A FEW OF THE GRANT KHOMO 2015 TEAMS
The Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week got off to a thrilling start at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn on Monday with a mixture of narrow victories and big wins keeping fans entertained throughout the day.
In the top match-ups Western Province pipped the Free State 25-24 thanks to a penalty in the dying seconds, while the Bidvest Golden Lions thumped the Blue Bulls 40-19 and KwaZulu-Natal defeated Eastern Province 24-11.
The Pumas, meanwhile, defeated hosts the SWD Eagles 27-22 in a thrilling match to close off the day’s play.
Boland, meanwhile, registered the biggest score of the day in Oudtshoorn as they cruised to a 69-6 victory against the Griffons after crossing the tryline an impressive 11 times.
SWD Eagles 22 (10) Pumas 27 (14)
The first half between the SWD Eagles and Pumas was hard-fought as the teams gave everything to gain an edge. But the sides were equally matched on attack and defence, which resulted in a largely forward-dominated clash. SWD worked their way to the tryline early on and settled for a penalty to take an early lead. The Pumas, however, hit back with a try compliments of Sibusiso Madonsela, but this was cancelled out the Pumas second try thanks to a fantastic run by Riekert Barnard to hand his team a 14-10 lead at the break.
The Pumas extended their lead minutes into the second half with a try by Carlo Nortje, but this was cancelled out by SWD who scored their second try of the day. The Pumas, however, continued to capitalise on their try-scoring chances and secured their fourth try in the 49th minute for a 27-15 lead. SWD, refused to give up and powered their way to another try shortly before the final whistle, but this still left them 27-22 down in the match.
SWD Eagles – Tries: Dian Bleuler, JP Terblanche, Lyle Metembo. Conversions: Darryn Fortuin, James Mollentze. Penalty: Darryn Fortuin.
Pumas – Tries: Sibusiso Madonsela, Riekert Barnard, Carlo Nortje, Cornel Els. Conversions: Carlo Nortje (2), Penalty: Carlo Nortje.
Namibia 27 (3) Valke 31 (19)
The Valke were in fine form in their clash against Namibia and dominated proceedings, which earned them three first-half tries. They supported this solid attacking performance with a good defensive effort, which limited Namibia to a penalty for their efforts in the first half. This allowed the Kempton Park side to enter the break 19-3 ahead.
The Valke added another try in opening minutes of the second half to extend their lead, but Namibia struck back with their first try of the match in the 39th minute. This bolstered their confidence significantly as they touched down for another two tries soon after to reduce the score to 24-22. The Valke, however, hit back with a try to extend their lead, but again Namibia came within range of a possible victory by touching down for their fourth try. Unfortunately, however, time ran out which sealed the 31-27 victory for the Valke.
Namibia – Tries: Christiaan Hennig, Warren Ludwig, Gilad Plaatjies, Franco Opperman. Conversions: Delron Brandt (2). Penalty: Delron Brandt
Valke – Tries: Juandre Breytenbach (2), Ryno Pierre Louw, Mpho Ntsane, Quan Franklin Eymann. Conversions: Ruben Dylan Beytell (3).
DHL Western Province 25 (10) Free State 24 (7)
A late penalty in the dying minutes by DHL Western Province allowed them to snatch a nail-biting 25-24 victory against the Free State. The clash was close from the outset as the teams threw everything at one another. While Free State relied heavily on their forwards and set pieces to apply pressure on the Cape side, Western Province ran hard on attack and did well to take advantage of the gaps out wide.
Western Province held a narrow 10-7 lead at the break, and the second half was equally tight as the teams showed their fighting spirit until the final whistle. Both teams managed to run in three tries in the clash, but two late penalties by Province’s Durin Nasson cancelled out the extra conversion by the Free State following their last try four minutes from the final whistle. With minutes left on the clock, the Free State tried hard to sneak back into the lead, but Western Province’s defence held under extreme pressure.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Andre Fourie, Angelo Davids (2). Conversions: Mogamat Karriem (2). Penalty: Durin Nasson (2).
Free State – Tries: Christopher Schreuder, Andile Maxamba, Janco van Heyningen. Conversions: Dwayne Arendse (3). Penalty: Dwayne Arendse.
SWD Eagles XV 14 (7) Border 32 (17)
Border wasted no time making their presence felt against the SWD XV as they crashed over the tryline in the sixth minute en route to a 17-7 first half lead. The SWD XV hit back with a try in the 22nd minute and converted successfully for their first points of the match.
Border continued to stamp their authority in the second half and added two tries to take their total to four to outplay the SWD Eagles XV. The home side, however, were able to add their second converted try to take their score into double figures at 32-14 down, but this did little to force them back into the match.
SWD Eagles XV – Tries: Aylin Pretorius, Stephan Leonard. Conversions: Pietie Uys (2).
Border – Tries: Geoffrey Ross, Nicholas Holm, Damian Meyer, Jarred du Plessis, Conversions: David Coetzer (2). Penalty: David Coetzer.
Blue Bulls 19 (7) Bidvest Golden Lions 40 (21)
The Bidvest Golden Lions were in fine form all-round against the Blue Bulls as they dominated the clash thanks to a solid foundation by their forwards which they supported with exciting backline play. The Johannesburg side’s efforts paid off as they scored two tries in the first 23 minutes for an early 14-0 lead. The Blue Bulls hit back with a five-pointer a few minutes later, but this was cancelled out by the Lions third try on the stroke of halftime, which allowed them to enter the break with a comfortable 21-7 lead.
The Lions did well to stick to their structures after the break and the points followed as they added another three tries to take their total for the match to six. The Blue Bulls, meanwhile, scored two more tries, but this was merely a consolation as the Lions were far ahead on the scoreboard and sealed the 40-19 victory.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Charles Goedhals, Bjorkan Hendricks, Tyrique Daniel Ferris. Conversions: Charles Goedhals (2).
Bidvest Golden Lions – Tries: Brendon Buitendag (2), Yanga Hlalu (2), James Msimango, David Cary. Conversions: Kennedy Mpeku (4).
Griquas CD 17 (10) Limpopo Blue Bulls 50 (24)
Griquas CD came out firing against the Limpopo Blue Bulls with Walla Walters scoring a try in the fourth minute, and they added a penalty minutes later for their 10 points. But this proved to be their only points of the half. The Limpopo Blue Bulls meanwhile gained composure on attack and defence and they earned the rewards with four tries in the remainder of the half to force their way into a 24-10 lead.
The Limpopo side continued to make their presence felt in all aspects of the game and added another four tries to take their tally to eight, while Griquas CD were only able to breach their defence once more in the match. This resulted in an emphatic 50-17 victory for the Limpopo Blue Bulls.
Griquas CD – Tries: Walla Walters, Erik Kies. Conversions: Iwan Lombard (2). Penalty: Iwan Lombard.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Noko Malatji (2), Carl Pieter du Plessis, Nyiko Ntlemo, Muzi Nyakane, Franco Oberholzer, Itumeleng Mononyane, Heini Ferreira. Conversions: Jonathan Viljoen (4).
KwaZulu-Natal 24 (10) Eastern Province 11 (8)
The battle between KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Province proved to be physical as both teams tried to use their power to force their way onto the front foot. The Durban side struck first with a try by Kamvelihle Fatyela in the sixth minute, but a penalty by Eastern Province’s Vaughen Isaacs three minutes later closed the gap slightly. They added a try in the 26th minute to take the lead temporarily, but KwaZulu-Natal touched down again shortly before the break to take a narrow 10-8 lead.
They built on this in the second half with back-to-back tries, while they shut out Eastern Province on defence to increase their lead to 24 points and their try tally to four. In return EP were only able to add a penalty, which resulted in them suffering a 24-11 defeat.
KwaZulu-Natal – Tries: Kamvelihle Fatyela, Cham Zondeki, Morne van Rensburg, JJ Van den Mescht. Conversion: Morne van Rensburg.
Eastern Province – Try: Curtly Deysel. Penalties: Vaughen Isaacs (2).
Griquas 20 (13) Zimbabwe 17 (5)
Zimbabwe put up a good fight against Griquas with both teams scoring only one try in the first half, while the Kimberley side added two penalties to secure a 13-5 lead at the break.
The teams continued to put their bodies on the line in the second half, and Zimbabwe had the upper hand in terms of tries as they ran in two more tries to only one by Griquas. The visitors’ place-kicking, however, let them down. Griquas, meanwhile, slotted over all their kicks, leaving Zimbabwe short on the scoreboard.
Griquas – Tries: Ramon Sauls, Japheth Muzaza, Conversions: Charles Williams (2). Penalties: Charles Williams (2).
Zimbabwe – Tries: Prince Mupfurutsa, Tafadziswa Bunu, Chipo Mupeso, Conversion: Russel Biyason.
Griffons 6 (19) Boland 69 (6)
Boland dominated proceedings against the Griffons from the outset as they applied pressure on attack and used their exciting backs to make their way through the gaps in the defence. This allowed them to secure 19 points in the first half compliments of three tries. Two of these tries were scored by Jevan August. The Griffons, meanwhile, tried hard to force their way into Boland’s 22m area, but they were denied from crossing the tryline in the first half and had to settle for two penalties.
Boland picked up where they left off when play resumed as they continued to take advantage of the holes in defence with their hard runners, and this allowed them to accumulate 55 points with 11 tries in total. In stark contrast the Griffons continued to struggle and had to settle for a 69-6 Defeat.
Griffons –Penalties: Qhamani Kota (2).
Boland – Tries: Jevan August (2), PJ Boltman (2), Handre Rupping (2), David du Preez, JC Lourens, Bradley Van Thora, Conan le Fleur, Mickey Goodal. Conversions: Lloyd April (7).
Border CD 0 (0) Leopards 27 (19)
The Leopards delivered a superior performance on attack and defence against Border CD and did well to camp in the opposition’s half for long periods. Their forwards and backs combined well, and this paid off as they registered a 27-0 victory. With the Leopards attack on song they scored three first-half tries, two of which were converted to take a 19-0 lead at the break. They added another converted try in the second half to extend their lead and seal the convincing win.
Leopards – Tries: Llewellen Lubbe (2), Lubha Loyiso, Andre Fouche. Conversions: Sofilo Dlamini, Llewellen Lubbe (2).
KwaZulu-Natal, the Golden Lions and the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Tuesday established themselves as the top teams at the Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn as they registered their second round of victories in as many days.
KwaZulu-Natal, the Golden Lions and the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Tuesday established themselves as the top teams at the Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn as they registered their second round of victories in as many days.
Griquas and Border, meanwhile, played to a 31-31 draw in an epic clash to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
The second day’s play was exciting as a few teams registered convincing victories, while others were involved in hard-fought battles, which kept the passionate home crowd interested throughout the day.
In the main games KwaZulu-Natal defied the odds with a man down for most of the second half to defeat Western Province 19-17, while the Golden Lions thumped Boland 34-3 in a one-sided encounter and the Limpopo Blue Bulls defeated the Leopards 38-19.
Meanwhile, at the Coca-Cola Academy Week in Vanderbijlpark, Western Province, the Blue Bulls, KwaZulu-Natal CD, the Griffons and Griquas CD also secured back-to-back victories.
Western Province were in fantastic form and cruised to a 53 – 17 win against Eastern Province and the Blue Bulls defeated Free State 34-31 in the main games of the day, while KwaZulu-Natal CD pipped the Griquas, the Griffons beat Border, and Griquas CD thumped the Leopards.
Namibia and SWD also remained unbeaten as Namibia played to a 21-21 draw against Pumas CD, while SWD defeated the Pumas 40-33.
The players will have Wednesday off to recover after two days of physical rugby, with the final round of matches at both tournaments being played on Thursday.
Western Province 17 (7) KwaZulu-Natal 19 (0)
The first half between Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal was a tight affair as the teams were closely matched on attack and defence. The Cape side did well to retain possession and tried to spread the ball wide, but the KwaZulu-Natal defence was effective at countering most of their efforts.
Western Province, however, managed to force their way through the defence shortly before half time, which handed the side a 7-0 lead at the break.
This bolstered the Cape side’s confidence as they came out firing in the second half and managed to cross the tryline for the second time after spreading the defence wide for a 12-0 lead. KwaZulu-Natal were dealt a heavy blow two minutes later as they were reduced to 14 men for tackling a player in the air. Western Province took advantage of this and touched down for their fourth try in the 36th minute.
KwaZulu-Natal, however, refused to give up and scored two tries compliments of Dylan Richardson and Dylan Kruger to close in on Western Province at 17-12. They added another thanks to a strong forward performance and fantastic patience on attack, which pushed them 19-17 ahead with six minutes left on the clock. To their delight they held on for a surprise victory.
Western Province – Tries: Divan Enslin, Ian Kitwanga (2). Conversion: Durin Nasson.
KwaZulu Natal – Tries: Kasongo Ilunga, Dylan Richardson, Dylan Kruger. Conversions: Morne van Rensburg (2).
Namibia 27 (10) Griffons 17 (17)
The Griffons showed their attacking prowess early on against Namibia with Darren Hull scoring two tries in the first 15 minutes following an early penalty kick by Namibia. But the visitors hit back with back-to-back tries before half time to trail 17-10 at the break.
A second penalty for Namibia allowed them to close in on the Griffons on the scoreboard, while each team managed to score a second try in the second half. However, Namibia’s superior goal-kicking in which they converted all three of their tries and two penalties handed them a comfortable 27-17 lead on the scoreboard.
Namibia – Tries: Warren Ludwig, Lorenzo Groenewald, Wynand Breytenbach. Conversions: Denzo Bruwer (2), Delron Brandt. Penalties: Denzo Bruwer (2).
Griffons – Tries: Darren Hull (3). Conversion: Andrew Kota.
Golden Lions 34 (22) Boland 3 (0)
The Golden Lions delivered another solid performance in the tournament, this time against Boland, as they used their strong forwards and exciting backs to dominate the first half. They had the upper hand in terms of possession and territory and the rewards followed. The Johannesburg team found space out wide on the left wing to touch down for their first try minutes into the half and they built on this with another two tries in the following exchanges to work their way into an encouraging 15-0 lead.
They continued to apply pressure on attack, which earned them their fourth try thanks to a clever dummy pass by scrumhalf Tinus Combrinck, which paved the way for him to dive over the tryline for a 22-0 halftime lead.
Boland tightened up their defence after the break, but nevertheless the Lions were able to break through for two more tries to extend their lead to 34-0. With time running out fast for Boland to break their points drought, they settled for a penalty on the stroke of fulltime for a 34-3 defeat.
Golden Lions – Tries: Ignis Meyer, Mark Snyman, Damean Venter, Travis Gordon, Tinus Gordon, Tinus Combrinck, David Cary. Conversions: Kennedy Mpeku (2).
Boland – Penalty: Lloyd April.
Eastern Province 35 (14) Falcons 17 (7)
The first half between Eastern Province and the Valke was exciting as the teams tried hard to make their presence felt. Eastern Province, however, had the first say with two tries in the first 17 minutes, which they converted to take a 14-0 lead. The Valke hit back five minutes later with a converted try of their own to reduce the deficit to 14-7, which they held onto for the rest of the half.
The Valke came out strongly in the second half as they burst through for their second try, but this was cancelled out by Eastern Province as they added another minutes later. The Valke again hit back, but two tries by Eastern Province in the last four minutes pushed them into a convincing lead to finish the match.
Eastern Province – Tries: Elandre Smit, Chrispian Jaggers, Le-Kleu Stokes, Ayabonga Matroos, Waqar Solaan. Conversions: Vaughn Isaacs (5).
Falcons – Tries: Ruben Beytell, Quan Eymann, Lee-Irwin Andries. Conversions: Ruben Beytell.
Free State 38 (19) Pumas 10 (5)
The Free State wasted no time making their presence felt against the Pumas as Janco van Heyningen dashed through to the tryline twice in the first 11 minutes to stamp their authority early on. Both sides tried to use their forwards to work their way onto the front foot, but they balanced this with a solid effort by their backs. Despite a few closely contested stages during the half, the Free State made better use of their opportunities, which earned them three tries to only one by the Pumas for a 19-5 lead at the break.
The Free State continued to capitalise on their point-scoring chances after the break and managed to extend their lead to 38 thanks to another three tries. The Pumas, meanwhile, showed their fighting spirit and tried desperately to force their way back into the match.
Their efforts finally paid off with a good try seven minutes before the final whistle after finding space out wide, but unfortunately the gap on the scoreboard was too wide for them to get back into the game, forcing them to settle for a 38-10 defeat.
Free State – Tries: Christopher Schreuder, Wyclef Vlitoor, Marcel Theunissen, Dwayne Arendse, Janco vsn Heyningen (2). Conversions: Christopher Schreuder (4).
Pumas – Tries: Carlo Nortje, Uys du Preez.
Blue Bulls 39 (15) SWD Eagles 10 (3)
The Blue Bulls were completely dominant against hosts, the SWD Eagles, as their effective attack and defence came together well to hand them an edge throughout the match. Johan van Zyl crossed the tryline for the Bulls in the fifth minute to signal their intentions early on, and he added another five-pointer in the 14th minute.
Such was the high quality of their attack they earned their third try by the 18th minute, while the SWD Eagles only managed a penalty in the first half. This left the hosts 15-3 behind at the break.
They continued their fine form in the second half to cruise to another four tries, while SWD only managed to break through their defence once, which resulted in the Blue Bulls securing an emphatic 39-10 victory.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Charles Goedhals, Stephane Ndjaya, Ruben Veldsman, Ahen Smith, Divhan du Preez, Johan van Zyl (2). Conversions: Charles Goedhals, Michael Pretorius.
SWD Eagles – Try: Jay-Cee Nel. Conversion: Darryn Fortuin. Penalty: James-Henry Mollentze.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 38 (17) Leopards 19 (0)
The Limpopo Blue Bulls used their effective running rugby to outplay the Leopards 38-19. The Limpopo side did well to stretch the defence and find the gaps out wide and they earned the rewards with a 17-0 halftime lead thanks to two tries and a penalty.
The Leopards tried hard to work their way back into the match after the break by putting together phases on attack and this paid off with three tries in the third quarter. Two quick tries early in the second half by the Limpopo Blue Bulls and another on the stroke of fulltime, however, stretched their lead to 38 on the scoreboard, which put the match beyond reach for the Leopards.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Pieter Croukamp, Muzi Nyakane, Carl du Plessis, Nyiko Ntlemo (2). Conversions: Karel Limbach (4), Jonathan Viljoen. Penalty: Karel Limbach.
Leopards – Tries: Damon Ivens, Zimosa Mokama, Graivian Smith. Conversions: Loanne Jans (2).
Zimbabwe 36 (15) Border CD 3 (3)
Zimbabwe were in good form against Border CD as they cruised to three first-half tries, while Border CD were only able to score a penalty, leaving them trailing 15-3 at the break.
Zimbabwe continued to deliver a solid effort on attack and defence after the break and added another three tries to take their total for the match to six, which earned them a rewarding 36-3 victory.
Zimbabwe – Tries: Chipo Mupeso, Jack Charsley, Desmond Annandale, Tafadziswa Bunu, Munashe Kamera (2). Conversions: Martin Eeson (3).
Border CD – Penalty: Martin Lottering.
Border 31 (12) Griquas 31 (17)
The clash between Border and Griquas was a physical forward battle as the teams used their powerful forwards to make their presence felt. Border, in particular, tried to flex their muscles with their rolling mauls. Griquas, however, made better use of their point-scoring chances as they scored four tries to two for a 17-12 halftime lead.
Border took control early in the second half as they retained possession for long periods and applied pressure on Griquas up front and with their backs, which allowed them to camp in the Kimberley side’s half.
These efforts enabled them to add two tries to their score for 24 points. Griquas, however, hit back with a stunning long-distance try, which they converted to level the scores at 24-24 with minutes left on the clock.
Griquas crossed the line again before the final whistle after stringing together several phases, which pushed them 31-24 ahead. But this lead was cancelled out by a try under the posts by Border, which they converted for a 31-31 final score.
Border – Tries: David Coetzer (3), Nicholas Njumba, Sibahle. Conversions: David Coetzer (3).
Griquas – Tries: Charles Williams (3), Dehan du Plessis, Nelson Aparcia. Conversions: Charles Williams (3).
SWD Eagles XV 5 (5) Griquas CD 29 (12)
The first half between the SWD Eagles XV and Griquas CD was tight as the teams threw everything at one another on attack. Griquas CD opened up the scoring in the third minute, but the rest of the half was close as each team added only one more try, which handed Griquas CD a 12-5 lead.
The Kimberley side added back-to-back tries in three minutes in the second half to stretch their score, while they denied the SWD Eagles XV from adding any points to their score, for their 29-5 victory.
SWD Eagles XV – Try: Warzaineon Barends.
Griquas CD – Tries: Sebastiaan Job, Delron Speelman, Petrus Duvenhage, Erik Kies. Conversions: Iwan Lombard.
The Golden Lions emerged as the top team at the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn on Thursday after overcoming a tense battle with KwaZulu-Natal for a 31-24 victory.
Western Province, meanwhile, took the top honours at the Coca-Cola Academy Week at the Isak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijlpark as they defeated the Blue Bulls 36-24 in the final match.
In the other big match-ups in Oudtshoorn, Western Province thumped the Blue Bulls 33-12 thanks to their hard-running on attack, while the Pumas and Boland played to a 24-24 draw and Eastern Province defeated Free State 34-17.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls, meanwhile, completed the tournament on a high note as they registered their third victory in as many games, after defeating hosts the SWD Eagles 30-17. Border and Griquas, meanwhile, remained unbeaten.
In Vanderbijlpark, Western Province scored an impressive six tries, with a hat-trick by Jean-Pierre Smith, to only three tries by the Pretoria side to secure the victory.
In the other main games the Golden Lions pipped the Free State 20-19, while SWD thumped the Griffons 38-3.
This result for SWD allowed them to complete the competition unbeaten, while KwaZulu-Natal CD, Griquas CD, and the Griffons registered a clean-sweep of victories.
Golden Lions 31 (17) KwaZulu-Natal 24 (19)
KwaZulu-Natal showed their intent early on against the Golden Lions as they worked their way into the Lions’ 22m area three times in the opening exchanges. This paid off with a try in the corner by Malakiwe Zondeki in the ninth minute.
But the Lions struck back with a stunning try by Travis Gordon, who dashed to the tryline and pushed off a defender to score, which levelled the scores at 5-5. The Johannesburg side again found space out wide and forced their way through the defence for two more tries to power their way to a 17-5 lead.
KwaZulu-Natal, however, forced their way back with a series of pick-and-goes which allowed them to cross the line for the second time to reduce the deficit to 17-12. The Lions’ lead was short-lived as the Durban side scored another try in the minutes leading up to the break and converted successfully to take a narrow 19-17 lead going into the break.
KwaZulu-Natal dominated territory and possession in the early stages of the second half, but the Golden Lions defence denied them from crossing the tryline. In turn, meanwhile, the Johannesburg side did well to spread the ball on attack, which opened up a gap for Muzilikazi Manyike to sneak through for a 24-19 lead.
This lead, however, was cancelled out minutes later as the Durban side forced their way through to the tryline once again to level the scores at 24-24. Both teams opted to kick into space in the hope of breaching the defence for a lead in the dying minutes.
The Lions received a penalty soon after, but the ball hit the upright which denied them from taking the lead.
The Lions, however, forced their way over the tryline in the 57th after showing fantastic patience on attack and the conversion was successful, pushing them 31-24 ahead. They held onto this lead to come out tops in the tournament.
Golden Lions – Tries: Travis Gordon, Muzilikazi Manyike, Yanga Hlalu, Zandre van der Berg (2). Conversions: Kennedy Mpeku (3).
KwaZulu-Natal – Tries: Alfred Holder, Kamvelihle Fatyela, Malakiwe Zondeki, Juan van der Mescht. Conversions: Morne van Rensburg (2).
Western Province 33 (14) Blue Bulls 12 (12)
Western Province and the Blue Bulls fought hard from the outset as both teams delivered a balanced performance with their forwards and backs making their presence felt, which resulted in a close first half. The Blue Bulls’ forwards, in particular, tried hard to stamp their authority up front and these efforts contributed heavily to their two first-half tries.
Western Province built on this in the second half as they applied pressure on attack.
Their creative backs allowed them to cross the tryline after slipping through the tackles for their third time for a 21-12 lead. They added another two tries in the remaining minutes to extend their lead to 33-12 thanks to some exciting play by their backs.
The Blue Bulls continued to show their fighting spirit, but mistakes at crucial times and Province’s solid defence denied them from adding to their score in the second half.
Western Province – Tries: Durin Nasson, Ian Kitwanga, Thaakir Abrahams, Angelo Davids (2). Conversions: Durin Nasson (3). Penalty: Henry Chamberlain.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Charles Goedhals, Bjorkan Hendricks. Conversion: Charles Goedhals.
Pumas 24 (12) Boland 24 (19)
Boland started their clash against the Pumas with a bang as they scored two tries in the first 18 minutes and another in the 26th minute thanks to their impressive attack. In return the Pumas scored twice, the second try of which was on the stroke of halftime, which allowed them to reduce the gap on the scoreboard to 19-12.
Boland added their fourth try in the third quarter.
But the Pumas showed their fighting spirit by stepping up their defence and showing character on attack, which earned them two tries in the last 13 minutes to level the scores.
Pumas – Tries: Stephan van der Bank, Riekert Barnard, Bongumenzi Dlamini, Uys du Preez. Conversions: Stephan van der Bank, Riekert Barnard.
Boland – Tries: PJ Boltman, Timothy Allies, Conan le Fleur, Willem Opperman. Conversions: Lloyd April (2).
Border 49 (42) Leopards 0 (0)
Border took complete control of their clash against the Leopards to build up a confidence-boosting 42-0 lead at the break, as they dominated on attack and defence.
The Leopards did well to improve their defence in the second half and this allowed them to reduce Border to only one try in the second half.
Unfortunately, however, they were unable to do the same on attack and had to settle for a disappointing 49-0 defeat.
Border – Tries: David Coetzer (3), S Matsinya (3). Conversions: David Coetzer (6).
Eastern Province 34 (6) Free State 17 (5)
The battle between Eastern Province and the Free State was epic as the teams put their bodies on the line on attack and defence. Interestingly Free State were reduced to 14 men in the 25th minute following a tip tackle, but despite this they continued to deliver a passionate performance.
Both teams applied pressure on attack and managed to work their way close to the opposition’s tryline, but the defence held well, resulting in the Free State scoring the only try of the half. Eastern Province, meanwhile, opted for two penalties get on the scoreboard as they battled to breach the defence. This resulted in the Port Elizabeth side taking a narrow 6-5 lead at the break.
The second half was equally physical as the teams continued to run hard at one another, but Eastern Province managed to break through for their first try in the 34th minute, which pushed them 13-5 ahead. They again found space out wide with minutes left on the clock to stretch their lead. But the Free State hit back with a try of their own.
This, however, was cancelled out as Eastern Province scored their third try for a 27-10 lead. Eastern Province, were, reduced to 14 men in the dying minutes, and with the sides equal in terms of numbers, Free State scored again, but the Port Elizabeth side bounced back immediately with their fourth try for a 34-17 victory.
Eastern Province – Tries: Elandre Smit, Uan Tait, Curtley Deysel (2). Conversions: Vaughen Isaacs (4). Penalties: Vaughen Isaacs (2).
Free State – Tries: David Kriel, Ru-hann Greyling, Wyclef Vlitoor. Conversion: Christopher Schreuder.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 30 (20) SWD Eagles 17 (3)
The Limpopo Blue Bulls scored two converted tries and two penalties in a dominant first-half performance against hosts, the SWD Eagles. They backed up their impressive attack with a solid defensive effort, which allowed the Eagles to score only three points in the half.
SWD, however, showed their fighting spirit in the second half with Llyle Metembo scoring two tries to increase their points tally to 17.
But two more tries by the Limpopo Blue Bulls took their tally for the match to four and handed them a 30-17 victory.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Heini Ferreira, Carl du Plessis, Noko Malatjie, TG Fourie. Conversions: Jonathan Viljoen, Tumi Mononyane. Penalties: Jonathan Viljoen, Karel Limbach.
SWD Eagles – Try: Llyle Metembo (2). Conversions: James-Henry Mollentze (2). Penalty: James-Henry Mollentze.
Border CD 3 (3) Griquas CD 26 (19)
Griquas CD were dominant on attack and defence from the outset against Border CD as they cruised to a 19-3 halftime lead after scoring two tries in the first 15 minutes and another shortly before halftime. In return Griquas CD were only able to kick a penalty.
Griquas CD continued to take charge of the match in the second half despite Border CD tightening up their defence, which allowed them to add a converted try. This, however, proved to be the only points in the half as they shut out Border CD to deny them from adding to their three points.
Border CD – Penalty: Martin Lottering.
Griquas CD – Tries: Sibastian Job, Phillip Marais, Petrus Duvenhage. Conversions: Iwan Lombard (2).
Griquas 19 (14) Valke 17 (7)
Griquas placed early pressure on the Valke by stringing together phases, which allowed them to camp in the Valke’s half, and they earned the rewards with two tries in the first 15 minutes.
But the Valke hit back with intent and managed to apply pressure on Griquas. Their efforts finally paid off with a try before the break, which allowed them to reduce the gap on the scoreboard to 14-7.
The Valke continued to make their presence in the second half as they dominated possession early on and this allowed them to cross the tryline for the second time to close the gap to 14-12.
Griquas, however, tried hard to force their way back into the lead, and the rewards followed with their third try. The Valke refused to lie down and scored again in the 52nd minute, but the unsuccessful conversion left them 19-17 behind on the scoreboard.
Griquas – Tries: Willem Coetzer, Edmund Brand, Wium Becker. Conversions: Charles Williams (2).
Valke – Tries: Bokang Potsane, Ruben Beytell, Mpho Ntsane. Conversion: Jeandre van Vuuren.
Zimbabwe 21 (7) Namibia 7 (0)
The first half of the Test between Zimbabwe and Namibia was tight as the teams threw everything at one another. Such was the closeness of the first half, the only points scored was a converted try by Zimbabwe in the 23rd minute.
Zimbabwe, however, found their rhythm in the second half and added two tries to their tally, which Russel Biyason converted to take their score to 21 points. They supported this with solid defence, which limited Namibia to only a converted try for their efforts, which secured the 21-7 victory for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe – Tries: Tafadziswa Bunu, Munashe Kamera (2). Conversions: Russel Biyason (3).
Namibia – Try: Jacques Theron. Conversion: Delron Brandt.
Griffons 17 (12) SWD Eagles XV 12 (7)
The clash between the Griffons and SWD Eagles XV was also exciting as the Griffons scored two tries in the first 21 minutes against the hosts, who only managed to cross the tryline once, despite trying hard to force their way in the match. This left the home team trailing 12-7 at the break.
Both teams pushed hard to gain ascendancy in the second half, and each earned a try for their efforts. But the Griffons extra try in the first half handed them an edge on the scoreboard for a 17-12 win.
Griffons – Tries: Franco Victor, DJ Hattingh, Andrew Kota. Conversion: Andrew Kota.
SWD Eagles XV – Try: Jason Wagman, Stefan Schoeman. Conversion: Pieter Uys.