Big Weekend for Juniors

The SA Rugby U19 and Under 21 Championship moves to Bloemfontein this weekend when the junior teams of the Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks meet at Xerox Shimla Park in week five action.

Perennial stars at junior level, the Free State Under 21s have suffered three losses in their four matches to date and currently occupy second last position in the seven team log, while the Cell C Sharks Under 21s, with two wins, are sitting in third spot.

Coach Donald Ngwenya has selected two SA Schools stars, Phendulani Buthelezi (DHS) at eighthman and loosehead Prop Brendan Schwulst (Glenwood) starting off the bench for the Cell C Sharks Under 19 match against Free State on Saturday at 11:00.

They are further bolstered by the inclusion of rookie flyhalf Ruben van Blerk, previously at the Cheetahs Academy who recently came down to Durban and will be making his debut for the Sharks against his old franchise .

The Under 21 match kicks off is at 12:30.

The Cell C Sharks u/21s
1 Jordan Els 16 Samuel Swanepoel
2 Franco Botha 17 Ngoni Chidoma
3 Pierre van der Walt 18 Cornelius Otto
4 Rikus Zwart 19 Marco Palvie
5 William Squires 20 Tony Botha
6 Michael Meyer (c) 21 Gareth Simpson
7 Bandisa Ndlovu 22 Matthew Kriel
8 Kwanda Dimaza
9 Grant Williams
10 Cliven Loubser
11 Ilunga Mukendi
12 Alwayno Visagie
13 Taigh Schoor
14 Morne Joubert
15 Courtney Winnaar


The Cell C Sharks u/19s
1 Gugu Nelani 16 Cornelius van der Vyver
2 Cornor Botha 17 Brendon Schwulst
3 Edward Davids 18 Calvin Zandamela
4 Ruan Fourie 19 Ruan Botha
5 Stiaan Basson 20 Donavan Grant
6 Christoff Brendel (c) 21 James Bruce
7 Matthew Hamilton 22 Sibabalwe Mzanywa
8 Phendulani Buthelezi 23 Heinrich Kroon
9 Izak Burger
10 Ruben van Blerk
11 Tristan September
12 Marthinus Holtzhausen
13 Keegan Haman
14 Luyanda Mngadi
15 Emilio Adonis