UWC's Jantjies gets Dream Team call
VARSITY CUP SPOTLIGHT: UWC scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies has been rewarded for his brilliant performances with a call-up to the 2017 Varsity Cup Dream Team that will play a friendly match against the Junior Springboks in Stellenbosch on April 25.
Jantjies played a major role in UWC's Varsity Shield-winning campaign and finds himself named on the bench for a side that will be captained by Maties' explosive fullback Craig Barry.
Barry, Duncan Saal and Kobus van Dyk, are Maties' representatives named in the starting XV - that UP-Tuks dominates - and a further three players - Johan Momsen, Theo Stapelberg and Michal Haznar - on the bench.
Tuks has seven players - Sibahle Maxwane, Impi Visser, Tinus de Beer, Andre Warner, Aston Fortuin, Neethling Fouche and Andrew Beerwinkel - in the starting XV while Pukke has been rewarded with two spots - Loftus Morrison and Wilmar Arnoldi - in the run-on team.
The remainder of the starting XV is made up of Aphiwe Dyantyi (UJ), Kevin Kaba (NMMU-Madibaz) and Daniel Maartens (Shimlas).
UJ has a further two players - Johannes Snyman and Nico Du Plessis - on the bench while Shimlas is also represented by Phumzile Maqondwana, who starts the game on the bench.
There is no space for any player from UCT-Ikeys and CUT-Ixias.
The team will be coached by Tuks' Pote Human as reward for claiming the 2017 Varsity Cup title.
Varsity Cup Dream Team: 15 Craig Barry (captain) (Maties), 14 Sibahle Maxwane (UP-Tuks), 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi (UJ), 12 Impi Visser (UP-Tuks), 11 Duncan Saal (Maties), 10 Tinus de Beer (UP-Tuks), 9 Andre Warner (UP-Tuks), 8 Kevin Kaba (NMMU-Madibaz), 7 Kobus van Dyk (Maties), 6 Daniel Maartens (Shimlas), 5 Loftus Morrison (NWU-Pukke), 4 Aston Fortuin (UP-Tuks), 3 Neethling Fouche (UP-Tuks), 2 Wilmar Arnoldi (NWU-Pukke), 1 Andrew Beerwinkel (UP-Tuks).
Replacements: 16 Johannes Snyman (UJ), 17 Luvuyo Pupuma (Wits), 18 Nico du Plessis (UJ), 19 Johan Momsen (Maties), 20 Phumzile Maqondwana (Shimlas), 21 Herschel Jantjies (UWC), 22 Theo Stapelberg (Maties), 23 Michal Haznar (Maties).
Head coach: Pote Human (UP-Tuks)
Forwards coach: Denzil Frans (UP-Tuks)
Backline coach: Bevan Fortuin (UP-Tuks)
Manager: Quintin van Rooyen (Maties)
Physiotherapist: Robyn Phillips (Wits)
Sports scientist: Jacques Durand (UJ)
Date: Monday, April 25
Venue: Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Assistant referees: TBC