SWD smash Bulls babes

The U16 Grant Khomo Week continued on Tuesday with nine matches played in Wellington.

Games were again played at the Boland Stadium as well as at the Hugenote High School. The final round of matches will be played on Thursday.

MATCH REPORTS:

Blue Bulls 0 SWD 21

South Western Districts made the most of their opportunities to record a deserved 21 – 0 win over the Blue Bulls. The scoreline is unkind to the Bulls who, despite being unable to score, were competitive throughout.

Wet conditions early on made it difficult for both teams as they each attempted to gain the advantage up front. SWD made liberal use of the boot to turn their opponents around or force them into making mistakes. Although this did not produce a try, they did benefit from two first half penalties, both converted by centre Renier de Villiers. SWD led 6 – 0 at the break

SWD scored the first try of the game after sustained pressure inside the Bulls 22. After coming close several times, they took the ball wide eventually crossing the line through flanker Aden Jones. De Villiers converted to make it 13 – 0. SWD extended their lead midway through the half when prop Marius Fourie rounded off an attack down the far touchline. The Bulls might have had a case for Fourie being offside as he was in front of the ball when he gathered it from a hack ahead by one of his team-mates.

De Villiers added a third penalty in the 22nd minute to make it 21 – 0 and despite some brave efforts by the Bulls late in the game, SWD prevailed to add to their 15-15 draw against the Griffons on day one. It was the Bulls second loss after they went down 8-14 to EP on Monday.

Mpumalanga 12 Boland 15

In a match characterized by its end-to-end action, hosts Boland came from behind to record a narrow 15-12 win over Mpumalanga.

The young Pumas opened the scoring in the 9th minute after the Boland defence had failed to clear an up and under. The Pumas pounced on the loose ball to send Centre Dewald Pieters in under the posts. Flyhalf Gary van Aswegen converted to make it 7 – 0.

The hosts struck back with a well taken try in the corner by fullback Sampie Mastriet. The conversion was unsuccessful. On the stroke of halftime, the Pumas extended their lead to 12 -5 after fullback Gordin Mashele scored in the corner.

The hero in the second half was wing Anthony Volminck whose two tries saw Boland home. In the sixth minute Volminck scored his first to narrow the gap to two and he added a second in the 18th minute to give Boland the lead for the first time. Despite a late charge by Mpumalanga, they held on to win 15 – 12.

Western Province 14 Griqualand West 0

Vodacom Western Province put their stronger pack to good use in wet conditions to score a 14 – 0 win over Griquas. They scored a try either side of halftime to make amends for their 22-27 defeat at the hands of the Lions on Monday.

The match began and ended in driving rain with Western Province handling the wet and slippery conditions better than their opponents, who are most probably used to harder, dry fields. Time and again Griquas handling let them down as they tried to get their speedy backs into play. Things were made harder by the fact that they had to attack from within their own half.

Vodacom WP made most of the play in the first period and eventually broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when lock Philip Hanekom burst through from a maul inside the Griquas 22 to score under the posts. Flyhalf Edgar van Wyk added the conversion to give WP a 7 – 0 lead, which they took into the break.

With the rain pelting down throughout the second half, both sides struggled with continuity amidst an array of dropped passes and players losing their footing. WP remained camped in the Griquas half, however, and they managed to create a match-winning score when they attacked down the far-side touchline to send winger Curtis Ellers in for a try. Van Wyk converted from the touchline to make it 14 – 0.

Kwazulu-Natal 17 Free State 8

Kwazulu-Natal’s ‘young Sharks’ took the game to their opponents right from the start and came away with a deserved 17-8 win over Free State.

The young Sharks did not let the wet and muddy conditions put them off as they ran in three first half tries without reply. The first was by Flank Ruan Burr-Dixon, followed by hooker Shaun Malton and then lock Steen Smith. Flyhalf Khayelihle Zondo succeeded with one conversion and Free State flyhalf Jaco Kruger replied with a penalty to give the Sharks a 17-3 lead at the break.

The Sharks did not let up in the second half, continuing to put the young Cheetahs under pressure with their forward onslaught and clever use of the boot by flyhalf Zondo. Free State tried to speed up play as they sought to save the game in the closing stages but the unsteady underfoot conditions made this difficult.

Free StateÂ’s persistence paid off, however, when number eight Adriaan Theizinger dived over for a consolation try after a wave of Free State attacks in the dying minutes. The conversion was missed.

It was a disappointing result for Free State, who beat Border 43-17 on Monday.

Lions 17 Eastern Province 7

Heavy underfoot conditions and stop-start rain combined to make things difficult for the Lions and EP in the final match of the day. The Lions made the most of the few opportunities that came their way to record a deserved 17 – 7 win. They remain unbeaten after beating WP 27-22 on Monday.

Despite some solid play by both sides, the first 30 minutes failed to deliver any points and the match was deadlocked going into the second half.

The Lions finally gave the scoreboard operator something to do five minutes into the second half when lock Leander Visser went over in the corner after the Lions had opted to go for the lineout from a penalty. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies failed with the conversion and the Lions led 5 – 0.

EP flyhalf Louis Kruger missed and opportunity to narrow the gap to two points after which the Lions got themselves back into EP territory and created a scoring chance out wide for winger Johannes Segeel, making it 10 – 0. Jantjies was again unsuccessful with the conversion.

Prop Juan Nel added a third try for the Lions after they had again opted to kick to touch from a penalty. The forwards secured the ball and Nel drove his way over for the score. Jantjies kicked the conversion to take the score to 17 – 0.

EP eventually got onto the scoresheet in the final minute when flanker Sibongile Njomba scored from a maul close to the Lions line. Kruger converted to make it 17 – 7. It was a disappointing result for EP who beat the Blue Bulls 14 – 8 on Monday.

OTHER RESULTS:

Leopards 15 Border CD 8
Boland XV 10 Border 5
Limpopo 10 Namibia 10
Falcons 19 Griffons 5