Western Province confirmed their reputation as the top team at the Coca-Cola Under-16 Grant Khomo Week when they came from behind to beat Free State 10-7 in the final match of the tournament, played this year at the University of Johannesburg.
The Cape side picked up their third straight win in a main match following a nail-biting 21-19 victory against hosts the Lions on Monday and a comfortable 36-5 win over the Blue Bulls on Tuesday.
There were also wins on the final day's play for Griquas, Border, Namibia, Limpopo, Lions XV, KZN, EP, SWD and the Lions.
Apart from WP, the only other side to remain unbeaten throughout were Eastern Province, while nine of the 20 teams won two of their three matches.
In the unofficial final, Free State scrumhalf Charles Raath crossed for a try in the 23rd minute, converted by centre Julian Jordaan, to give his side a 7-0 lead at the break.
WP fullback Tiaan Swanepoel, one of the players of the tournament, replied with a penalty six minutes into the second half, before flanker Michael Meyer put the Cape side ahead with just over 10 minutes remaining with a try. Swanepoel added the extra points to make it 10-8.
There were a number of other notable performances on Thursday, none more so than Lions XV flyhalf Rashard Fuller's 35 points (3 tries, 10 conversions) scored in his side's 75-3 win over Border Country Districts.
Thursday's Results – Final Day:
Griquas (7) 17 – Tries: Lorenzo Malgas, Jan-Daniel Swanepoel, Austin Jooste. Conversion: Wickus Strauss.
Griquas CD (0) 8 – Try: Sergio Boer. Penalty: Ronaldo Theron.
Valke (12) 12 – Tries: Petrus van Wyk, Christopher Schimper. Conversion: Bongani Zwane.
Border (5) 20 – Tries: Yamkela Nyalambisa, Steyn Swart, Liam McLoughlin. Conversion: McLoughlin. Penalty: McLoughlin.
Namibia (18) 30 – Tries: Wesley Mupewa, Unamasa Kavita, Henrico Aucamp, Divan Rossouw. Conversions: Rossouw (2). Penalties: Rossouw (2).
Zimbabwe (5) 13 – Tries: Tawanda Ngosi (2). Penalty: Ngosi.
Pumas (0) 12 – Tries: Stassen Janse van Vuuren, Ndumiso Mahlangu. Conversion: Barend Smit.
Limpopo (20) 30 – Tries: Tshepiso Mahasha, James Engelbrecht (2). Conversions: Arno Maree (3). Penalties: Maree (3).
Lions XV (40) 75 – Tries: Baren Botes, Frank Francis, Juan Lemmer (2), Jungqo Hennings, Rashard Fuller (3), Rayno Wagner, Tatenda Zhoya, Ziyaad Mohamed. Conversions: Fuller (10).
Border CD (3) 3 – Penalty: Phumzile Blom.
KZN (24) 29 – Tries: Simiso Phahla (2), Daryn Goodson, Christopher Bredell. Conversions: Morne Joubert (3). Penalty: Joubert.
Leopards (8) 11 – Try: Johan du Plessis. Penalties: Hein Claase (2).
SWD (12) 47 – Tries: Niven Langdown, Domenic Smit (2), Daniel Maree, Curtley Prins (2), Craig Booysen. Conversions: John Jackson (6).
Griffons (3) 13 – Try: Ezrick Alexander. Conversion: Robbie Petzer. Penalties: Petzer (2).
Lions (21) 29 – Tries: Ruan de Beer, Rhyno Herbst, Jaco Holtzhausen, Denzil Hill. Conversions: Forrest Roos (3). Penalty: Ralton October.
Blue Bulls (10) 20 – Tries: Andre Oerson, Mothokoa Teffo (2). Conversion: Tristan Nel. Penalty: Nel.
EP (12) 31 – Tries: Sithembiso Metshe (2), Luigy van Jaarsveld (2), Keanu Vers. Conversions: Van Jaarsveld (3).
Boland (13) 25 – Tries: Wilfred Bowers, Jurie Fick, Fabio Afrika. Conversions: Timothy Griffiths, Bowers. Penalties: Griffiths (2).
WP (0) 10 – Try: Michael Meyer. Conversion: Tiaan Swanepoel. Penalty: Swanepoel.
Free State (7) 7 – Try: Charles Raath. Conversion: Julian Jordaan.