SA Schools coach Lance Sendin has made six changes to his side for the second round of matches in the U19 International Series at Bishops in Cape Town on Tuesday, while his SA Schools A counterpart Sean Erasmus made wholesale changes to his team, with only four players retaining their places in the starting line-up.
The SA Schools team will face France at 16h00 on Tuesday, while the SA Schools A team takes on England at 14h30. In the other clash Wales and Italy will go head-to-head at 13h00.
Sendin made six changes to the starting team that defeated Wales 23-17 at City Park Stadium on Friday, with the three changes in the backline seeing Manuel Rass getting a run at outside centre, Muller du Plessis starting on the left wing and Richman Gora running out at scrumhalf. They replace Wandisile Simelane, Sihle Njezula and Rewan Kruger respectively.
The changes to the forwards will see hooker Daniel Jooste replacing Pieter Botha in the front row, while Ben-Jason Dixon will join forces with captain Salmaan Moerat in the engine room in place of PJ Steenkamp, and No 8 Khwezi Mafu takes over from Khanya Ncusane.
It was important to maintain some form of continuity in selection after building good momentum in the opening match against Wales, but at the same time we wanted to give some deserving players a chance to start,” said Sendin.
“France will test us as they showed against England last week, and they will be high on confidence after winning their opening game, so we have to be focused throughout the match. It is also vital that we use our point-scoring chances effectively.”
The final round of matches will be hosted at Paarl Boys’ High on Saturday.
SA Schools team to face France:
|15||Gianni Lombard||Paarl Boys High|
|14||Mike Mavovana||Rondebosch Boys|
|13||Manuel Rass||Paarl Boys High|
|12||Rikus Pretorius||Grey College, Bloem|
|11||Muller du Plessis||Paarl Gym|
|10||Damian Willemse||Paul Roos High|
|9||Richman Gora||Welkom Gymnasium|
|8||Khwezi Mafu||Grey High, PE|
|7||Muller Uys||Paarl Gym|
|6||Charl Serdyn||Paarl Boys High|
|5||Ben-Jason Dixon||Paul Roos|
|4||Salmaan Moerat (captain)||Paarl Boys High|
|3||Sazi Sandi||St Andrews College|
|2||Daniel Jooste||Paarl Boys High|
|17||Reece Bezuidenhout||Paarl Boys High|
|18||Johan Neethling||Paarl Boys High|
|20||JC Pretorius||HTS Middelburg|
|21||Rewan Kruger||Grey College, Bloem|
|22||Ruan de Swardt||Affies|
|24||Khanya Ncusane||Paarl Boys High|
|26||Sihle Njezula||Grey High, PE|
SA Schools A team to face England:
|15||Abner van Reenen||Garsfontein|
|13||Janco van Heyningen||Grey College, Bloem|
|12||Louritz Van der Schyff (captain)||Affies|
|11||Tadendaishe Mujawo||St Benedict’s|
|8||Dian Schoonees||Grey College, Bloem|
|7||Francke Horn||Paarl Boys High|
|6||Athi Magwala||Boland Landbou|
|5||Juan van der Mescht||Glenwood|
|16||Dylan Richardson||Kearsney College|
|23||Lubabalo Dobela||Grey High, PE|
|24||Sicelo Tole||Muir College|
|26||Ayabonga Oliphant||Grey High, PE|