Grant Khomo Week Day Two Results
A number of close encounters, a draw and impressive wins for Golden Lions and Western Province highlighted Day Two of the Under-16 SA Rugby Grant Khomo Week at HS Rob Ferreira in White River on Wednesday.
The Cape side scored six sublime tries in their win over Free State Cheetahs, while Golden Lions outplayed the EP Elephants to remain two of only three unbeaten sides. The SWD Eagles, meanwhile, played to two thrilling draws against the Free State Cheetahs and Sharks on Monday and Wednesday respectively, meaning they too have not yet tasted defeat.
As with the SWD versus Sharks clash, a number of matches went down to the wire, which made for exciting match-ups on the second day of the age group competition.
Two first-half tries were the order of the day in Zimbabwe’s 10-0 win over Border Country Districts, with those proving to be the only points in the match. The victory marked their first in the tournament.
The clash between Border and Griffons was also close, with the coastal side sneaking to a 13-8 win. In the end two penalty goals by Border centre, Riego Heath, proved the difference between the sides. Both scored a try each in the first half, with Heath’s penalty goals on either side of the half handing them the win.
In a historic first win for the SA Iqhawe team, the newcomers pipped Namibia 23-20. It was a match characterised by ebbs and flows, with the Iqhawe team starting like a house on fire as they dominated the opening half to take a comfortable 15-3 lead at the break.
Namibia clawed their way back into the match in the second half and scored near the end to tie the scores at 20-20. But the SA Iqhawe team slotted over a crucial penalty goal. The Namibians dominated the final couple of minutes, but they were unable to get the winning try.
The match-makers had it spot on as the Leopards and Valke clash proved hugely competitive.
The North Westers won 22-19 thanks to a penalty goal by replacement-flyhalf, JP Klue, but it could have gone either way. The Valke, however, did not do themselves any favours with their ill-discipline, which earned them two yellow cards.
At halftime play was level at 14-14, with both sides scoring two converted tries, and it was the same story in the second half, as they each added one. A red card for the Valke in the 55th minute, however, did not assist their cause, and when Klue kicked the final points, it sealed the victory.
The Golden Lions and EP Elephants continued the theme of entertaining the crowd and keeping them on the edge of their seats. The Gauteng team won 29-17 thanks to a strong first half effort which pushed them 19-0 up at the break.
EP came back strongly in the second spell, outplaying their opponents 17-10, but that counted for little as their first half effort was not good enough.
Boland scored a solid 30-20 win over Human Griquas, with five tries to two telling of the edge they had over their Northern Cape rivals.
The Boland team started well and their 18-10 lead at the break was good value for their early efforts.
They kept up the pace in the second half, with flanker Ghudian van Reenen playing a blinder and scoring two tries, along with winger Keanu Philander.
The match between SWD and the Sharks ended in a 20-20 draw, which was in many ways a fair result as neither team deserved to lose. The Sharks had a strong first half on attack, with SWD using the accurate goal-kicking of scrumhalf, Neil le Roux, as their first option for points.
Le Roux had them 6-0 up, but two good tries by the KZN opened up a considerable lead and they were sitting pretty at 17-6 when the teams changed sides.
SWD did most of the running in the second half and scored a converted try to claw their way back. The Sharks then kicked a penalty goal to give them breathing space, but a sustained attack by SWD saw them work their way over in the corner with time almost up.
The draw depended on Le Roux’s conversion, and his kick from the touchline split the uprights to even the scores.
Western Province had too much in their arsenal for the Free State Cheetahs, winning 44-12. Their speedy backline and the good interplay with their mobile pack of forwards had the Free Staters tackling thin air at times. Such was their dominance they led 31-5 at halftime.
Free State made a brief recovery in the second half, but there was always going to be one winner. In fact, based on this performance, it may be hard for anyone topple the Cape side when the final matches are played on Friday. Their six tries were all sublime, and Keagan Smith scored his second hat-trick in as many matches.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls outplayed Pumas XV 26-7, mainly to their first half blitz over their rivals. The Limpopo team dominated proceedings in the first half, leading 26-0 at the break, thanks to their four tries. Credit to the home team, however, as they never stopped trying and were rewarded with the only score in the second half through a converted try.
The Blue Bulls defeated Pumas in the final match of the day, easing to a 38-17 win.
The home side made a good fight of it though, oftening troubling the team in blue with eager play on attack. The Pretoria team, however, kept their defensive play organised and were also solid on attack, which saw them score through their backs and forwards – often via their effective rolling maul and the storming runs of prop Mayman Thansville.
The teams will enjoy a rest day on Thursday, with the Under-13 SA Rugby Craven Week teams taking centre stage once again.
Grant Khomo Results, Day 2
Blue Bulls vs Pumas, 38-17
Boland vs Griquas, 30-20
Border vs Griffons, 13-8
Golden Lions vs Eastern Province Elephants, 29-17
Leopards vs Valke, 22-19
Limpopo vs Blue Bulls Pumas XV, 26-7
SA Iqhawe vs Namibia, 23-20
South Western Districts vs Sharks, 20-20
Western Province vs Free State Cheetahs, 44-16
Zimbabwe vs Border Country Districts, 10-0
Grant Khomo Results, Day 1
Eastern Province Elephants vs Blue Bulls, 15-13
Ford Human vs Griquas Zimbabwe, 24-17
Free State vs Cheetahs vs South Western Districts, 36-36
Golden Lions vs Leopards, 31-17
Griffons vs Valke, 35-34
Namibia vs Border Country Districts, 29-6
Pumas vs Limpopo,
Pumas XV vs SA Iqhawe Impi, 32-26
Sharks vs Border, 44-29
Western Province vs Boland, 78-7
Under-13 Craven Fixtures, Day 3 – 27 June 2019
09.00: Boland vs Eastern Province Elephants
10.00: Leopards vs Valke
11.00: Limpopo vs Pumas
12.00: Griquas vs Blue Bulls
13.00: Western Province vs South Western Districts
14.00: Sharks vs Golden Lions
15.00: Free State Cheetahs vs Border Country Districts
16.00: Griffons vs Border
17.00: Zimbabwe vs Namibia
Issued by SA Rugby Communications