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).
U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week day-one results:
SWD Eagles 22 – 27 Pumas
Namibia 27 – 31 Valke
DHL Western Province 25 – 24 Free State
SWD Eagles XV 14 – 32 Border
Blue Bulls 19 – 40 Bidvest Golden Lions
Griquas CD 17 – 50 Limpopo Blue Bulls
KwaZulu-Natal 24 – 11 Eastern Province
Griquas 20 – 17 Zimbabwe
Griffons 6 – 69 Boland
Border CD 0 – 27 Leopards