DHL Western Province kept alive their hopes of taking top honours in the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week for the sixth year in a row as they beat the Itec Blue Bulls 17-8 to join their Western Cape counterparts, Boland, as the only unbeaten teams going into Friday’s final round at Hoërskool Diamantveld in Kimberley.
The clash between Eastern Province and the Sharks was equally tight as both teams ran hard on attack and showed commitment on defence, but the Eastern Cape side edged through for an 18-17 win. Eastern Province led 5-3 at the break, but their three tries and penalty goal to two converted tries and a penalty goal by the opposition was enough to nudge them to victory.
The match between DHL Western Province and the Itec Blue Bulls was a battle of attrition as both teams used their big forwards in attempt to force their way onto the front foot, and the scoreboard reflected that early on as the Bulls took a 5-3 lead before the Cape side powered their way to a 17-8 victory.
The Capetonians struck first with a penalty goal, but their opponents hit back with a try shortly before the break after applying sustained pressure on attack. The Blue Bulls kicked a penalty goal shortly after play resumed, and that proved to be their last points, as DHL Western Province retained possession, which paid off as they scored two tries to secure the win.
Boland’s raw pace and ability to navigate their