Blue Bulls start strong at Academy Week
July 03, 2012
The Blue Bulls made a strong start at the Coca-Cola National Under- 18 Academy Week in Wellington on Monday, but SWD Eagles made the biggest splash by beating the more fancied KZN. Free State broke local hearts by beating the hosts Boland 28-15.

The Blue Bulls side beat Eastern Province 22-8, with a strong second half showing by the Pretoria team resulting in a convincing win. Scores were tied (3-3) at the break, but a brace by Kyle Leukes and a try by flyhalf Kobus Marais secured the win. Marais also kicked two conversions and a penalty in his man of the match performance.

The Blue Bulls suffered an early setback when Juandrè Pitzer dislocated his shoulder, but Kruger proved to be a worthy replacement. Pitzer’s tournament is over though and he will be replaced by Nico Luus for the last two fixtures. The Eagles won 34-19 and showed that they will be the team to beat at the tournament.

Results on day one:
Limpopo 15, Border 22
Blue Bulls 22, EP 8
SWD 34, KZN 19
WP 33, Golden Lions 11
Boland 15, Free State 28
Pumas 22, Griffons CD 19
Griquas 49, Namibia 24
Griquas CD 14, Boland XV 28
KZN CD 53, Leopards CD 10
EP CD 15, Leopards 10
Rooi Valke 50, SA LSEN 10
Pumas CD 15, Griffons 34
Border CD 0, Blou Valke 49

Tuesday’s fixtures - Day 2:

Boland Stadium
08h30 – Border vs SA LSEN
09h50 – Griffons CD vs Namibia
11h10 - KZN CD vs Griffons
12h30 – Griquas vs Rooi Valke
13h50 – Border vs Pumas
15h10 - SWD vs Blue Bulls
16h30 - WP vs Free State

Boland Stadium B-field
08h30 – Griquas CD vs Leopards CD
09h50 – Limpopo vs Pumas CD
11h10 - EP vs Leopards
12h30 – Boland vs KZN
13h50 - EP CD vs Lions
15:10 – Boland XV vs Blou Valke