SA Schools too good for Wales
DAY ONE WRAP: The opening day of the SA Rugby Under-18 International Series delivered some cracking rugby at Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Friday, with the SA Schools, Argentina and France scoring hard-fought wins over Wales, England and SA Schools A respectively.
The SA Schools team delivered a 23-13 over the Welsh, while Argentina outplayed England 29-19 in their first appearance of the Series, now in its tenth year.
In the opening match of the series, the French team had too much attacking prowess for the SA Schools A side, winning 43-19.
SA Schools A coach, Phiwe Nomlomo said their slow start cost them. “We did not start well at all,” he said. “We possibly took too long to get into the game and that cost us in the end.”
The coach remained positive that they can turn their fortunes around for their next match against Wales on Tuesday.
“Some things worked well for us. We looked good with ball in hand, our loose forwards were especially monstrous with ball in hand. We will try and get them into the game a bit more next time around.”
He warned that the team will have to improve their defence as well: “For sure, defensively we will have to improve a bit, especially our one-on-one defence and if we do that, we will be a better team already.”
SA Schools coach, Mzwakhe Nkosi, said the second-half effort from his team showed their character.
“There is a lot to take out of this game,” he said. “We won the big moments and that was important. Our attack was not the greatest. They did beat us to the breakdown in the first half, but we had a look at that and improved so much in the second half.”
They now face Argentina: “It is going to be another tough match,” he said. “We need to take the lessons from this, improve on that and then take on Argentina with those boxes ticked,” he said.
Summary of results and scorers:
SA Schools A 19-43 France
Tries: Leo Barre, Logan Tabet, Jessy Maizier, Ethan Randale, Eric Boussard, Killian Tixeront, Theo Ntamack-Mayenga.
Cons: Nolann Le Garrec 4
For SA Schools A:
Tries: Indiphile Tyeda, Philip Masango, Teague Loelly.
Cons: Jordan Hendrikse 2
Argentina 29-19 England
Tries: Bautista Grenon, Facundo Villalba, Bautista Bernasconi, Justo Piccardo.
Cons: Julian Hernandez 3
Tries: Louis-Hillman Cooper, Matthew Ward, Sam Bryan.
Cons: Orlando Baily 2
SA Schools 23-13 Wales
For SA Schools:
Tries: Jurich Claasens, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Jarrod Taylor.
Con: Kian Meadon
Pens: Meadon 2
Try: Mason Grady
Con: Thomas Mathews
Pens: Thomas Mathews 2