The Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week teams are raring to go in the grand finale of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series starting on Monday at Kearsney College in Durban following two weeks of high-octane school rugby.
GWK Griquas Rural will take on Old Mutual Zimbabwe in the opening match of the flagship event of SA Rugby Youth Weeks, the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, at 09h05 on Monday, while the Blue Valke and SA LSEN teams will kick off the Coca-Cola Academy Week a little earlier at 08h00.
The tournaments will mark the end of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series, which has seen the LSEN Week being hosted in Pretoria, the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week and U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Weeks in Paarl, the National Girls U16 Week in Welkom and the National Girls U18 Week in Kimberley in the last two weeks.
In the main games of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, DHL Western Province, who cruised to a 95-0 victory against Eastern Province in the final match of the tournament last season in Stellenbosch, will meet Western Cape neighbours, Boland, while tournament hosts, the Sharks, will go up against Eastern Province.
The big match-ups in the Coca-Cola Academy Week, meanwhile, will see the Sharks meet the Thepa Trading Griffons and DHL Western Province, who defeated the Blue Bulls 36-24 in the final match last season, take on SWD.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday, 16 July, with the top teams in both competitions going head-to-head in the closing matches.
U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week fixtures (Monday, 11 July – Kearsney Stott Field):
09h05 – GWK Griquas Rural vs Old Mutual Zimbabwe
10h30 – GWK Griquas vs Namibia
11h55 – Thepa Trading Griffons vs Pumas
13h20 – DHL Western Province vs Boland
15h15 – Sharks vs Eastern Province
Coca-Cola Academy Week (Monday, 11 July – AH Smith Oval):
08h00 – Blue Valke vs SA LSEN
09h20 – Griffons CD vs Eastern Province CD
10h40 – Border vs GWK Griquas Rural
12h00 – Bidvest Golden Lions vs Pumas
13h20 – Sharks vs Thepa Trading Griffons
15h15 – DHL Western Province vs SWD