Craven Week: WP vs Sharks in main game
In the first four days of the 2018 Craven Week, played at Paarl Boys’ High’s Brug Street ground, five teams have won both of their matches – Boland, Border, Sharks, Western Province and Western Province XV.
The first three days were played in sunshine, the fourth in rain and mud. But regardless of the weather, the teams continued to play open, attacking rugby. The advantage of the wet, cold and heavy field was that matches were closer.
The organisers have now drawn up the fixtures for the final day, Saturday, 14 July 2018. All 18 teams will be in action.
The teams honoured by being chosen to play the prestigious last match are the Sharks and Western Province. The Sharks lost in last year’s final and Western Province won it in 2015 and 2016.
In fact, there is great promise in the last three matches on the A Field on Saturday – Border vs Free State, Boland vs Golden Lions and the final.
The weather forecast for Saturday is sunny and warm.
Day Four results:
Boland vs Blue Bulls, 19-17
Leopards vs Griquas, 17-6
Sharks vs Free State, 29-20
South Western Districts vs Golden Lions XV, 38-26
Western Province XV vs Valke, 26-8
Day Three results:
Blue Bulls XV vs Limpopo, 55-5
Border vs Griffons, 52-12
Pumas vs Eastern Province, 45-29
Western Province vs Golden Lions, 13-5
Day Two results:
Boland vs Griquas, 61-14
Free State vs Blue Bulls, 38-21
Sharks vs South Western Districts, 46-28
Valke vs Leopards, 63-24
Western Province XV vs Golden Lions XV, 57-15
Day One results:
Border vs Limpopo, 68-17
Golden Lions vs Eastern Province, 44-25
Griffons vs Blue Bulls XV, 51-17
Western Province vs Pumas, 72-10
Fixtures Day 5 (Saturday, 14 July 2018 at Paarl Boys’ High Ground, Brug Street, Paarl)
08.00: South Western Districts vs Pumas
09.30: Western Province XV vs Blue Bulls
11.00: Border vs Free State
12.30: Golden Lions vs Boland
14.00: Sharks vs Western Province
08.00: Griquas vs Limpopo
09.30: Eastern Province vs Leopards
11.00: Blue Bulls XV vs Golden Lions XV
12.30: Valke vs Griffons