Dec 19, 2018

u/13 Craven Week Match Reports



Boland 17(10) - 17(10) SWD - A Field

In very wet and cold conditions 30 brave boys ran on the field for the final day of the u/13 Craven Week. Boland played the correct game kicking high and wait for SWD to make mistakes. SWD reverted to short passes in the 2nd period of the first half scoring to great tries to equal the score at 10 all at the break. Boland dominated the territory and ball possession but SWD's defence kept them from scoring for a long period at a time. The game ended in a draw with Boland "deserving" the win.

Boland: Tries: Longman, Prag, Truter Conversions: Williams

SWD: Tries: Rabie, Syster, Jonker Conversions: Smith


Namibia 27(5) - 20(10) Griffons - B Field

Namibia’s goal-kicking sealed their 27-20 victory against the Griffons, as their penalty goal and two conversions proved to be the difference on the scoreboard. The Griffons led 10-5 at the break, and they added another two tries in the second half, but they were unable to convert any of them. In turn Namibia slotted over three kicks to add to their four tries.

Namibia: Tries: Beukes, Julius, Barnard, Sawyers  Conversions: Julius (2) Penalty: Diergaardt 

Griffons: Tries: Mbobo, Adendorff, Ncunca, Steyn 


Zimbabwe 21(7) - 37(15) Griquas - C Field

The Xerox Griquas overcame a tight first half against Old Mutual Zimbabwe in which they led 15-7 at the break to register a 37-21 victory, as they outscored Zimbabwe seven tries to three. 

Zimbabwe: Tries: Erasmus, Jameson Conversions: Robinson (2), Smyth

Griquas: Tries: Loubser (2), Farmer (2), Lahula, Douw, Van Niekerk Conversion: Norman 


Pumas 106(67) Border CD - D Field

The Pumas earned the biggest winning margin in the tournament as they outplayed Border CD 106-0 after running in a notable 18 tries. Lock Divan Venter scored a hat-trick with four players scoring two tries in the match.   

Pumas: Tries: Ginden, Venter (3), De Villiers, Abrahams (2), Makolane, Putter, Mathebula (2), Greeff,  Ndlaba (2), Mahlangu, Kheswa, Ntshapela   Conversions: Greeff  (7)



Blue Bulls 26(19)-17(10) Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions - A Field

The Lions without their star player no5 struggled to contain the Blue Bulls up front who wanted to make up for their loss yesterday. The Bulls steamrolled the Lions scoring two quick tries at the start of the first half. The Bulls lead 19-0 and then the Lions started their comeback combining their hard work done by the forwards with some slick handling by the backs scoring 3 tries to set up an exciting finale to the game. The Bulls winning a very physical game where their dominance paid off, just.

Blue Bulls: Tries: Dyer, Van Heerden, Thirion, Du Preez  Conversions: Links (3)

Golden Lions: Tries: Paulsen, Venter, Adendorff  Conversion: Jacobs


Valke 24(12) - 24(19) KZN - B Field

The Itec Valke and KZN played to a 24-24 draw, as the Kempton Park side staged a second-half comeback from 12-19 down to match the Durban side’s four tries. Itec Valke, lock Aiden Smith and winger Happy Nhlapo each scored a brace to allow the team to draw the match.  

Valke: Tries: Smith (2), Nhlapo (2)   Conversions: McIntyre (2)

KZN: Tries: Zulu, Van Den Berg, Zwane, Mchunu  Conversions: Kliegl (2)


Limpopo Bulls 29(5) - 31(19) Border - C Field

In another nail-biting encounter Border pipped Forever Resorts Limpopo Blue Bulls 31-29 with three conversions to two by the Limpopo side being the difference on the scoreboard. Border took an encouraging 19-5 lead at the break, but the opposition hit back strongly in the second half, while Border continued to show their determination on the attack. The result was that both teams finished the match with five tries. The match was particularly special for Border winger Mihle Matinise, who finished the tournament with a hat-trick.   

Limpopo Bulls: Tries: van Rensburg, Pienaar (2) Xaba  Conversions: de Beer (2)

Border: Tries: Tom, Bester, Matinise (3)  Conversions: Giddy (2), Matinise


Leopards 20(5) - 19(14) Free State - D Field

The Leopards pipped the Free State 20-19 as they out-scored the hosts four tries to three. Free State started the match well and built up a 14-5 lead, but the Leopards fought back with intent to score three tries to only one by the hosts, which sealed the victory. 

Leopards: Tries: Van Niekerk, Delport, Tsandzana, Khumalo 

Free State: Tries: Botha, Weyers, Gordon Conversions: Weyers (2)


Eastern Province 0-28 Western Province - A Field

The final of the u/13 Craven Week started with Western Province playing a conservative gameplan, using their forwards to set up good ball for their backline to pounce. WP scored at regular intervals in a one sided match with Eastern Province not much fuel left after their game yesterday against the Blue Bulls.

The Western Province U13 team got their match off to a flying start against Eastern Province as they retained possession and applied pressure on the attack, which earned them two early tries. Eastern Province tried hard to make a breakthrough, but the Cape side’s solid defence held them out. Another well-timed try by Western Province before halftime extended their lead to 21-0. 

The Cape side continued their fine form in the second half and did well to sneak through the gaps in the Eastern Province defence, which earned them another try to take a 28-0 lead. Eastern Province tightened up the defence as the game progressed, but while this proved to be effective in denying Western Province from adding to their score, they were still unable to make their presence on the attack.

Western Province: Tries:  Stanfliet, Pietersen, Jooste (2) Conversions: Van Niekerk (4)


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