The top schoolboy rugby players in the country will look to make their mark at the Markötter Sports Complex at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch from Monday, July 13, in the grand spectacle of school rugby, the 2015 Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week.
The 2015 Craven Week tournament, which features the most the talented Under-18 players, marks the final competition in the Coca-Youth Weeks series, and includes 20 teams in total.
The tournament begins on Monday, with 10 teams taking to the field, while the remaining teams will play their first round of matches on Tuesday. The tournament will conclude on Saturday.
The rugby festival will also mark the 150th anniversary of Paul Roos Gymnasium.
With DHL Western Province (CLICK HERE FOR THE DHL WP SQUAD) having the luxury of home ground advantage, and given their success at the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week in White River and at the Coca-Cola Academy Week in Vanderbijlpark, there will be high expectations on the Cape side, in particular.
Namibia and Border CD will meet in the opening match on Monday at 08h30, with the main clash of the day being hosts DHL Western Province going up against the Blue Bulls at 15h30 what should be a thrilling north-south derby.
In the main matches on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal will go up against the Bidvest Golden Lions, and Eastern Province take on the SWD Eagles.
Interestingly, the match on Tuesday between EP and SWD will mark a repeat of last year’s final match, which the Port Elizabeth team won 25-7. The victory marked the first time in 37 years that they emerged as the top team in the U18 showpiece.
UNDER-18 COCA-COLA CRAVEN WEEK FIXTURES:
Day One – July 14:
08h30 – Namibia v Border CD
10h00 – Boland v Limpopo Blue Bulls
11h30 – Pumas v Border
13h00 – Free State v Griffons
15h30 – DHL Western Province v Blue Bulls
Day Two – July 14:
09h00 – Griquas CD v Zimbabwe
10h30 – Valke v Eastern Province CD
12h00 – Leopards v Griquas
13h30 – KwaZulu-Natal v Golden Lions
15h00 – Eastern Province v SWD Eagles