The Absa Under-21 and Under-19 Provincial Championships kicked off this weekend with a number of surprise results highlighting the competiveness of these leagues.
Whilst the EP Kings Under-21 team got thumped against Free State it was left to the Under-19’s to redeeem Eastern Province with a win.
A rampant Toyota Free State Under-21 side had way too many attacking weapons for the visiting EP Kings in Bloemfontein on Saturday and won going away. The home side scored nine tries in their 58-12 win. The Kings kept things tight in the first half, but after the break, the greater attacking urgency of the home team proved decisive.
Final Score: Toyota Free State 58 (20), EP Kings 12 (0)
- Free State 58 (20). Tries: Andre Swarts (flyhalf), Carel-Jan Coetzee (wing), Jan-Albert Venter (lock), Nicolaas Lee (centre), Jasper Wiese (replacement flank), Gunther Janse van Vuuren (prop), Henry Immelman (fullback), Steven Meiring (no8, 2). Conversions: Swarts (5). Penalty: Swarts.
- EP Kings 12 (0). Tries: Wynand Grassmann (no8, 2). Conversion: Malcolm Jaer (fullback).
In the Absa Under-19 Premier Division Provincial Championship, only the defending champions, DHL Western Province, managed to use their home ground advantage. They did however, needed a late try to send the visiting Cell C Sharks home without the win. In Johannesburg, the Golden Lions lost to neighbours, the Vodacom Blue Bulls, while in Bloemfontein, the Toyota Free State fell away in the second half against the visiting EP Kings.
In Bloemfontein, visiting EP Kings shocked the Toyota Free State team on Saturday with a 28-15 win. The visitors trailed 10-6 at the break, but scored three tries in the second half to start the season on a winning note.
Final Score: Toyota Free State 15 (10), EP Kings 28 (6).
- Free State 15 (10). Tries: Charl Pretorius (wing), Rohan Roelofse (No8, 2)
- EP Kings 28 (6). Tries: Dominik Uytenbogaardt (replacement wing), Junior Pokomela (no8), Mabhutana Peter (fullback). Conversions: James Hall (scrumhalf, 2). Penalties: Hall, Michael Brink (centre, 2).
Eastern Province travel to Profert Olén Park, Potchefstroom this week to meet the Leopards.
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