PREVIEW: Under-19 event moves to Bishops

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:44
Large sa schools gathers 800

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The six Under-19 teams taking part in the International Series will be in action at Bishops on Tuesday.

The teams taking part are England, France, Italy, Wales and SA schools and SA Schools 'A'.

The first round of matches was played at City Park on Friday and the third - and final round - will be at Paarl Boys' High on Saturday.

At City Park France beat England, Italy beat SA Schools A and SA Schools beat Wales.

This suggests that the SA Schools match with France could be a tournament decider of sorts.

The tournament is named Under-19 but that is a bit of a mystery. England, Wales and South Africa label their teams Under-18, France theirs Under-19 and Italy theirs Under-20.

Results, Round One

France vs England, 23-18
Italy vs SA Schools A, 23-20
SA Schools vs Wales, 23-17

This suggests that there is not a lot to choose between the teams when the biggest winning margin was six points.

16.00 - SA Schools vs France

SA Schools have made six changes to their starting team - three in the backs and three in the forwards. Manny Rass comes in at centre for Wandisile Simelane who had a quiet match against Wales after his heroics at Craven Week, Muller du Plessis replaces Sihle Njezula on the left wing and Richman Gora comes in at scrumhalf for Rewan Kruger. In the pack there is a new hooker, lock and No.8 - with the introduction of Daniel Jooste for PJ Botha, Ben-Jason Dixon for PJ Steenkamp and Kwezi Mafu for Khanya Ncusane.


SA Schools: 15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Mike Mavovana, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Muller du Plessis, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Richman Gora, 8 Kwezi Mafu, 7 Muller Uys, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 Ben-Jason Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Sanzi Sandi, 2 Daniel Jooste, 1 Nathan McBeth.
Replacements: 16 PJ Botha, 17 Reece Bezuidenhout, 18 Johan Neethling, 19 PJ Steenkamp, 20 JC Pretorius, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Ruan de Swardt, 23 Wandisile Simelane, 24 Khanya Ncusane, 25 Emilio Adonis, 26 Sihle Njezula.

France: TBC

Referee: Matthew O'Grady (England)
Assistant referees: Ruhan Meiring (South Africa), Nathan Swartz (South Africa)
TMO: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)

14.30 - SA Schools 'A' vs England

After their last-minute loss to Italy after a stirring comeback Sean Erasmus has made wholesale changes to the SA Schools 'A' team. Only four players who started against Italy will be starting this time against England - fullback Abner van Reenen, wing Austin Davids, captain Louritz van der Schyff and flank Athi Magwala.

Two of the changes were forced by injuries to lock Jaco van Tonder and No.8 Jessie Johnson, both of whom will miss the last round as well. Francke Horne and Ruan Vermaak have joined the team in their place, Horn starting and Vermaak on the bench.

England have also used the secateurs, though not as drastically. They have made nine changes, including positional changes for captain Gabriel Ibitoye, Tom Parton, moving to flyhalf from the wing, and Sam Moore. The England changes are intended to give every player a chance to start.


SA Schools A: 15 Abner van Reenen, 14 Austin Davids, 13 Janco van Heyningen, 12 Louritz van der Schyff (captain), 11 Tadendaishe Mujawo, 10 Tyrone Green, 9 Zinedine Booysen, 8 Dian Schoonees, 7 Francke Horn, 6 Athi Magwala, 5 JJ van der Mescht, 4 Ryno Pieterse, 3 Keagan Glade, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Cabous Eloff.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Gugu Nelani, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Christopher Havenga, 20 Mark Snyman Helpmekaar, 21 Ruan Vermaak, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Lubabalo Dobela, 24 Sicelo Tole, 25 Cameron Hufke, 26 Ayabonga Oliphant.

England: 15 Gabriel Ibitoye, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Jacob Umaga, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Tom Parton, 9 Harry Simmons, 8 Sam Moore, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Josh Bayliss, 5 Josh Williams, 4 Dino Lamb-Cona, 3 Ehren Painter, 2 Jamie Blamire, 1 Jarod Leat.
Replacements: 16 Henry Walker17 Alex Seville, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Ted Hill, 20 Tom Curry, 21 Tom Willis, 22 Rory Brand, 23 James Grayson, 24 Ali Crossdale, 25 Matt Williams, 26 Levi Davis.

Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nathan Barry (South Africa), Gabriel Chirnoga (Italy)
TMO: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)

13.00 - Italy vs Wales

Ludovico Vaccari - good rugby surname that - has been moved to the wing, his place taken by Marco Zanoin who has come off the bench to captain the side while last week's captain Lorenzo Masselli is still in the side. There is a change at flyhalf as well where Michelangelo Biondelli comes in from the bench. There are only two more changes to the No.8 and the No.6.

Wales have made huge changes to give every player a chance to play. As a result only four who started against South Africa will start against Italy - flank Will Jones, who takes over the captaincy, No.8 Morgan Morris, fullback Will Talbot-Davies and Cameron Lewis who switches from outside centre to inside centre.


Italy: 15 Massimo Cioffi, 14 Ludovico Vaccari, 13 Marco Zanon (captain), 12 Dario Schiabel, 11 Yannick Abanga, 10 Michelangelo Biondelli, 9 Federico Gubana, 8 Nardo Casolari, 7 Lorenzo Masselli, 6 Michele Lamaro, 5 Edoardo Iachizzi, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Giosuè Zilocchi, 2 Marco Manfredi, 1 Danilo Fischetti.
Replacements: 16 Massimo Ceciliani, 17 Matteo Luccardi, 18 Michele Mancini-Parri, 19 Nicola Pomaro, 20 Giovanni Licata, 21 Jacopo Bianchi, 22 Giovanni Lucchin, 23 Antonio Rizzi, 24 Niccolò Mori, 25 Giovanni D’Onofrio, 26 Simone Cornelli.

Wales: 15 Will Talbot-Davies, 14 Joe Goodchild, 13 Dylan Moss, 12  Cameron Lewis, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Ben Jones, 9 Owain Leonard, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Will Jones (captain), 6 Joe Thomas, 5 Max Williams, 4 Will Griffiths, 3 Conor Lewis, 2  Jordan Liney, 1 Harri Dobbs.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Carre, 17 Corrie Tarrant, 18 Christian Coleman, 19 Tom Mably, 20 James Ratti, 21 James Botham, 22 Dane Blacker, 23 Phil Jones, 24 Corey Baldwin.

Referee:  Ruhan Meiring (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nathan Swartz (South Africa), Sinethemba  Mrulwa (South Africa)
TMO: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)