Free State suffered their second loss in a row onTuesday when they went down 15-5 to Border. Border Country Districts recorded their second successive victory when they convincingly defeated the Griffons by 22-3.
The defending champions, Lions suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss against the Boland, whilst the Blue Bulls, undoubtedly the inform team at the Week raised the bar even further when they defeated the Falcons 32-0. The Bulls, Boland, Border CD, Limpopo and Western Province are the only unbeaten teams thus far.
Leopards 5 (5), Griquas 0 (0)
The Leopards narrowly defeated Griquas 5-0 in a hard fought encounter. For the winning team the stocky eight man, Tiaan Jansen van Vuuren (80kg, 1.78m), had a cracker with his unstoppable runs from the base of the scrum. Nobody could have predicted that the Leopard lock, Stephan Coertzen’s, try two minutes after the kick off would be the only points of this bone crunching match.
Border Country Districts 22 (10), Griffons 3 (3)
Basic running rugby and aggressive defense. This was the simple but effective tactics that Border Country Districts employed to give the Griffons a hiding. Despite several handling errors the team from the Eastern Cape treated the spectators to brilliant running rugby. The Griffons struggled to get across the advantage line, thanks to some solid defence for Border CD.
Namibia 15 (5), Zimbabwe 10 (10)
This game was dubbed as an Under-13 test match between two of the Cinderella teams at this year’s tournament. Whether the singing of their national anthems inspired the teams remains an open question, but the fact of the matter is that this game produced enough fireworks to celebrate a Chinese New Year. Both teams played expansive running rugby, with the balance shifting throughout the match. Despite two tries in the first half Zimbabwe battled to keep the scoreboard ticking. Namibia on the other hand scored in the 33rd, 34th and 39th minute to snatch the win.
Border 15, Free State 5 (0)
Border showed with this performance that their 18-12 victory over the Leopards on the first day was not a fluke. The Free Staters looked out of sorts after their 16-12 defeat at the hands of the Falcons and never seemed capable of taking control of the match. Border on the other hand made most of every opportunity to get points on the board.
Limpopo 10 (7), SWD 3 (0)
Limpopo is one of the surprise packages of the week after they beat Border (17-15) on the first day. The winning margin could have been even higher if Limpopo’s goalkickers did not miss four penalty attempts. The Limpopo flyhalf, Johannes Marais, later handed the kicking duties to the fullback Jesse du Toit, but he did not fair any better.
Boland 3 (3), Lions 0 (0)
Defending champions the Lions have only themselves to blame for their loss against the boys in black from the Boland. The Lions made far too many handling errors and they battled to assert themselves in the set pieces. In the modern era scorelines like these are rare, but in this case it was a true reflection of what happened on the field of play. The winning points were scored in the 7th minute by the Boland fullback David de Villiers Stoffberg.
Blue Bulls 32 (10), Falcons (0)
The Blue Bulls increased their points tally in two games to 52 after they thrashed the Falcons. The Bulls’ outside centre Donovan Grobler will undoubtedly be the player of the tournament if he continuous his devastating form. Yesterday he scored a hat trick of tries in his team’s six try victory over the Red Devils. The Falcons’ feathers were convincingly plucked in every department. The Bulls scrummed well, did their bit in the line-outs and played expansive rugby. Their tactical kicking was also outstanding as they pinned the Falcons back in the corners.
Natal 13 (8), Pumas 0 (0)
In another low scoring match the Banana Boys bounced back from their narrow loss (7-5) against WP on Monday with a convincing victory over the Pumas. The man of the match award went to Natal’s Dian Boshoff, who had a cracker of a game. For the winning team Carel Swart and Ayanda Jill scored tries and the replacement James Lambert slotted a penalty.The Pumas competed well in every department , but could not turn their possession into points.
WP 41 (12), EP 7 (0)
The two coastal rivals produced excellent running rugby, but it was pieces of individual brilliance which sealed the match for WP. Province’s pack and backline combined very well as they ran in seven tries to one. Fullback, Keagan Lehman, deserves a mention for the way he joined the line at pace. Eastern Province managed to be competitive during the first half, but the tempo of rugby produced by Province was too much in the second half. The Capetonians ran in five tries in the second half and Jean Luc du Plessis, son of the Springbok legend, Carel, converted three of the tries.