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Patrick Kitete (Outeniqua)

Date of Birth: 11 November 2004

Primary Position: Lock

Other Position(s): Openside Flank/8th Man

Height: 198cm

Weight: 103kg

Strengths: Ball handling, Defense, line-outs, ball carrying, scrums and breakdowns

Squads:

SWD U12B
SWD U13A CRAVENWEEK
SWD U16 GRANDKHOMO (in his U15 Year)
SWD U16 EPD
SWD U18 EPD
SCHOOL FIRST TEAM
SWD U18 CRAVENWEEK
U17 SA ELITE SQUAD

I am not sure what they are feeding the boys from Outeniqua but year after year they produce truly frightening forward packs and this year is no different. While Luddik Muller and Oliver Kurz have rightly garnered much attention with some excellent displays one feels that perhaps Patrick Kitete deserves the spotlight shone on him a bit.

A prodigious talent with excellent genetics the young forward has been the subject of much scrutiny from a young age amongst those in the George area who felt this was the next big thing to emerge from a school with a rich and proud rugby history.

Patrick is a monster, almost 2 meters tall and over 100kg with excellent athletic prowess one feels that he is a name that will be on many lips in the near future.

Gcino Mbatha (Westville Boys)

Date of Birth: 9 January 2003

Primary Position: Inside Centre

Other Position(s): Outside Centre/Fullback

Height: 179cm

Weight: 83kg

Strengths: Footwork, spatial awareness, defense, finishing, running lines

Squads:

U13 Craven Week (Sharks)

U16 Grant Khomo (Sharks)

The first thing that should come to mind when discussing Gcino is versatility, honestly there are fewer players in the country that are able to offer such a diverse range of skills as the Westville centre who only last year was a dynamic loose forward.

His speed off the mark as well as ability to rip open opposition defenses meant that a move to the backline was inevitable, he used his strength and speed to good effect in the few opportunities he was given and despite being yet another victim of the cancellation of the schools season is a player we have no doubt will taken any opportunities given to him with both hands and will be an asset to any team that he is involved with.

Philasande Ngcobo (SACS)

Date of Birth: 17 January 2003

Primary Position: Wing

Other Position(s): Outside Centre

Height: 185cm

Weight: 96kg

Strengths: Ball carrying, Footwork, Finishing, Rugby IQ

Squads:

WP High Performance Squad 2020
SACS 1st xv 2020/21

Ngcobo literally burst onto the scene in 2020 showcasing his try scoring prowess with a hattrick against Bellvillle at the Brackenfell rugby day.

Powerfully built and a natural finisher Ngcobo has that uncanny ability to make the difficult seem easy and literally glides past opposition with little effort such is his ability with ball in hand.

Like many others in his age group the pandemic has certainly robbed him of more opportunities to showcase his skillset and we have no doubt he would have finished among the top scorers in the Western Cape had he been given more game time.

Which Union will be lucky enough to secure his signature? That remains to be seen but there is no doubt that Ngcobo needs to get signed sooner rather than later before he becomes yet another player that takes an overseas offer.

Daniel Botha (Maritzburg College)

Date of Birth: 29 March 2003

Primary Position: Lock

Other Position(s): N/A

Height: 203cm

Weight: 105kg

Strengths: Carrying, Lineouts, Speed, Handling, Rucking

Squads:

U16 Grant Khomo (Sharks)

1st XV Maritzburg College 2020/21

There are certain players born to player certain positions and it is obvious to anyone that being over 2 meters tall means that whether he liked it or not Daniel Botha was destined to be a lock.

We have it on good authority that the player has in fact not been playing rugby for that long a time and that just goes to show you the natural talent and work ethic that Botha possesses, to have gone from relative obscurity to being in the national conversation by those in the know there is little doubt he is a player whose star is on the rise.

How highly do we rate Botha? We can say with confidence that in our opinion had there been full seasons in 2020 and 2021 we are 100% sure that he would have been in the conversation for SA Schools selection…does that answer your question?

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