The South Western Districts schools rugby selectors have announced the province’s Craven and Academy Week teams upon the conclusion of their customary early May trials period.
Once again the vast majority predictably come from the two local giants, Oakdale and Outeniqua. The Riversdale Bulle can look on their total of seventeen caps as just reward for their very impressive showing this season, while the Quaggas (12 representatives) will be intent on showing who rules the roost in the Pretty Province when they host Oakdale on Saturday 30 May 2015.
In a laudable move, the selectors have apparently opted to use the Academy Week side as a nursery for the young talent to be found in some of the less prominent teams in the area.
The Craven Week faces a tough start to their quest for honours at the Markotter. They face Eastern Province, to whom they lost in last year’s unofficial final, on Tuesday 14 July 2015.
By Tony Stoops
SWD U18 Craven Week team: 15 Darren Adonis (Oakdale), 14 Darryle Kameel (Outeniqua), 13 Manie Libbok (Outeniqua), 12 JP Duvenhage (Outeniqua), 11 Logan Stoffels (Outeniqua), 10 Christo Hamman (Oakdale), 9 Eckhard Leicher (Oakdale), 8 Renaldo Ferreira (Oakdale), 7 Kurtley de Laan (Langenhoven Gym), 6 Levuyo Ndevu (Outeniqua), 5 Edwan Coetzee (Oakdale), 4 Adre Smith (Oakdale), 3 Roux Swart (Outeniqua), 2 HP van Schoor (Oakdale), 1 Andrew Kuhn (Outeniqua).
Replacements: 16 Bertie de Bod (Oakdale), 17 Hermanus Botha (Oakdale), 18 Chrisjan du Toit (Oakdale), 19 Justin Levendal (Outeniqua), 20 Ruan Steyn (Langenhoven Gym), 21 Bradley Kiewitz (Outeniqua), 22 Daine Kannemeyer (Oakdale).
SWD U18 Academy Week team: 15 Xavier Swartbooi (Oakdale), 14 Clayton Isaacs (Oudtshoorn), 13 Kurt Eybers (Oakdale), 12 William Eybers (Oakdale), 11 Mario Jacobs (George), 10 Craig Ellis (Oudtshoorn), 9 Zinedine Booysen (Oakdale), 8 Nevada Jacobs (Langenhoven Gym), 7 Adriaan Coetzee (Oudtshoorn), 6 Tasmin Kayser (Hillcrest), 5 Henco Meyers (Outeniqua), 4 Charlton Wagenaar (Oudtshoorn), 3 Christo Greyling (Langenhoven Gym), 2 Rynhardt Stears (Punt), 1 Helgard Meyer (Oakdale).
Replacements: 16 Jacques Williams (George), 17 Robert Pace (Punt), 18 Danco Fourie (Outeniqua), 19 Joachim van Wyk (Outeniqua), 20 Thandile Khula (Knysna), 21 Michael Fernol (Uniondale), 22 Alexander Wallace (Oakdale).