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Craven Week final day – Pride still at stake


Written by beet bailey (beet)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby, Sharks on 16 Jul 2011 at 09:09
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If you are an outsider, unfamiliar with the process, you are forgiven for believing that Craven Week is a thing of the past for all but the Golden Lions and the Free State, who have been chosen to play in the final match of the tournament.

Describing the nine lead-up games to the final as mere formalities could not be further from the truth. Some highly motivated teams will be looking to build on their records while other will be hoping to set the record straight and all including the finalists will be desperate to end the week on a high note.

There is also the added incentive of playing for a place in the SA Schools team. Although one would reasonably expect the selectors to have agreed on a shortlist of players by this stage, nothing is set in stone. Just like match days 1 through 4, Saturday represents an opportunity for a youngster to either play himself into contention with a sublime performance or possibly even suffer a loss of form that results in his name being scratched out and replaced by another.

Sadly for Kwazulu Natal, poor outcomes in the set-piece has in all likelihood put paid to the hopes of any forward’s chances of being on the SA Schools roll call today. In addition to this, star player Stefan Ungerer is struggling to overcome an ankle injury sustained in June. This has shaken his confidence level and kept him from performing at his peak.

Fortunately several other backs remain in contention for higher honours. None more so than strong try-scoring outside centre, Tyler Fisher who has added 2 Craven Week power tries to the 17 tries he had already scored during the regular schools season. Even if Fisher does not get the nod to be part of today’s 22-man squad, chances must be good that he will follow in the footsteps of 2010 KZN under 18 centre Patrick Howard and receive a call-up to the SA Under 18 High Performance squad, a route that also offers a player the opportunity to represent his country at this age-group level.

Other impressive performers who are still in with a shout are fullback Mbembe Payi, whose wonder footwork has wrong-footed many wannabe first-time tacklers over the course of his under 18 rugby career, big flyhalf Robert du Preez Jnr, with his ability to hold off defenders and create attacking opportunities and in-form young leftwing Siyabonga Tom, who has stood out as a good all-round player while many of his rivals in the position have displayed questionable ability on defense.

Today Kwazulu Natal faces the Blue Bulls. Both sides have had to pick themselves up following agonising last minute defeats in their previous games. It will also be their second meeting in the space of three weeks. At Bondedag in Rustenburg, the baby Sharks were soundly beaten 36-3 by their Pretoria counterparts. That match was won up front where the powerful Bulls pack containing a number of SA Schools hopefuls and having a weight advantage of 10kg per man, completely dominated proceedings. Much of the same forward domination can be expected today. However if the strong-willed and fit KZN pack can withstand this pressure and provide their own line with anything that bears a resemblance to quality ball, we could see our team cause their second upset of the week.

Fixtures for Saturday 16 July

08.15: Valke vs Griffons

08.15: Eastern Province vs Boland

08.15: Leopards vs Border Country Districts

09.40: Zimbabwe vs Namibia

09.40: Limpopo vs Griquas

09.40: Pumas vs Western Province

11.05: Blue Bulls vs KwaZulu-Natal

11.05: Border vs South Western Districts

11.05: Griquas Country Districts vs Eastern Province Country Districts

13.00: “Final” – Free State vs Golden Lions

KwaZulu Natal Team: 15 Mbembe Payi (DHS), 14 Lwazi Sithole (Maritzburg College), 13 Tyler Fisher (Westville), 12 Dean Moolman (Glenwood), 11 Siyabonga Tom (Glenwood), 10 Robert du Preez (Kearsney), 9 Stefan Ungerer (Maritzburg College), 8 Carel Swart (Glenwood), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez (Kearsney), 6 Sibulele Nanto (George Campbell), 5 Ferdinand Horn (Glenwood), 4 Daniel du Preez (Kearsney), 3 Matthew Worral-Claire (Glenwood), 2 Jaques Taylor (Glenwood), 1 Niel Oelofse (Glenwood), 16 Cullen Collopy (Kearsney), 17 Sanele Pina (Glenwood), 18 Jens Klingenberg (Vryheid), 19 Jackson Buthelezi (Westville), 20 Brendan Cope (DHS), 21 Sandile Khubeka (Kearsney), 22 Nkululeko Marwana (Glenwood).


43 Comments

  • We are playing the bulls in all divisions today… U19, U21 and CC, and now even CW… Let’s beat them in all forms and make the blue country miserable

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.11 09:23:05 by franshark Reply
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  • :mrgreen: Class is permanent form temporary you can see ungerer is struggling with an injury….KZN will have to fix their scrum or else that scrum will go turbo reverse :mrgreen: …like beet said that bulls pack is powerfull and strong…hopefully robinson…tradoux…carlo engelbrecht..some of the forwards can make sa schools sterke bulle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.11 09:30:31 by Muzi Reply

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  • Oh yea i hope roelof smit has a blinder at 8 really rate the kid!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.11 09:31:44 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 2) : Only for 1,5m though. 😉 u/19 laws state that you may only push for 1,5m and then you have to stop. 😛

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.11 10:11:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 2) : we lost the game against the lions through loosing all our lineout(in 2nd half), hope they fix that

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.11 10:14:58 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 5) : Unfortunately this has been a problem for our schools in games vs Gauteng based schools.

    Our coach even mentioned told me about their concerns in the lineout dept long before Craven Week. Our jumpers (1.93m avg) are short in relation to the Highveld and our props (supporters in lineout) are also quite short (1.76m avg) so we were always going to struggle. It’s just that no one excepted it to be this difficult this year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.11 11:00:49 by beet Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 3) : I’ve made the difficult choice to attend the Sharks u19, so I’m doing to have to catch the repeat broadcast of this game.

    I met Abrie Griesel yesterday at the Gateway Mall. He apparently went to Grey Bloem and was their 3rd choice scrummy, playing for the 2nd team most of the time. Just goes to show their depth.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.11 11:03:52 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : I have never actually seen a ref blow for it though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.11 11:46:08 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 8) : Neither have I.

    Certainly not at this Craven week.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.11 12:04:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • Latest score sometime in the 2nd half.

    Bulls 24 – 8 KZN

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.11 12:05:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • FULL TIME

    Bulls 29 – 8 KZN

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.11 12:28:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : Ooh Eina! 😯 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.11 12:34:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : ouch & eina

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.11 12:40:48 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : not, a good start for getting 4 wins 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.11 12:46:02 by franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : @franshark (Comment 13) : Those bulletjies are very good.

    Should have beaten the Greystaat imo.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.11 12:50:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • @franshark as long as the senior Sharks win! I’m at ATKV Natalia on South Coast where Blue bull shirt and Us black and whites are walking around in equal numbers hopefully it will be us in black and white braaing with smiles on our face 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.11 12:52:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Greystaat 0 – 0 Lions

    5min

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.11 13:05:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat under the sticks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.11 13:10:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 7 – 0 Lions

    10min

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.07.11 13:10:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • Lions intercept try.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.11 13:14:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 7 – 5 Lions

    15min

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.07.11 13:15:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • Lions miss a sitter of a penalty. 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.07.11 13:19:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 7 – 5 Lions

    20min

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.07.11 13:26:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 10 – 5 Lions

    27min

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.07.11 13:28:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 10 – 5 Lions

    30min

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.07.11 13:30:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 16) : that’s also one of our favorite getaway places

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.11 13:32:05 by franshark Reply
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  • Greystaat 13 – 5 Lions

    33min

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.11 13:34:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • HALF TIME

    Greystaat 13 – 5 Lions

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.07.11 13:37:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 16 – 5 Lions

    39min

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.07.11 13:47:06 by McLovin Reply

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  • Great try from Grey.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.07.11 13:52:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 21 – 5 Lions

    45min

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.07.11 13:53:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 21 – 5 Lions

    50min

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.07.11 13:59:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • Serfontein goes over for another Grey try.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.07.11 14:01:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • Greystaat 28 – 5 Lions

    53min

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.07.11 14:02:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • TMO possible lions try.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.07.11 14:08:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 34) : Why does this never translate to success for the senior team?

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.07.11 14:09:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try time.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.07.11 14:10:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : Money would be my guess.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.07.11 14:11:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Ouch good win bulls under 18s we should have been in that final lets hope a few have impressed the selectors.So far the bulls are winning the day.

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.07.11 14:11:22 by Muzi Reply

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  • Greystaat 28 – 10 Lions

    60min

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.07.11 14:12:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • Lions score again.

    Greystaat 28 – 17 Lions

    65min

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.07.11 14:16:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • FULL TIME

    Greystaat 28 – 17 Lions

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.07.11 14:22:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @franshark especially when you have children Natalia is a haven we see our boys only when they r hungry or really tired so we really get to relax 🙂

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.07.11 14:37:44 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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