Cape sides continue excellent run
June 30, 2010
Western Province and Boland continued their excellent form at the 2010 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week on Wednesday in Welkom.

WP defeated Eastern Province 58-19 while Boland edged hosts Griffons 36-34 in the final game of the day.

The Cape side held a 18-5 half time lead against EP after winger Devon Williams and fullback Craig Barry scored two fantastic tries before the break. Williams converted Barry’s five-pointer and also kicked two penalties during the first half.

Prop Marzuq Marman dived in at the corner to score Eastern Province’s first points in the match before the half time hooter. Barry then scored his second try of the game minutes after the break before Williams converted his try to steer Western Province to a 25-5 lead.

Soon after Barry crossed the try line, it was flanker Sikumbuzo Notshe turn to add his name to the try-scoring sheet (30-5). His five-pointer was converted by Williams. Province continued to pile the pressure on EP and immediately after the kick off Williams ran in to scored his second try of the match (37-5).

In the 52nd minute of the game, EP captain and No 8 Jacobus Swart crashed his way over the try line (37-10) before fullback Cleavan Laport converted his try (37-12).

However eight minutes later it was WP flanker Marvin Orie who scored WP’s fifth try of the match. Williams converted the five-pointer to steer the Cape side to a 44-12 lead.

Province scored two further tries before the end. Barry who walked away with the Man of the Match award which is sponsored by Coca-Cola and winger Heinrich Arendse scored WP’s seventh and eighth tries. Both five-pointers were converted by Williams who ended the game with a personal points’ haul of 28.

EP though were the final side to score points when Duane Adams scored his side’s third try of the match which was converted by Laport (58-19).

In a thrilling final game of the day Boland recorded their second win at the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week following their exciting 36-34 victory over the Griffons. Both tries played an entertaining brand of rugby with 10 tries scored in this match.

Niel Neethling, Jaco Enslin, Rene Eksteen (2) and Ryno Venter added five-pointers for the hosts. Venter kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Winger Ruan van Rooy scored a brace of tries while Jacques Rossouw, Ashlon Davids and Wiaan Liebenberg also added their names to the try scoring sheet. Rossouw kicked four conversions and a penalty.

The Blue Bulls conceded their second defeat at the 2010 Coca-Cola under-18 Craven Week in Welkom after going down by 23-20 to the McCarthy Ford Lions on Wednesday.

The Lions held a 17-13 half time lead and were responsible for most of the attacking play during the first half.

However it was the Blue Bulls who were the first team to score when scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen crashed over the try line to add his side’s first points of the match. His try was converted by former SA Schools flyhalf Tony Jantjies (7-0).

The Johannesburg side though hit back almost immediately when prop Gideon Muller powered his way to score the Lions’ first try of the match two minutes later. Marius Schmidt kicked the conversion to level the scores at 7-7.

Jantjies regained the lead for his team with a superb drop goal, but the scores were then leveled for the second time during the first half when Schmidt kicked a penalty in the 24th minute of the game.

The Blue Bulls flyhalf added a penalty four minutes later to steer his side to a 13-10 lead, but the Lions edged ahead at half time when flanker Fabian Booysen scored his sides second try of the game before the break. His try was converted by Schmidt (17-10).

The Lions pivot – Schmidt then kicked two further conversions after the restart to stretch his side’s lead to 23-10.

The Blue Bulls piled on the pressure during the second half, but resolute defence from the Lions ensured that the Pretoria side failed to pierce the Johannesburg side’s defensive systems until the final movement of the game. That was when Blue Bulls hooker Justin van Wyk. Jantjies kicked the conversion.

Eastern Province Country Districts (CD) recorded their first win at the 2010 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week on Wednesday following their 27-13 victory over Namibia.

The tourists held a 7-0 half time lead after centre Berto Miller scored the first of match in the 30th minute of play. His five-pointer was converted by flyhalf Aurelfo Plato.

Namibia’s points in the second half were scored by Plato who added a penalty kick before winger Malcolm Moore scored in the corner in the final minute of play.

EP Country Districts built momentum in the second half and were ultimately rewarded with three well worked tries. Scrumhalf Ryan Dugmore scored a brace while centre Bart van der Vyver and winger Dylan Bond also added their names to the try-scoring sheet. Fullback Carl Theron kicked two conversions while flyhalf Willem Venter added one conversion.

The Limpopo Blue Bulls also secured their first win at the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week when they comprehensively defeated the Border Country Districts by 50-0.

The Pretoria side, who conceded a 41-11 defeat to the Boland on Monday, ran in eight tries and played some exciting running rugby against the Border CDs who failed to score any points against their opponents.

Limpopo Blue Bulls flanker Roy-Ramon Auret scored a hat trick of five-pointers while LC van Tonder, Cor Rautenbach, Lyvette Shikwambana, Lucas van Zyl, Juan Smit and Madala Ndinisa all added their names to the try-scoring sheet. Flyhalf Arno Venter kicked five conversions.

The Pretoria outfit was superb up front and laid the perfect platform for their young talented backs to trouble their opponents. Flanker Auret was one of the standout performers for the Limpopo Blue Bulls and rightly walked away with the Man of the Match Award which is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week results and scorers for Day Three:

Western Province 58 Eastern Province 19
Scorers: Western Province
– Tries: Devon Williams (2), Craig Barry (3), Sikumbuzo Notshe, Marvin Orie, Heinrich Arendse; Conversions: Williams (6); Penalties: Williams (2).
Eastern Province – Try: Marzuq Marman, Jacobus Swart, Duane Adams; Conversion: Cleavan Laport (2).

Boland 36 Griffons 34
Scorers: Griffons
– Tries: Niel Neethling, Jaco Enslin, Rene Eksteen (2), Ryno Venter; Conversions: Venter (3); Penalty: Venter.
Boland – Tries: Ruan van Rooy (2), Jacques Rossouw, Ashlon Davids, Wiaan Liebenberg; Conversions: Rossouw (4); Penalty: Rossouw.

McCarthy Ford Lions 23 Blue Bulls 20
Scorers: McCarthy Ford Lions
– Tries: Gideon Muller, Fabian Booysen; Conversions: Marius Schmidt (2); Penalties: Schmidt (3).
Blue Bulls – Tries: Rudi van Rooyen, Justin van Wyk ; Conversions: Tony Jantjies (2); Penalty: Jantjies; Drop goal: Jantjies.

Limpopo Blue Bulls 50 Border CD 0
Scorers: Limpopo Blue Bulls
– Tries: Roy-Ramon Auret(3), LC van Tonder, Cor Rautenbach, Lyvette Shikwambana, Lucas van Zyl, Juan Smit, Madala Ndinisa; Conversion: Arno Venter (5).

Eastern Province CD 27 Namibia 18
Scorers: Eastern Province CD
– Tries: Bart van der Vyver, Dylan Bon, Ryan Dugmore (2); Conversions: Charl Theron (2); Penalty: Willem Venter.
Namibia –Tries: Berto Miller, Malcolm Moore; Conversion: Aurelfo Plato; Penalties: Plato (2).

Coca Cola Under-18 Craven Week Fixtures for Day Four:

Game 1: Griquas CD v Platinum Leopards (10h10)
Game 2: Zimbabwe v SWD Eagles (11h30)
Game 3: Border v Valke (12h50)
Game 4: Pumas v Griquas (14h10)
Game 5: Free State Cheetahs v Kwazulu Natal (15h30)