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Siyaya grabs opportunity for SA Schools with hat-trick over SA Schools A

By Hannes Nienaber , in Featured | Main Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-07-04 Tags: , ,

PIETER VAN DER MERWE, centre of the SA Schools side, is on his way to help his side down the SA Schools A-side in Krugersdorp. PHOTO: Marius Nortjé

KRUGERSDORP. – The South African Schools side survived another onslaught from their “second stringers” SA Schools A during their annual clash.

The SA Schools side won the encounter on the Ras van Rooyen field by 31-22 after trailing 17-19 at the break.

The first half of the match belonged to the second stringers as flyhalf Luan Giliomee showcased his class by outshining his opposite number, Yaqheen Ahmed.

The flyhalf from Charlie Hofmeyr in Ceres kept his pack on the forefoot with some long kicks while providing his backline with quality possession.

This gave Markus Muller at outside centre enough quality ball to slip more than a couple of times past the SA Schools centres. Muller scored a beautiful try as he slipped past Janco Purchase.

The national school side’s left winger, Zekhe Siyaya, scored a hat-trick of tries which helped his team bag the victory. Siyaya was named on the bench for the SA Schools side but got his opportunity once Cheswill Jooste (Noordheuwel, Golden Lions) had to withdraw from the team due to injury.

Jooste also missed the Golden Lions’ final match of the Stadio Craven Week against South Western Districts due to concussion. He will be ready to return to play just in time for the u18 International Series.

The SA Schools A-side also had the upper hand come scrum time which will have the selectors questioning a couple of their selections. It could also be that the SA Schools scrum doctor, Cobus van Dyk, who assists both teams with their scrummaging spent more time during the week with the second stringers.


SA Schools 38 (17) – Tries: Zekhe Siyaya (3), Kebotile Maake, Pieter van der Merwe, Ellie Meyer. Conversions: Vusi Moyo (3), Yaqheen Ahmed. SA Schools A 22 (19) – Tries: Junaide Stuart, Markus Muller, Dylan Miller. Conversions: Luan Gilliomee (2). Penalty: Viaan Mentoor.

Hannes Nienaber