Theron calls on the big guns
Dawie Theron has named a strong starting line-up for the South African Under-20 training squad’s match against UWC on Friday.
Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron on Thursday named a strong starting line-up for the South African Under-20 training squad’s match against the University of the Western Cape, to be played on Friday afternoon at the Markötter Sports Field in Stellenbosch.
Friday’s encounter is the first of three training matches lined-up over the coming week for the South African Under-20 hopefuls.
The players have been in camp since last Sunday and will end their training camp with a final match against the University of Cape Town next Saturday. In between they will also be in action against Maties in Stellenbosch on Wednesday.
The starting line-up for Friday includes 2012 Junior World Championship (JWC) winners Jan Serfontein (centre), Handré Pollard (flyhalf) and Marvin Orie (lock). The 1.98m lock forward Orie will captain the team, while playmaker Pollard was confirmed as his understudy.
According to Theron, the three-match training exercise is something they have planned with the 2013 JWC schedule firmly in mind.
“During the JWC the turn-around times are tight as well and in France we will have three days to prepare before playing our next match so we wanted to simulate that,” explained Theron.
“The heat wave here in the Western Cape is actually a good thing for us because I believe it will also be quite hot in France during June.”
Regarding team selection, Theron said that everyone in the 34 man training group will get a chance to play.
“We will lose five, six of our guys after our second match as they are needed elsewhere, but that is not a problem as it creates the opportunity for everyone to play and after the UCT match all would have had a chance.”
According to Theron, players outside the current squad can still make it to France.
“We will be looking at the performances of players during the Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup competitions and if someone performs impressively, then he will come into consideration. Raymond Rhule, for instance, forced his way into last year’s squad at a very late stage,” added Theron.
The match kicks off at 16:00 on Friday at the sports fields of the Paul Roos Gymnasium.
South African Under-20 training squad: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Justin Gedult, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Hanco Venter, 8 Ruan Steenkamp, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Albertus Smit, 5 Marvin Orie (captain), 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Sti Sithole.
All remaining squad players to be used as replacements.