Lions pip KZN in thriller
Jaco van der Walt and fromer Sevens Bok Vuyo Zangqa (Gallo Images)
Kimberley - Golden Lions Under-18 flyhalf Jaco van der Walt kicked a last-minute penalty to hand his team a thrilling 19-18 victory against the KwaZulu-Natal U18s in the final match on day four of the 2011 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week.
The Hoërskool Monument pivot, who also earned the man-of-the-match award for his superb overall performance, was also responsible for 14 of the Johannesburg team's points.
Fullback Justin Moos scored the other points for the Golden Lions after he brilliantly ran in a 65-meter individual try.
The Young Sharks though managed to score two tries which were scored by the talented fullback Siyabonga Tom and the physical centre Tyler Fisher. Both Tom and Fisher have been two of the star backline performers during this Craven Week.
Tom's five-pointer was scored during the opening five minutes of the match, while Fisher crashed over the tryline after brushing aside three Golden Lions defenders.
Tom kicked two penalties and converted Fisher's try. The Golden Lions dominated the breakdown and were superior at scrum-time and in the line-outs. The Sharks were guilty of conceding numerous handling errors during crucial periods of the game.
In the other matches of the day, the DHL Western Province U18s earned their first victory at the 2011 Craven Week with a 42-26 win over the Border Bulldogs. Ten tries were scored in this match with the Cape team running in six five-pointers.
Prop Tshepo Motale, flyhalf Tim Swiel, lock Ryno van der Merwe, winger Jean-Paul Lewis, prop Jacobus van der Merwe and scrumhalf Andre Warner were the try-scorers for Western Province. The Bishops pivot Swiel, kicked two penalties and three conversions during his first match at the 2011 tournament.
The Border Bulldogs managed four tries, two of which were added by Siphumelele Msutwana, while their other five-pointers were scored by Siphesihle Punguzwa and Dylan de Wilzen. Joshua Stander kicked one conversion.
The Griffons maintained their undefeated run in this year's Craven Week following their 31-16 win victory against Eastern Province. The provincial Under-18 team of Welkom only conceded one try during this match when centre Jean Pittaway crossed the tryline for the Eastern Province team. His five-pointer was converted by Selvyn Davids, who also kicked three penalties.
Brendan October, Jacobus Enslin, Kallie Erasmus and Kirsten Heyns were the try-scorers for the Griffons. Kallie Erasmus kicked one conversion, as did Jacobus Enslin, who also added one penalty.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls bounced back to winning ways following their defeat against the Griffons on Tuesday by thrashing Zimbabwe 81-7. The Limpopo team ran in 12 tries, which were scored by Viljoen Dreyer (2), Madala Ndinisa (2), Anton du Toit (2), Nhlanhla Mlondobozi (2), Roy-Ramon Auret, Juan Smit, Jacobus Marais and Harold Vorster. Marais kicked nine conversions and a penalty. Garath Meikle scored Zimbabwe's only try which was converted by James Forrester.
In the other match of the day, hosts Griquas Central Districts secured a 31-16 win over Border Central Districts. Day Four Results and Scorers:Golden Lions 19, KwaZulu Natal 18
Golden Lions - Try: Justin Moos; Conversion: Jaco van der Walt; Penalties: Van der Walt (4). KwaZulu Natal - Tries: Tyler Fisher, Siyabonga Tom; Conversion: Tom; Penalties: Tom (2).
Griffons 31, Eastern Province 16
Griffons - Tries: Brendan October, Jacobus Enslin, Kallie Erasmus, Kirsten Heyns; Conversions: Jacobus Enslin, Kallie Erasmus; Penalty: Jacobus Enslin. Eastern Province - Try: Jean Pittaway; Conversion: Selvyn Davids; Penalties: Selvyn Davids (3). Limpopo Blue Bulls 81, Zimbabwe 7
Limpopo Blue Bulls - Tries: Viljoen Dreyer (2), Madala Ndinisa (2), Anton du Toit (2), Nhlanhla Mlondobozi (2), Roy-Ramon Auret, Juan Smit, Jacobus Marais, Harold Vorster; Conversions: Marais (9); Penalty: Marais. Zimbabwe - Try: Garath Meikle; Conversion: James Forrester.
Griquas CD 33, Border CD 16
Griquas CD - Tries: Ajay Bowen, Andre Esterhuyse, Dawid Burden, Eswyn Heyns, Gabriel Liebenberg; Conversions: Peter-John Walters (2), Herman Share (2). Border CD - Try: Llnamandla Mpolase; Conversion: Devandre Sissing; Drop Goal: Lungile Yumba; Penalties: Devandre Sissing.Western Province 42, Border 26
Western Province - Tries: Tshepo Motale, Tim Swiel, Ryno van der Merwe, Jean-Paul Lewis, Jacobus van der Merwe, Andre Warner; Conversions: Swiel (3); Penalties: Swiel (2). Border - Tries: Siphumelele Msutwana (2), Siphesihle Punguzwa, Dylan de Wilzen; Conversions: Joshua Stander.