It is becoming very difficult to nominate players that really is worth the mention in an article like this. There were several "superstars" in action on the day and unfortunately, most of them have really disappointed. Some of the Unions representatives even said that they are reconsidering the offers they made to three boys before the u/18 Craven Week. One representative even said that these boys must accept that every time they run onto a rugby field they reapply for the job they were offered.
I was so desperate to "identify" some talent that I watched more Academy Week games than Craven Week games. Although some boys looked quite exciting at the Academy Week, it is very difficult to decide if the will deliver the same performance if the played at the Craven Week.
One such boy was scrummie Wihan Strauss from the Bulls XV who's talent is undeniable but unfortunately, we will never know if he could have made it big as he was never tested in the school he attended. Another boy that impressed was Renier Viljoen the lock that was a menace for the SA LSEN XV game against Griquas CD. Unfortunately, but the reality.
There were two boys that impressed me a lot yesterday. Kian Meadon must wonder what he must still do to get the acknowledgement he deserves. He was the biggest reason why the Western Province XV won their game against the Lions Craven Week yesterday. Kian if nobody has the guts or integrity to say it I will. "You are the best flyhalf in schoolboy rugby 2019".
The second boy that impressed me a lot was the captain and lock of the Blue Bulls Craven Week team, Raynard Roets. Not only is he one of the hard men this week but the way he kept his team together while Border was dominating things on the field, was very impressive. If the SA Schools team needs an inspirational captain Roets is your man.
The loosies again on day two caught the eye with Simon Miller of the Bulls who was really impressive. Rynardt Mouton for the Lions XV was brilliant on the ground and as predicted the Lions Craven Week missed his work when they lost the battle on the ground against Western Province XV. Renzo du Plessis will be remembered for the tried he scored while Jarrod Taylor of SWD definitely one of a dozen of loosies that excite.
Jaques Goosen (SWD) and JL du Toit (Bulls) added their names for certain selection at hooker to that of AH Venter (Cheetahs). Henco van Wyk at centre for the Lions Craven Week team had his moments while speedster Marno April was dangerous for the Griffons.
Some boy's names are missing, maybe unfairly but I do believe even though you are a "superstar" you need to give 100% when you are on the playing field and can not choose when and where you want to contribute. A selector told me last night that several "superstars" played them out of contention while one or two "unknown" boys impressed.