Photo: Johan Orton
DHL Western Province, Boland and SWD stamped their authority on Tuesday at the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Hoërskool Rob Ferreira in White River as they secured vital victories in the biggest match-ups of the day to stay in contention for places Friday’s final match.
DHL Western Province defeated Border 33-0, while Boland thumped KwaZulu-Natal 34-7 and SWD beat the Bidvest Golden Lions 37-13, which marked back-to-back victories for them in the tournament.
The Griffons, Limpopo Blue Bulls, Leopards and Valke also registered morale-boosting victories in their clashes on Tuesday. In fact converted tries in the dying minutes for the Valke and Leopards allowed them to sneak into the lead late in their clashes.
Western Province and Boland ran in an impressive five tries and SWD four in a thrilling day’s action.
Border 0 (0) DHL Western Province 33 (26)
DHL Western Province dominated from the outset in their clash against Border thanks to their ability to snuff out the gaps in the defence. With their confidence up after their victory against the Valke on Monday, they backed themselves on attack and defence, which allowed them to take complete control of the first half. So impressive was their form they cruised to a 26-0 lead after accumulating four tries, while they shut out Border completely to leave them scoreless at the break.
Border tried hard to work their way back into the match after the break and came close to the tryline on a few occasions, but the water-tight Western Province defence held. Border, however, also tightened up their defence and were able to counter most of the Cape side’s efforts to increase their score. However, they leaked another on the stroke of fulltime, which handed the Cape side a 33-0 victory.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Armand Maritz, Rynardt Botha, Luciano Custodio, Luke Burger (2). Conversions: Jack Cloete (4).
KwaZulu-Natal 7 (0) Boland 34 (27)
Boland came out firing in their clash against KwaZulu-Natal as they took advantage of their speed to outplay the Durban side. In an exciting first half SWD ran in three tries as they broke through tackles at will and forced their way through and around the defence. Their impressive play pushed them 27-0 ahead before the break.
They continued to show their class in the second half with another try shortly after play resumed to stretch their lead to 34-0. But the KwaZulu-Natal forwards set up their first try several minutes later for their first points of the match. But those proved to be the last points scored by either team, as both sides put their bodies on the line on defence.
KwaZulu-Natal – Try: Barnard Nortje. Conversion: Mathew Halstead.
Boland – Tries: Curwin Gertse, Triveno Swartz, Chadley Jermaine Josias, Michail Gavin Williams, Rowan Cloete. Conversions: Nazero Cleophas (3). Penalty: Nazero Cleophas.
Eastern Province 17 (10) Leopards 18 (3)
The first half between Eastern Province and the Leopards was tight as the teams tried hard to gain ascendancy. Eastern Province, however, built up a 10-3 lead thanks to a converted try and a penalty, while they limited the Leopards to a single penalty in the half.
The Leopards, however, fought back strongly after the break with Armand Cloete scoring two tries and Theuns Steyn one – the last try of which was three minutes from the final whistle – while Eastern Province managed to score only one converted try, which left them with a disappointing 18-17 defeat.
Eastern Province – Tries: Sino Antonie, Siviwe Zondani. Conversions: Lathita Nqebe (2). Penalty: Lathita Nqebe.
Leopards – Tries: Theuns Steyn, Armand Cloete (2). Penalty: Theuns Steyn.
Bidvest Golden Lions 13 (3) SWD 37 (20)
SWD built on their strong day-one showing as they ran circles around the Bidvest Golden Lions to secure an emphatic 37-13 victory. SWD did particularly well at spreading the ball out wide and using their raw pace to get through the Lions defence, and this paid off as they cruised to a 20-3 halftime lead.
They continued to stamp their authority in the second half and added two tries to their tally for a total of four, while Cameron Sharp was on form with the boot as he converted all four tries and slotted over two penalties and a drop goal. The Lions, however, fought back in the second half and managed to score two late tries, but these efforts were too little too late to force them back into the match.
Bidvest Golden Lions – Tries: Regardt Fourie, Rynard Mouton. Conversions: Regardt Fourie (2). Penalty: Sebastine Watney.
SWD – Tries: Jaydon Cupido, Jowin Jantjies, Caston Michaels (2). Conversions: Cameron Sharp (4). Penalties: Cameron Sharp (2). Drop Goal: Cameron Sharp.
Border CD 19 (0) Pumas 14 (14)
Border CD staged a fantastic second-half comeback against the Pumas to hand the home team their second defeat in the tournament. The Pumas built up an encouraging 14-0 lead in the first half compliments of two converted tries, while they denied Border CD from scoring a single point.
But Border CD hit back with intent after the break and scored an unmatched three tries, two of which were converted, while they prevented the Pumas from scoring any further points, which pushed them 19-14 ahead on the scoreboard.
Border CD – Tries: Siphe Nonkwenke (2), Siyanda Joja. Conversions: Mihlali Jika, Siphe Nonkwenke.
Pumas – Tries: Christiaan Van Der Merwe, JW Mare. Conversions: Alec Vermaak (2).
TW Profile Services Valke 21 (7) Itec Blue Bulls 19 (19)
A converted try on the stroke of fulltime earned the TW Profile Services Valke a vital 21-19 victory against the Itec Blue Bulls. The Valke scored shortly before the final whistle to level the scores at 19-19, but a successful conversion by Kyle Benadie sealed the victory for them.
The Blue Bulls started off the clash with a bang with three tries to one in the first half to take a 19-7 lead at the break. But the Valke stepped up their game in the second half and retained possession, which allowed them to apply pressure on the Pretoria side. This paid off when it counted most, as they secured two second-half tries to snatch a victory in the dying seconds.
TW Profile Services Valke – Tries: Jahno Bester, Keagan Balfour (2). Conversions: Kyle Benadie (3).
Itec Blue Bulls – Tries: Zandre Du Toit, Wonder Mkhonto, Kyle Meadows. Conversions: Zandre Du Toit (2).
Free State 5 (5) Limpopo Blue Bulls 33 (19)
The Limpopo Blue Bulls dominated their clash against the Free State from the outset and built up a 19-5 lead with two tries in the first half. They crossed the chalk another three times in the second half to increase their tally for the match to five, while they shut out the Free State completely on defence.
This effective defence meant the Cheetahs had to settle for only five points in the match, and their second defeat in the tournament.
Free State – Try: Janco Prinsloo.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Peter Tjauke, Pieter Vorster, Mudodzwa Luvha, Justin Pieterse (2). Conversions: Juan Smith (4).
Griffons 37 (27) Namibia 13 (3)
The Griffons stamped their authority early on against Namibia as their forwards laid a solid foundation and their backs supported this with enterprising play. Such was their dominance they scored an impressive five tries in the first half to only a penalty by Namibia to take an encouraging 27-3 lead.
They picked up where they left off after the break with their pack again powering the team onto the front foot. However, Namibia showed their fighting spirit and managed to force their way into the Griffons’ half at times. These efforts paid off as they crossed the tryline twice to increase their score to 13 points for the match.
Griffons – Tries: Karabo Moahlodi, Katleho Chabanyane, Tiiisetso Mofokeng, Connie Campher, Calla Pienaar, Tielman Niewoudt (2). Conversion: Karabo Moahlodi.
Namibia – Tries: Bennie Boshoff, Peresil Hansen. Penalty: Kian Fransman
GWK Griquas 15 (12) Zimbabwe 7 (7)
The clash between GWK Griquas and Zimbabwe was tight as the teams threw everything at one another. Zimbabwe had the first say as they scored a converted try in the fourth minute to put early pressure on the Kimberley side. But GWK Griquas hit back immediately with their first try and another before half time to take a 12-7 lead.
Both teams stepped up their defence in the second half, and the only other points scored was a penalty by Griquas to secure the 15-7 victory.
Griquas – Tries: Keanan Wentzel, Duan Ludik. Conversion: Keanan Wentzel. Penalty: Keanan Wentzel.
Zimbabwe – Try: Nyasha Gumbo. Conversion: Connor Higgins.
U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-two results:
Border 0 – 33 DHL Western Province
KwaZulu-Natal 7 – 34 Boland
Eastern Province 17 – 18 Leopards
Bidvest Golden Lions 13 – 37 SWD
Border CD 19 – 14 Pumas
TW Profile Services Valke 21 – 19 Itec Blue Bulls
Free State 5 – 33 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Griffons 37 – 13 Namibia
Griquas 15 – 7 Zimbabwe