Young Lions, Cheetahs triumph
- 09 Jul 2013
The Golden Lions and Free State recorded important wins over SWD and EP respectively on day two of the U18 Craven Week in Polokwane.
The Golden Lions did well to beat Outeniqua-laden SWD 34-27. Leading 20-17 at the break, tries from lock Devon Henson and tighthead prop Gunther Janse van Vuuren sealed the win.
Free State trailed EP 18-15 at half-time, but a strong finish saw the Bloemfontein boys surge to a 32-21 win. SA Schools prop Ox Nche, who was named Man of the Match, scored the decisive try in the closing stages.
Griquas Country Districts ran in nine tries as they thrashed Border Country Districts 51-0.
EP Country Districts eased to a 35-10 win over the Leopards, while the Valke and Griffons played to a 37-37 stalemate.
EP Country Districts (35) – Tries: Gordon-Wayne Plaatjes, Qhama Masiza, Robert Ball, Sintu Manjezi. Conversions: Jason Vers (3). Penalties: Vers (3).
Leopards (10) – Tries: Enrico Smith, Paul Hurn.
Griquas Country Districts (51) – Tries: Abraham Burger, Christiaan Oppermann (2), Hendrik Nel, Jasper Wiese, Johnathan Steenkamp (4). Conversions: Lukas van Niekerk (2), Pieter Toua.
Border Country Districts (0)
Valke (37) – Tries: Cameron Rooi, Marco Holmes (2), Ruan Potgieter, Sampie Hearn. Conversions: Potgieter (3). Penalty: Potgieter. Drop goal: Potgieter.
Griffons (37) – Tries: Gregan Hull (2), Mlumzana Nkala, Shaun Reynolds. Conversions: Reynolds (4). Penalties: Reynolds (3).
Golden Lions (34) – Tries: Devon Henson, Gerdus van der Walt, Gunther Janse van Vuuren, Ralton October. Conversions: Erwin Harris (4). Penalties: Harris (2).
SWD (27) – Tries: Dewald Human, Gene Willemse (2), Geor Malan, Jayden Onkers. Conversion: Malan.
EP (21) – Tries: Luan Nieuwoudt, Malcolm Jaer. Conversion: Theo Stapelberg. Penalties: Stapelberg (3).
Free State (32) – Tries: Ox Nche, Paul Wipplinger, Stephen Rautenbach, Thamaha Maruping. Conversions: Rautenbach (3). Penalties: Rautenbach (2).
Photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images
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