Rugby

Sharks on song at Loftus

2012-11-03 13:13
Sibusiso Sithole (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Yet another rugby team from KwaZulu-Natal looks set to reach a major final after the Sharks sevens team established themselves as favourites for the SARU Interprovincial Tournament after the first day of matches played at Loftus Versfeld.

Bolstered by the Blitzbokke Sibusiso Sithole, Tera Mthembu and Milo Nqoro and with Rosco Speckman, Gouws Prinsloo and Shanon Rick in impressive form, the Durban team finished day one unbeaten after three wins. Judging from their powerful performances on Friday, it would seem that a special effort will be required to prevent coach Roelof Kotze's side from lifting the coveted Cup on Saturday.

The KZN team beat the Leopards 21-12, Griquas 45-0 and Limpopo 38-0 to qualify for tomorrow’s quarter finals.

But the dreaded “Day Two syndrome” has shattered many a Sevens team’s aspirations in the past and the Durbanites' biggest threat could come from an unlikely opponent, the Falcons. The Red Devils fielded an impressive Under-18 team in the recent @lantic Interprovincial Schools tournament in Pretoria and they are always a major force in Sevens.

Friday’s action produced several highlights but the overall quality of play must be praised, with numerous players showing they deserve to be tested at a higher level. 

Shimlas-flanker Teboho Mohoje scored a hat-trick of tries for the Free State Cheetahs in their 33-21 victory over Eastern Province. His performance was a display of explosive power and skill and another good show tomorrow might just catch the eye of the Springbok Sevens selectors.

In the Women’s competition hosts the Blue Bulls and KZN looked the strongest teams. Both sides topped their respective groups with three comprehensive victories.

On Saturday the action continues with the first matches set to kick off at 09:00 and the Cup finals from 13:34.

Day One results:

Men:

Golden Lions 35 Pumas 21
Leopards 33 Limpopo 0
Falcons 17 Blue Bulls 0
Free State 21 Boland 19
Golden Lions 19 WP 14
KZN 21 Leopards 12
Blue Bulls 14 Border 10
Free State 33 EP 21
Griffons 19 Golden Lions 14
Griquas 17 Leopards 14
Lowveld 29 Blue Bulls 28
Free State 24 SWD 14
WP 21 Griffons 7
KZN 45 Griquas 0
Lowveld 17 Border 0
SWD 24 EP 10
Pumas 35 Griffons 7
Griquas 28 Limpopo 0
Falcons 26 Lowveld 19
Boland 24 SWD 0
WP 38 Pumas 14
KZN 38 Limpopo 0
Border 19 Falcons 19
EP 36 Boland 2

Women:
Border 14 Pumas 5
Boland 32 Leopards 0
Griffons 19 Boland 14
SWD 19 Free State 5
Border 35 Leopards 0
WP 42 SWD 0
Griffons 7 Pumas 0
Free State 47 Limpopo 12
Border B 40 Limpopo 0
Leopards 19 Pumas 15
Boland 40 Pumas 0
WP 50 Limpopo 0
Border 12 Griffons 12
EP 33 Falcons 0
Griffons 19 Leopards 5
Border 24 Boland 7
WP 19 Free State 7
Border B 12 SWD 12
Blue Bulls 54 SANDF 0
Golden Lions 41 Correctional Services 0
EP 41 SANDF 0
KZN 38 Golden Lions 10
Blue Bulls 40 Falcons 0
Griquas 60 Correctional Services 0
Blue Bulls 40 EP 5
KZN 59 Correctional Services 0
SANDF 17 Falcons 5
Golden Lions 24 Griquas 7
Border B 17 Free State 5
KZN 31 Griquas 0
WP 35 Border B 0
SWD 36 Limpopo 0

Saturday's draw:

Loftus B-field:

Men:

09.00: Golden Lions v KZN
09.40: Lowveld v Free State
10.20: Griffons v Limpopo
11.00: Blue Bulls v SWD

Women:
09.20: Griffons v Blue Bulls
10.00: Border B v KZN
10.40: Boland v Falcons
11.20: SWD v Correctional Services

C-field:

Men:
09.00: WP v Griquas
09.40: Falcons v EP
10.20: Pumas v Leopards
11.00: Border v Boland

Women:
09.20: Border v EP
10.00: WP v Golden Lions
10.40: Leopards v  SANDF
11.20: Limpopo v Griquas

Cup finals:

Women: 13.45
Men: 14.10
 

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