Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Traditionally the winter school holiday is Youth Rugby Weeks time and the under-13s got the ball rolling when the under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week kicks off in Bela-Bela today, Monday 24 June.

The primary school interprovincial week is the place where heroes are made – a talent pipeline that begins here and extends through the Coca-Cola under-16 Grant Khomo Week to the under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, and from there into the under-20 “Baby Boks” system.

All the South African Rugby Union (SARU) provinces have held their trials and identified their most skilled players who will gather in Bela Bela to participate in the Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week over four days – Monday June 24, Tuesday June 25, Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28.

Although rugby at this level is dominated by early developers, which has meant that fewer players go on from here to play international rugby than is the case with the under-18 Craven Week, a fair number of Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week players have gone on to wear the green and gold.

“Coca-Cola is honored to play such an important role in the Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week, we can look back with pride knowing that we have provided a platform where hundreds of rugby heroes have been made. If we look at our provincial as well as national teams, the amount of players that played in one or more of the Coca-Cola Youth Rugby Weeks is tantamount to how important grassroots development is and it highlights the need for corporates such as Coca-Cola, to play a vital role in developing young sports heroes while promoting an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle” explains Donnay Carter Coca-Cola South Africa Brand Manager

In the current Springbok side there is one graduate of the week – hooker Adriaan Strauss – but recent Springboks include Fourie Du Preez, Wynand Olivier, Luke Watson, Schalk Burger and Jacques Fourie, all of whom made their representative debuts at this level.

In keeping with traditions, the Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week is purely a festival of rugby, with no league points awarded and no overall winner. The only team honour up for grabs is the possibility of being chosen to play in the main game of the final day of the week.

Only the fixtures for day one are arranged beforehand, with the matches for the remaining days being organised, on a strength vs strength basis, at the end of each day’s play

Results for the morning games:
Gauteng Lions 36 vs Zimbabwe 0
Try Scorers: Davan du Plessis, Franco Julliun Schutte, Jason Freeman, Muzilikazi Manyike, Thuso Diyale, Tristan Leonard Dullisear
Conversions: Dean Sheldon Lategan, Muzilikazi Manyike x 2

Pumas 17 vs Namibia 0
Try Scorers: Coenraad Visser, Dylan Pretorius, Jean Jordaan
Conversion: Coenraad Visser

Border 28 vs Free State 17
Border Try Scorers: Bulelani Qabazi Ngaki x 2, Thabang Vuyo Maifo, Wyclef Lezhane Vlitoor
Border Coversions: Jaden Cyril Hendrikse x 4
Free State Try Scorers: Charl van der Merwe, De Wet Marais, Johannes de Jager
Border Conversion: Alex-Zander du Plessis

Griffons 3 vs Border CD 5
Griffons Penalty: Richard Gerhardus Frederick Kriel
Border Try: Wanda Fana

Valke 0 vs SWD 0

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