u13 Craven Week 2017

At Grey College, Bloemfontein starting on Monday 10 July 2017


Western Province

28 0 Eastern Province
3 Western Province 31 5 Golden Lions
2 Western Province 41 10 Limpopo
1 Western Province 71 0 Griffons
3 Eastern Province 29 17 Blue Bulls
2 Eastern Province 17 14 KZN Sharks
1 Eastern Province 32 15 Leopards
4 Blue Bulls 26 17 Golden Lions
2 Blue Bulls 22 7 SWD
1 Blue Bulls 45 12 Free State
2 Golden Lions 18 12 Border
1 Golden Lions 23 14 KZN Sharks
3 South Western Districts 24 22 Limpopo
1 South Western Districts 14 14 Valke
4 Boland 17 17 South Western Districts
3 Boland 32 22 Border
2 Boland 26 10 Free State
4 Border 31 29 Limpopo
1 Border 18 15 Pumas
4 Valke 24 24 KwaZulu-Natal
3 Valke 20 14 Leopards
2 Valke 36 7 Griquas
3 KZN Sharks 34 5 Griffons
4 Griquas 37 21 Zimbabwe
4 Leopards 20 19 Free State
4 Namibia 27 20 Griffons
4 Pumas 106 0 Border CD
3 Free State 41 31 Pumas
3 Griquas 94 0 Border CD
3 Namibia 15 10 Zimbabwe
2 Griffons 22 10 Pumas
2 Leopards 66 7 Zimbabwe
2 Namibia 92 12 Border CD
1 Griquas 21 19 Namibia
1 Limpopo 15 14 Boland
1 Zimbabwe 45 0 Border CD


From SA Rugby:
Day 1:

Western Province, who came out tops in the last four U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week competitions, were in fine form against the Griffons as they cruised to a 71-0 victory.

Their forwards laid a solid foundation upfront and their backs showed their class out wide, which paved the way for their 11 tries – four of which were scored by winger Ken Tchimanga.

Blue Bulls flanker Tiaan Engelbrecht, meanwhile, proved to be a star performer in his team’s 45-12 victory against hosts, the Free State, as he scored four of their seven tries. The team backed up this impressive display on attack with a solid showing on defence, and limited the Free State to two tries.

Zimbabwe also made a strong statement in their opening game as they defeated Border CD 41-0 thanks to their impressive attack and defence. In total they crossed the tryline seven times after taking a 22-0 halftime lead.

A hat-trick by Eastern Province No 8 Luvuyo Nkomphela, meanwhile, set up the Eastern Cape side for a convincing 32-15 victory against the Leopards, in which they ran in an impressive six tries and limited the opposition to only two. The remaining matches were also exciting, with the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Boland involved in a tight tussle.

The Limpopo side used their forwards to lay a solid foundation up-front for their backline to attack from, while Boland tried to run hard to gain ascendancy on attack. The Limpopo Blue Bulls, however, outscored the Western Cape outfit three-tries to two, which allowed them to secure a narrow 15-14 victory.

Border’s pin-point goal-kicking, meanwhile, earned them an 18-15 victory against the Pumas as flyhalf Bradley Giddy converted one of the teams tries and slotted over two penalty goals to add to their two tries, while the Pumas scored three unconverted tries.

SWD outscored the Valke 17-14 in a gripping match in which either team could have won. Three tries by the SWD to only two by the Valke, however, earned them the three point victory.

The Golden Lions and KZN ran hard at one another from start to end, but the Lions’ constructive attacking play and ability to break over the advantage line allowed them to take a 16-7 lead at the break thanks to their two tries. Each team were only able to add a try to their score in the second half, which earned the Johannesburg side the 23-14 victory.

Three penalty goals by Griquas flyhalf Theunis Hohls, meanwhile, allowed them to secure a narrow 21-19 victory against Namibia in what proved to be a tightly-fought encounter, despite the visitors scoring three tries to only two by Griquas.


  1. My son was in the Sharks U13 team so we were there for the week. That EP win over the Bulls was a brilliant performance I must say.

  2. @Playa: I must say, personally I was a bit sceptical about the WP selections but boy did they do well. Looking at the under 12 team WP will be strong next year.

  3. @Stier: Eish! That WP side is quality – especially since I know how good that EP side is. It takes a special team to beat them by that margin. Well done WP, hard luck EP!

  4. @Playa: Yes bud, sorry man WP 28-0 EP. Still EP did well this WP team was very good. They scored 173 to 15 in their four games.

  5. @CharlesZA: Ja ek was gister in Pretoria vir besigheid toe seg ‘n ou skool pel vir my dat sy seun nege is en 58kg weeg, die klong is blykbaar ‘n yster met hekkies ook. Hulle o/9 span se voorry weeg oor die 180kg al te saam?

  6. Voorspoed vir die OP spannetjie, wat ook al vandag gebeur het julle ‘n week gehad om op trots te wees.

  7. @BoishaaiPa: Dit is ongelooflik hoe veel groter die manne nou is. Dit is ook deel van die probleem van rugby en ander kontak sporte, die ouens raak groter, die hits raak groter en die beserings al hoe meer. Een dag, dalk nie binnekort nie, gaan dit dalk net te gevaarlik raak om te speel.

  8. So the main game today is WP vs EP. Bulls vs Lions should also be good. I wonder if Monnas are going to sign all those Cape youngsters in the Lions team? Maybe they will allow Florida to keep them longer than six months this time? 8-O

    This WP side has been strolling so far, but I think EP will be up for this game, their win over the Bulls no.8 was a good confidence booster. WP however looks like a monster team they have scored 145 to 15 so far this cw which is very impressive. Good luck to both teams and may the best cape win, sorry, team win. :lol:

  9. @Vyfster: Oom Mannetjies Roux told me a few years ago at a function that he weighed something like 68Kg’s when he was picked for the Boks for the 1960 tour of Britain. He “improvised” to get his weight over 70kg’s so when the program came out for the tour to Britain he was officialy listed as weighing 72.6Kg’s or 11 st. 6 Ib. He said he rarely hit 70kg;s in his days and he played against the best the world had to offer at that stage. He played in 27 tests over 10 years and played the Lions twice in 6 tests in ’62 and ’68, Aus in 9 tests ’61 63 and ’69, NZ in 8 tests in ’65 and ’70, with 2 tests against France and one each against Wales and Ireland winning 18, losing 7 and drawing 2. Not to bad a record for a 70kg odd oke!

  10. The 1951/52 Springbok team that toured Britain and France, and won the grand slam (including the famous 44-0 win at Murrayfield)….widely considered as one of the best Springbok tour teams ever.
    Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, would have been the second tallest and the 4th heaviest player in that 30+ man squad! Boggles the mind…now we have primary school boys bigger than Springbok forwards of yesteryear!

  11. I see Boland has a 12 year old prop of 100kg and one of 94kg!…goodness gracious, when I played in high school 1st xv, there wasn’t even 1 player over 90kg….They are probably heavier than many springbok props pre-professional era….In the same Boland team, the scrummie weighs about 32 kg, according to article…..so 3 x lighter!

  12. Yes four left and two games to go. The Bulls no.8 looks like a real match winner.

  13. I see the WP team did well, beating the Limpopo Bulls 10-41. That is 112-10 in two games, not bad at all. Boland also made up for their loss to the Limpopo Bulls by beating Free State 10-26.

  14. Must say interesting to look at the Boland, Bulls and WP, most of their big schools have no representation at CW. I also noticed there is a new management team at CW for the WP team.


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