SA Schools change for Wales
The Schools selectors have retained only two players and made a further two positional changes for the team’s second outing.
The Schools selectors have retained only two players and made a further two positional changes for the team’s second outing of the Under-18 International Series against Wales on Tuesday at Outeniqua Park in George.
The SA Schools outplayed France 28-13 while England managed to secure a last gap 24-21 victory over Wales in the earlier match. The other teams taking part in the annual junior international series are England, France and Italy.
The opening fixtures took placed last Friday 15 August at City Park in Cape Town and the action now moves to Outeniqua Park in George before the final matches at Paul Roos's Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 23 August.
The three players who will start in their second match are right wing Andell Loubser, inside centre JT Jackson and lock Eduard Zandberg. Amongst the backs, Barend Smit moves from outside centre to fullback while Edmond Rheeder will now wear the number eight jersey after playing No.6 flank against France.
Smit, who captained Pumas at the Under-18 Craven Week, will lead the SA Schools selection in the injury enforced absence of Jaco Coetzee. The Glenwood number eight has an ankle injury.
Meanwhile two replacements were drafted after two players were withdrawn because of injury. Morné Joubert (hamstring) is replaced by Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province) while the place of Michael Kumbirai (broken ankle) will be filled by Kenneth van Niekerk (KwaZulu-Natal).
In naming his match 23 against Wales, Hein Kriek, the SA Schools coach, said that the plan was always to shuffle the team for the second match.
“With three matches to play just a few days apart from each other, we have to plan very carefully, especially with a very tough last match against England in mind.
“For now though, our focus are 100 percent on Wales, who will bring a huge physical presence to the match on Tuesday. They are a solid unit and have a good set piece, so there is no doubt we will have to be up for the challenge up front. Wales played outstanding at times against England and they came very close to a win, so we will have to be well prepared for them."
The SA Schools coach said he was pleased with the team’s performance against France in the opening match last Friday at City Park. However, he cautioned they will have to improve on their set pieces to combat a lively Wales pack.
“We did well in the line-outs but we have worked hard on our set pieces and also our defence. Our players applied their skill on attack and we managed to make good use of our attacking opportunities. However, we worked very hard on our defensive pattern and mindset and that’s the area we want to target for improvement in our second match in George,” added the SA Schools coach.
The SA Schools team is unbeaten in their Series matches for the past four years.
The SA Schools team vs Wales Under-18: 15 Barend Smit (HTS Middelburg & Pumas) (captain), 14 Andell Loubser (Menlo Park & Blue Bulls), 13 Heino Bezuidenhout (Daniël Pienaar & Eastern Province), 12 JT Jackson (Oakdale & South Western Districts), 11 Keanu Vers (Grey & Eastern Province), 10 Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof & Blue Bulls), 9 Embrose Papier (Garsfontein & Blue Bulls), 8 Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp & Leopards), 7 Cobus Wiese (Upington & Griquas Country Districts), 6 Arnold Gerber (Menlopark & Blue Bulls), 5 Eduard Zandberg (Outeniqua & South Western Districts), 4 Ashton Fortuin (Southdown College & Blue Bulls), 3 Sarel-Marco Smit (Eldoraigne & Blue Bulls), 2 Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua & South Western Districts), 1 Lupumlo Mguca (Daniël Pienaar, Eastern Province)
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein & Blue Bulls), 17 Ngonidzashe Chidoma (Northwood & KwaZulu-Natal), 18 Ignatius Prinsloo (Grey College & Free State), 19 Junior Sipato (Grey PE & Eastern Province), 20 Victor Maruping (Louis Botha & Free State), 21 Marko Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia & Valke), 22 Curwin Bosch (Grey PE & Eastern Province), 23 Nazo Nkala (Welkom Gimnasium & Griffons)
Date: Tuesday 19 August 2014
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Referee: Jamie Leahy (England)
Assistant referees: Arnaud Blondel (France), Local
TMO: Jason Jaftha
Tuesday, August 19 at Outeniqua Park
14.00: Italy vs South Western Districts XV
15.45: England vs France
Saturday August 23 at Paul Roos 's Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch
12.00: Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV
14.00: France vs Wales
16.00: SA vs England
Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs