u/16 Grant Khomo – WP Storm To The “Final”

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On a cold and wet day, the scores were low but the intensity and brutality of the games increased tenfold as the teams kept the ball close and risk to the minimum.

Pumas XV 7-26 Limpopo Blue Bulls

In wet and cold conditions the first twenty minutes were dominated by the heavier pack of the Pumas, however, the Limpopo Bulls used their two chances to score and lead 12-00 with fifteen minutes to go. Two further tries by the Limpopo Bulls before half time put them in a comfortable lead of 26-00. Limpopo Bulls was in full control at that stage having weathered the initial Pumas onslaught.

Pumas scored two quick tries in the last 5 minutes of the match, to end a somewhat boring game with the Limpopo Bulls winning 26-17 securing their first win of the week after losing to the Pumas 10-29 on Monday.

Limpopo Bulls: Tries: Mokwena, Mofokeng, Sethaba, Ramaloko. Conversions: vd Heever (3).
Pumas XV: Try: Thusi. Conversion: Nel.


Border CD 0-10 Zimbabwe

The Border CD team suffered their second loss of the week after Zimbabwe used their forwards to score two tries in the first half and lead 10-0 at halftime.

The second half was scoreless but the management of Zimbabwe ecstatic after their first win in the 2019 tournament.

Zimbabwe: Tries: Kambani, Mafumi.


Border 13-8 Griffons

Griffons used their big forwards to dominate and establish an early lead of 8-0. The Borders elusive runners had to be happy with the scraps they got but scored a great try just before halftime to go into the lead 10-8 just before halftime.

Border scored the only points in the second half to win 13-8 for their first win of the week while the Griffons lost their unbeaten record after beating the Valke 35-34 on Monday.

Border: Try: Thompson. Conversion: Heath. Penalties: Heath (2).
Griffons: Try: Claasen. Penalty: Claasen.


Namibia 20-23 SA Iqhawe

Iqhawe was quick to race into a lead of 15-00 after only 20 minutes, combining their backs and forwards to run Namibia to pieces.

The second half after the replacements came on the boys from Iqhawe lost the plot and Namibia stormed back into the game scoring some scintillating tries. Unfortunately, the time ran out for Namibia with Iqhawe hanging on for a historical 1st win in their first Grant Khomo.

Namibia lost their first game of the week after crushing Border CD 29-6 on Monday.

Iqhawe: Tries: Lakay, van Wyk, Smith. Conversion: Odendaal. Penalties: Odendaal, Ntalantala.
Namibia: Tries: Januarie, Hawanga, Coetzee Conversion: Beukes. Penalty: Koopman.


Golden Lions 29-17 EP Elephants

EP dominated the first ten minutes of the game but could not score due to some great defence from the Lions which caused mistakes to be made by EP just before scoring. The Lions was first on the scoreboard after 25 minutes of action to lead 7-0 after a converted try. Three quick tries after the first try resulted in the Lions ending the first half 26-00 and firmly in control.

The second half started to lose its structure which suited the EP Elephants. The EP Elephants scored three scintillating tries to reduce the Lions lead to just 17-29 which was also the final score.

The Lions are still unbeaten after the won against the Leopards (31-17) while the EP Elephants who have beaten the Bulls (15-13) on Monday has lost their chance to remain unbeaten.

Lions: Tries: vd Walt (2), v Zyl, Letebele. Conversions: Mills (2), Smith. Penalty: Smith.
EP Elephants: Tries: Langa, Pharo, Matabielie. Conversions: Moss.


Valke 19-22 Leopards

The Valke was quick to open up a lead of 14-7 after only 25 minutes of the first half but then the Leopards found some rhythm to share the lead 14-14 at half time.

The second half was a tense affair but the penalty converted by the Leopards was the difference at the end of the day. Leopards won 22-19.

The Valke is still looking for their first win of the week after a narrow 34-35 loss against the Griffons on Monday.

Valke: Tries: Speelman, McGeer, Skosana. Conversions: Olivier (2).
Leopards: Tries: Kgaudi, Mokatse (2). Conversions: Snyders (2). Penalty: Klue.


Sharks 20-20 SWD.

The Shark have only themselves to blame playing to a draw of 20-20 against the SWD. They controlled everything in the first half and lead 17-6 at half time.

The second half saw the SWD score two great tries to draw the game they were supposed to lose.

The Sharks most probably losing their claim to play in Friday's "final" against the Western Province while SWD has not won a game yet BUT neither lost won as the drew against the Cheetahs 36-36 on Monday.

Sharks: Tries: Potgieter (2). Conversions: Els (2). Penalties: Els (2).
SWD: Tries: Jansen, Neil le Roux. Conversion: Neil le Roux (2). Penalty: Neil le Roux (2).


Boland 30-20 Griquas.

Boland: Tries: Dampies, v Reenen (2), Philander (2). Conversion: v Reenen. Penalty: v Reenen.
Griquas: Tries: Rust, Jansen. Conversions: Louw (2). Penalties: Louw (2).


DHL Western Province 44-12 Free State Cheetahs

Western Province started like a runaway train with their big and talented backs tearing the defence of the Freestate apart with ease. WP lead 31-00 after 30 minutes before the Free State could score a try just before the end of the first half to narrow the gap to. Western province lead 31-05 at half time.

Free State scored another try just after the first half started whereafter the WP took over again to score two more tries to win 44-12.

Western Province must be the favourites not to only play in the "finals" but also to win.

Western Province: Tries: van Dyk, Smith (3), Hartzenberg, Kunene. Conversions: Ludwig (4). Penalty: Ludwig, Smith.
Cheetahs: Tries: Izaks, Meyer. Conversions: Smith.


Pumas 17-38 Blue Bulls

The Bulls lost their first game 16-15 to the EP Elephants on Monday and showed early on that they wanted to set the record straight. they used their big forwards to force massive holes in the defence of the host which resulted in an early 19-0 lead at. The Pumas came back late in the first half and a try reduced the Bulls lead to 19-0

The second half delivered some great attacking play with both sides scoring spectacular tries. However, the Bulls scored three tries while the Pumas only scored two. The Bulls won 38-17 in an entertaining final game of Day 2 of the u/16 Grant Khomo Week.

Pumas: Tries: Meyer, Markus, Jacobus. Conversion: Gates.
Bulls: Tries: Mayman, Locke, Bangue, Muller, Horn, Oppelt. Conversions: Gerber (4)