Nkosi Announce SA Schools’ Side For Argentina

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The match between SA Schools and Argentina will be tightly contested. Los Pumitas, in their first appearance at the tournament, impressed with their overall ability in beating England on Friday, while the SA Schools team will be buoyant after a strong second half that pushed them past Wales at the Markötter Sports Fields, with heavy underfoot conditions prevailing.

SA Schools coach Mzwakhe Nkosi said their attack will have to improve from last time out if they want to get past the Argentineans.

“Our defence was good against Wales, but if we want to be a threat to Argentina, our attack will have to improve,” said Nkosi.

“We do have some confidence after the win on Friday and taking that into tomorrow's fixture will help the team.”

Nkosi made four changes to the run-on side, with Mntungwa Mapantsela (wing), Dylan Alexander (scrumhalf), Siyemukela Ndlovu (flank) and Connor Evans (lock) all starting the match this time around.

On the team selection for this match, Nkosi said: “We looked at rotating the squad a bit, as there is a developmental side to the tournament as well for us, so we want to see all our guys and test them against international competition.”

The Argentina side impressed against England, and Nkosi said their set-piece is exemplary: “Their scrum and line-out are first class. They are also very direct and have a couple of big boys there, so we will have to stand our man.”

The SA Schools team to play Argentina: 15. Zeilinga Strydom (Assupol Blue Bulls / Garsfontein), 14. Mntungwa Mapantsela (Border / Selborne College), 13. Henco van Wyk (Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions / Monument), 12. Tyler Bocks (DHL Western Province / Paarl Boys High), 11. Tharquinn Manuel (DHL Western Province / Stellenberg), 10. Kian Meadon (DHL Western Province / Paarl Boys High), 9. Dylan Alexander (DHL Western Province / Paarl Gymnasium), 8. George Cronje (Bizhub Free State Cheetahs / Grey College), 7. Jarrod Taylor (Border / Selborne College), 6. Siyemukela Ndlovu (Cell C Sharks / Northwood), 5. Dylan de Leeuw (DHL Western Province / Paul Roos Gymnasium), 4. Connor Evans (DHL Western Province / Bishops), 3. Sibusiso Shongwe (Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions / Jeppe), 2. Jacques Goosen (captain – Border / Selborne College), 1. Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Bizhub Free State Cheetahs / Grey College). Replacements: 16. Andre-Hugo Venter (Bizhub Free State Cheetahs / Grey College), 17. Okuhle Siyeni (Cell C Sharks / Westville Boys High), 18. Blaine Golden (Cell C Sharks / Glenwood), 19. Wandile Hlope (Cell C Sharks / Maritzburg College), 20. Keketso Morabe (Thepa Trading Griffons / Welkom Gymnasium), 21. Keane Galant (Boland / HTS Drostdy), 22. Boldwin Hansen (Boland / Hermanus), 23. Jurich Claasens (Assupol Blue Bulls / Garsfontein), 24. Quan Horn (Western Province / Paarl Boys High), 25. Gideon van Wyk (DHL Western Province / Paarl Boys High), 26. Simon Miller (Assupol Blue Bulls / St Albans).