New SA under 20 coach Dawie Theron has named two teams to play against each other in a trial match in Cape Twon, at 16h00 on Saturday. Sharks fans will be hard-pressed to chose a team to back, since there is a good old smattering of black-and-white lasds in both teams.
The squad currently comprises 40 players and this will be cut down to 30 ahead of another game against Western Province next week.
The trial match on Saturday will see the yellow team, featuring a Sharks-laden three quarter line, come up against the blue team. Ten reserves will be shared amongst both teams. Piet Lindeque, Heimar Williams and Mandla Dube all start for the yellows, along with loose forward Marcell Coetzee and tighthead prop Nick Schonnet. Representing the blues are livewire flanker Siseko Jafta and fullback Jaco van Tonder, a late addition to the trials squad.
Huge Hilton College winger Emil Schwartz has been named among the backline reserves.
SA Under-20 Trials Teams (Provincial Unions in brackets):
Yellow Team – Ulrich Beyers (Blue Bulls), Courtnall Skosan (Blue Bulls), Piet Lindeque (KwaZulu Natal), Heimar Williams (KwaZulu Natal), Mandla Dube (KwaZulu Natal), Sam Lane (WP), Ricky Schroeder (WP), Marcell Coetzee (KwaZulu Natal), Jean Cook (Free State), Nizaam Carr (WP), Eben Etzebeth (WP), Ruan Venter (Lions), Nick Schonnet (KwaZulu Natal), Bongi Mbonambi (Blue Bulls), Jean Schoeman (Blue Bulls).
Blue Team – Jaco van Tonder (KwaZulu Natal), Clarence Khumalo (WP), Bradley Moolman (Blue Bulls), Kobus Lourens (Leopards), Riaan Britz (Free State), Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), Lohan Jacobs (Blue Bulls), Arno Botha (Blue Bulls), Siseko Jaftha (Kwazulu Natal), Gabriel Strydom (Leopards), Carl Wegner (Free State), Jose Julies (Blue Bulls), John Roy Jenkins (Leopards), Jacques Momberg (Blue Bulls), Stephan Kotze (Free State).
Reserves: Backs – Kevin Luiters (Free State), Pieter van der Walt (Blue Bulls), Emil Schwarz (KwaZulu Natal), Sizo Maseko (WP); Forwards – Mashudu Mafela (Leopards), Baksteen van Heerden (Free State), Cornell du Preez (Leopards), Stephan Pretorius (Blue Bulls), Enzo Venter (Lions), Wilhelm van der Slys (WP).