REPORTS FROM DAY 1 MONDAY 2 JULY
Border Country Districts 13 (5), Namibia 5 (0)
Border CD started the tournament with a bang beating Namibia convincingly in this
years curtain raiser. It took the winning team only 3 minutes to open their score
sheet when right-winger, Lutho Boyana, went over for the first try of the tournament.
Flyhalf Xolile Pali missed the conversion, but the early breakthrough rattled Namibia
initially.Despite this blow Namibia managed to keep Border Country Districts at bay for
the rest of the first half.
In the 25th minute the Border Express Boyana scored his second try of the match.
Fortunately for the Namibians the conversion attempt missed the target yet again. Namibia
struck back in 28th minute when the outside centre Le-Roy Garth Losper crashed over for
his teams only try. Fullback Ethan Beukes could not add another two points to their
tally. Pali finished off his teams victory with a penalty in the 35th minute.
Griffons 17 (12), Zimbabwe 10 (0)
Even though the Zimbabweans gave the Griffons a run for their money, team from the
Northern Free State, upped the ante to taste victory. The Griffons ran in two tries in the
first half to lead 12-0 at the break. Zimbabwe came back hard in the second half when the
flanker Warren Ganye crashed over for his teams first try. André Odendaal missed
the conversion. For the Griffons the right wing Odwa Dingani score the last of his
teams three tries. In the 38th minute Clive Zvandasara scored a consolation try for
Zimbabwe, but it was too little, too late.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 17(3), Border (15) (3)
In another low scoring match Limpopo managed to pull the match through courtesy of
flyhalf Johannes Maraiss excellent goal kicking display. Marias converted both tries
of right wing Peter Masego and scored another penalty to put the game out of Borders
reach. In the first half both teams battled to break through the defense, but Masego broke
the drought in the 22nd minute. In the 36th minute the young speedster crossed the try
line again. Borders tries came courtesy of Andries Jonker and Siphamandla Zilani.
The losing teams only penalty was slotted through by Trevor Stander early in the
Boland 18 (12), Leopards 12 (0)
Boland almost paid the penalty for being complacent when the Leopards fought back in the
second half to stay within striking distance. Despite the fact that both teams scored two
tries apiece, Boland won the battle of the boot. The highlight of the match was
undoubtedly the delightful touch by the Boland flyhalf Brendan Olivier who slotted through
a drop goal from 25m meters out, to the big crowds delight.
Boland won the first half 12-0 thanks to tries by Kurtley du Plessis and
Phillip Jacobs. The fullback David de Villiers Stiffer converted one to leave the Leopards
shell shocked. The Leopards blitzkrieg in the secondly half was introduced when the
scrumhalf Christoff Venter crossed the line in the 25th minute. Zybrand Lombaard scored
his teams second try, but fortunately for the Boland their lapse in concentration
did not come at price.
Falcons 16 (10), Free State 12 (7)
The Falcons caused the first upset of the week when they defeated the strong Free State
side.Free State ran in two tries to one, but the superb kicking performance of the
Falcons eighthman, Jan Heimricks Viljoen, shifted the game in the Red
Devils favour. Taking into account that the elements, especially the strong wind
played around with the goalkickers performances Viljoens hundred percent record ws
really impressive. Free State powerhouse and tighthead prop, De Ville Piek (78kg, 1.76m),
scored both his teams tries, but his hard work was made undone by Viljoens sterling
Blue Bulls 20 (15), Griquas 0 (0)
If this was a tennis match the men in blue won their opening encounter in this years
Week in straight sets. Donovan Grobler, strong running outside centre of the Bulls, had an
exceptional game. His sniping runs were also rewarded with a try. The team from North of
the Jukskeiriver scored four (Jonathan Makkink, Grobler, Lukas Gouws, Armand de Beer)
unanswered tries, but the score could have been much higher if the fullback and captain
Jean-Gerbrand Schoeman had packed in his kicking boots. He missed all four conversions.
The Pretoria-based team played constructive 15-man rugby, and deserved to win the
match, but Griquas deserve a pat on the back for their gutsy performance.
Western Province 7 (0), Natal 5 (0)
This was a fiercly contested match that could have gone either way. Despite the result all
eyes were on the Western Province flyhalf, Jean Luc du Plessis, son of the legendary
Springbok wing, Carel. Both teams defended like tigers and there was very little to choose
between the two coastal teams. Province flanker, Luthando Manase, was deservedly crowned
as the man of the match. But the Banana Boys could have changed the outcome if their
goalkicking was a bit more accurate.
Eastern Province 6 (6), Pumas 5 (0)
If tries alone won matches then the Pumas would have won their match yesterday against EP.
But unfortunately the scoreboard at the end of the match is the only thing that counts.
Flyhalf, Pieter Jordaan, won the match for his team with two well struck penalties
respectively in the 5th and 20th minute, but the only try of the game came in the last
minute when flanker, Christoffel Ludeke, crossed the goal line. Pieter Wolmerans missed
Lions 10 (3), SWD 3 (0)
Despite the fact that the match was closely contested, the host province could have had a
bigger lead at halftime if they were able to finish of promising movements.
The brightest star was undoubtedly the lions captain Janrij Dorfling, who had the rugby
gurus buzzing with his work rate and physical presence. Even though the game was not
a try fest, the Lions showed who was the king of the jungle. The ploy by the Lions to play
all their reserves luckily did not backfire.