Simnikiwe Xabanisa

Baby Bulls to flex muscles

The Blue Bulls have named a strong squad to defend their crown at this year's U18 Craven Week in Polokwane.

Affies, who are undefeated in 2013, and Garsfontein each contribute eight players to the Pretoria-based union. Waterkloof (three), St Alban's (two) and Centurion (one) make up the rest of the team.

Outside centre Jurie Linde, scrumhalf Justin Phillips, lock Hyron Andrews, hooker and captain Francois Steyn, prop Vean Roodt and wing George-Lee Erasmus are the survivors from last year's team, while lock RG Snyman, who missed out on the trip to Port Elizabeth because of a broken collarbone, will make his U18 provincial debut.

The Blue Bulls were the unofficial champions in 2012 after wins over WP (47-27), the Pumas (36-10) and the Golden Lions (41-0) and are expected to dominate this year too.

They open their campaign against KZN on 8 July.

Blue Bulls U18 Craven Week – 15 Eduan Keyter (Affies), 14 Jade Solomons (Garsfontein), 13 Jurie Linde (Affies), 12 Franco Naude (Garsfontein), 11 Ethan Sias (Garsfontein), 10 Jameel Warnick (Garsfontein), 9 Justin Phillips (Waterkloof), 8 Salmon van Huysteen (Affies), 7 Calvonn Allison (Affies), 6 PJ Toerien (Garsfontein), 5 RG Snyman (Affies), 4 Hyron Andrews (Garsfontein), 3 Johan van Wyk (Waterkloof), 2 Francois Steyn (Affies, c), 1 Xander van Wyk (Waterkloof).
Subs: 16 Wildon March (Garsfontein), 17 Vean Roodt (Centurion), 18 WP Eloff (Affies), 19 Abongile Nonkwantana (St Alban's), 20 Ivan van Zyl (Affies), 21 Jose Shaw (St Alban's), 22 George-Lee Erasmus (Garsfontein).

Photo: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images

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