KwaZulu-Natal Schools went down to Eastern Province in a nail-biter at Nelson Mandela Stadium. After leading 12-6 at the break thanks to four penalties from the boot of flyhalf Rob Anderson versus two by his opposite number Ernst Stapelberg, Josh Moon extended that lead with the first of his two tries. EP struck back with a goaled try of their own scored by Sharks Academy 2013 prop Bart le Roux to reduce the lead to 17-13 in favour of the visitors. EP then went ahead 20-13 when SA Schools squad member Sergeal Peterson crossed for a converted try. Moon’s second try handed the see saw lead back to the Natalians and when Anderson converted it was stretched to 24-20. However EP had the last say when flank Ray Williams crossed for chalk. 27-24 is how it ended.
EP completed the week undefeated. For KZN another tough campaign ended with just one out of three wins.
Bulls are unofficial champions
As predicted the Blue Bulls dominated the Golden Lions in the Craven Week final winning 47-0. The Lions offered a bit of resistance up front. They had quite a bit of possession but were very restricted in terms of skills and ideas. The wet conditions did not make for a pretty game with all sorts of basic handling errors but the Bulls still managed to show their class at times, pulling off some outstanding moves.
Final Day’s Results
Griquas vs Border Country Districts – cancelled (waterlogged field)
Eastern Province Country Districts vs Leopards – cancelled (waterlogged field)
South Western Districts 20 Boland 10
Griffons 34 Griquas Country Districts 5
Namibia 28 Zimbabwe 7
Western Province 29 Pumas 14
Limpopo 20 Border 7
Free State 30 Valke 5
Eastern Province 27 KwaZulu Natal 24
Blue Bulls 47 Golden Lions 0