WP schoolboys signal intentions

Western Province thrashed Eastern Province 49-15 on the opening day of the U18 Craven Week in East London.

WP ran riot in the first half, scoring five tries to two through fullback Logan Solomons, flyhalf William van Wyk, wing Zingisa Ndiki, hooker Gareth Tompkin and loose forward Jody Reyneke.

EP scrumhalf Carl van Zyl scored an intercept try against the run of play and wing Dillion Hopshire went over in the corner to make it 31-10 at half-time.

The second half saw EP put in a better performance. WP only managed to score two more tries through flank Nizaam Carr and Ndiki, with Van Wyk kicking a penalty and a drop goal.

Other results:

Border 15 Valke 10

Border started off brightly with some telling runs that penetrated the Valke defence, but they were unable to score.

Valke scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens was sent to the sin bin for kicking a player, but Border were still unable to capitalise.

Both teams remained scoreless for most of the first half until a late try by No 8 Ruan Lerm gave the Valke a 5-0 lead at the break.

The second half witnessed a Border comeback. A more composed Border scored their first points in the 44th minute through a try by lock Louis Nell.

The Valke were left to defend as their opponents dominated but they stood firm against the Border onslaught. Eventually wing Kantu Mfenyana gave Border a late 10-5 lead as he scored their first try.

However, two minutes later, the Valke scored a try against the run of play thanks to wing Otavio Fortuin. The game seem destined to end in a 10-10 draw, but Border manage to score the winning points in the final minute. Border ran the ball from their own half and fullback Olunje Gwampi managed to score in the corner.

Golden Lions 34 South Western Districts 6

Lions wing Andries Oosthuizen opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a try, before SWD flyhalf Jaco van Tonder kicked a penalty.

The rest of the half saw Lions fullback Garth April shine with the boot. He kept SWD deep in their own territory with some accurate kicking and slotted three penalties to give his team a 16-3 lead at the break.

Van Tonder and April exchanged penalties early in the second half, before Lions prop LJ van Tonder scored a try from an unstoppable driving maul to make it 24-6.

The Lions continued to dominate and scored two more tries via flank JP le Grange and wing Lincoln Koopman.

Griquas 31 Pumas 22

While both teams attack well and defended bravely, Griquas had more firepower, scoring four tries to the Pumas’ three.

Griquas took an early lead through a penalty from flyhalf Johandre van der Walt, before flank Johnathon Africa drove over for a 29th-minute try. Van der Walt added the conversion.

Pumas captain Ulrich Beyers kept his team in the game by slotting a penalty just before the break.

The second half was an open affair as both sides scored three tries. Griquas were scored by wing Weul Menezes (2) and No 8 Deon Carney, while wing Abednego Mamushi, Sandile Ngwenya and lock Christoff Gouws went over for the Pumas.

Ill discipline at the rucks also saw both teams punished with yellow cards.

Griquas CD 13 Namibia 11

Poor handling and missed opportunities cost Namibia this game. They were the better team for most of the match, but Griquas CD fought back well in the last five minutes.

Griquas CD outside centre Braam le Roux opened the scoring with a 45m penalty, but Namibia came back with a try after a well-worked set piece put wing Rinrongeree Kauuovo over in the corner.

Namibia missed four attempts at goal in the first half, which proved costly as Le Roux slotted another penalty to give Griquas CD a 6-5 lead at at the break.

Prop Francois Potgieter gave Namibia a 11-6 advantage with two penalties, but this was not enough as Griquas CD prop Barend Botha scored a try in the 65th minute and Le Roux coolly kicked the conversion.

By Gareth Duncan