The Blue Bulls and Boland shared the spoils in the final match of the 2007 Coca-Cola
Under-13 Craven Week, playing to an 8-all draw on the final day of the tournament at
Monument High School in Krugersdorp on Friday.
The two sides, as well as surprise package Limpopo were the only teams to finish the Week
Defending champions, the Lions, suffered their third consecutive loss (8-5) against
Western Province, and the Cinderella story of the spirited Border CD came to the end when
they was defeated 19-7 by Limpopo.
Reports on the final day
Falcons 22 (5), Border 5 (5)
The Falcons can hold their heads up high after ending the week on a winning note. The Red
Devils were held at bay in the first half, but in the second half there was only one team
in the game, with flyhalf Anthony William van Vuuren leading his teams onslaught
with two tries in the second half. The team from the Eastern Cape had no answer as the
Falcons scored 12 unanswered points in the last 20 minutes.
Free State 14 (7), Leopards 14 (7)
With basically only pride at stake, both teams climbed in from the word go. The final
scoreline is a fairly true reflection of the run of play. The Leopards drew first blood
when their hooker and captain, Zybran Lombaard, scored the first try of the match in the
5th minute and outside centre Johannes Groenwald converted to give his team an early lead.
Free State battled throughout the week and to end the week on a high note was not
negotiable. Free States, captain and eightman, Duard Mcleod, led from the front and
his try in the 11th minute sparked his teams comeback. The two penalties that
Groenewald missed could have turned the game on its head, but at the end both teams had to
be happy with a draw.
SWD 19 (12), Griffons 0 (0)
One way traffic from start to end. The Eagles controlled this match completely and despite
glimmers of hope the Griffons dark cloud had no silver lining. Munzeer Latief,
quicksilver flanker who scored a hat trick earlier the week had a cracker of a match yet
again. Both teams exhausted their reserve benches with 9 substitutions in total made in
the second half.
Griquas 51 (22), Namibia 0 (0)
Eight tries to none. To say that this game was a total missmatch would be an under
statement. The Griquas dominated every aspect of the match to finish on a winning note.
Right winger, Drian Spangenberg, stole the lime light with the four tries, but his team
mate and inside centre Craig Koopman, was snapping at his heels with an impressive hat
trick. Inside centre Raymond Sequiera also showed his class with two tries.
Pumas 17 (10), Zimbabwe 17 (10)
Zimbabwe showed immense character to bounce back after their demoralizing 57-0 loss
against SWD. On Thursday, the Pumas lost narrowly (15-17) against the Free State, but to
be fair both teams had enough opportunities at goal to wrap up the game. Both teams
defended like tigers, but the finishing of both was found wanting.
Zimbabwes stalwart flanker, Warren Ganye, had another cracking match scoring a try
in each half to keep his team in the running.
EP 10 (0), Natal 5 (0)
This bruiser had the spectators nailed to their seats right to the end, but unfortunately
for the team from KZN the Junior Elephants stepped up to the plate to hit Natal for a
homerun. Natal battled throughout the week and their only victory (13-0) over the Pumas
was the their sole highlight. Their narrow loss against Western Province (7-5) and Limpopo
(11-10) earlier most definitely had an effect on their morale. But all and all they can
hold their heads up high.
WP 8 (3), Lions 5 (0)
Defending champions the Lions, have only themselves to blame for their third successive
loss. Critical handling errors and over eagerness was yet again their downfall. The
Capetonians kept cool under pressure and their speedsters kept the Lions defenders
busy throughout the match. For the losing team the captain Janrij Dorfling (flank) proved
yet again that there lies a bright future ahead for the youngster from Fairlands Primary
school. Much was expected from the Lions, but it became apparent that the pressure of
playing in front of their home crowd was too taxing.
Limpopo 19 (16), Border CD 7 (0)
It was good as long as it lasted, but unfortunately the spirited team from the Eastern
Cape was convincingly beaten by Limpopo. After the match a local business gave Border CD a
R5000 cash prize for their unsurpassed team spirit. Border CD played as if their lives
depended on it, but the damage was already done in the first half. The fullback, Jesse du
Toit and Johannes Marais slotted through three penalties and Johannes Banninks try
in the 19 minute and the following conversion, sealed the match.
Blue Bulls 8 (8), Boland 8 (0)
No-one could have asked for a better finale to this years Coca-Cola Under-13 Craven
Week. Boland were the underdogs, but their massive pack and fleet footed backline showed
tremendous courage to spoil the Bulls victory party. Dovan Grobler outside centre of
the Blue Bulls scored five tries in four games to top the points table. Grobler burst
through in the 15th minute to help his team to a halftime lead, but the boys in black had
Even though the Bulls played great rugby, the team from the Western Cape was awarded
the R5000 prize money for producing the most exciting rugby at the week. Bolands
instant hero was fullback De Villiers Stofberg who scored a brilliant try in the 30th
minute and slotted through a penalty to keep his team in the running.