Heever 13
14 Kamagelo Kaghoalane 14
15 Kabelo Kgohloane 15
# NORTHWOOD # MARITZBURG COLLEGE
1 Daniel Van Huizen 1 C Dlamini
2 Unathi Kunene 2 C. Thunder
3 Vernon Matongo 3 T Trollip
4 Ricardo de Sousa 4 S Ningiza
5 Christopher Viviers 5 D Botha
6 Daniel Currie 6 T Mbatha
7 Mikelis Jurevics 7 C Williamson
8 Henri Van Heerden 8 H Corbett
9 Prolight Shoba 9 H Trodd
10 Emmanuel Bhiya 10 K Goedeke
11 Salizwa Mlenzana 11 L Mtshali
12 Munashe Maisera 12 K Morsink
13 Onyekachi John-Osunkwo 13 K Hadebe
14 Siyabonga Mdhluli 14 T Ablant
15 Unathi Mayekiso 15 R Le Roux
# GLENWOOD # HILTON
1 Phatu Ganyane 1 Andre Nitzsche
2 Kaleb Thomas 2 Owethu Luthuli
3 Kyle Erasmus 3 Connor Holdsworth
4 Cade Esterhuizen 4 Charlie Fox
5 Marcell du Preez 5 Luke Van Ryswyk
6 Sihle Hadebe 6 James Harvey
7 Ivan Walker 7 William Proudfoot
8 Ethan Biljoen 8 Nicholas Hatton
9 Nico Steyn 9 Josh Miller
10 Layron Millborrow 10 Josh Mansour
11 Munashe Dukuswa 11 Joshua Cox
12 Roger Heath 12 Latica Nela
13 Ryan Manuel 13 Taurin Craze
14 Logan Janeke 14 Dylan Thomson
15 Katlego Thinyane 15 Thabiso Dlamini
# WESTVILLE # DHS
1 Pumi Xego 1 Khayelihle Mthembu
2 Bryce Clavert 2 Jared Williams
3 Robert Everson 3 Kade O’Neill
4 Stefan vd Watt 4 Avumile Bongco
5 Gcino Mdletshe 5 Sibongisipho Zondi
6 Ethan Hooker 6 Adriaan Coetzee
7 Gcino Mbatha 7 Ayola Mfiki
8 Mlondi Phakathi 8 Brian Dosemba
9 Matthew Caldecott 9 Nqobani Dlamini
10 Tiaan Kriek 10 Lindani Maphisa
11 Simelela Nkomo 11 Njabulo Myeni
12 Mambo Mkhize 12 Sinakho Dhlomo
13 Celumusa Khaliswayo 13 Serue Serue
14 Bayanda Ngubane 14 Mpho Ndaba
15 Mbasa Nkonki 15 Kwanele Manukuza
# GREY COLLEGE # DUINEVELD
1 Juann Else 1
2 Ricardo Fourie 2
3 Johan Louw 3
4 Danie Louw 4
5 Hendre Kramer 5
6 Duan Ludik 6
7 Nelius Volschenk 7
8 Sisonke Vumazonke 8
9 Juan-Dee Oliver 9
10 Tiaan Fourie 10
11 Paschal Ekeji 11
12 Jean Smith 12
13 Gert Steyn 13
14 Joubert Schoeman 14
15 Franco Knoetze 15
# DROSTDY # WYNBERG
1 JP Swanepoel 1 Ghumaid Jaffa
2 Stoney Stenekamp 2 Matthew Bowden
3 Wiaan Hoffman 3 Philip Masango
4 Frikkie Mattheus 4 Luke Palos
5 Christo Veldsman 5 Noel Glintenkamp
6 Pieter Hamman 6 Sipho Dyonsa
7 Joshua Smit 7 Zachary Adriaanse
8 Dylan Malan 8 Amaar Majiet
9 Philip Alberts 9 Micheal Van Schalkwyk
10 Elron Mcleod 10 Benjamin Currie
11 Percy Basson 11 Thaaqib Rylands
12 Keane Galant 12 Yaseen Sadien
13 Zach le Roux 13 Ebenezer Tshimanga
14 Chad Oppelt 14 Daniel Hayes
15 Hugo Mostert 15 Hlanga Mabele

59 Comments

  1. Glenwood seem to be missing two stars, Henk Gouws and Nanto….not sure why…

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  2. Reviewed the Glenwood team again, only new name to me is Roger Heath at centre, otherwise it’s quiet a young one with 6 x u16a’s from last year and 8 1st/2nd team from last year. Three of the backs were u16a

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  3. Quite a potent backline for Westville with 3 returning CW players(Nkonki,Nkomo and Mkhize) and an Academy player. The flyhalf is also the talented GK rep.A bit surprizing to see E.Hooker who played GK on the wing now at flank. I wonder where the SA Schools prop O. Siyeni and T. Dodo are.

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  4. @star: Both left. Siyeni to Jeppe and I heard Dodo to DHS, but is not in the team, so I may be wrong.
    McLaren did the same last year when he changed Beavan from centre to loose forward and the other way around with Mkhize.

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  5. @De-flea the Dog: Good player. Strong and fast but needs work on his passing off both hands. Having been a 8 for so long has not helped but if he wants to take it further he will have to get that aspect of his game up to standard.

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  6. So almost an all KZN backline for WV, wow and some in the forwards as well. Should be a great year for them.

    Any views on the DHS team you are up against?

    Also no talk about Hilton but based on their 1st XV and u16A last year (and not sure if any new recruits), they should be contesting for high honours this year. The game against Glenwood will be huge i would imagine!

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  7. @Skywalker: This backline has the potential to cause havoc this season, provided they get quality ball from upfront. The only boys back in the starting eight are Xego and Phakathi.
    I am not familiar with the DHS team at all. I don’t think they will be anywhere near as potent as 2019 definitely not 2018.
    2020 will be an interesting season.

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  8. @Van: Yes its the same one and only Stoney. When he puts his mind to it, he is a really good player.

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  9. @Skywalker: Yeah I think there are 3 interesting games here in KZN.

    For Westville vs DHS it will be Ruan Lombard’s debut as a head coach and that might add to the unknown about DHS. There no.8 is a super athlete on the field and they have a few other guys there with decent experience. Westville have the potential to have a cracking backline. I don’t see their first choice 9 from last year listed and perhaps much will depend on how their 10 performs to get the line moving. I wanna say Ville are favourites but having watched a couple of these more recent games, the results have gone against what’s on paper. Last year was a good example and that DHSOB game on Van Heerden’s was insane for the number of chances the home team created and did not convert into points, allowing Ville to win aided by the exact opposite – a couple of well taken tries. So complacency for the favourites to win has to be guarded against.

    At Northwood, I’m sure the Knights pack will be up a notch on fitness and they will be a force to be reckoned with. Weather they can do a bit more exciting stuff with frontfoot ball is possibly where the challenge lies. I thing the battle in the scrums of Matonga vs Cele will be a highlight. Are College adequately prepared is the question to be answered on their side. The core of this team was really good at u16A level and they have the added benefit of having Cameron Frazer, the coach from u16A in 2018 as 1st XV head coach now (2nd season for him). With Halstead seemingly out of the picture for Glenwood, it might clear the path for Goedeke start the season as KZN CW favourite at 10. He has two nice players around him at 9 and 12 but can they step up as a team going wide or dominating up front? Not sure yet. History says College to win for sure. More competitive NW will have other ideas for sure.

    The match of the day is probably Glenwood vs Hilton. Glenwood without three dependables in Henk Gouws, Hulk Khuzwayo and Sikholise Nanto up front definitely weakens them in that dept. It looks like Hilton might be without a 1st choice prop as well. The beauty of this match may be in the contrasting styles. Under Derek Heiberg, Glenwood try to play that looser Grey College style of speeding up the game involving good handing and interplay and it generally catches slower less fit defences out. However the bit I know about BMH as Hilton coach is that he thrives on preparing his side to produce disciplined rock solid defence as well as physicality up front – and Glenwood generally don’t enjoy the latter to the extent that it sometimes reverberates through the team and otherwise dangerous backs lose their confidence a bit. Hilton is another of the KZN teams that does not offer the high gear quick formation counter-attacking style – you might even describe them as 1D in backline action. They preparations for the season a bit off with the practice match last week being cancelled. It might count against them later on in the match.

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  10. Westville 47 DHS 7 Good day all round for me. Well done Hilton. It must be decades since we last won on Dixon’s. Where is Grassy when you need him to confirm such stuff?

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  11. @star: Alan took his own advice. Howzit Star, u16 A was also a turn up for the books HC won 22 – 3
    1st game was very evenly contested although a scrappy affair with poor handling. GW had a number of opportunities with the last pass often going awry. The HC kicking game needs help and the ball boy behind the posts a haircut! It will be interesting to read Beets write up, however both sides produced journeymen performances, nothing more.

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  12. 2 key moments of the Glenwood v Hilton game.

    1. Glenwood just scored a pen to go up 10 – 7 with a few minutes to play. Patting themselves on the back and not focusing on the game. Hilton ready at the line. Hilton forwards stacked left. Glenwood forwards daydreaming on the other side of the field. Hilton kick of and get the ball back deep in glenwoods half where they stayed for the remainder of the match and ultimately scored to win.

    2. Glenwood under big pressure on their own try line. Scrum, Glenwood ball. Instead of hoofing it into McDonald Road. They decide to crash it up with 12. Lose the ball and keep themselves under pressure that hilton would eventually capitalise on.

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  13. @McCulleys Workshop: So McLeod-Henderson earned his million today? Hilton had a secret plan. “We’ll let you smash us for a few years. Then suspend relations due to you being too professional. And then bring back the fixture, and viola! We’re back!”

    What a weekend of rugga! Dale losing to Muir, Grey PE losing to Brandwag and Glenwood losing to Hilton. It’s the coronavirus I tell you

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  14. That is now if you you take the extinct flightless bird that lived in Mauritius that was extinct by 1662 out of the context of SBR.

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  15. @Playa:I couldn’t understand all the handling errors but I think the ball was to scared to be handled by the boys in case it got Corona.

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  16. Firstly, I have to admit that the last time I had any intimate knowledge regarding the workings of the Renaissance of rugby at Welkom Gim was in 2015 – which now appears to be almost a lifetime ago. There are about three to four of the current first team members that I can recall from their U/14 days at Welkom Gim.

    My son the was the tighthead prop of that team that went on to win the Shimla Cup in 2015. After that I still followed the progress of the team.

    I assume that you have some factual base for your contention regarding Dodo. I would be interested in knowing the basis for your contention – not that it would in any way influence the reality of schoolboy rugby in the South African landscape.

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  17. @Herakles: Try reading a book from chapter 1 and don’t start in the middle.
    Go to the top of this thread and look at the conversation between Van and Star.

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  18. To add to earlier my posts – the game between Wekom Gimnasium and Helpmekaar (which I attented) was played in Welkom earlier today. The referee was appointed by the Griffons Referees Society, the referee incidentally being a former learner at Welkom Gimnasium.

    I – and many of the other spectators – were of the opinion that he did not have a especially happy afternoon. He made a number a glaring errors. Furthermore he punished Welkom Gim mercilessly at specifically at the breakdowns, resulting in a stop-start match that struggled to get any margin of flow. (I am always amazed if the dominant team is deemed to have made 80-90% of the errors! I do not know whether the referee was being evaluated by Referee Society or whether the spectators were simply to far away from the play to spot the infringements. All I now is that he will received a glowing report from Helpmekaar.)

    Be that as it may, Welkom Gim had – due to the calls of the referee – very little possession in specifically the first half. However, when they managed to get their hands on the ball, they with all due respect overshadowed the backline of Helpmekaar.

    With the latter lying very shallow on the defense, Welkom Gim simply chipped over their heads with their speedsters chasing. In that way they scored two tries in the first half with at least three tries going begging from the 5-6 times they managed to get possession. (Credit has however to be given to the scramble defense of Helpmekaar – by default of which the scoreline could have been really embarrassing.)

    I read a post from another blogger last week that said that he was impressed with Helpmekaar’s structure jnsofar as their defensive and attacking ability were concerned. I cannot share the sentiment. As already pointed out, they were badly exposed whenever the ball were kicked behind them.

    Furthermore, they were ineffective on the attack. The only time the defense of Welkom Gim was broken was about two minutes from full time when a dubious penalty was awarded to Helpmekaar after a kick-off and they took a quick tap about 15 meters from the goal line and scored. By then the game was long done and dusted.

    Helpmekaar was dominant in the scrums. Welkom Gim lost their first two balls in the line-outs but thereafter they secured good ball from that facet. They also managed to steal a ball or two in the line-outs.

    Welkom Gim must have conceded between 30-40 penalties at the breakdowns. It is thus very difficult to make any sense of that facet of the play. It did keep Helpmekaar in the game.

    The line-kicking of Helpmekaar was very average. At crucial times in the game they messed up important kicks. On three instances they did not manage to clear penalties which resulted in Welkom Gim running back at them. On two instances they kicked penalties behind the corner flag – relieving huge potential pressure on Welkom Gimnasium. (The wind was mild, about 3-4m/s)

    Granted, Helpmekaar really tried hard until full time. However, I do not think that they have the pace and skill in their backline to again end up in the top ten schools in 2020. Their forwards will compete against any other pack, with specifically their no 7 flank being impressive.

    For Welkom Gim, Keke Morake and Calla Pienaar were outstanding. The team’s tackling in general were ferocious. There are a number a very quick linebreakers in the backline but I do not know the boys by name and cannot point out the stars.

    Wekom Gim’s skills are very impressive and the second last try was the result of a 35 meter pass right into the hands of a fellow-player. I have rarely seen the equivalent of that at schoolboy-level. Their Achilles heel might be their scrums, but knowing Roean Bezuidenhout – he is much more concerned about the general skills of props rather than of their brute scrumming ability.

    Pardon me if I seem to be gloating. In a part of the country where the local government is as incompetent as they get and the local economy is as poor as it gets, it puts a rare smile on the face of some of its people that a local school could beat a regarded and respected competitor like Helpmekaar.

    Nobody knows when this feat will be repeated.

    Due to COVID-19 it may even be one of the last schoolboy rugby games of 2020!

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  19. @Djou: A surprisingly paternalistic response to a bona fide question.

    As already pointed out – I do not know the players. From Star’s post it seems as if Dodo is a prop and from Van’s response it seemed as if he went to DHS. My humble and unqualified apology if I failed to execute a proper empirical study of the contents of the blog before airing my ignorance.

    I would hate to be earmarked as an ignoramus be an esteemed blogger like yourself.

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  20. @Herakles: Glad for you and Gim.The last couple of years Gim treathen to have good teams but somehow fall away during the season.Will be something to see another top 10 team from the STAAT!

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  21. @Herakles: I watched one half of Welkom Gim vs Grey College last week. Grey were on fire but the Gimmies can definitely jol. When they attack they can open up just about any defence hence the 33 points against Grey.

    Testimony Dodo went from Hudson Park to Dale to Westville to Welkom Gim I believe. Last year he played flank mainly for the Westville 2nd XV. This year he’s an inside centre mainly because the WGim loose-forward trio of Pienaar, Mingo and Morabe are outstanding.

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  22. @Dixon’s: There was a similar match deciding moment in the Northwood – Maritzburg College game. With about 3-4 minutes to go, Northwood brought on the heat and forced a penalty inside the College 22 literally in front of the posts. It would have been a tap over kick to lead 17-14. Instead they opted to take a quick tap and go to the left where they had scored the equalising try a few minutes earlier. Fateful mistake. Possession was turned over and they were unable to create another point scoring opportunity. NW captain is their 9 who took the quick tap.

    Earlier in the half, College experienced something similar. An assistant in a red top jogged on with the kicking tee, only to watch the ball being hoofed into touch on the far side as he approached the penalty spot. It would have been a more difficult shot at goal than the NW opportunity.

    Anyways the ordeal leads me to ask again about who should ultimately be charged with making those kinds of decisions for kickable penalties, the captain or the coach???

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  23. @Beet: It’s quite an easy answer that Beet, it’s SBR play it as you see it. How is the Captain ever going to learn if he can’t make his own decision, even if it’s the wrong one. That’s what school is about learning and life skills. Come and watch a Hilton game, coaching staff on the field giving skills techniques to the kids during play. It’s more humorous than watching The Life of Brian

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  24. @Herakles: Siyeni is a prop. Dodo is a center. Please do read carefully. I’m also not sure why you’re being so defensive aggressive.

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  25. @Beet: Captain. Always the captain. It’s my belief that during game time the coaches are just spectators

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  26. @Playa: Yeah, I’m with you and Bush on this one, it irritates me when coaches constantly shout the calls from the sidelines.

    That said, I thought about Beet’s question last night, and with SBR becoming more and more professional, we’re probably going to see more waterboys and physios running on to the field at every break, like at higher levels – perfect little robots in the making.

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  27. @tzavosky: That’s very unfortunate. And we are seeing more and more of this. I was commentating for SSL yesterday at the Brackenfell Sports Day. I was so annoyed by the amount of coaching staff interference. Sport at school level is supposed to instill responsibility and decision making ability. What are kids learning when they have instructions shouted at them die hele tyd?

    Mr Wesson used to tell us “My job as coach ends on Thursday gentlemen. You’re on your own on Saturday”

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  28. @McCulleys Workshop: From my angle I though he was the HC Sangoma as it looked like he was throwing bones every time the Ref made a call for GW. Then I realized it was his HC Cap. At one stage he got better distance kicking his cap, then HC oke did with the ball for touch. Forget Monty Python.

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  29. @Playa: The right attitude from Mr Wesson. Now days the coach introduces himself as Coach, Captain, and Kicker.

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  30. @Herakles: Congratulations Welkom Gim! It also put the Menlo/Gim game in perspective.
    At least Menlo learned that you don’t travel to Welkom unprepared and in the same week of trials.

    All the best for the rest of the season!

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  31. @Playa: While male school teachers that can coach sport seem to become more valued and marketable by the day and can probably sign off on coaching duties on a Thurs after practice, these days SBR has a professional component that does not enjoy the same kind of marketability to it as well. I interact with a number of contracted coaches. For many the job security isn’t always great and their assessments are often based on the scoreboard. It’s not that easy to find suitable work in the industry or move up the ladder. If they had to say their work ends on Thursday, come Sunday chances are they’d be without work.

    Personally I don’t have a problem with the coach who wants to ensure that the players are following his instructions and playing patterns during matches, especially if he’s going to be held 100% accountable after the final whistle.

    Where I do take exception is when schools condone the behaviour of assistant coaches that patrol the sidelines and do their best to influence each and every decision the referee makes, often throwing in unwelcomed comments when decisions do not go their way. That sort of gamesmanship is contrary to good values taught at schools and should have no place in SBR. Referees should be empowered to penalise a team when a coach interferes in his officiating and bin the captain if the unwelcomed comments keep coming. Headmasters should also act against such characters.

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  32. There was an interesting and humorous moment in the HTS Middelburg-Boland Landbou match partly due to the way the commentator communicated it. The match was heading towards a tense finish. 12-man HTSM were 24-12 up towards the end of the match and were awarded a penalty in kickable range. At the same time their 12 was in considerable pain due to what looked like an elbow injury. The medic races onto the field in the direction of the injured player but does not gear down as gets closer to the youngster. Instead he motors on towards the huddle of players further away where he passes on team instructions and the kicking tee, while the injured centre has to sort himself out, which fortunately he did.

    It was such a tense finish to that game, that I doubt either set of supporters watching could have enjoyed that moment but in retrospective now, maybe they can see the humour in it. But it also points where the priorities lies when push comes to shove and there’s a game on the line.

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  33. @Beet: Hi Beet, I agree wholeheartedly with the second half of your post. There’s no point in singling out a game or school, but it happens consistently. I heard calls being shouted at the ref on Sat and thought, jeepers this linesman is getting involved, until I realized it was only the petrol attendant who should have only been topping up the water and checking the oil! I agree that schools should address it.

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  34. @Beet: @McCulleys Workshop: Saw a pretty awful example Saturday at Loftus. Coach throwing hands in the air when referee gives penalty against his team, shouting at the ref, swearing loudly and thus making sure that all the spectators can hear (his team’s reserves next to him). Eventually his team lost by 3 points. It was so shameful that some spectators moved away from him and the other coaches.

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  35. @Djou: I agree, nothing more irritating than a coach yelling from the side all game long.
    There is a few i know of…

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  36. @Beet: Your comments reminded me about an incident last year, the ref gave the coach a red card, the game was stopped and everbody saw the coach walking accross the field to the pavilion. Unfortunately,it seems that the coach was not really ashamed.

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  37. @Wonder: I somehow believe that you punish the coach more if you give a player in his team a red card for the coach’s bad behaviour. Then he moves into the firing line of his own community for his own conduct as it has a direct impact on how his team performs on the field.

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  38. @Van @ Star – Are you saying Okuhle Siyeni has left Westville and gone to Jeppe? He left Dale in 2018 and went to Westville for the 2019 season. Now he has left Westville and moved to Jeppe for the 2020 season!
    If this is true it is more than alarming. He is a professional rugby player!
    Last year on 15 July 2019, @Beet wrote a piece called fortunes of the matric movers. Siyeni was mentioned in the article.
    If Siyeni plays for Jeppe in 2020, I would suggest it is a serious breach of the headmasters agreement.

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  39. @Tang: Please be assured that there was no breaching of any headmaster’s agreement. Though it was sad to lose such a talented player, Okuhle left Westville following an unsavory incident that prompted disciplinary action from the school.

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