DAY 2 WESTERN PROVINCE AND FREE STATE EMERGE AS THE BEST TEAMS AT THE COCA-COLA UNDER 16 GRANT KHOMO WEEK
The powerhouses of SA Schools rugby are centred in Bloemfontein, and in the Paarl/Stellenbosch region, and this will be reflected on Thursday when Free State and Western Province meet in the main game of the Coca-Cola under-16 Grant Khomo Week at the University of Johannesburg (kickoff 11.45am).
The Free State team has 10 boys from Grey College in its ranks, while Western Province is packed with players from Paarl Gimnasium, Paarl Boys’ High and Paul Roos Gimnasium.
Province and Free State fully deserve the honour of playing in the week’s prestigious concluding fixture. They a two of only five sides to win both of their opening games – the others are Eastern Province, the Leopards and Zimbabwe – and they have played top quality rugby in both their outings
The ease with which the Bulls dispatched the Blue Bulls on Tuesday must make them favourites for the main game.
They have loads of skill and pace, particularly in the backs, and a goal-kicker that slots it from just about anywhere.The Bulls simply could not live with them and they outscored them by four tries to one.
The tries were by Veranzi Pipers, Rudolf Brits, Pieter Jordaan and Edrich Venter. Herschel Jantjies kicked two penalties and two conversions and Tiaan Swanepoel two penalties and one conversions.
The Bull’s lone try was scored by Shadeur Mhlanga.
It was heartbreak for the hosts, the Golden Lions, for the second day in a row, when they surrendered a 15-10 lead over Free State to go down 17-15.
They were ahead against Western Province on day one, but an injury-time penalty saw Province snatch the victory away from them.
There was nothing to choose between the Lions and Free State. Both sides scored two tries, but the Lions could only convert one of theirs.
The Lions tries were scored by Justin Bhana and Ralton October. Bhana also kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Lewellyn Hein and Michael Andrade got tries for Free State. Julian Jordaan
kicked a penalty and two conversions.
RESULTS Day 2 (3 July 2012)
Border 24 vs Limpopo Blue Bulls 19
Griquas 35 vs Border CD 6
Boland 23 vs Pumas 22
Golden Lions XV 21 vs Namibia 3
Eastern Province 5 vs KwaZulu-Natal 0
Zimbabwe 18 vs Griquas CD 14
Free State Cheetahs 17 vs Golden Lions 15
Falcons/Valke 13 vs Griffons 10
NW Leopards 18 vs SWD Eagles 16
Western Province 36 vs Blue Bulls 5
Thursday’s Fixtures (5 July 2012)
08:00 Namibia (u16) 30 vs Zimbabwe (u16) 13
09:15 Kwazulu-Natal (u16) 29 vs NW Leopards (u16) 11
10:30 Eastern Province (u16) 31 vs Boland (u16) 25
11:45 Western Province (u16) 10 vs Free State Cheetahs (u16) 7
08:00 Falcons/Valke (u16) 12 vs Border (u16) 20
09:15 Pumas (u16) 12 vs Limpopo Blue Bulls (u16) 30
10:30 Golden Lions (u16) 29 vs Blue Bulls (u16) 20
08:00 Griquas (u16) 17 vs Griquas CD (u16) 8
09:15 Golden Lions XV (u16) 75 vs Border CD (u16) 3
10:30 SWD Eagles (u16) 47 vs Griffons (u16) 13