The Maritzburg College first XV are set to take on Eltham College at 8pm (SA time) in the first match of their tour to England and Wales.
This tour update is brought to you by official tour operators, the Howick-based Bundu Bashers Travel.
desdot photography feature image of (from left) Kaide Morsink, head coach Cameron Fraser,Kent Goedeke and Payton Elliot putting the final touches together in the tour party’s last training session on Goldstones before flying out on Saturday evening.
Here’s what head coach Cameron Fraser told KZN10.com earlier today.
“The flight was tiring, a bit strenuous, we arrived in England just after 2pm yesterday and proceeded to Eltham College where the boys were hosted out, and we had a training session this morning.
“Their side was unbeaten last year and obviously their side today has a lot of juniors, like us; they played a match on Saturday, their third of the English season.
“Our players are in a transition phase, they have been playing cricket and water polo, we have had to make do and had two training sessions per week.
“The weather here has been a bit drizzly, but it’s dried up now, so just overcast and cool.
“The boys have been in good spirits, and started playing touch rugby virtually the moment we arrived, apart from a few having a touch of gastro, while our blindside flank Brannon Webster has been feeling nauseous and won’t be in the starting XV; Chris van Heerden takes his place.
“The boys are looking forward to playing in front of what we believe will be quite a large contingent of Old Boys, and it’s an amazing opportunity for them to show what Maritzburg College rugby is all about on the international stage.
“We have requested that rolling subs be allowed, so we will be able to call on the entire number of our tour players if needs be – that’s why we have 10 on the bench.”
MARITZBURG COLLEGE STARTING XV vs ELTHAM COLLEGE
In a few days’ time a squad of 25 eager Maritzburg College rugby players are departing for a two-week tour to England and four testing matches that will be an early measure of where the players and the first team group stands ahead of the 2020 domestic season in South Africa.
The men in Red Black and White have their last training session on Goldstones from 3pm to 5pm this Wednesday before jetting off to London at the weekend.
Martin Ashworth feature image: Maritzburg College first XV scrumhalf Henry Trodd will be aiming to create and exploit space in England.
“What we would like to achieve with the tour is to try out different combinations with the available players,” Maritzburg College first XV head coach Cameron Fraser told KZN10.com
“And also to create an environment where our senior players can positively influence and assist with the growth of our junior players.
“We wish to also promote the College brand and boost the international awareness of Maritzburg College abroad.
“In the ideal world our goal is 4 perfect efforts to create a solid performance platform for 2020.”
BIG GAMES ON TOUR
“Millfield (18 September) and Oakham (24 September) will be our toughest opposition, as they collectively fielded 3 England U18 players this season,” Cameron added.
I am sure that all of you valued KZN10 supporters join KZN10.com website and social media in wishing the boys in Red Black & White everything of the best across the sea and safe return on September 28.
#REDBLACKWHITE TOUR FIXTURES
Match 1: Eltham College near London 16 Sept
Match 2: Millfield School near Bath 18 Sept
Match 3: Christ College Brecon near Cardiff 21 Sept
Match 4: Oakham School near London 24 Sept
MARITZBURG COLLEGE TOUR
- Cebo Dlamini (LHP)
- Junior Mndaweni (HK/LHP)
- Tristan Trollip (THP)
- Wandile Hlophe (LK/FL)
- Chris van Heerden (LK/FL)
- Malwande Dlangalala (FL)
- Brannan Webster (FL)
- Henrico Corbett (8/FL/HK)
- Henry Trodd (SH)
- Sven Zunckel (FH)
- Khwezi Hadebe (LW)
- Jarred Hendrikz (IC/FB)
- Philani Simamane (OC)
- Kaid Morsink (RW/IC)
- Anele Nzimande (FB/FH)
- Reece Wilken (HK)
- Travis van Aardt (THP)
- Athi Matsheke (LHP/THP)
- Campbell van Rooyen (LK/FL)
- Michael King (8/FL)
- Thabo Mbatha (LK/FL)
- Matt Zunckel (LW/OC)
- Payton Elliot (SH)
- Kent Goedeke (FH)
- Reece Price (IC)
Head Coach: Cameron Fraser
Assistant Coach: Renard le Roux
Tour Manager: Ryan Kyle (admin & organisational)
Kevin Smith: Director of Rugby (College Rugby representative and administration)
Biokineticist: Jason Greeff (treatment and rehab of injuries)
Durban High School appear to have struck gold in their recent appointment of Nico le Roux as director of rugby.
The glowing credentials of new DHS rugby boss Nico le Roux speak for themselves and there is likely to be much to celebrate for the boys both on and off the field.
Nico has served as Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg’s director of rugby for the last 4 years, until the 2019 Gold Cup-winning final.
Impala RC won the event twice and were silver medallists once.
In earlier years of a distinguished coaching career that had begun in 1994, the-then All Blacks coach John Mitchell employed Nico as his technical advisor.
In his 26-year coaching career Nico has also worked in various capacities across the coaching spectrum.
In no particular order here, these include roles from technical adviser, High Performance analyst, HP manager, attack coach, course presenter, coach educator and head coach.
Apart from Impala RC, among his notable employers and teams have been the Lions, Blues and Chiefs Super Rugby franchises, the All Blacks, the junior All Blacks, SARU and the Investec Academy (Elite player group).
To complete the package, Nico holds a B.Comm honours degree in sports management.
The DHS rugby boys and coaching staff appear to be in good hands – and then some.
Durban High School is pleased to announce the appointment of the School’s new Director of Rugby, Nico Le Roux.
Nico, a former technical advisor to the New Zealand All Blacks under coach John Mitchell, has worked with, among others, the Blues, the Chiefs, the Junior All Blacks, in addition to the All Blacks.
He has enjoyed a long and successful career coaching rugby, which began back in 1994 when he was appointed as the Lions High Performance Manager.
His career took a huge leap in 2001, when he was appointed as the Technical Advisor to the Chiefs Super Rugby Franchise.
Nico was then appointed by the Waikato Rugby Union as their Technical Advisor.
His period in New Zealand also included working as Performance Analyst for the Blues Super Rugby Franchise and the North Harbour Rugby Union.
The highlight of his stay in New Zealand was when he was appointed as Technical Advisor to the All Blacks.
In 2009 Nico returned to South Africa and was appointed as the Attack Coach for Boland Rugby Union.
From the Boland, Nico was appointed by SARU in their Coaches Education Department. He also consulted for the Bulls.
In 2014 Nico joined the Investec Rugby Academy as a course presenter and Head Coach of their Elite players group.
He was appointed as Director of Rugby of Rustenburg Impala Rugby. As the Head Coach, he has taken the team to several prestigious finals including the Community Cup and Gold Cup competitions.
Nico holds a B.Com (Honours) in Sports Management.
The DHS community welcomes Nico and his family to Durban.
Text source: DHS
Westville Boys continued their fine form this season by capturing the Twizza 7’s tournament crown in the U17 age group.
In the U15 age group the youngsters from Maritzburg College also booked their place in the champions Tournament scheduled for the 18th and 19th October.
|Pitch 2 Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h00||Die Anker||45||vs||0||HS Vryheid|
|16h40||M College||55||vs||5||Westville 2|
|Pitch 2 Saturday 17 August|
|Cup Quarter Finals|
|09h50||Glenwood 2||12||vs||17||Die Anker|
|Bowl Semi Finals|
|Plate Semi Finals|
|Cup Semi Finals|
|12h50||HS Vryheid||0||vs||33||Westville 2|
|7th & 8th Playoff|
|3rd & 4th Playoff|
|14h30||Die Anker||14||vs||38||M College|
|Pitch 1 Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h20||Westville 2||61||vs||0||Kenyan Inv|
|16h40||M College||29||vs||19||Glenwood 2|
|Pitch 1 Saturday 17 August|
|Cup Quarter Finals|
|Bowl Semi Finals|
|11h10||Kenyan Inv||0||vs||70||Westville 2|
|Plate Semi Finals|
|Cup Semi Finals|
|12h50||HS Vryheid||32||vs||7||Kenyan Inv|
|7th & 8th Playoff|
|13h30||Die Anker||29||vs||7||Westville 2|
|3rd & 4th Playoff|
There are 5 Twizza tournaments scheduled for this up coming weekend so the 7’s circuit is heating up as the schools compete for the Twizza 7’s Series crown.
We are just a few days away from the kick off of the Twizza 7’s series and the excitement amongst supporters, players and organisers is palpable.
Glenwood High School marks the launch pad for the 2019 series which will run over the next two months and span the length and breadth of South Africa.
With the support of generous sponsors such as Twizza the tournament has taken a noticeable step forward in 2019. In the brand’s first year associated with rugby 7’s(2018) there were only 11 tournaments but that figure is now up to 18, a clear sign of growth for the format.
The 7’s series forms part of the Komani based companies considerable support for South African school sports, with Twizza being also heavily supportive of both Netball and Athletics.
This year the Glenwood tournament will again include an U15 and U17 competition. From a KZN10 perspective Midlands heavyweights Hilton College, Michaelhouse and St Charles College are not competing in any of the age groups.
The winner will automatically qualify for the Champions Tournament which will be held in 2 months time.
U15 Pools Pitch 2
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Die Anker||Glenwood 2||Westville||Kearsney|
|HS Vryheid||Pioneer||Clifton||Westville 2|
|Pitch 2 Pool Fixtures Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h00||Die Anker||vs||HS Vryheid|
|16h40||M College||vs||Westville 2|
|Pitch 2 Pool Fixtures Saturday 17 August|
U17 Pools Pitch 1
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Glenwood||DHS||Westville 2||Maritzburg College|
|Pioneer||HS Vryheaid||Kenyan Inv||Glenwood 2|
|Pitch 1 Pool Fixtures Friday 16 August|
|Time||Team A||Team B|
|16h20||Westville 2||vs||Kenyan Inv|
|16h40||M College||vs||Glenwood 2|
|Pitch 1 Pool Fixtures Saturday 17 August|
The knock out rounds in both age groups will begin at 09:30 on Saturday morning and end at 14:30 with the Cup Finals. The action should be fast and frenetic as the KZN lads vie for the right to enter the Champions Tournament. All the best for the teams competing.
With the increased pace at which the modern game is played and the physical conditioning of the modern school boy, there are a couple interesting rule changes in the offing that may have a large impact on the way the game is played.
Of particular concern for the law makers is the tackle area which has gone through numerous rule changes to make the game safer over the last 2 decades.
With the bone jarring nature of hulking physical specimens crashing into each other its no surprise that the tackle area is responsible for whopping 50 per cent of all match injuries.
Breaking the stats down further, 76 per cent of all concussions occur at the tackle point with 72 per cent of those seeing the tackler come off second best.
With the rule changes designed to try and facilitate a more free flowing spectacle the amount of time that the ball stays in play has also increased. Since the Rugby World Cup of 1987 the approximate time that the ball stays in play has increased by 50 percent to the 40 minutes of today.
This has given rise to a 252 per cent increase in tackles over the same period, which is why the games administrators are so focused on this facet of the game.
The approved package of six law amendments for trial are:
50:22 kick: If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents’ 22 or from inside their own 22 into their opponents’ half, they will throw in to the resultant lineout
Rationale: To create space by forcing players to drop back out of the defensive line in order to prevent their opponents from kicking for touch. Approved for closed trial in the National Rugby Championship (NRC) in Australia
The High Tackle Technique Warning This has been successfully trialled at the World Rugby U20 Championship for the last two years reducing the incidence of concussion by more than 50 per cent
Rationale: Head Injury prevention strategy. Approved for further closed trials
Reducing the tackle height to the waist. Rationale: Forcing players to tackle lower may reduce the risk of head injuries to both the tackler and tackled player. Approved for closed trials
Ability to review a yellow card when a player is in the sin-bin for dangerous foul play: Rationale: To ensure players who are guilty of serious foul play do not escape with a yellow card when they deserved red. Approved for closed trials
The introduction of an infringement (penalty and free-kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a mandatory yellow card is given to the last offending player as a team sanction. Rationale: To encourage teams to offend less. Approved for closed trial in the National Rugby Championship in Australia
The awarding of a goal-line drop-out to the defending team when an attacking player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up. Rationale: To reward good defence and promote a faster rate of play. Approved for closed trial in the National Rugby Championship in Australia
It remains to be seen how many of the laws will make it through to full blown adoption but the changes certainly seem to be a step in the right direction trying to make the game safer. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
This week heralded the start of the 3 term for the state schools. DHS, Glenwood and Maritzburg College still have a few matches left in their winter sports season, whilst Northwood and Westville shift into soccer season.
Hockey and rugby still feature in the schools program later in the term as he shortened the versions of hockey and rugby, indoor and 7’s, come to the fore. The summer sports codes of Water Polo, Basketball and Cricket all start re-emerging after the winter hiatus with various pre season matches scheduled..
In this weekends rugby and hockey action, Maritzburg College make their second trip up to Tshwane to take on Affies in a Premier inter schools clash. The match will be televised on Super Sport @13:00 this up coming Saturday.
Joining them in travelling up the N3 will be DHS who take on Parktown in Johannesburg. Glenwood round out the weekend hosting HTS Middelburg from Mpumalanga.
Westville host Northwood in soccer inter schools clash with no less than 27 teams competing across all age groups.
8 of the KZN10 soccer 1st teams will be action this weekend at the Primo Big 8 tournament which will be taking place at the AB Jacksons football ground in Pietermaritzburg. Details here.
The Independent schools only begin next week.
With what will be the curtain call on the 2019 rugby season for the schools competing, Clifton College have pulled out all the stops to put together a awesome end of season rugby bonanza in hosting the 2019 Independent Schools Rugby Festival from the 26 June – 1 July.
The picturesque Riverside sports complex will provide an awesome backdrop to what should be a intriguing couple of days of rugby. With many sides going for a round 2 of sorts, it will be telling as to how some schools adjust to new combinations with the call ups to the various Craven and Academy week sides affecting selection.
|KZN Schools||Eastern Cape|
|Michaelhouse||St Andrews College|
|St Charles College||Kingswood College|
|Clifton College||St Davids Marist|
|Kearsney College||Free State|
|South Coast Barbarians||St Andrews School|
The South Coast Barbarians are an invitational team made up of players from Kuswag, Amanzimtoti High and Kingsway High.
|14||:||15||St Charles College||St Davids Marist||A|
|15||:||30||St Andrews School||South Coast Barbarians||A|
|16||:||45||Hilton College||St Andrews College||A|
|18||:||00||Kearsney College||Clifton College||A|
Good match ups here, especially the Hilton College vs St Andrews College game. The boys from the Eastern Cape are the only team to have beaten Hilton this year in a comprehensive 43-27 win at the Kingswood 125th rugby festival.
Both schools have their fair share of players in provincials sides so the depth of both schools will be tested. St Charles College have made steady progress this year as they take a step up in their rugby programme and against St Davids they certainly look the favourites.
|13||:||00||St Andrews College||St Davids Marist||A|
|14||:||15||Clifton College||St Andrews School||A|
|15||:||30||Kearsney College||Kingswood College||A|
|16||:||45||Michaelhouse||South Coast Barbarians||A|
|18||:||00||Hilton College||St Charles College||A|
A rematch for Clifton College and St Andrews School. the boys from Durban prevailed in their fixture in the rarefied air of the free State earlier in the season, 24-13, so they should enter the fixture fully aware of what needs to be done. Kearsney College would look to avenge an early season loss to to Kingswood College.
Hilton College and St Charles College finally get to play their fixture after a postponement earlier in the season.
|09||:||00||Hilton College||St Davids Marist||A|
|09||:||00||Kingswood College||St Charles College||B|
|10||:||15||St Andrews College||Michaelhouse||A|
|10||:||15||Kearsney College||St Andrews School||B|
|11||:||30||Clifton College||South Coast Barbarians||A|
It all looks set for a great couple of days, so if you are in and around Durban head down to Riverside for some great games.
In breaking news yesterday, Hilton College Old Boy and former Cell C Sharks centre Tristan Blewett (22) has been invited to try out for National Football League (NFL) side the New Orleans Saints.
American Football is of course big-money massive in the USA.
“It’s too good a story, I can’t tell you,” New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said about his surprise invitation to Blewett.
“If I told you a local artist texted me about this rugby player…
“Here’s what you have to understand,” explained Saints coach Payton:
“When someone sends you something about a player, obviously that happens a lot.
“If it’s a College (university) player, I might forward it to Jeff Ireland. If it is a pro player I will forward it to Terry Fontenot.
“When someone’s recommendation comes, you go about the process every time.
“Knowing that there might be 44 out of 44 (players) where there’s nothing… but then the 45th one…
“It was an email, a text forwarded. It is easy to work out a player who’s right here. That was kind of it,” Saints coach Payton added.
An American Football League try-out – a chance to play in the NFL – was definitely not on the Tristan Blewett radar, but now that the chance has presented itself, he’s going to give it a full go.
“When I first came over with my coach, I was joking about it, saying, ‘I am going to live here to play American football’, and then two weeks ago – when I got the call – we both laughed like, “It has actually happened!’
“I told my mom a day or two ago, but I think no one back home really knows much about (American) football – and neither do I. So I think, as I learn, I’ll sort of explain it to them.”
On Tuesday in the USA: Tristan Blewett, who plays outside centre for the NOLA Gold rugby franchise, discusses his mini-camp try-out with the New Orleans Saints NFL (professional American football) franchise team.
Tristan gets a big plus from New Orleans-based Maritzburg College Old Boy Benjamin Haswell:
“Tristan has been a credit to his family and his country over here in New Orleans, with his stellar play (for the New Orleans Gold rugby union team) — and that South African gentlemanly humbleness has made him a fan favourite.
“Tristan’s come a long way since turning out for the Impi at Maritzburg Varsity!”
Johannesburg-born and Durban raised, Tristan represented the Sharks before a brief stay with the Kings in PE in 2018.
Tristan signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Gold rugby union team towards the end of last year, where he has excelled in the USA Major League and captured the attention of both rugby union and influential American Football personalities.
COMMENTS FROM NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANS
about Hilton College Old Boy Tristan Blewett:
Howard Jackson – “So what position this guy supposed to play?”
Chance Cooper – “They’re playing him as a DB, and punt returner.”
Geoffrey Ormsby – “He’ll definitely show people how to properly tackle!!”
DaPinkBubble – “I sure hope so; I still have nightmares of how bad the defence used to be at tackling…”
Eddie Scott – “Kicker or punter.”
Cash Money Gee – “Probably won’t drop a pass!”
Jerry Cave – “Give him the ball, you’ll see!”
Rafael Delgadillo – “He’ll most likely play… as a returner and a gunner. Though playing at running back will not be out of the question.
Gerardo Aguilera – “Running back or line backer.”
KZN10.com says – “Well, there is a lot of interest in Tristan but some confusion amongst New Orleans Saints fans as to what position Tristan is likely to play!
“The best of KZN10.com wishes to you Tristan!”
A final comment – this one from John Enslin: “Good luck young man… living the dream.”