33 #CravenWeek Players to Watch

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:03

​The Craven Week 2014 rugby festival kicked off with a bang on Monday when players from different rugby unions descended on Middelburg for one heck of a spectacle.

The question on everyone's lips will be "who will make the SA Schools team?". So we've added a few players that we think you should watch! And again please let us know your opinion in the comments!! :-) 

1) Sibusiso Nkosi - Wing - Lions - Jeppe

The quick back features in his 2nd Craven Week for the Lions and has made a name for himself at the Jeppe 1st XV. His sidestep and agility make him a force to be reckoned with against opposition defence.

2) Juan Lemmer - Eighthman - Blue Bulls - Monnas

The strong eighthman from Monnas is a solid ball carrier with a strong defense who finished the Wildeklawer tournament with a 100% tackle efficiency.  Lemmer is also very capable of scoring tries at will.

3) Tristan Tedder - Fly half - Sharks - Kearsney

Tristan Tedder has an eye for the gap and is a clinical flyhalf.  He has a great passing game and can offload to players into defensive holes. Tedder also has a good boot capable of slotting kicks at acute angles. Tedder acts as a playmaker for his backline all round.

4) Tiaan Swanepoel - Fullback - WP - Stellenberg

Swanepoel is a strong kicker who’s famous for his 50 metre drop goal for Stellenberg. Tiaan plays in his first Craven Week and will look to impress the selectors with his good kicking technique and strong defense. 

5) Herschel Jantjies - Scrumhalf - WP - Paul Roos

The agile scrummy is able to literally swing the game to his team's advantage. Jantjies makes great use of the blindside during rucks and scrums. Jantjies also has a good "Gary Owen" (up and under) that he makes use of for his backline to chase. Jantjies plays a good tactical game and is able to effectively make use of opposition defensive holes.

6) Jondre Williams - Scrumhalf - WP - Boland Landbou

Williams performed at last year’s Grant Khomo week and was part of the Day 1 & Day 2 Standout players. Williams is well equipped with a kicking boot and is a great place kicker. Williams finished with 35 points in 3 games from the 2013 Grant Khomo weeek, 2nd highest point scorer of the tournament, 2 tries, 8 conversions, and 3 penalties.

7) Edwill van der Merwe - Wing - WP - Paul Roos Gymnasium

Edwill played at the 2013 U18 Academy Week for WP, were he was one of the tournament top point scorers with 4 tries. Edwill also won the Africa Youth games earlier this year with the SA U18 Sevens Rugby team. Edwill has great pace and can easily make the opposition pay for any mistakes they make.

8) Martin van Wyk - Wing - Valke - EG Jansen

Martin has great pace down the wing and has a great step. Martin showed his worth last year when he produced top drawer performances at Wildeklawer Superskole and at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival 2013.

9) Eduard Zandberg  - SWD - Outeniqua

Zandberg was part of the 2013 Kwagga team that beat Grey Kollege 22-20 at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival. Zandberg plays in his 2nd Craven Week this year and will be in contention for the SA schools selection.

10) Jaco Coetzee - Eighthman - KZN - Glenwood Boys High School

The big 8th man is quick on his feet and performs countless ball carries on attack. Opposition defense finds it hard to get Coetzee down as he uses so much power going into a tackle. Coetzee also played SA U18 sevens earlier this year.

11) Morne Joubert - Fullback - KZN -  Glenwood Boys High School

The speedster is always consistent with his performances. Delivering week in and week out, Morne's work ethic is incredible as he always wants to get involved - sometimes even taking the game into his own hands using his natural ability. Morne can seamlessly play sevens and 15 man rugby. Rumor has it that Morne will be contracted by SARU and will play an integral part in the senior SA Sevens rugby team in due time. Morne's composure and maturity for the game is commendable as he plays each game with sportsmanship and is a good example for the game of rugby on and off the field.

12) Curtis Jonas - Flyhalf - KZN - Glenwood Boys High School

Jonas earned himself a Sharks Academy bursary following his performance at this year's Kearsney Easter rugby festival. Curtis has a good step and plays a great passing game. His ability to execute set pieces in the backline makes him a valuable asset for is team.

13) Kwazi Khanyile - Scrumhalf - KZN - Glenwood Boys High School

The scrummy plays a great game and can command the backline and forwards. Kwazi has worked hard to get where he is and his inclusion at this year's Craven Week is testament to that. His quick ball in pressure situations keeps the phases rolling for his team.

14) Koos Tredoux - Prop - KZN - Glenwood Boys High School

​The prop plays in his 2nd Craven week. Tredoux plays a big role at the rucks and is impressive in his scrumming. 

15) Luigy Van Jaarsveld - 8th Man - EP CD - Marlow

Luigy van Jaarsveld is a solid 8th man both on defense and on attack who makes strong ball carries. Van Jaarsvled impressed at the 2014 KES festival where he was named a standout player on day 1. Van Jaarsveld is definitely a contender for high achievement after the conclusion of this year's Craven Week.

16) Keanu Vers - Fullback - Eastern Province - Grey High

The elusive fullback plays a great running game, is very agile, and capitalizes on try scoring situations.

17) Junior Pokomela - Lock - Eastern Province - Grey High

Junior Pokomela won the Investec international rugby academy scholarship after the conclusion of this year's Wildeklawer Superskole. Pokomela works hard at the breakdown and executes perfect lineout set pieces.

18) Juandre Michau - Flank - Blue Bulls - Waterkloof 

the loose forward is very strong on defense and is a great stealer of the ball. Michau works tirelessly, forever getting stuck in. A good contender for SA Schools.

19) Athi Mayinje - Wing - Eastern Province - Grey High School

The wing is able to find space and pounce on scoring opportunities. Mayinje is full of running and often knows how to get himself in the right place at the right time. 

20) Alandre van Rooyen - Hooker - EP - Nico Malan

The strong and physical hooker puts in the hard yards and is constantly working hard in the ruck and maul situations. He is an explosive runner with ball in hand and completes a lot of ball carries for his team, a brilliant player who's very mobile for his size.

21) Johan Van Niekerk - Flank - EP - Grey High

Van Niekerk is always on hand to clean at the ruck and to turn over the opposition’s ball. Van Niekerk is also very capable of scoring tries due to his agility and he's also solid on defence. He is the Grey High captain and a good leader.

22) PJ Toerien - Flank - Blue Bulls - Garsfontein

SA schools 2013 member PJ works hard at the breakdowns and is a lethal player for any opposition.

23) Thinus de Beer - Flyhalf - Blue Bulls - Waterkloof

A clinical flyhalf with good attacking ability and desicion making, Thinus is a reliable place kicker who is also good at defense.

24) Eduan Keyter - Wing - Blue Bulls - Affies

The quick paced fullback is a great asset on attack. Keyter is fierce on the attack and runs great lines at the opposition backline.

25) Justin Meintjies - Hooker - Blue Bulls - Menopark 

Strong on defense and in the ruck. Meintjes is a good stealer of the ball and always gets stuck in at ruck situations.

26) Ngoni Chidoma - Prop - KZN - Northwood

The prop from Northwood boys High School showed his mettle at the KES fest. Chidoma has a high work rate.

27) Jerome Korf - Prop - WP - Paul Roos Gimnasuim 

The strong prop is in line for SA Schools selection. Jerome is very strong at the rucks and mauls, and his defence is undoubtedly solid. 

28) Hendre Stassen - Lock - Valke - EG Jansen

Very good on the lineout and a strong ball carrier, Stassen is also very good on defence and had a 100% tackling efficiency at Wildeklawer Superskole. He is a member of the 2013 SA U16 High performance squad and a strong candidate for SA Schools selection.

29) Barend Smit - Pumas - Fullback - HTS Middelburg

Barend Smit is good on attack and joins the line perfectly. He shows great awareness for the game and is very capable of kicking.

30) Jerry Danquah - Wing - Border - Queens College

The strong wing is very powerful on attack. He has a great hand off and a strong run that is somewhat compared to Julian Savea's running style.

31) Curwin Bosch - Flyhalf - EP- Grey High School

Curwin Bosch is equipped with a great touch finder and a place kicking boot. Bosch shows good composure under pressure and is able to put players into try scoring positions. 

32) Arnold Gerber - Flank - Blue Bulls - Menlopark

Arnold has works at the break down, has great work ethic, and has composure for the game. Gerber is a good ball carrier and defends strongly against opposition. 

33) Alex Jonker - Eightman - Free State - Grey College

The 2014 Grey College rugby captain commands his forwards well and is great at the breakdown. Jonker is also quick on his feet and has strong ball carries while on attack.

Have more picks? Put them in the comments!

Special thanks to @beet_b and @Ludz19 for the insights :)


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Submitted by rugby watch (not verified) on

What about the KZN starting (ahead of kwazi khanyile) scrumhalf James Hall of Kearsney College. A strong nippy scrumhalf with a huge boot, fantastic pass and is great around the fringes.

Submitted by Drikus (not verified) on

Ambrose Papier,Franco Naude Blue Bulls

Submitted by WP Ondersteuner (not verified) on

Saud Abrahams WP nommer 8, Bishops.

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