Natal are champs

Natal were crowned unofficial champions of the 2006 U16 Grant Khomo Week after beating the Lions in the main match on Thursday.

The week was concluded today with nine matches played at the Hugenote High School and at the Boland Stadium. The Sharks and SWD were the only unbeaten teams at the event.

MATCH REPORTS:

Boland 26 Free State 15

Hosts Boland finished with an entertaining 26-15 win over Free State. It was their second win in succession after they beat Mpumalanga on Tuesday. Boland led 19–5 at halftime.

Blessed with some talented backs, Boland dominated from the start, opening the scoring with a try by scrumhalf Frederick Muller in the third minute and stretching their lead four minutes later with a second try by wing Anthonie Volminck. Both tries were converted by flyhalf Hendrik Heunis to give Boland a 14–0 lead.

Free State got onto the score sheet in the 29th minute when wing Chejana Mallane showed great control of the ball to go over in the corner. Flyhalf Theunis Kruger was unsuccessful with the conversion.

Boland responded immediately, with the impressive Volminck getting his second try of the game. Free State struck early in the second half though a try by centre Jacob van Wyk, which was converted by Kruger to reduce the deficit to seven points.

Kruger added a penalty midway through the half to bring Free State within a score of taking the lead but Boland had the final say on the stroke of fulltime when No 8 Morne Williams went over for their fourth try, which was converted by Heunis. Volminck was the top try-scorer with four and the second highest points scorer with 20.

Border 3 Blue Bulls 30

After earlier losses to Eastern Province and SWD, the young Blue Bulls ended on a positive note, beating Border convincingly 30-3. It was Border’s third defeat at the event.

The Blue Bulls went into an 8-0 lead within the first 10 minutes through a penalty by centre Louis Boshoff and a try by fullback Themba Nkosana. Border kicked a penalty through flyhalf Stefan Terblanche on the stroke of halftime and the teams changed over at 8-3.

The Blue Bulls completely dominated the second half. Flyhalf Lance Mitchell kicked a drop goal before further tries by flank Martin Rochester, Boshoff and Mitchell, two of which were converted by substitute centre Zander de Bruin, ensured the Bulls of a convincing win.

Western Province 23 Eastern Province 13

Vodacom Western Province also ended on a high note with a well-deserved 23–13 win over Eastern Province on the final day. It was WP’s second consecutive win following their 14-0 win over Griquas on Tuesday.

It was EP’s second defeat in a row after they had made a good start with a win over the Blue Bulls on Monday. WP’s forwards were again used to good effect assuring them of a 10–3 lead at the break.

They scored points via a try by hooker Paulus Viljoen and a conversion and a penalty by flyhalf Edgar van Wyk and EP replied with a penalty by flyhalf Louis Kruger.

Van Wyk extended the WP lead with another penalty in the 7th minute of the second half. A minute later EP substitute winger Juan-Pierre Schuin crossed for a try, which was converted by Kruger to close the gap to 13–10.

WP continued to dominate with some impressive driving play and centre Jaco Oliver eventually put them further ahead with a try ten minutes from time. Van Wyk converted to take the score to 20–10.

With time running out Kruger kicked a second penalty for EP but van Wyk had the final say, kicking his third penalty to make it 23-13 with two minutes left on the board.

Falcons 7 SWD 29

The SWD “Young Eagles” ended unbeaten after a convincing 29–7 win over a competitive Falcons team. In their previous matches, SWD drew 15-15 with the Griffons and demolished the Blue Bulls 21-0.

Inside centre Renier de Villiers was a key figure inthe SWD win, impressively marshalling the backline and putting in a good kicking performance. Lock Kenville Jantjies opened the scoring with a try after some strong build-up play by the young Eagles.

De Villiers converted and just minutes later he was responsible for his side’s second try when he ran a great angle to score one of the best tries of the day. He was unable to convert his own try.

The Falcons pulled a try back in the closing minutes of the half when centre Given Moklema went in near the posts after some great build up play. Flyhalf Henk Fourie added the two points to make the halftime score 12-7 to SWD.

De Villiers extended the SWD lead to 15-7 with a penalty in the 13th minute of the second half. He then played a key role in SWD’s third try, getting the line away swiftly and then linking to make the final pass to centre Anver Venter for the score.

De Villiers converted to stretch the lead to 22-7. Flank Aden Jones added a fourth try for SWD in the final minute and de Villiers converted to cap a successful week for the team from George.

De Villiers finished as the tournament’s leading points scorer with 25 from a try, four penalties and four conversions.

Natal 17 Lions 10

Natal were crowned the “unofficial” champions when they scored a hard-fought 17–10 win over the Lions in the final match of the week. The young Sharks trailed 7-10 at the break and put in a determined performance to finish unbeaten.

Earlier in the week, Natal had beaten Boland 13–11 and Free State 17-8. The young Sharks started in similar fashion to what they did in their previous match against the Free State, making good use of their forwards to gain momentum and then setting up the phases with the backs bringing the ball back inside for the pack to recycle.

They were rewarded as early as the fourth minute when lock Steen Smith went over in the corner. Flyhalf Storm Pearton converted to make it 7-0.

Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty to narrow the gap to 8-3 before missing two penalty attempts in quick succession that would have put his side into the lead. His namesake, flanker Andre, made amends when he went over for a try a minute from the break. Elton added the conversion to give the Lions a 10-7 halftime lead.

Natal struck back in the 7th minute of the second half when centre Awande Khumalo went over in the corner after some solid build-up play by the forwards. Pearton added his second conversion to restore the young Sharks’ lead at 14-10.

The Lions threw everything into attack in the final ten minutes, running most of the ball that they got but they were unable to add to their score. With a minute and a half to play, the Sharks won a penalty inside the Lions 22 which was kicked by replacement flyhalf Khayelihle Zondo to put the result beyond doubt.

Despite the loss, the Lions can be proud of their performances after they beat WP 27- 22 and EP 17-7 in their earlier games.

OTHER RESULTS:

Border CD 0 Limpopo 36
Boland XV 5 Leopards 17
Griquas 15 Namibia 10
Pumas 8 Griffons 5