DHL Western Province toppled the SWD Eagles on Thursday, with Boland and Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions beating Free State and Griquas respectively to remain the three undefeated teams at the SA Rugby Under-18 Girls Week.
Following the conclusion of another round of games, there is now just one more round of matches left to play on Friday in Johannesburg. It was a highly competitive round two, with close scores and no less than two draws, illustrating how closely the teams are matched.
The DHL WP side won 26-5 against SWD thanks to a superior second-half effort. The SWD side was still in the match at the break with the score at 7-5 but they failed to add to their solitary try scored by Amanda Klassen (wing). The Capetonians, meanwhile, scored three second times in the second stanza clinch the match.
Boland outplayed Free State 17-5 in a tight clash. They enjoyed a 7-0 lead after Niveena Jantjies (flank) scored and Debra Fredericks (flyhalf) slotted the conversion.
The second half pretty much belonged to the Boland pivot, who scored a try and converted it plus added a penalty goal in the only scoring action of the second half. This win was also Boland’s second in as many matches.
Tournament hosts the Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions, had to dig deep to overcome Griquas. The home side held a slender 5-0 lead at the interval which proved vital. Both sides scored a converted try in the second half, however, the Golden Lions prevailed thanks to their first-half advantage the win allowed them to keep their undefeated status.
The competitive nature of matches continued when in the next game Border and the KZN Sharks shared the honours 7-7, with defence ruling over attack for most of the match. A second-half try by Border the fullback, Ayakha Myeko, and converted by Aphelele Wanyaza (flyhalf), got Border on the scoreboard. The Sharks responded though with a Nonjabulo Ngobese (fullback) try. Mary Zulu (No 10) succeeded with the conversion to tie the game.
There was also a draw between Old Mutual Zimbabwe and Blue Bulls, who shared the spoils at 5-5. The Zimbabweans led 5-0 lead at halftime and looked set to keep their winning run intact before a try by the Blue Bulls flank Lesego Mdhluli equalled matters.
The match between Griffons and Pumas proved a hugely contested one, with the Northern Free Staters emerging 20-17 winners. The scores were tied 5-all at halfway but a fourth try gave the Griffons the edge over the Pumas in the end, who could only manage three tries.
The Schutte-twins, playing for the Griffons, will have mixed emotions of this match though, as Bianca (No 8) scored a try while Danele (centre) was red-carded.
The Border Country Districts had an impressive start to their day and managed to beat the Leopards 32-5 while scoring six tries to one. They were 17-0 up already at the break from scoring three tries and added another three in the second half. Lively No 9 Uthimna Kanana scored four tries as she showed her potential to the appreciating crowd.
The only blow-out in today’s matches came from EP Elephants, who had way too much class for Limpopo Blue Bulls. The Eastern Cape side scored seven tries without any reply in their 39-0 romp with the talented fullback, Thandolwethu Hena, bagging a hat-trick. The Elephants were 24-0 in front after the first half and continued their dominance in the second half.
The SA Rugby Under-18 Girls Week results are:
Griffons 20-17 Pumas
Border Country Districts 32-5 Leopards
Boland 17-5 Free State
Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions 12-7 Griquas
Border 7-7 Sharks
EP Elephants 39-0 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Old Mutual Zimbabwe 5-5 Blue Bulls
DHL Western Province 26-5 SWD Eagles