Day 3 of the u/13 Craven Week being held at Bloemfontein delivered the goods in a big way. Two games which stood out was between Valke vs Leopard and Blue Bulls vs Eastern Province.
Sharks 34(19)-5(0) Griffons - A Field
The Griffons with their bigger boys attacked from the start using their size to dominate in defence but the great defence from KZN kept them out although they camped in the Sharks 22 for long periods. The Sharks used the turnover ball caused by their brilliant defence to attack and scored tries everytime they were in the Griffons 22. The second half the game was played in the half of the Griffons with their big boys tiring visibly. Sharks end Craven Week 2017 on a high.
Sharks: Tries: Khumalo, Momberg, Van Den Berg, Zwane Conversions: Kliegl (2)
Griffons: Tries: Matthysen
Griquas 94(46) - 0 Border CD - B Field
Xerox Griquas registered the biggest score of the day as they ran riot on attack against Border CD to cross the tryline 16 times, while they shut out the Eastern Cape side to register a comprehensive 94-0 victory.
Griquas: Tries: Stadler, Voster, Loubser, Hendricks, Abrahams (2), Hohls, Nel, Norman (3), Farmer (2) Lahula (2), Jantjies Conversions: Hohls (6), Norman
Valke 20(10) - 14(7) Leopards - A Field
It was clear from the start of the game that these two macro-sized teams are going to make it very physical, and so it was. Big oohs and aaas from the crowd enjoying this physical battle, awesome stuff. This absolute fight between to BIG teams is a wonderful display of how rugby must be played. Structured, big forwards and lightning-fast backs with the minimum interference by an excellent referee. Rugby the winner.
Valke: Tries: Paulsen, Meyer, McIntyre, Radebe
Leopards: Tries: Delport, Oliphant Conversions: Mostert (2)
Pumas 31(7) - 41(36) Free State - B Field
Free State, meanwhile, survived a strong second-half fightback from the Pumas after leading 36-7 at the break to claim a 41-31 victory. The hosts were in fine form in the first half as they showed fantastic skill on attack, which allowed them to score at will. The Pumas, however, remained composed and forced their way back into the game after the break to finish the match with five tries to the Free State’s seven. But this was too little too late.
Pumas: Tries: Ndlaba, Putter, Ntshapela, Mbongeni, Kheswa Conversions: Greeff (3)
Free State: Tries: Moshoaliba, Van der Westhuizen, Botha (2), Weyers, May, Pringle Conversions: Weyers (3)
Limpopo Bulls 22(12)-24(0) SWD - A Field
The Limpopo Bulls used their big forwards to control the first and early part of the second half. The backs of SWD refused to go home and with three stellar tries narrowed the gap in the score to 17-22. With time running out SWD gave everything against a tiring Limpopo Bulls and after a kind bounce by the ball after a kick downfield scored the winning try with 2 minutes left on the clock.
Limpopo Bulls: Tries: Malahlela, Dohse, Legodi, Pienaar Conversion: de Beer
SWD: Tries: Bruinders, Smith, Syster, Jonker Conversions: Pretorius, van Rensburg
Border 22(17) - (17)32 Boland - A Field
The 1st half was a half of two halves with Boland controlling the 1st and Border the 2nd. Halftime score at 17-17 a true reflection of the game. With the start of the second half Boland came out playing the better constructive rugby winning quality ball for their backline who's speed on the wing was the main difference.
Border: Tries: Tom (3), Bester Conversion: Matinis
Boland: Tries: Groenewald, Mitchell`s (2), Lottering, Bezuidenhout Conversions: Williams (2) Penalty: Williams
Zimbabwe 10(5)-15(10) Namibia - A Field
Namibia stormed into the lead scoring two tries in quick succession leading 10-0 after just 8 minutes. After the initial onslaught from Namibia Zimbabwe slowly clawed their way back into the game and although smaller than Namibia scored just before halftime through slick handling by their backs to trial just 5-10. The second half both sides came out playing an open game throwing the ball around and running from everywhere. With the score at 10-10 and time running out Namibia was awarded a try the corner and after they won the scrum the ball was spread wide to score in the opposite corner to win the match
Zimbabwe: Tries: Grant, Jameson
Namibia: Tries: Kambombo, Julius, Diergaardt
Blue Bulls 17(10) - 29(7) Eastern Province - A Field
The game started a frenetic pace with both sides wanting to establish dominance. EP with speed and flair and the Bulls with physical dominance. EP enjoying the territorial advantage with the Bulls dominant in contact. The first half felt if it was only played for 5 minutes, such was the pace and intensity. The second half started where the first half stopped regarding the action but with EP starting to dominate the scrums and physical collisions too. The Bulls camped in the 22 of Eastern Province for 10 minutes being kept from scoring by brilliant defence from Eastern Province. A turnover ball and break way try by EP put the game's result beyond any doubt, EP winning and surprising all.
Blue Bulls: Tries: Dyer, Du Preez, Nel Conversion: Links
Eastern Province: Tries: Maphekula, Boden, Nkomphela, Muller Conversions: Boden (3) Penalty: Boden
Golden Lions 5(5) - 31(7) Western Province - A Field
The game started with the Golden Lions being just better than the Western Province to score after a lineout drive in the corner. Western Province then slowly started to control te game but only managed to score in the last minute in the first half to lead 7-5 at the break. This match very even with Western Province deserving the 2 point lead. The second half Western Province used their handling and speed in the backline to create space for their speedsters and scored some good tries. The Western Province winning this chess game, convincingly.
Golden Lions: Try: Branco
Western Province: Tries: Smal, Tchimanga (2), De Jongh, Stoltz Conversions: Niekerk (3)