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Kimberley - The KwaZulu-Natal Under-18 team held their composure and nerve to secure a deserved 23-21 victory against DHL Western Province in their Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week clash played at GWK Park in Kimberley.
Both teams each scored three tries in this match despite many handling errors conceded. Flyhalf Robert du Preez (son of former Springbok scrumhalf, Robert du Preez), centre Tyler Fisher and hooker Jacques Taylor were the try-scorers for the Durban team.
Western Province U18 centre Kyle Lombard, hooker Graig Corbett and captain Sikumbuzo Notshe ran in five-pointers for the Cape team.
Winger and captain of the KwaZulu-Natal team Siyabonga Tom kicked one conversion and two penalties while flyhalf Handre Pollard converted all three tries scored by Western Province.
Pollard had the chance to snatch victory for the Cape team after they were awarded a penalty in the final minute of the match when referee Dilbert November penalised the KwaZulu-Natal team for offside play.
However his 50-meter long-range penalty kick failed in distance which saw the Durban team claim a nail-biting victory in a match which they dominated in both territory and possession.
Western Province struggled at the line-outs and were outplayed at the breakdown. The KwaZulu-Natalians played a brand of rugby which centralised around the play of their 97 kg centre - Fisher.
Earlier, the Golden Lions U18 team ran in six tries to record an impressive 39-13 victory over Eastern Province.
Centre Burger Odendaal ran in a brace of tries while flanker Daniel Bope, eightman Ruan Steenkamp, scrumhalf Ruhann Kruger and winger Tshepo Mooki were the other players to score five-pointers for the Johannesburg Under-18 team.
Golden Lions flyhalf Jaco van der Walt kicked a penalty and three conversions. Flanker Stephan Zaayman was the sole try-scorer for the Eastern Province U18s. His try was converted by Wayne Gardner who also added a drop goal and penalty.
The Zimbabwe Under-18 team dazzled the crowd at GWK Park after running in nine tries before defeating the Border Central Districts team 68-3. Flankers Tapiwa Tsomondo scored a hat-trick of tries; Rock Rorke added a brace; while centre Preston Bryant, scrumhalf Robert Sargeant, centre Takudzwa Chieza and winger Tari Ndudzo were the try-scorers for the Zimbabweans. Flyhalf Luke Masasire kicked seven conversions and three penalties to end the match with a personal points haul of 23.
Border CD's only points in the match was scored thanks to a penalty by Devandre Sissing.
The Griffons achieved their first win after securing a 22-16 victory over the Limpopo Blue Bulls. Frans Gerber, Marco Klopper and Ruan van Rensburg were the try-scorers for the Welkom Under-18 team while scrumhalf Kallie Erasmus added the two conversions. Flyhalf David van Biljion kicked one penalty.
Limpopo Blue Bulls hooker Jan Truter scored his team's only try. His five-pointer was converted by Jacobus Marais who also kicked three penalties.
In the final match of the day, the Griqualand West Central Districts team conceded a 33-12 defeat against the Border the Bulldogs U18 team.
Fixtures for Wednesday, July 13, 2011:
10h00 Eastern Province CD v Leopards
11h40 Griquas v Namibia
13h10 Mpumalanga v Boland
14h40 Valke v South Western Districts
16h10 Free State v Blue Bulls
Day Two Results and Scorers:
Western Province 21, KwaZulu-Natal 23
Western province - Tries: Kyle Lombard, Sikumbuzo Notshe, Graig Corbett; Conversions: Handre Pollard (3). KZN - Tries: Robert du Preez, Tyler Fisher, Jacques Taylor; Conversion: Siyabonga Tom; Penalties: Siyabonga Tom (2)
Golden Lions 39, Eastern Province 13
Lions - Tries: Daniel Bope, Megiel Odendaal (2), Ruan Steenkamp, Ruhann Kruger, Tshepo Mooki; Conversion: Jaco van der Walt (3); Penalty: Jaco van der Walt. Eastern Province - Try: Stephan Zaayman; Conversion: Wayne Gardner; Drop goal: Wayne Gardner; Penalty: Wayne Gardner.
Zimbabwe 68, Border CD 3
Zimbabwe - Tries: Preston Bryant, Robert Sargeant, Rock Rorke (2), Takudzwa Chieza, Tapiwa Tsomondo (3), Tari Ndudzo ;Conversions: Luke Masasire(7); Penalty: Luke Masasire(3). Border CD-Penalty: Devandre Sissing.
Griffons 22, Limpopo Blue Bulls 16
Griffons- Tries: Frans Gerber, Marco Klopper, Ruan van Rensburg; Conversion: Kallie Erasmus (2); Penalty; David van Biljion. Limpopo- Try: Jan Truter; Conversion: Jacobus Marais; Penalty: Jacobus Marais (3).
Griquas 12, Border 33
Griquas-Tries: Dawid Burden, Gabriel Liebenberg; conversion: Herman Share. Border- Tries: Cameron Opperman, Emihle Baneti, Johan Meyer (2), Joshua Stander; Conversions: Joshua van Rooyen