Western Province were crowned as unofficial U13 Craven Week champions after they beat Border 29-14 at Kings Park.
Both sides were undefeated before the match, but it was Western Province who dominated the contest in the opening stages, scoring twice within the first 15 minutes through Meiring Ebersohn and Benjamin van Schalkwyk. Border hit back with a try by Austin Brandt, before their kicker Rayden Masters was yellow-carded. WP made the numerical advantage count with Daniel Venter scoring their third touchdown just before the break. Border's Siposiso Javu scored the opening try of the second half, but Ebersohn ran in two more tries to complete his hat-trick, confirming WP's dominance.
In other results, the Griffons were 20-19 victors over the Border Country Districts, Eastern Province handed the Leopards their first loss of the week with a narrow 14-13 victory, the Blue Bulls beat Griquas 14-7 to record their first win of the week, Boland ousted Valke 12-5, the Golden Lions edged past the Pumas 25-20, Limpopo Blue Bulls won their first game by beating SWD 24-17, Free State snuck past KwaZulu-Natal 22-20, while Zimbabwe and Namibia drew 24-24.
Western Province (29) – Tries: Benjamin van Schalkwyk, Daniel Venter, Meiring Ebersohn (3). Conversions: Fabrizio Linnert (2).
Border (14) – Tries: Austin Brandt, Siposiso Javu. Conversions: Rayden Masters (2).
Griffons (20) – Tries: Joos Theron, Junior Nyati, Marinus Minnaar. Conversion: Cammi Roux. Penalty: Roux.
Border Country Districts (19) – Tries: Lwando Gxumile, Mzwamazizi Ngalo (2). Conversions: Aviwe Mhlabeni (2).
Eastern Province (14) – Tries: Ayabulela Bulembo, Michael Paddock. Conversions: Paddock (2).
Leopards (13) – Tries: Gideon van Wyk, Rossouw Karsten. Penalty: Estiaan Schonfeldt.
Blue Bulls (14) – Tries: Franco Groenewald, Gerhard Van der Bijl. Conversions: Enrique Coutriers, Marcus de Kock.
Griquas (7) – Try: Stoney Steenekamp. Conversion: Adriaan Horn.
Boland (12) – Tries: Christiaan Burger, Conray Maart. Conversion: Maart.
Valke (5) – Try: Franco Wagener.
Golden Lions (25) – Tries: Dehan Niemand, Fernando Galantd, Ian Small-Smith, Ruan van Staden. Conversion: Garren Booysen. Penalty: Jo Raldo Olivier.
Pumas (20) – Tries: Chyle van Zyl, Tiaan Pretorius (2). Conversion: Ricardo Schonfeldt. Penalty: Schonfeldt.
Limpopo Blue Bulls (24) – Tries: Brandon Cronje (2), Masekela Manyama, Xolan Mazibuko. Conversions: Cronje (2).
SWD (17) – TBC
Free State (22) – Tries: Adriaan Brits, Adriaan van Zyl, Duncan Watkins, Tony Augus. Conversion: Augus.
KwaZulu-Natal (20) – Tries: Jordan Bamber, Siyanda Mkhize, Sphlele Mbona, Thamsanqa Zakwe.
Zimbabwe (24) – Tries: Munashe Chaitezwi, Nataizya Chininga (2), Simba Chitaka. Conversions: Michael Booth, Rukudzo Munyeza.
Namibia (24) – Tries: Christopher Deck, Mitchell Beukes, Thinus van Wyk. Conversions: Cornez Liebenberg (3). Penalty: Liebenberg.
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