KZN u13 7′s team 2012

Contribution by Ruggafan

The team is finalised and ready to head off to the national tournament. The U13 leg is being held next to Tukkies at CURRO Hazeldean school just before the U18 tournement.

The KZN u13 7’s Rugby Team to National tournament:

1. Sbonelo Ndlovu (Glenwood Prep)
2. Tholumusa Nxumalo (Glenwood Prep)
3. Mdusi Ngcobo (Glenwood Prep)
4. Sibahle Kuhlane (DPHS)
5. Lusanda Mdlalose (DPHS)
6. Hendrik Marx
7. Sean Barnes (Mtubatuba)
8. Stefan Schoeman (Westville)
9. Alex Little (CURRO Hillcrest Christian Academy)
10. Sbusiso Zakwe (Development)
11. Jacobus Truter (Huttenpark – Newcastle)
12. N. Mjara

First fixtures for first day of the tournament are:
Lions, Eastern Province and Griquas.

Tournament to be held at CURRO Hazeldean in Pretoria

Coaches: M Reed & M Mkhize
Managers: N van Jaarsveld & S Claasens

From the boys selected for the KZN 7′s team.

9 Played in the Craven Week side
1 played in the U13 B week in Sasolburg (Alex Little)
and 2 are new recruits Marx & Mjara.

Quite a big team with a good few forwards in the mix.

 

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  1. The team is finalised and ready to head off to the national tournament. The U13 leg is being held next to Tukkies at CURRO Hazeldean school just before the U18 tournement.

    The KZN u13 7’s Rugby Team to National tournament:

    1. Sbonelo Ndlovu (Glenwood Prep)
    2. Tholumusa Nxumalo (Glenwood Prep)
    3. Mdusi Ngcobo (Glenwood Prep)
    4. Sibahle Kuhlane (DPHS)
    5. Lusanda Mdlalose (DPHS)
    6. H. Marx (?)
    7. Sean Barnes (Mtubatuba)
    8. Stefan Schoeman (Westville)
    9. Alex Little (CURRO Hillcrest Christian Academy)
    10. Sbusiso Zakwe (Development)
    11. Jacobus Truter (Huttenpark – Newcastle)
    12. N. Mjara (?)

    First fixtures for first day of the tournament are:
    Lions, Eastern Province and Griquas.

    Tournament to be held at CURRO Hazeldean in Pretoria

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  2. From the boys selected for the KZN 7’s team.

    9 Played in the Craven Week side
    1 played in the U13 B week in Sasolburg (Alex Little)
    and 2 are new recruits Marx & Mjara.

    Quite a big team with a good few forwards in the mix.

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  3. Alex Little also made the DRSU U13 team but had to withdraw after being selected for the KZN 7’s team as the 2 tournaments run concurrently. I had the pleasure of coaching him this season and is certainly a prospect for the future – a natural talent with very strong leadership qualities and all the required skills and work ethic to boot.

    The Glenwood Prep boy Ndlovu is also an exciting player to watch – certainly my team’s nemesis this season. A hard running loose forward in the same mould as Little – an interesting contest between the two of them. The only problem Ndlovu needs to work on is his knack for attracting the referee’s attention with some horrific tackles. He was not available for selection to the DRSU team but would no doubt have made it.

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  4. @Greenblooded & Ruggerfan, do you know what high school all these boys are going to?

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  5. @Grasshopper: I’m pretty sure Ndlovu and the other GWP boys will go to Glenwood.

    Little, despite having attracted offers from every school under the sun, has chosen to stay at HCA.

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  6. High schools (to the best of my knowledge:

    1. Sbonelo Ndlovu (Glenwood)
    2. Tholumusa Nxumalo (Glenwood)
    3. Mdusi Ngcobo (Glenwood)
    4. Sibahle Kuhlane (DHS)
    5. Lusanda Mdlalose (DHS)
    6. H. Marx (?) – from Zululand
    7. Sean Barnes (DHS)
    8. Stefan Schoeman (Westville)
    9. Alex Little (CURRO Hillcrest Christian Academy) brand new High school in Hillcrest only grade 8 next year
    10. Sbusiso Zakwe (College ?)
    11. Jacobus Truter (Newcastle ?? not sure)
    12. N. Mjara (College ?)

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  7. Just out of opinion, I think the Marx boy could go to either Westville or Glenwood as both schools attract Zululand boys, if not he might just stay at one of the zululand schools

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  8. @beet
    L.mdlalose is going to hilton,kuhlane to dhs(was wanted by westville badly!!) And i dont know about the barnes boy, could be the brother of dhs old boy d.barnes?

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  9. @Rugger fan:
    Good stuff.
    Stats on SA rugga website tell me hes 1.8m and 90kgs. Big lad that but then again so was his brother. Do you know what position he plays?

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  10. @all
    SACS polo latest:
    St stithians 6 glenwood 1
    Rondebosch 6. Westville 3
    DHS. 0. College 3
    Northwood 1. M/house 5
    St johns 5 Glenwood 2
    SACS 8. College 0
    Wynberg 7 m/house 4
    PBHS 6. Westville 2
    Northwood 6 Grey College 2

    Kzn teams having a mixed bagso far.

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  11. @Horsefly

    Yes – very big – probably the biggest in the team – but as I said a pretty heavy set of lads. Coach taken a strong team along.

    Shaun is playing Lock in the XV man game – very strong – but acceleration is a little problem – more like a pocket battleship – and co-ordination sometimes lets him down (ball handling). But great potential.

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  12. @Rugger fan:
    Haha his brother was the exact oppostie on the acceleration side. He was somethin else before his nasty injury.
    But at least all those things can be taught.
    I foresee a big forward pack for DHS U14 next year with Kuhlane also being very big for his age.

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  13. STOP PRESS

    Seems like one player is injured – and a boy from Pelham is being put on stand by – he apparently missed Craven Week with an injury (irony).

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  14. @ Greenblooded – Breydon (?) Was he one of your – but not the Swulscht boy who has a similar first name – but he went to Craven Week.

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  15. @GreenBlooded:
    Its brailen jansen, think its still on the kzn u13 squad list on SARugby website.
    And all three of those Pelham boys are going to Glenwood from what i know.

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  16. Not one of mine in this case, the DRSU team will be thankful for not having a disruption.

    I must say, Pelham seem to have a perchant for producing not only good rugby players but fine, respectful and well mannered young gentlemen as well. The three guys who played in my team, showed committment and dedication by travelling from Maritzburg twice a week for practice and on Sunday’s for matches shows that they are teaching their kids far more about life through rugby than simply how to pass and kick an odd shaped ball. Not surprising that they all made the DRSU team and thrilled to hear they will be at Glenwood next year.

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  17. @GreenBlooded:
    From what i know the GW U14A coach for next year will have a huge headache as he will have 3 KZN U13A flyhalves to choose from! Good headache to have though!

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  18. @HORSEFLY NO.1: I know of the Glenwood Prep boy Nzimande – who are the others?

    Also just heard this morning that one of my Pelham boys has opted to drop his bursary to Glenwood and stay close to home at Voortrekker.

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  19. @GreenBlooded:
    Nzimande -glenwood
    Allan – DPHS
    Jansen- Pelham.

    All KZN flyhalves, Allan played centre for prep though and Nzimande played hooker up until this year.

    RE the boy whos dropped the bursary

    Quite often boys hastily accept bursaries because of the name of the school etc but later realize its not for them when they have thought about the conditions of their scholarships. Others dont mind while others feel they will crack under the pressure and later revoke their bursaries.
    A friend of mines kid was offered a swimming bursary at Westville which had a condition that he wasnt allowed to play A team for any other sport and if he lost his spot in the A team he would lose his bursary. This kid is one of the top athletes in the country and therefore decided to snub westville so he could be able to do athletics as well.

    This couldve been the case for that kid or something similar.

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  20. @HORSEFLY NO.1: True about the conditions putting kids off. I know a kid with a 100% to a school that will go unnamed. He is under condition that he will play A rugby and cricket to keep his bursary, plus has to play whatever hockey team he can fit in (generally the whole B or 1/2 the A). Kid is hopelessly demotivated but cannot afford to change due to payback conditions and lack of funds to pay it back. Not all sunshine and roses.

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  21. Understand that Alex Little was named as captain and Sbonelo Ndlovu as vice captain. Good luck lads.

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  22. are any of these kids from Glenwood prep the same that played at Kersneay Easter fest this year ?

    they were big and if they are legal this bodes well for the High School

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  23. @Greenwood:
    Yip. They all played at KERF. Dont want to sound too pessimistic but i feel that a couple of them will get lost somewhere within the rugga structures of Glenwood.
    But yeah, it does look good for GW.
    Its interesting how GW put so many kids into Glenwood Prep for rugby. Good on them . The kids who are originally at Glenwood Prep sometimes get pushed out of the A teams as a result of this which isnt great. Also, what could happen is that one or two might choose Kearsney or Westville as i. Have seen too many times!

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  24. @Horsie, and some maybe lured across to DHS due to the amazing pencils they give out ;-)

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  25. Just had some feedback from the first day.

    Mdusi Ngcobo (Glenwood Prep) was injured and replaced by the Pelham boy.

    Alex Little confirmed as captain with Sbonelo “Skinny” Ndlovu as vice.

    A good opening day with results:
    vs Lions – lost 19 – 0 (opening nerves and most boys first game of sevens ever)
    vs Eastern Provine – won 12 – 5 (started gelling and ran well)
    vs Griquas – won 24 – 7 (bonus point win against the form team in the group)

    Secures the top spot in the group going on to the Cup 1/4 finals vs Griffons on Tuesday.

    Other news – CURRO & @lantic have announced a national sponsorship of a sevens series fro juniors schools (U13) along the lines of the High Schools series – to be aired on Supersport – starting in 2013. Along with a few academies for sevens in preparation for the Olympic games.

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  26. @Rugger fan:
    I dont see him on the Hiltton scholarship winners list so maybe a late inclusion?
    Also, do you know where DPHS boys J.Smit and J.Phipson are going next year? Good players from what ive heard.

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  27. @star:
    Yeah i guess Westville will suit him well. He is a good srummie and i wish him well in high school. J Smit?
    Do you not know where hes going? He made KZN U13B rugga and KZN U13A water polo.

    I know that this years DPHS grade 7 group is a very strong one in most areas and whichever school gets the majority is going to be very lucky and will benefit alot!

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  28. My bad – we won the semi but lost the final narrowly. I was given bad info.

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  29. Yep – to follow up on Greenblooded feedback.

    Quarter Finals vs Griffons – 19 – 5 victory (team really strting to gel together and play the sevens rugby – spectators sytarting to take note of the team that looked very shaky and individualistic in the first game)

    Semi final vs Bulls 19 – 10 (a big game – home ground favourites looking to repeat their Craven Week feats – highly favoured and physical team. KZN diminated – even on the physical side and the Bulls had no answer to the strong forwards and hard running backline – were shocked and the crowd suddenly had a great underdog team to support that played with heart, passion and great sportsmanship)

    FINAL vs WP 7 – 22 (took the field with no one giving them a chance! But with 3/4 of the game gano – Natal were leading 7-5. WP were a class team who played the match well. Some ill discipline on the KZN side gave away a few penalties {and very almost a yellow card from the vice capt} and 3 late tries sealed the KZN fate. A tough game where rugby won and all came off with their heads held high and the spectators having enjoyed the game).

    Great coaching from Matt Reed – really did a lot for the team to pull together and get a Second place nationally and playing some very good teams along the way.

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  30. @Rugger fan: I hate to say “I told you so” but if you read my posting at the top of this thread regarding the vice capt it comes as no surprise that he almost got a yellow. This guy is a habitual offender – got a red and a few matches during the Colts season as well and was lucky not to get one in the final.

    His coaches really need to work hard and get this nasty habit out of him so that he can realise his potential as a player. I only hope that nobody get’s seriously injured before this happens.

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  31. Just some thing off schoolboy rugby but involving a school boy rugby player. I see the sharks u19 coaching staff have insisted with continuity and have left C. Wright as their starting scrummiee, with Ungerer staying on the bench. I’m happy for Cameron but how is he balancing his rugby and school. Does he have to travel to times or more a week from Hilton to Durban and go back again, while still trying to do school work :shock:

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  32. Horsy- Now behave yourself.The College boys will find you.Still quite impressive. Hilton seem to have had a miserable time though.

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  33. @star:
    Haha wouldnt want Gungets and All Black barking at me the whole day. I see that the DHS bowling attack is not really up to standard though. If that can be fixed up then they could really give that Westville side a run for their money!
    Watch out for batsman Taariq Booley though. Good prospect!

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  34. @HORSEFLY NO.1: Jaaaaaa boet {woof!!}.

    Just like the Rugby Top whatever, no way of judging hey. Only KES were a stretch for DHS (and they won with 8 wickets in hand and about 3 overs in hand), Hudson Park were nowhere. St Albans was crushed by College and only ended up decently in the rankings (one above College!!??!!) because they got to play the KZN Dev team which was walloped by everyone. Just the fact the St Albans is above College makes the ranking laughable. No worries though – we all get to play each other in KZN so we will know by the end of the cricket season. :???:

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  35. @Gungets Tuft:
    Yeah but the DHS vs KES game was apparently close till their SA U19 batsman came to the crease. After that the result was never in doubt.
    RE DHS vs College, games were stopped by rain but College 1st XI and U16A had the advantage, U15A evenly matched, U14A College were 101 akl out with DHS still to bat so i think we would have won that , basketball was all won by DHS bar one game. Polo wasnt played because of KZN trials. Im sure the College U14s want revenge after losing 18-1 and 6-0 to us. :razz: :razz:

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  36. @ Greenblooded – yep the vice captain is an awesome player – and a very nice personn off the field and in most situations. just seems to loose his head habitually on the field. Really hope he gets a good mentor and coach as he progresses otherwise he will be a liability (and someone may suffer)!

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  37. @HORSEFLY NO.1: Let’s hope that our top U15’s can play U15 and not the 1sts – might even it up. Matt Ward looks like having his mojo back so that will also add to the U15’s. Don’t think the U14’s have clicked yet. 1st term is a swine for College boarders, too much change in their lives – 4th term is a big difference, so lets see how they go. Looking forward to a good season – we can talk week by week.

    As for the Michaelmas Week – quality of opposition is everything. College played two of the top 4, and another pretty good side. I think they will take more heart from it than the teams who played the lower teams. Just saying …

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  38. @HORSEFLY NO.1: Must confess that I don’t follow the swimming. Couple of good individuals, Martin Binedell standing out but I think struggling for any depth at all. Swimming is one of those sports where schools rely really heavily on outside coaching, seems not a lot of that in PMB. Not sure there has been for many years actually. If I remember my days, it was a nightmare, starting 1st September at Alex pool, must have been about 10 degree water and about 5 degree ambient. Sluppie Ford was coach, good man, later became Headmaster for a time and then to House. Summer is that much shorter than Durban, although the College pool is heated. No excuse I don’t think, just never been on the radar like it is in Durban.

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