KZN go down on day 3

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 12 Jul 2012 at 08:15
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The KZN Schools’ team saw their hopes of playing in Saturday’s unofficial Craven Week Final dashed, as they went down to the Golden Lions by 8-17 yesterday afternoon.

After a scintillating performance in Monday’s opener, which saw them score seven tries against an outclassed Free State, the under-18 Natalians proved every bit as woefully inconsistent as their brethren at other levels of the game, putting in a lacklustre performance that saw them bullied by a stronger and far hungrier Golden Lions side.

Sloppy line out work and ball protection saw a surfeit of possession handed to the opposition, with something like eight own line out throws lost and an open-field turnover figure well into the double digits and while the boys defended manfully, the dam wall eventually broke late in the second half when Lions tight head Clinton Theron managed to barrel over for his side’s second try.

An earlier score by impressive Lions Hooker Malcolm Marx was cancelled out by a wonderful individual try from KZN fullback Jesse Kriel, whose chip and single-handed regather was reminiscent of Andre Joubert at his very best. Alas, despite some promise at times, the rest of the side simply weren’t on Kriel’s wavelength yesterday and with flyhalf Rob Anderson enduring an off day with the boot as well, they struggled to impose any pressure on the Lions.

After the first round of games, it was hoped that the final spectacle may see the KZN underdogs take on the mighty Blue Bulls, but it now looks as though either the Lions or hosts EP will enjoy that honour.

KZN (8) 8 – Try: Jesse Kriel. Penalty: Robert Anderson. Lions (10) 17 – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Clinton Theron. Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (2). Penalty: Van der Walt.


  • The try Jesse Kriel scored was a piece of beauty!!! Great solo effort.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.12 08:23:17 by Viking Reply
  • I must admit that Jesse Kriel looks like a quality player. Hope he is sticking around in KZN and not making the journey north!
    As for the game- the KZN boys got bullied by the more physical Lions players, simple as that! The KZN boys had their chances but the Lions pressure forced mistakes. I have to say that the KZN lineout was propbably the worst display I have ever seen at any provincial level!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.12 08:55:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : sorry to dash the hopes, bud, but all indications are that both Kriel brothers are heading to “die Kraal” 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.12 08:59:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : #@&%$*% Damn those kraal boys buys freakin everyone 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.12 09:04:47 by Viking Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Kriel borthers? Where is the otherone?

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.12 09:07:44 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 5) : Injured.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.12 09:13:29 by Ben Reply
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  • It was our virtual B side because of a stupid rule at Craven week that all 22 players in the squad must play a full game by the end of the 2nd game. If Moberly, Du Preez (lock), Wright, Marwana, Vermaak and Moon had started it would have been different. Moberly was the inspirational captain in the Free State win. It came down to planning, the KZN coaching staff threw everything into the Free State game to get the win and forgot about the harder game on day 3. In hindsight they should have put the bench on for the whole of the 2nd half on Monday. KZN’s weakest areas was front row and flyhalf, where that was the Lions area of strength. Pina the prop from Glenwood and Nqwane the hooker from DHS should have been picked for the Craven Week side and not the Academy side. You cannot have 95kg props scrumming against 120kg beasts, there will only be one winner. Again, lineouts cost the team a chance in the final against a very one dimensional Lions side. We are never going to hear the end of it now from the Lions and KES supporters

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.12 09:29:06 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @Grasshopper (Comment 7) : stay here… you’ll be safe. I won’t have KES supporters on this site :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.12 09:39:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Robdylan, hahaah as a Pretoria Boys High Old Boy I understand why. Jeez, KES are a PR machine, just follow them on twitter. Every few seconds they are banging on about how great they are, red machine, red power, red this and red that. They must have someone employed just to do their Social Media and ensure every old boy that makes any side is promoted, from making the SA Jukskei side to tiddly winks…’s crazy. They also milk their link with Old Boys Graeme Smith, Bryan Habana and Joe Van Niekerk….

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.12 10:01:50 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @Grasshopper (Comment 9) : when they manage to teach a boy to read and write, I’ll start being impressed.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.12 10:06:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Harsh! 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.12 10:17:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 5) :

    i see a Jason Kriel playing for the Blue Bulls u/19 this weekend . is it him ? He will be playing wing

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.12 11:58:34 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Grasshopper (Comment 7) : The Lions conversely had played all of their back up players against Border on monday so were able to field their “A” team. A risk that worked for them.
    The old adage that games are won and lost in the front row can seldom have been more apt than when applied to this contest – it looked like boys against men at times. Du Preez and Moberly (when he came on)were two who did compete physically and tried manfully to stem the Lions pack’s momentum and get a bit of go-forward ball as well.
    Lineouts were shocking – the failure to secure own ball on defense cost a try and on attack squandered scoring opportunities. No doubt the conditions were difficult but both teams had to deal with them.
    Ball under pressure put the backs under pressure – i thought Wright coped better when he came on but he also made some poor decisions – and they were quickly shut down. They were not helped by some poor passing and handling. With the exception of the brilliant solo effort by Kriel and one electric break from Mvelase the backline lacked any real penetration.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.12 14:27:45 by steve Reply

  • I think a question perhaps needs to be asked about the fixtures at Craven Week! I mean last year KZN’s first 2 games were WP and the Lions. This year it was Free State and the Lions. The Lions got to play Border, Bulls got to play Pumas and Free State played some other mickey mouse team. SO yes the Lions will play the Bulls on Sat cos they both ‘unbeaten’. If the KZN side had played Border instead of the Lions they would have been in the final. Just a thought…

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.12 07:48:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : The only games that are pre determined are those played on day 1.
    The anticipated top 4 teams in each pool are usually chosen to play each other in the final two games on the 1st day with the winners progressing to what amounts to a “semi final” on the second day.
    There is no way of anticipating how strong a team will be from year to year and Border – Selborne, Dale & Queens – are often a very good side at this level, along with SWD, EP and the Pumas.
    In 2008 for eg, SWD captained by CJ Stander beat OFS in the “final” having beaten the Bulls on the opening day. That year the Pumas also beat WP on day 1 effectively ending their “final” game aspirations.
    If we had played against and beaten Border on day 1 in all probability we would have still played the Lions on Wednesday assuming they beat OFS.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.07.12 15:02:07 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 15) : Border are very weak this year,Border at full strength would’ve given the Lions a good run or possibly won,they would’ve given that woeful FS side a nice margin,they are without there services of several players who have committed their future elsewhere and not Border,hence Border excluded them from the team

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.07.12 16:08:14 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 16) : That is a pity and short sighted. They aren’t the first union to do that though.
    my point above is that at schoolboy level the likes of Border, pumas, SWD etc are not considered soft games.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.07.12 17:04:27 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 15) :

    i thought the 2 teams the 2 teams that played the most attractive rugby gets invited to the finals . mmm nice to know how it works . Still cant figure out SR 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.07.12 19:39:16 by Zibbie Reply
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