The Vodacom Blue Bulls moved to the top of the standings in the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship on Saturday by beating the Xerox Golden Lions, while the good form of the Toyota Free State continued in Bloemfontein.
The heartland team had too much firepower for visiting Leopards and scored eight tries in their 54-15 win.
Tries were much harder to come by in Port Elizabeth on Friday where the Cell C Sharks scored a hard-worked 15-7 win over the EP Kings.
Here follows a summary of the weekend’s action.
Vodacom Blue Bulls (Under-19) 37 (17), Xerox Golden Lions (Under-19) 30 (20)
A strong second half performance by the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 side saw them beat the Xerox Golden Lions Under-19 side 37-30 in an exciting match of the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The visitors lead 20-17 at the break, but could not counter the second-half effort from the home side, who scored five tries in the match, with no8 and captain Hanro Liebenberg getting a brace.
Three tries in the opening ten minutes of the second half saw the Blue Bulls home. With this win the defending champion Blue Bulls moved to the top of the standings, four points ahead of DHL WP who has a game in hand.
Blue Bulls (Under-19) 37 (17). Tries: Hanro Liebenberg (2), Jurie Linde, RG Snyman, Willem Louw. Conversions: Simon Bolze (3). Penalties: Bolze (2).
Golden Lions (Under-19) 30 (20). Tries: Dylan Vlok, Jade Solomons, Johan Mitchell, Godfrey Ramaboea. Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (2). Penalties: Reynolds.
Toyota Free State 54 (28), Leopards 15 (0)
Three tries in the opening 11 minutes by the Free State rocked the visiting Leopards team in Bloemfontein and they never recovered from this set-back. The Free State side ran riot and scored eight tries in total, with the home side’s no8 Jaco Wiese scoring four of those on his own.
With this performance the home side continued their strong showing in the competition and remain in a solid third place on the log, but for the Leopards, who have managed just one win in eight starts, the hard work and search for answers continues.
Free State (Under-19) 54 (28). Tries: Christiaan Erasmus, Jasper Wiese (4), Johann Grundlingh, Morne van Staden, Refuoe Rampeta. Conversions: Andre Swarts (7).
Leopards (Under-19) 15 (0). Tries: Marchell Hattingh, Roelof Scheepers, Sydney du Plessis.
EP Kings 7 (0), Cell C Sharks 15 (7)
It was a hard-fought affair in Port Elizabeth on Friday, with only three tries scored in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but an important win for the visitors, who moved past the EP Kings to fourth spot on the log.
The Sharks scored their two tries on either side of halftime and then played the right match to shut EP out. Credit to the home side though who never stopped trying and it was rewarded with a late try.
EP Kings (Under-19) 7 (0). Try: Jeremy Ward. Conversion: Garrick Mattheus.
Sharks (Under-19) 15 (7). Tries: Dan du Preez, Marcel Coetzee. Conversion: Joshua Bragman. Penalty: Bragman.
In the B-Division, Valke (24 points) kept their good run intact to beat SWD 39-22 in Kempton Park to stay top of the log, while Boland’s nailbiting 36-33 win over Down Touch Griffons in Welkom kept them in second spot on the log with 19 points.
Pumas easily beat Border 60-29 in East London and Limpopo Blue Bulls had the better of Griquas, beating them 43-17 in Mokopane.