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Bulls confirm Kriel coup


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, School Rugby, Sharks on 16 Jul 2012 at 07:00
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After a stunning opening-day win over Free State, the 2012 Craven Week competition unfortunately yielded little further joy for the KZN Schools team, with narrow losses to first the Golden Lions and then EP following as the week progressed. The Blue Bulls, whose own Craven Week team was simply in a class of their own and dominated all opposition, have further taken the gloss off that solitary victory by announcing that they have poached its architect, Jesse Kriel.

Anyone watching schoolboy rugby in KZN over the last few years would have realised that Maritzburg College fullback Kriel was a special talent. Together with his twin brother Daniel (a centre), who unfortunately missed out on Craven Week this year due to a shoulder injury, Jesse has Kriel has been consistently good and with few such home grown talents on the local circuit, one would have thought that the Sharks Union would have had a plan in place to ensure that kids like these would not be lost to the province.

As was the case with WP’s Handre Pollard, though, this was not the case with the Bulls admitting that they had identified the players as a target way back in their under 15 days and have been working on signing them ever since. To add insult to injury, they’ve snapped up College captain and number 8 Reagan Smith too, just for good measure.

I’m afraid that, once again, the Bulls youth recruitment team have shown themselves to be in a different league to those performing a similar function for any other franchise and the almost missionary zeal with which they approach their task has to be acknowledged, regardless of how odious we find its results.

Catch a wake up, Sharks. We are not a region that produces oodles of rugby talent, so when players like these Kriel twins do come along in our own backyard, allowing them to leave is at best negligent, at worst frankly criminal.



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