Girls YTC teams ready for action
SA Rugby’s various Youth Training Centres (YTC’s) for girls will celebrate Women’s Month on an exciting note on Saturday and Sunday with the Under-16 and Under-18 teams battling it out for top honours at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Ground near George in the annual YTC tournaments.
In a fresh format change, the eight U16 and U18 teams respectively will take on one other in combined tournaments rather than being split into the North and South Sections as they have been since the inception of the tournaments in 2015.
Griquas will face SWD in the opening match of the U16 tournament on Friday at 09h00, while the Western Province U18 team, who emerged victorious in last two seasons, will kick off the senior section against the Blue Bulls in their opening match at 11h20.
Border, who dominated the U16 South Section last year, will kick off their campaign against the Limpopo Blue Bulls, while KZN will take on the Blue Bulls, who won the North section last season, and Western Province will face Eastern Province in the remaining games.
In the U18 tournament, meanwhile, Border will line up against SWD, KZN will meet Griquas, and 2016 North section winners, the Limpopo Blue Bulls, will take on Eastern Province in the final match of the day at 15h40.
All 16 teams will play their second round of matches early on Sunday, while the top two teams in the U16 and U18 section will battle it out in their respective final matches on Sunday afternoon.
YTC U16 Girls day one fixtures (Saturday, 5 August):
09h00 – Griquas v SWD
10h10 – Border v Limpopo Blue Bulls
11h20 – KZN v Blue Bulls
12h40 – Western Province v Eastern Province
YTC U18 Girls day one fixtures (Saturday, 5 August):
11h20 – Blue Bulls v Western Province
12h40 – Border v SWD
14h30 – KZN v Griquas
15h40 – Eastern Province v Limpopo Blue Bulls