Craven Week champs humiliated

England U18 thrashed WP Schools 95-0 at Rondebosch Boys’ High on Tuesday.

In one of the darkest days in the 126-year history of WP rugby, the tourists ran in 15 tries of which 10 were converted by flyhalf George Ford.

The humiliation for WP (who were without their SA Schools players) started as early as the second minute when England flanker Matt Everard crashed over from a well worked drive off a lineout. From then on it was all the visitors and if not for the torrential rain the score could have been well over 100.

Watched by WPRFU president Tobie Titus as well as head of schools rugby in the province Theo Kleynhans, the WP players showed a total lack of respect for the jersey and those who had worn it before.

This performance highlighted the inefficiency of the selection policy in the Western Cape as certain players were clearly completely out of their depth.

One player who did play his heart out was openside flanker Jody Reyneke from Tygerberg, but the rest of his team-mates lacked commitment and looked disinterested.

Credit must go to the tourists, though, as their handling was far superior. Their forwards and backs also combined well which pleased head coach Jon Fletcher.

‘We were good today,’ he said. ‘We expected a physical confrontation, but instead we managed to find rhythm and score a variety of tries. We set a goal to handle the ball over 200 times and we came up just short.

‘It was good for our boys to get this win under our belts but we know that Friday’s match [against SA Schools in Kimberley] will be a different one altogether.’

By Gareth Wright