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The weekend’s action kicks off in Worcester on Friday

By Willem Louw , in Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-05-16 Tags: ,

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The weekend’s schoolboy rugby action kicks off on Friday evening in Worcester where the Strand High School 1st XV will be chasing a win against Worcester Gimnasium.

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There’s no better way to start the weekend than with a game of free-flowing rugby in the Boland and the Gimmies and Strand Eagles have been involved in a couple of thrillers this season.

Last weekend, Strand fell 15-19 short against Brackenfell High School, and before that they were on the receiving end of a Stellenberg onslaught, going down 10-76. They’ve also registered a couple of memorable wins, edging past Hermanus 31-30 and overpowering DF Malan 52-22.

The home team’s season has been dramatic, as well. They’re coming off impressive wins against Robertson (35-28) and Hoërskool Bellville (19-12) but they also lost 17-22 against the Brakkies earlier in the season.

The “Bosvarke” will look to their front row – Wilfred Slingers, Armand Croeser and Amaan Adendorff – for another big performance to keep them on the front foot, and the visiting pack will have to stand their ground to contain the Worcester dangermen.

Also keep an eye on Valentino Nomadluka and Jayd-Will de Klerk, who are likely to give the visitors headaches around the breakdowns.

The Gimmies will also have to be wary, though. Strand’s backline has been able to engineer gaps in most of the defences they’ve faced this season, with playmakers’ Lyle Julies and Heinrich April tearing it up on the wing, and halfback Jaydan Steenkamp directing the attack expertly from behind the scrum.

On Saturday, Charlie Hofmeyr attempts to keep their season’s record unblemished in front of the Ceres faithful when they take on Swartland and Robertson tackles Hermanus.

Meanwhile, Parel Vallei is in town to challenge Bellville THS and Melkbosstrand hosts Hottentots-Holland High School.

TEAMS

Friday, 10 May

Worcester Gimnasium vs Strand at 16:30

Worcester Gimnasium: 15 Lorenzo Harmse, 14 Elrenzo Swarts, 13 Breyton Cupido, 12 Lukewin van Heerden, 11 Alungile Mothibe, 10 Lohenzel Jansen, 9 Luke Cupido, 8 Jayd-Will de Klerk, 7 Valentino Nomadluka, 6 Shaun Dyantyi, 5 Joshua Coetzee, 4 Waylan Pienaar, 3 Wilfred Slingers, 2 Armand Croeser, 1 Amaan Adendorff.

Strand: 15 Tyron Nicholas, 14 Lyle Julies, 13 Llewellyn Hendricks, 12 Grezano Plaatjies, 11 Heinrich April, 10 Justin Phillips, 9 Jaydan Steenkamp, 8 Na-Eem Adams, 7 Chrismar Prinsloo, 6 Ashraf Fanie, 5 Keagan Coetzee, 4 Wessel Cloete, 3 Cayden Theunissen, 2 Roeben Robinson, 1 Christopher Els.

Other fixtures

Saturday, 11 May

u19: 13:30 – Charlie Hofmeyr vs Swartland; 13:00 – Robertson vs Hermanus; 12:30 – Bellville THS vs Parel Vallei; 12:15 – Melkbosstrand vs Hottentots-Holland.

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