Team Announcement: Sanlam Boland Top 12

The opening round fixtures sees defending champions travel to Robertson where they face Robertson Town while newcomers Safcol United host Malmesbury juggernaut Wesbank.

Vanrhynsdorp Eagles and the team from Wellington Roses United go head-to-head in Vanrhynsdorp and last year’s runners-up, Bella Vista host Delicious NW in Ceres. Making their fifth appearance at the Sanlam Boland Top 12, Darling and Hawston do battle in Darling while in Mamre debutants Mamre welcome the Worcester-based Young Hamiltons in what promises to be an epic encounter.

“There’s always pressure from the community. People are fanatical about the team. There is also the pressure that comes with being champions, but I reckon we are in a good space. The guys know what it’s about,” says Saldanha Bay head coach Travor Pieterse.

He adds that Saldanha Bay aren’t approaching the tournament with the mindset of retaining the trophy. “Our mission is to compete for the trophy. We don’t see it as something that is in our possession. We are going to compete like any other team. We shouldn’t think of ourselves as Boland champions. We are past that stage,” says Pieterse.

All matches can be followed live on www.bolandrugby.co.za

Teams:
Darling RFC: 15 Ryle Daniels, 14 Gerrit Carolus, 13 JP Abrahams, 12 Chad McKay, 11 Hubert Cleophas, 10 Earl Lewis, 9 Ethan Sias, 8 Wildon Marsh, 7 Lodewyk Langeveldt, 6 Wilton Tango, 5 John Samuels, 4 Jedwin Fortuin, 3 Marius Herman, 2 Chadwin Robertson, 1 Henwille Cleophas
Replacements: 16 Lean Matthyse, 17 Kelvin Marthinus, 18 Chester Gordon, 19 Mitchum Fortuin, 20 Renfred Adams, 21 Anasto Warnick, 22 Verdeen Daniels, 23 Jonte Loubser

Delicious NW: 15 Conrel Kouter, 14 Reagan Boltney, 13 Jaco Ockhuis, 12 Jaydrin Kotze, 11 Gezrwin Walker, 10 Corne du Plessis, 9 Carl-Andrew Heins, 8 Thurston Zimri, 7 Duran Steenkamp, 6 Gailton van Wyk, 5 Shandre Prince, 4 Quinton Pieterse, 3 Brenton Brink, 2 Dillon Minnaar, 1 Chriswill van Rooy
Replacements: 16 Anvour Hendricks, 17 Randal Oktober, 18 Kervinne Fortuin, 19 Dilian Goliath, 20 Fredwin Goedeman, 21 Aubrey van Rooien, 22 Chadd Fortuin, 23 Tristian Noemdoe

Roses United: 15 Adriaan Jacobs, 14 Jaydan Fransman, 13 Xavier Mitchell, 12 Marc Andries, 11 Heinrich Isaacs, 10 Ryan Julies, 9 Percival Williams, 8 Hyco Jacobs, 7 Ryan Presence, 6 John Jantjies, 5 Denvor Cloete, 4 Jade Demas, 3 Chandtler Davids, 2 Kelvin Fikster, 1 Lance Korabie
Replacements: 16 El-Shaun Davids, 17 Betra, Geswind, 18 Byran Matthews, 19 James Solomons, 20 Jason Fortuin, 21 Elton Fortuin, 22 Diago Julies, 23 Anil Samuels

Bella Vista: 15 Jared Manus, 14 John-Lee Skippers, 13 Durin Nasson, 12 Cameron Davids, 11 Ruan Manuel, 10 Marno Saunders, 9 Rowan Wildschuts, 8 Therry Grootboom, 7 Francois Adam, 6 Lorenzo Boer, 5 Lurenco Jumath, 4 Elcado Baadjies, 3 Jemiehl Muller, 2 Chesvill Muller, 1 Selwin Jafta
Replacements: 16 Adrian Mars, 17 John-Ross Hofmeester, 18 Morne Swartz, 19 Francois Hofmeester, 20 Martinique Jacobs, 21 Marco Manus, 22 Kenan Wessels, 23 Jathan-Lee Martin

Hawston: 15 Gershwin October, 14 Wesley Spandiel, 13 Conway Sauls, 12 Chad Kleinsmidt, 11 Ronaldo Isaacs, 10 Roland Swarts, 9 Cameron Plaaitjies, 8 Franscois Geduld, 7 Branden Hunter, 6 Neville Pietersen, 5 Dino Afrikaner, 4 Dawid Gerber, 3 Edward Fisher, 2 Nardie Groenwald, 1 Mouhammed Diop
Replacements: 16 Mavin Benjamin, 17 Carlton Cellie, 18 Darren Maree, 19 Brattleigh Mitchell, 20 Aiden May, 21 Dwight Armstrong, 22 Taygon Johnson, 23 Nohen Fick

Mamre: 15 Kirsten Adams, 14 Jose Williams, 13 Eudene van der Merwe, 12 Edwill Okkers, 11 Bradwin Prins, 10 Bradwinn Johnson, 9 Brian Prins, 8 Waldick Gericke, 7 Remzi Cuce, 6 Austin Apollis, 5 Liam Adams, 4 Jason Agullis, 3 Alwyn Liebenberg, 2 Cornell Oppelt, 1 Bradley Visser
Replacements: 16 Lathan Okkers, 17 Taswill Arends, 18 Gerwin Philander, 19 Yulin Sampson, 20 Lathim Stadler, 21 Divan Godfrey, 22 Duwayne Cupido, 23 Darren Jafta

Robertson: 15 Juandre Joseph, 14 Leighton Swarts, 13 Jennewil April, 12 Jovelian de Koker, 11 Runé Lucas, 10 Colin Willemse, 9 Gurshwin Africa, 8 Lorenzo Baartman, 7 Wendall Williams, 6 Freginald Africa, 5 Jumainuine Arendse, 4 Curtly Timm, 3 Oliver Regue, 2 Abdura-Ouf Gallie, 1 Jasherie Kariem
Replacements: 16 Edward Lange, 17 Matthew Fluks, 18 Duan Bredenkamp, 19 Patrick Zimri, 20 Andrew Williams, 21 Cheslin Arendse, 22 Johan Stephanus, 23 Lincolin Eksteen

Safcol United: 15 Connor Mahoney, 14 Andrin Mepomie, 13 Devrudin Abrahams, 12 Lehnrho Julies, 11 Waden Nel, 10 Willsley Banies, 9 Jason Beukes, 8 Benjamin Dwayi, 7 Cameron Julies, 6 Bradly Alexander, 5 Elzane Philander, 4 Jade Muller, 3 Ralph Dwayi, 2 Jacquinn Ruthford, 1 Shane-Lee Kenned
Replacements: 16 Brandon Mtoko, 17 Theodore Ntikinca, 18 Tyrese Peters, 19 David Claasen, 20 Noltan Sauls, 21 Ricardo Klaasen, 22 Heinrich Meintjies, 23 Warwick Philander

Saldanha: 15 Rodwill Jonkers, 14 Riaan Louw, 13 Dorehano Carolus, 12 Tyrone Abelse, 11 Mikyle Hanse, 10 Jacquin Jansen, 9 Monray Jacobs, 8 John van der Vent, 7 Emile Booysen, 6 Athi Magwala, 5 Ngelethu Yose, 4 Daniel Temm, 3 Heinrich Heinze, 2 Divan Joshua, 1 Johan Louw
Replacements: 16 Legan Jacobs, 17 Riaan Vraagom, 18 Abduragmaan Latief, 19 Nicholas de Beer, 20 Andre August, 21 Darren Visser, 22 Marius Vivers, 23 Gurshton Gurah

Vanrhynsdorp Eagles: 15 Wildeno Hahn, 14 Tyron Bocks, 13 Llewelynn Hahn, 12 Austin Davids, 11 Shaun-Lee Box, 10 Anthony Linnert, 9 JP Nortjè, 8 Arno Koegelenberg, 7 Devandre Flink, 6 Elrico Cloete, 5 Geraldo van Neel, 4 Simon Ndlovu, 3 Leighton Farmer, 2 Damian Kotze, 1 Nico Kotze
Replacements: 16 Ronaldo Rosenberg, 17 Arnold Groenewaldt, 18 Henrico Afrika, 19 Jeraldo Coetzee, 20 Godfrey Love, 21 Kraynauw Gentles, 22 Keano de Klerk, 23 William Hahn

Wesbank: 15 Dillon Strydom, 14 Matthew van der Westhuizen, 13 Devon van Niekerk, 12 Gavern Skippers, 11 Brandon Appolis, 10 Dashton Wellman, 9 Juwell Samuels, 8 Charles Gerber, 7 Keanan Solomons, 6 Melvin Lazerus, 5 Faeez Moosa, 4 Denzil Adams, 3 Nicolas Duwha, 2 Mazwell Nero, 1 Elrique Davids
Replacements: 16 Fernon Cloete, 17 Jillingisi Siphinate, 18 Braison Albertus, 19 Nathan Solomons, 20 Ashwin Lawrence, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Ralton du Toit, 23 Jayden Jakobus

Young Hamiltons: 15 Luciano Truter, 14 Claudio Matolla, 13 Ethan Setera, 12 Ashwill Klein, 11 Ethinique Adams, 10 Shaun Fata, 9 Luciano Elias, 8 Chad Oosthuizen, 7 Philbrey Joseph, 6 Bevan Malapi, 5 Rowydill Martin, 4 Reagan Alexander, 3 Irwin Malapi, 2 Cameron Visagie, 1 Bertram Jack
Replacements: 16 Darren Williams, 17 Rowayne Ruiters, 18 Cullen Benjamin, 19 Jean-Paul Valla, 20 Ruben Beaukman, 21 Yushwin Hattingh, 22 Ussielle Langeveldt, 23 Garth Jacobs