u/13 Craven Week – Some Bruising Clashes With A WP vs Sharks Final Looming

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In the second day of the u/13 Craven Week some brilliant, bruising rugby was played with seven teams still unbeaten. Border CD, Leopards, Pumas, Griquas, Sharks, Golden Lions and Western Province are all still unbeaten but if the teams' performances are anything to go by a "final" between the Western Province and Sharks will have the crowds on their feet for the full 70 minutes.

Border CD 5-29 Zimbabwe

Border CD scored an early try to take a 5-0 lead but thereafter it was Zimbabwe that put a lot of pressure on Border CD and spent most of the first half in the half of Border. Although dominating the first half Zimbabwe could only put their first points on the board with 5 minutes to go. Another great try by Zimbabwe on the stroke of halftime saw them in the lead at the end of the first half with 12-5.

In the second half continued Zimbabwe's dominance resulted in them scoring tries at regular intervals to win their first game of the week after losing their first game to Griquas with 5-31 on Monday. Border CD is still searching for their first win after also losing to the Leopards 14-19 on Monday.

Border CD: Tries: Fayo.
Zimbabwe: Tries: Takawira, Chaponda (3), Kamwendo. Conversions: Maringa, Chaponda.

Border 15-20 Leopards

The Leopards continued their fine of Monday and opened the scoring with only seven minutes on the clock. They spent most of the first half in the territory of the Border playing a running game with the brilliant interplay between their forwards and backs which resulted in great tries being scored. The Leopards lead with 20-5 at half time.

Border used their more physical forwards to great effect in the second half to grind their way back into this match with a much more direct game plan. Border scored the only points in the second half losing 15-20 after a great second half.

Unfortunately, time ran out for Border who is still looking for their first win after their second loss of the week. The Leopards won 19-14 against Border CD and will go into the next round still unbeaten and brimming with confidence.

Leopards: Tries: Nortjé, Dumond. Conversions: Pretorius (2). Penalties: Pretorius (2)
Border: Tries: Fenako, Makwedini, Qwesha.

Griffons 26-10 Namibia

The Griffons started the game playing typical primary school rugby using their big eight, twelve and fifteen to punch holes into the defence of Namibia. With the halftime score at 14-3 and the Griffons in control one almost expected a big win for them.

The second half saw Namibia change their approach in becoming much more aggressive in defence while their loosies competed and won the turn at crucial stages. Namibia used this possession to run at the Griffons and was able to narrow the gap to 14-10 with ten minutes to go. Two tries by the Griffons in the last with 10 minutes of the second half secured a 26-10 win which does flatter them a bit.

The Griffons won their first game after their loss to Pumas (22-00) on Monday while Namibia will hope for their first win on Thursday.

Namibia: Try: Kotze Conversion: Kotze. Penalty: Kotze.
Griffons: Tries: Kirsten, Manyana (2), Matlosa. Conversions: Weideman (3).

Pumas 15-5 Cheetahs

A chess game between two heavyweights in primary schoolboy rugby. The Pumas big ball carriers were not as fast and capable as those of the Cheetahs but they were patient and very precise in breaking down the defence of the Cheetahs and lead 10-5 at halftime in a very physical game.

The Cheetahs started to get back into the game late in the first half and continued to "dominate" in the second half. The Cheetahs was maybe guilty of too many attackers isolating themselves in attack with the Pumas using every opportunity coming their way and scored the only points in the second half to win a tight physical game with 15-5.

The Cheetahs lost their first game of the week, while the Pumas remained unbeaten after a win yesterday against the Griffons (22-0)

Pumas: Tries: Bezuidenhout, Jacobz, Mkhatshwa
Cheetahs: Tries: Ekeji.

Griquas 10-00 Valke

Griquas scored after three minutes of the start of the game and had to wait until the twentieth minute to score their second try. There was not much to choose between the two teams with Griquas just more precise on the attack while the Valke made mistakes while almost crossing the scoreline. Griquas deservedly 10-0 in the lead at half time.

The second half also a ding dong battle with not much rugby being played in the 22 of the two teams with nobody adding points in the second half with a scuffle in the dying seconds of the match causing the most excitement of the second half.

Griquas is still unbeaten while the Valke is still looking for their first win of the week.

Griquas: Tries: van Loggerenberg, Jasson.

Blue Bulls 12-21 SWD

A tense and very physical game that delivered a lot of action in the first half ended with SWD in the lead with 07-05. A brilliant long-distance individual try by SWD winger Rowan _______ showed the SWD intentions early on in the match while the Bulls had to be patient and could only score their first points after 16 minutes of the first half.

The second half produced a lot of action but due to both sides' quality in defence, we had to wait until the 30th minute for the first points to be scored. Three tries in the last five minutes were scored with the two scored by SWD in quick succession sealed a victory for SWD with 21-12.

Both sides will enter day 3 with a loss each. SWD showing that their loss against Sharks yesterday (5-31) was an oopsie while the Bulls bent the knee today after two close and physical games in a row.

Blue Bulls: Tries: du Plessis, Schoeman. Conversions: Pienaar.
SWD: Tries: Mafutu, Jantjies, Dada. Conversions: Jantjies (2), Dada.

Sharks 55-00 EP

A simple match report to write with the Sharks dominating proceedings from minute 1. The domination of this Sharks team can be found in the dominance of Glenwood prep countrywide at the u/13 age group this year. The halftime score was 23-00 with the full-time score 55-00.

The Sharks are still unbeaten after their win against SWD (31-7) yesterday while the EP is still looking for their first win of the Week

Sharks: Tries: Botha, Cloete, Ndlela, Sikhakhane (3), Qhola, Mpungose, Davidson. Conversions: Davidson (5).

Golden Lions 36-15 Boland

Lions immediately started using their big forwards to force gaps in the Boland's defence and scored the first try within the first five minutes of the game and continued scoring until losing a player with a yellow card. The yellow card gave the Boland some breathing space until they also lost a player in a similar way. The Lions lead 24-00 at half time and in full control.

Boland did not surrender and managed to score two tries in the second half which helped to make the final score of 36-12 respectable. The size and physicality of the Lions the difference between the two teams.

Lions: Tries: Mnebelele (2), Pretorius, Feldman, le Roux, Maree. Conversions: Felix (3).
Boland: Tries: Mentoor (2) Conversions: Mentoor.

Western Province 41-05 Limpopo Blue Bulls

Western Province showed on Monday with their win over the Valke (70-12) that they are not going to be stopped by an average team. They continued their form of yesterday and took a willing Limpopo Bulls apart with clinical precision. The score of 19-0 did not reflect the dominance of the Western Province on the field and a big score was predicted by all attending.

Although the second half did not live up to expectations and Limpopo Bulls did manage to score a try, Western Province made it clear that they do not intend losing this week. A complete performance with a proper pack of forwards supplying quality ball to a superb backline that scored at every opportunity that presented itself. A great win for Western Province with 41-05.

WP: Tries: Jordaan (2), Mafuya (2), Simon, Swarts, Badenhorst. Conversions: Cox, Weerdt, Simon.
Limpopo: Tries: Maake.