Just a quick word of Good Luck to the lads leaving on the Under 18s School boys national championships trip.
Head Coach Tyrone Tepaiho and Team Manager Peter Garden have done a fantastic job organising the squad after a number of last minute withdrawals due to injury.
South Australia will face the Northern Territory, Victoria 2 and Lloyd McDermott National Indigenous.
Schoolboys representative Liam Hamilton recently completed work experience at SA Rugby and has compiled a brief write up on each of his team mates:
- Mark Masefield is a well all rounded player, with good skills, hard running lines and a solid tackle.
- Jacob France is a hard working front rower, Jacob is a strong ball carrier and is dangerous around the break downs.
- Kohban Fry is a damaging front rower, with a strong ball carry he leaves his mark on every contact situation he enters.
- Zen Du Preez’s height gives him an advantage at line out time along with that Zen uses his size to advantage making strong ball carries and tackles.
- George Booth’s work at the breakdown is next to none. George always seems to get himself in the mix and come out with the ball time after time.
- Liam Hamilton is an important player at lineout and scrum time ensuring that there is clean ball. Liam has good ball skills and talk amongst the forwards.
- Treymaine Butler has got pace to burn with a step to die for. When he is unleashed on the wing no one is going to catch him.
- Chad Bowker’s ability to play a number of different positions is defiantly a strength of his and adds flexibility into this South Australian team.
- Ryan France has a massive engine and his work rate is through the roof.
- Michael Marshall is a hard hitting and running centre. Michael represented the state men’s team just one week after his 17th birthday which made him the youngest player ever to do that.
- Joel Astle has tons of natural ability, with quick feet and amazing ball skills. Joel can change a game in a matter of seconds.
- Waretini Herbert’s ability to read the play and play what is in front of him is by far one of the best in South Australia.
- Emmanuel Kontakos gives 100% with whatever he is doing. He is always looking for the ball and when he does get it he becomes a damaging ball runner.
- Riley Matthews is a stand out leader on the field, despite his size Riley is hard ball runner with a solid tackle.
- Estian Strauss the hard working number 8 does not a miss a tackle, he hits rucks hard and tears teams apart with his running lines.
- Jayden Brougham has a serious set of wheels and is deadly on the counter attack. Once he gets himself into some space no one is catching him.
- Zach Burgess can play anywhere in the back row, he is a work horse on the field who links up well with everyone around him.
- Gerard Dahl is a calm and collected fly half, his ball delivery will be crucial to unleashing the pacey outside backs.
- Elliot Robins is a well skilled back rower, Elliot is dangerous around the breakdown and in tackles he also has good ball skills with hard running lines.
- Freddy Kamen will play pivotal role in the backline’s success. His passing ability will always make sure the 10 gets clean ball.
- Mark Tanielu’s hard ball running is a stand out in this team, when he goes into contact he makes his presence felt.
- Will Marschallek is a stand out ball runner, with his massive presence Will can terrify opposition defences.
- Kaleb Joppich is a fast, hard running winger, when the ball gets out wide to him that is when he does most damage.
- Jerome Wills has a serious set of wheels that can burn rubber when in space.
- Jay Mulvaney is hard work around the park. His work often goes unnoticed.
The boys should have a fantastic trip, and with a strong squad should come home with a few wins and a tonne of experience.