KZN, Lions to duel for final spot

Day one winners KZN and the Golden Lions will face off in the U18 Craven Week feature match on day three.

The winner of the fixture is likely to seal a place in the tournament unofficial final. KZN will be favourites following their comprehensive 48-24 win over 2011′s top side Free State. The Lions struggled early on during their 29-14 win over Border.

If KZN win, it will be their first unofficial final appearance since 1990. The Lions lost in last year’s showdown against Free State.

KZN co-head coach Sean Erasmus lauded his charges for their performance, but stressed that they couldn’t afford any complacency in a tough game against the Lions.

‘[Co-head coach] Barend Steyn and I worked really hard in preparing the team. This performance is a result of great preparation . We did our homework and everything went according to plan,’ Erasmus told Schoolboy Derby. ‘I was very happy with our attack and defence. We finished off most of our opportunities and tackled really well.

‘But we did take our foot off the pedal in the second half. The boys saw 48 points on the scoreboard, and thought that was enough. We can’t afford to become complacent, especially against the Lions.

‘They’re a strong, physical side, so we’ll have to take our chances. We also can’t concede kickable penalties, otherwise we’ll be punished by their flyhalf [Jako van der Walt], who has a big boot.’

In other fixtures on day three, an exciting EP side tackle Boland while Free State will hope for a better performance against Border.

Griquas vs Namibia (09:30)
Valke vs Leopards (11:00)
Free State vs Border (12:30)
EP vs Boland (14:00)
KZN vs Lions (15:30)

By Gareth Duncan