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Lions, Free State show their class at Craven Week
July 09, 2013
The Golden Lions and Free State on Tuesday placed themselves among the top teams to feature in the final match of the Coca-Cola Craven Week on Saturday as they registered hard-fought victories to mark a thrilling finish to the second days play in Polokwane.

Day two was characterised by big scores, as all the winning sides accumulated over 30 points in their matches.

The Lions were made to work hard for their 34-27 victory against SWD despite dominating up front and initiating an early 13-0 lead compliments of a try by Ralton October and two penalties by Erwin Harris.

SWD however struck back strongly with two tries in seven minutes and another close to half time to cancel out the Lions’ second try.

The tight tussle continued in the second half with the teams each crossing the tryline twice, but Harris’ successful conversions proved to be the difference between the teams.

Free State, meanwhile, held their nerve in a nail-biting encounter against Eastern Province to begin their campaign with a 32-21 victory.

The clash was tight from the start with a try-scoring exchange taking place between the teams, while Eastern Province’s Ernst Stapelberg scored two penalties to only one by Free State centre Stephen Rautenbach to hand EP a 18 – 15 lead at half time.

Both teams created try-scoring chances in an arm-wrestle of a second half, but Free State came out on top as they worked their way into the right areas of the field and capitalised on their chances to cross the tryline twice.

Another penalty by Rautenbach two minutes from the end to add to this was sufficient to shut out Eastern Province and seal the victory.

In the other matches, Eastern Province Country Districts registered an encouraging 35-10 victory against the Leopards, while Griquas Country Districts smashed Border Country Districts 51-0. Meanwhile the Valke and Griffons played to a 37-37 draw.

The Griffons, however, would have been disappointed with their result as an unsuccessful penalty in the dying minutes came at the cost of a victory.

The action continues tomorrow, with Boland meeting Border, KwaZulu-Natal taking on the Pumas and the Blue Bulls going up against Western Province in an action-packed day.

Coca-Cola Craven Week Day 2 results:

Free State 32 – 21 EP
Golden Lions 34 – 27 SWD
Valke 37 – 37 Griffons
Griquas CD 51 – 0 Border CD
EP CD 35 – 10 Leopards

Coca-Cola Craven Week Day 3 fixtures:

09h30 – Namibia vs Griquas
11h00 – Limpopo Blue Bulls vs Zimbabwe
12h30 – Boland vs Border
14h00 – KZN vs Pumas
15h30 – Blue Bulls vs WP

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FIXTURES
     
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Cell C Community Cup
Monday, April 21 2014
09:15 - Old Selbornians vs Centurion
Outeniqua Park, George
11:30 - Despatch vs Roses United
Outeniqua Park, George
13:45 - College Rovers vs Hamiltons
Outeniqua Park, George
16:00 - Impala vs Roodepoort
Outeniqua Park, George
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, April 25 2014
07:35 - Blues vs Waratahs
Eden Park, Auckland
09:40 - Brumbies vs Chiefs
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Vodacom Cup
15:00 - Blue Bulls vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria
15:00 - Valke vs Griffons
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
16:30 - Sharks XV vs EP Kings
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Inter Provincial Women A
17:00 - South Western Districs vs Border

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