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Varsity Cup Young Guns: Maties squad

24 January, 2013 beet 8

When it comes to rugby, the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) has a long and proud history. They have produced 172 Springboks and 15 Springbok captains. To this day, their students form the nucleus of the Stormers, the Western Province senior and under-21 teams as well as the Vodacom Cup team.…

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Boishaai, Gimmies, Paul Roos or …?

24 January, 2013 beet 73

Silly season is nearing its completion and soon all questions about where the various school teams actually fit into the big picture will start to be answered. When it comes to pre-season discussions about who will be top of the pile in the Western Cape, conversations don’t often progress much further than a chat about what the outcomes will be in the intense and pulsating games between Paarl Boys High (HJS), Paarl Gim and Paul Roos.…

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Northwood ready to wrestle the mantle away from Michaelhouse

24 January, 2013 beet 20

How Michaelhouse will fare during the 2013 season remains a bit of an enigma. Those that have followed the progress of the team will know they have the right ingredients for a meaty pack of forwards. Their power in the forwards should be most obvious come scrum-time. Here they could prove to be very hard to contain.…

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Queens College gives their assistant coach the nod

24 January, 2013 beet 29

Old Queenian Murray Basset has been handed the head coaching reigns at 154 year old Queens College. Basset has been the first team assistant coach for three years now, working alongside former head coach John Duncan.…

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Schoolboy dies after being tackled

23 January, 2013 beet 21

Tragically a Newcastle Gr.11 schoolboy has passed away as a result of an injury sustained during a trial match on Tuesday. The accident is being investigated but it’s believed that he sustained a fatal neck injury after being tackled.…

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Tyler Fisher still on the bench for SA u20

23 January, 2013 beet 14

With first choice outside centre Justin Geduld’s withdrawal from the SA under-20 squad so that he can join the Blitzbokke for a Sevens trip to New Zealand, good money should have been on Westville old boy Tyler Fisher to slot into the starting line-up. It’s not the case. Coach Dawie Theron has opted to go with Sylvian Mahuza instead. …

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Proper school drug tests cost R2800-R3000 per test

21 January, 2013 beet 6

The good news is that the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport has reported that more 100 schools in South Africa have agreed to do drug testing and that the first five tests per school will be on the house. However thereafter it could cost between R2800 and R3000 per internationally approved test. …

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Luke Smith is the new Dale coach

21 January, 2013 beet 50

42-year old former provincial flyhalf and Dale Old Boy Luke Smith is the new coach at Dale College. Smith takes over from the school’s legendary coach Griffy Griffiths who has moved to Hamiltons Club in Cape Town. Interestingly Smith like Griffiths also played in an unbeaten Dale side in 1990. …

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Glenwood, Westville & DHS make front page news

21 January, 2013 beet 93

Months after the initial Glenwood/Westville rugby fallout was blogged here on, it has made the front page of a local KZN morning paper. Although it is not a new story, for many not close to school rugby in the province it will come as a huge shock to find out that two of KZN’s biggest schools don’t have any first term fixtures against each other on the cards as well as no rugby match in 2013.…

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SA u18 Sevens team wins gold at the Youth Olympics

20 January, 2013 beet 2

The South African under-18 Sevens team beat the hosts Australia 22-7 to claim the gold medal in Sydney. This was a good achievement by our schoolboys. Based on the international rugby standings of the countries that participated the SA team was always on track to win either gold or silver. …

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High school rugby transfers always met with emotion

19 January, 2013 beet 18

There are several choice words to describe incidents involving school rugby players leave one high school to join another. “Poached”, “bought” and “stolen” are amongst the more popular ones used by unhappy supporters of the school losing a good player. It goes without saying that these same terms scarcely ever come out of the mouths of those who welcome the new player into their stable.…

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Paul Roos coaching structure for 2013 confirmed

15 January, 2013 beet 41

Dawie Snyman Sr is the new Paul Roos Gymnasium assistant coach. Snyman coached Western Province to five consecutive Currie Cup final victories between 1982 and 1986. He’ll now be applying his wisdom and vast experience as the backline coach, a support role to newly promoted head coach Hein Kriek.…