Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week hosts Western Province will host Eastern Province in the grand finale of the tournament on Saturday at the Markötter Sports Complex at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch following strong performances in their first two matches.
Western Province defeated the Blue Bulls 20-13 in their opening match and supported this with an emphatic 65–5 victory against the Griffons on Wednesday, while Eastern Province beat SWD 41-31 and KwaZulu-Natal 23-22 respectively.
In the other big match-up on Saturday KwaZulu-Natal will go up against SWD.
The final round will be played on four fields due to the rain expected in Cape Town, with Eastern Province CD and Griquas going head-to-head and Zimbabwe meeting Namibia in the traditional Test match to kick-start the day’s play at 09h00.
The final match will be played at 15h00 on the main field.
In Thursday’s matches Eastern Province, who came out tops in last year’s tournament, registered a nail-biting 23-22 victory against KwaZulu-Natal in a gripping clash, in which two players received red cards.
The Valke, meanwhile, showed fantastic flair on attack in a strong second-half showing to outplay Griquas 34-21, which marked their second victory of the tournament.
In the other matches SWD defeated the Golden Lions 28-19, while Eastern Province CD thrashed Zimbabwe 51-20 and the Leopards pipped Griquas CD 18-17.
The teams will have Friday off to recover from the physical rugby in the last few days.
Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-five Fixtures, Saturday 18 July:
13h15 – KwaZulu-Natal vs SWD
15h00 – Western Province vs Eastern Province
10h15 – Border vs Valke
11h45 – Blue Bulls vs Boland
09h00 – Eastern Province CD vs Griquas
10h30 – Pumas vs Free State
12h00 – Golden Lions vs Griffons
09h00 – Zimbabwe vs Namibia
10h30 – Griquas CD vs Border CD
12h00 – Leopards vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
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