Craven Week: Big wins for big guns on Day Two
DAY TWO WRAP: The Leopards, Griffons, Golden Lions and Blue Bulls recorded big wins on Day Two of the SA Under-18 Craven Week at Outeniqua Park in George.
The Leopards proved too strong for Griquas in the opening fixture of the day. After leading 12-7 at half-time, they kicked on to score 34 unanswered points in the second stanza – and seven tries in all. Wing Lebogang Wageng touched down twice for the side from the North West.
The next match between the Griffons and Limpopo Blue Bulls followed a similar pattern. The team from the far north of the country actually led 17-10 at the break, before the Northern Free Staters fired to claim an emphatic 43-22 win.
The Lions delivered a dominant showing in their 55-29 victory over the Pumas. Hooker Esethu Mnebelele as well as backs Kelvin van Wyk and Caleb Lombard scored two tries apiece, with the side from Gauteng crossing the line nine times overall.
In the final game of the day, the Blue Bulls scored six tries in their 40-5 win against Border. Hooker Shaun Schürmann and loose forward Luann Olivier both bagged braces for Bulls.
The Craven Week action will continue on Wednesday, with the Falcons tackling the South Western Districts in the first clash at 10.30, with the action culminating at 15.00 when Western Province tackle the Sharks.
Day Two scorers and scorers:
Griquas 7-46 Leopards
Try: Damian McClean
Con: Elridge Jack
Tries: Carlo van Wijk, Renier Rall, Hennoh Visser, Collin Pereira, Lebogang Wageng 2, Lorenzo Snyers
Cons: Leonard Bevan 4
Pen: Jaden Meyer
Griffons 43-22 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Tries: Heinrich Loubser, Ethan Jones, Fano Linde, Charlten Basson, Andi Mentz, Penalty try
Cons: Nalie Kiewet, Pasco Mokoena 3
For Limpopo Blue Bulls:
Tries: Gerdro Grobler, Mahlatse Semosa, Hope Seyaga
Cons: Wian Terblanche 2
Golden Lions 55-29 Pumas
For Golden Lions:
Tries: Esethu Mnebelele 2, Thandolwethu Biyela, Daylon Myners, Kelvin van Wyk 2, Caleb Lombard 2, Khuti Rasivhaga
Cons: Myners 3, JT Kapank 2
Tries: Corneluis Lottering, Fumani Chauke, Ryan Venter, Sifiso Nhleko
Cons: Zander Erasmus 3
Blue Bulls 40-5 Border
For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Shaun Schürmann 2, Luann Olivier 2, Divan Brits, Brooklyn Newman
Cons: Nicallen Gabrielsen 5
Try: Dewan du Preez
Day Three Fixtures:
10.30: Falcons v South Western Districts
12.00: Western Province XV v Free State
13.30: Eastern Province v Boland
15.00: Western Province v Sharks