SA Schools run riot
5 Aug 2009
SA Schools thrashed their counterparts from Italy 86-3 in Kimberley on Tuesday.
The hosts played some entertaining running rugby to score 14 tries. Fullback Nicolaas Britz, winger Sizophila Maseko and Mthangala Skosana all scored hat-tricks with Lean Schwartz, Pieter Rademan, Stephan Kotze, Andile Jho and Altonio Jantjies scoring the other tries for the South Africans.
Flyhalf William van Wyk kicked four conversions as did substitute utility back Altonio Jantjies.
‘I am very satisfied with the result, but there is still plenty of room for improvement in our overall performance,’ said SA Schools coach Chris October. ‘We managed to give all 22 players a decent run today and generally, I am satisfied with the way our team stood up to the Italians. However there are many areas of our play where I believe we can better before our next match against England U18.
‘England U18 are not going to be any easy walk-over and as a team we know that. So we’ll enjoy this result and start preparing for Friday evening’s game tomorrow.’
SA Schools’ forwards dominated at scrum-time against Italy U18 and were also dominant at the breakdown and at the line-outs. The backline also looked good on attack and broke the Italian defensive line regularly.
Van Wyk ignited the SA backline and was the catalyst of most tries scored by the hosts during the first half. In the second fullback Britz dictated matters at the back with both centres Petrus Lindeque and Jho causing the Italian defenders plenty of trouble on defence.
Scrumhalf Rademan also put in a solid performance and linked well between the backs and forwards. Up front, the entire SA Schools pack outclassed their opponents. The SA locks Frederick Schnetler and Carl Wegner caused the Italian jumpers trouble in the line-outs, while flankers Jean Cook and Schwartz were excellent at the breakdown.
‘We’re happy with the win, but are going to have to forget about this result and quickly start focusing on England,’ said Rademan, who captained the SA Schools team. ‘There were plenty of positives for us to take out of this match, but we know we have to be up for Friday’s game. The England U18 team beat Western Province 93-0, so we have be at our best to get the right result.’
SA Schools will play England U18 team in Kimberley on Friday at 5pm.