Western Province recorded their second victory at Craven Week when they beat the Golden Lions 26-21 in East London.
WP took a third minute lead as flyhalf William van Wyk converted an early penalty. They opened up gaps in the Lions’ defence with good passing and straight running and it wasn’t long until they extended their lead through tries from wing Zingisa Ndiki and fullback Craig Barry.
Conversely, the Lions couldn’t find any momentum due to poor handling. They were dealt another blow when prop LJ van Heerden was sent to the sin bin for ill-discipline at the breakdown.
However, down 18-0 the Gauteng boys came out fighting in the second half. Lions fullback Garth April kicked his team back into the game as he slotted three penalties, while centres Jarred Meyer and Bradley Moolman broke several tackles. This eventually paid off as Meyer went on to score the Lion’s first try.
Province fought back and their rush defence saw wing Tshotsho Mbovane score in the corner as he pounced on a loose ball. The Lions scored a late try through a great run by April, which created a tense finish to the game. However, Province kept their composure and held on for a good win.
Border 17 Griquas 15
Border wing Leon Makiwane starred with a double as the hosts pipped Griquas in a real thriller.
Darren-lee Koopman opened the scoring for Griquas with a well worked try, but moments later opposite winger Makiwane showed great speed to score his first of the day.
Flyhalf Johandre van der Walt brought Griquas back in front with a penalty to make it 8-5. However, Border flanker Chris Cloete scored before the interval taking his side into an 10-8 lead at half-time.
Shortly after the break Border flanker Roelof Roodt was yellow-carded for a late tackle on Van der Walt. Taking advantage of the extra man Griquas ran in a try through their fullback Wilem Bester. Van der Walt converted to put the visitors 15-10 ahead.
Late in the game a good move from the Border backline and some nice support play led to Makiwane’s second of the day. Flyhalf Dale Sabbagh managed to slot the winning conversion to give the hosts their second consecutive win of the tournament.
Pumas 37 Valke 10
Pumas wing Sizo Maseko scored a hat-trick as his team recorded their first win at this year’s Craven Week.
The Brakpan boys got off to a great start with two quick tries by fullback Ulrich van Schalkwyk and flyhalf Michael Holtzhausen. However, the Pumas hit back when No 8 Bruce Zeelie drove over the tryline from a scrappy lineout.
The Pumas gained momentum late in the first half as the Valke faded, with Maseko finishing off a great team try.
It was all Pumas for the rest of the game as they ran in another five tries. Lock Christoff Gouws, centre Clearance Khumalo and flank Sandile Ngwenya each got one, while Maseko stole the show with two great individual efforts.
Eastern Province 40 Griquas CD 20
A brace of tries from No 8 Siya Kolisi and centre Nicholas Holton helped EP claim a convincing win over Griquas CD.
It was Kolisi who scored the first five-pointer of the game, which was converted by flyhalf Frans Botha. Griquas CD struck back shortly afterwards with a penalty from fullback Abraham le Roux to make it 7-3.
Flank Renier Erasmus and Kolisi extended EP’s lead with another two tries, both of which were converted by Botha. Griquas CD responded with a try by wing Jacob Human, although the conversion was missed.
Holton added five more points to EP’s tally and Botha’s conversion made it 28-8. On the stroke of half-time wing Clinton Saunders was yellow-carded giving Griquas CD a numerical advantage for the next 10 minutes.
The second half saw four tries – two from each side. Heinrich Leonard and Holton scored for EP, while centre Tinus Knoetze and flank Stripp Cornellisen went over for Griquas CD.
Griquas CD’s cause wasn’t helped when prop Buarend Koortzen was yellow-carded with 20 minutes to go.
South Western Districts 41 Namibia 5
Wing Ruwayne Beukman shone for the Young Eagles, scoring a hat-trick against a disappointing Namibian outfit.
SWD’s other wing, Henry Gordon, opened the scoring for his side after they capitalised on a silly quick throw from Namibia.
The Young Eagles continued to control the game, running in another two first-half tries through Beukman and flyhalf Jaco van Tonder.
Things worsened for Namibia as centre Willam Jacobs was sent to the sin bin for a late shoulder charge.
Beukman then grabbed another two tries, with No 8 Franco Geldenhuys and fullback Martin Boonzaier also getting their names on the scoresheet for SWD.
Namibia claimed a consolation try through flank Dirk Basson.
By Gareth Duncan & Grant McCalgan