SA Schools sides aim at growth and improvement in final matches

SA Schools sides aim at growth and improvement in final matches

The continued growth of their squads as a unit and the improvement of individual performances are high on the agenda for the SA Schools and SA Schools A coaches this weekend, when the final matches of the SA Rugby Under-18 International Series take place at Hugenote High School in Wellington on Saturday.

The undefeated SA Schools team will face England, while the SA Schools A team will front up to Argentina. Wales and France play in the other match of the series.

The SA Schools side have scored impressive wins over Wales and Argentina so far, but for their coach, Mzwakhe Nkosi the result against England is not the beginning and end of it.

“We all play to win of course, but this series is also important for us to develop our squad in playing experience and to test the players,” said Nkosi.

“They have shown good improvement from the first game to the second and if they continue that into our match against England, the management will be pleased. Our attack, for example, was not great against Wales, but then improved nicely against Argentina. We have grown as a squad and the time spend together was beneficial to all of us, so I hope that will be reflecting in our performances.”

Nkosi made a couple of changes to the run-on squad from their match in Paarl, with the most notable the inclusion of Boldwin Hansen on the wing. The replacement flyhalf showed his versatility around the park against Argentina.

Siyemukela Ndlovu (flanker) was also ruled out of the final match due to injury and Nkosi recalled Keketso Morabe to the starting team who started against Wales last Friday.

In a rotational shift, regular captain, Jacques Goosen, will start from the bench, with Andre-Hugo Venter in the run-on team. The remaining leadership group of George Cronje (captain) and Tyler Bocks (vice-captain) will lead the side.

SA Schools A calls on Williams

 

The SA Schools A team will face Argentina in the open match of the morning and their coach, Phiwe Nomlomo, made a couple of tweaks to the side that drew in an exciting encounter with Wales in Paarl on Tuesday, while he has to do without Dima Lebelo (hooker).

The Waterkloof High School pupil picked up an injury against Wales that ruled him out of the game. He will be replaced by Paarl Boys High’s Allister Williams, who will play off the bench.

Renzo du Plessis will earn his first start in the series, after two good cameo performances off the bench. The Ben Vorster High School pupil has a serious burst of speed that could pose serious problems to the Argentinean defence. Fellow flanker, Sisonke Vumazonke, will wear the No 6 jersey after playing off the bench in Paarl.

Marco van Rhyn will start at lock, with Corne Rahl playing off the bench while both props, Gerhard van der Merwe and Lukhanyo Vokozela, have been promoted into the starting team. Both joined the squad during the series due to injuries to other players and will be well pleased that their contributions have been valued in this way.

Wingers Nsuku Baloyi and Joseph Iye are the only changes to the backline, with both starting after playing off the bench against Wales.

The fixtures and kick-off times –

 

SA Schools A v Argentina

Kick-off: 11:15

Referee: Manual Bottino (Italy)

TMO: Lourens van der Merwe

France v Wales

Kick-off: 12:45

Referee: Morné Ferreira (SA Rugby)

TMO: Lourens van der Merwe

 

SA Schools v England

Kick-off: 14:15

Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)

TMO: Lourens van der Merwe

Issued by SA Rugby Communications