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Gareth Duncan

WP, Lions to battle for Craven Week honours


Western Province and the Golden Lions will meet in the U18 Craven Week unofficial final in Polokwane on Saturday.

WP qualified with wins over the Pumas (40-24) and Blue Bulls (30-6), while the Lions sealed their place by beating SWD (34-27) and Free State (20-19).

WP will be touted as favourites because of their impressive form. Their mobile pack has dominated the collisions all week, which has seen their lethal backline run riot, scoring nine tries against strong defensive teams.

The Lions have been less convincing during their victories, but they boast strong forwards, dangerous strike runners and their goal-kickers have been very accurate.

In other fixtures on the final day, the Blue Bulls face SWD, while Free State tackle the Pumas. Winless KZN will come up against an exciting Border outfit, who are undefeated.

The tournament will end with the announcement of the 28-man SA Schools squad. The team will face England, France and Wales in an U18 international series in South Africa between 9-17 August.

U18 Craven Week fixtures (Saturday):

A field
Zimbabwe vs Namibia (09:15)
Border vs KZN (10:45)
Blue Bulls vs SWD (12:15)
Free State vs Pumas (13:45)
WP vs Golden Lions (15:15)

B field
Limpopo vs EP Country Districts (09:15)
Griffons vs Boland (10:45)
EP vs Valke (12:15)

C field
Border County Districts vs Griquas (09:15)
Griquas Country Districts vs Leopards (10:45)

Craven Week (Day 4)

Craven Week (Day 3)

Craven Week (Day 2)

Craven Week (Day 1)

Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

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