8 Standouts on Day 2 of #CravenWeek

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 11:38
  • Curwin Bosch dots down for EP
    Curwin Bosch dots down for EP

Day 2 of u18 Craven Week held some big wins and tight matches as plenty of players held their positions and filled their roles excellently. Eastern Province had the best team play of the day with the tightest and most efficient passing, tackling, structure, and discipline.

With so many playing so well in so many positions, today was a tough call for standouts. But still we've put together our YSN list of who we thought stood out the most. As always, let us know who you think we missed in the comments!

1) Gerco Nortje - Fly Half - Griquas

Gerco nearly finished his match perfectly with 93% (13/14) accuracy as well as scoring a couple tries himself to bring his total points contribution to 36 of Griquas' 96 point total. His boot wasn't his only asset though as he proved able to pick the right options at the right moments throughout the match. Hopefully Nortje can keep up his form against some tougher opposition throughout the week.

2) Milan van Wyk - Blindside Wing - Namibia

Every time Milan got the ball he broke tackles. This isn't a wing that needs much space or even back up; he will gain metres no matter what. Milan van Wyk showed strength and tenacity with the ball and proved to be extremely difficult to bring down, more so than any other wing playing today.

3) Markus Coetzer - Outside Centre - Leopards

Markus had a bit of a slow kicking start, but his real strength showed in phase play. His positioning was perfect and he consistently involved himself in beating the gain line. On defence, Coetzer remained well positioned throughout the match always making his tackles.

4) Marco Janse Van Vuuren - Scrumhalf - Valke

Last year's SA Schools scrumhalf showed us why he made the team today. While there were a few scrumhalfs playing well today, Marco showed the broadest range of skills with his step, chip kicks, dummies, crisp passing, good decision making, and minimal errors. With his size and repertoire of skills he is one to watch this week.

5) Jimmy Mapailani - Inside Centre - Valke

Jimmy Mapailani was probably the most aggressive centre playing today, both on offence and defence. When play came his way he was dependable with the pass and always a force to be reckoned with on the go forward ball. While a centre needs a bit of a step - and Jimmy has it - he often opted to rather steam roll those in front of him.

6) Aston Fortuin - 4 Lock - Blue Bulls

Aston Fortuin was the most reliable lock on the field today. Never showing fatique, always adding to the ruck, constantly displaying a high work rate, this lock is one of the top we've seen so far. His collection was also spot on in his match against EP and he was a large part of their pack strength both in the scrum and defensive ruck.

7) Curwin Bosch - Flyhalf - Eastern Province

There may be rumblings about Curwin's inconsistency but he brought his A game today. Putting 21 points on the board for EP, Curwin was 5/6 on kicking and proved to fit extremely well into the flyhalf position from fullback. He synced well with Athi Mayinje on the wing and showed great running ability of his own. His kicking for touch was also unmatched today.

8) Alex Jonker - 8th Man - Free State

Alex might as well have been a wall today against the Lions. He was often at the centre of play, constantly involved with the front line, and even scored a try himself in the 42nd minute. Playing for Grey College, Jonker has surely earned his place as 8th man for the Free State and today he proved just that.

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Who do you think will remain undefeated at Craven Week 2014?

Blue Bulls
13% (8 votes)
0% (0 votes)
2% (1 vote)
Border CD
2% (1 vote)
Eastern Province
13% (8 votes)
Eastern Province CD
3% (2 votes)
Free State
10% (6 votes)
Golden Lions
5% (3 votes)
2% (1 vote)
0% (0 votes)
Griquas CD
0% (0 votes)
2% (1 vote)
2% (1 vote)
Limpopo Blue Bulls
0% (0 votes)
2% (1 vote)
0% (0 votes)
5% (3 votes)
3% (2 votes)
Western Province
40% (25 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 63

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