The final game of the u/13 Craven Week should be between the Western Province and the Sharks with many of the spectators making Western Province the favourites. However, the Lions are a much better side than SWD and the Sharks performance today must be judged accordingly.
The third day of the u/13 Craven Week, unfortunately, did not produce the same sparkling rugby of the first two days. Taken account that these boys played their third game in four days one cannot fault their commitment but can only tip your hat for their efforts.
Unfortunately, this resulted in the games slowing down a lot with the intensity on the attack as well as the defence not up to the standard displayed in the first two days.
Boland 10-13 EP Elephants
Both sides came into this game having lost their two previous games this week. The two sides were closely matched with the Boland in the lead with 10-8 at the end of the first half.
The EP Elephants scored the only points in the second half to win with 13-10.
Boland: Try: Mentoor. Conversion: Mentoor. Penalty: Mentoor.
EP: Tries: Marais, Leeuskieter. Penalty: Prins
Leopards 10-22 Valke
The Valke scored two early tries to lead 10-0 at half time, however, the Leopards came back in the second half and scored two tries of their own. The lead the Valke built up in the first half gave them enough advantage to cruise to a win.
The Leopards was unbeaten coming into day 3 while the Valke was still searching for their first try.
Leopards: Tries: Jansen, van Zyl.
Valke: Tries: Gouws, Gous, Claassen, Nzama. Conversion: Claassen.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 43-12 Phakisa Pumas
The Pumas continued trying to use their big boys to bully the smaller teams but this time it did not work. Limpopo Blue Bulls used every opportunity to spread the ball wide and were in the lead 22-00 at half time.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls was tiring a bit later in the game with the Pumas taking "control". The final score of 43-12 could have been a lot closer was it not for all the errors the Pumas made on the attack.
The Pumas lost their first game of the week while the Limpopo Bulls got their week back on track after the beating they suffered against the WP (41-5) on Tuesday.
Pumas: Tries: Cloete, Makhatswha. Conversion: Meyer.
Limpopo Blue Bulls: Tries: Schrader, Santos, Matabane (3), vd Berg, Masemola. Conversions: Stopforth (5).
Griquas 6-14 Blue Bulls
A very physical game with the Griquas, the bigger side scoring two penalties to lead 6-0 at half time.
The Bulls used their hard running forwards with great effect in the second half and attacked the Griquas defence head-on with their loosies doing great work in the attack. This gameplan caused several holes in the previously impenetrable defensive system of the Griquas and resulted in two tries to win 14-6.
Griquas: Penalties: Retief (2).
Blue Bulls: Tries: Pretorius, Stolk. Conversions: Pienaar (2).
Western Province 50-07 SWD
WP scored in the first minute of the game and just continued to do so for the rest of the game. The Sharks came "back" into the game during the last 10 minutes of the first half to score their only points of the match en the first half 7-24 behind.
Thereafter this magnificent WP team just carried on to score and won 50-7 while only in second gear.
Western Province: Tries: du Plessis, Norton (2), Blanckenberg, Simon (2), Ntuba, Swarts. Conversions: Norton, Simon (4).
SWD: Try: Gabada. Conversion: Coetzee.
Sharks 22-5 Golden Lions
Two "evenly" matched teams with the big difference the speed at which the Sharks did everything. The Lions struggled to keep up with the pace of the Sharks, with only desperate last-second defence keeping the Sharks from running away on the scoreboard. That halftime score of 10-0 to the Sharks definately not a reflection of on-field play.
The tiring Sharks team made it "easy" for the Lions to come back in the second half, forcing the Sharks to defend for extended periods in their own 22. However, the speed of the Sharks outside backs proved too much for the Lions and resulted in long-distance tries being scored by the Sharks.
The Lions definately deserved more points in the second half but eventually lost 22-5 to a very good Sharks team.
Lions: Try: Feldman
Sharks: Tries: Cloete, Ngaka-Bless (2), v Staaden. Conversion: Sikhakane.
Cheetahs 22-5 Border CD
The Border played will in the first 15 minutes which saw them scoring the first try of the match. Thereafter, it was, unfortunately, all Cheetahs for the rest of the first half which ended with the Cheetahs in the lead with 17-5.
The second half did not produce many points with the Cheetahs scoring the only points to win 22-5.
Border CD will still be looking for their first win on Friday while the Cheetahs have won two from three after this convincing win.
Cheetahs: Tries: Grobler, Erasmus, Lamont, Madinga. Conversion: Madinga.
Border: Try: Thamsanqua
Griffons 22-0 Border
Griffons first scored after 20 minutes of play to lead 5-0 at halftime. The second half the game came alive a bit with only the Border who scored three tries to win 22-0.
Griffons: Tries: Manyana (2), Chaka. Conversion: Crous (2). Penalty: Crous.
Zimbabwe 14-29 Namibia
Namibia piled on the pressure from the word go with Zimbabwe defending for their life. After falling behind with 0-19 Zimbabwe came alive and scored a great long distance try to trail 07-19 at the end of the first half.
The first 20 minutes of the second half again belonged to Namibia who extended their lead to 29-7. Zimbabwe as in the first half took over late in the second half to score the last try of the half and lost 14-29.
Namibia won their first game of the week while Zimbabwe won their first on Tuesday against Border CD.
Namibia: Tries: vd Colff, Oosthuizen, Kauari. Conversion: Kotze (3). Penalty: Kotze.
Zimbabwe: Tries: Gunda (2). Conversions: Stirrup (2)