Cape Town - Western Province, the Blue Bulls, and Border on
Friday proved their worth as the top teams in the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven
Week, Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and National Girls Under-18 Week
respectively as they overcame challenging final round encounters to remain
Western Province defeated the Sharks 12-5 to win the
final match of the U13 Craven Week for the fourth year in a row,
while the Blue Bulls pipped the Sharks 23-20 in the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week and Border secured a 15-10 victory against Western Province
in the National Girls Under-18 Week.
The closing match of the U13 final at Paarl Gymnasium was hard-fought as both
teams did their best to try to work their way onto the front foot.
dominated possession in the first half, and these efforts paid off with a
well-worked try by wing Jade Filanie, who found space out wide to beat the
The Sharks, however, hit back five minutes later as a well-timed pass
to Londani Mpungose allowed him to score in the corner, which left the teams
tied on 5-5 going into the break.
Western Province struck again shortly after half time with a
strong run up-field and a handy kick-through was gathered by Reece Montsumi,
who scored to push them 12-5 ahead.
The Sharks fought back with intent on
attack and took the ball through phases, but the effective defence shut them
out. With the clocking winding down, the Cape side once again took control of
the match as they ran hard at the Sharks, but they were unable to add to their
score as the their impatience on attack came at the cost of errors and
turnovers at crucial times.
The grand finale of the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo was
The Sharks dominated territory and possession early on and
showed patience on attack, and this paid off as they scored the first points
compliments of a try by Celimpilo Gumede.
But the Blue Bulls levelled the
scores at 7-7 three minutes later as Jurich Claasens touched down for them.
With neither team giving an inch on defence both sides opted for penalty goals
to inflate their scores as the half progressed, with the Blue Bulls slotting
over two penalties to only one by the Sharks for a 13-10 halftime lead.
The Blue Bulls added their third penalty after the break and
then added their second try after a series of phases to stretch their score to
The Sharks, however, showed composure on attack by taking a penalty
before fighting back with a try in the corner minutes before full time to
reduce the deficit on the scoreboard to 23-20.
In a thrilling end to the match
the Sharks opted for a penalty goal on the stroke of full time, but the attempt
fell short, which sealed the three-point win for the Pretoria side.
In the National Girls U18 tournament, meanwhile, Border edged the
Western Province 15-10 to emerge as the top team in the tournament at the
Northern Cape High School in Kimberley.
Border opened up their campaign with a victories against the
Blue Bulls and Eastern Province to book their place in the final match against
Western Province, while the Cape side came out tops against Eastern Province
and Boland before taking on Border.
The final match was close, but Border managed to build on
the success of their senior team as they held their nerve to secure the
U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week final round results (Friday, 8
18 (10) – 14 (7) Old Mutual Zimbabwe
14 (5) – 3 (3) Border
Province 48 (24) – 0 (0) Border CD
Minolta Free State 31 (12) – 26 (19) Griffons
Profile Services Valke 20 (5) – 38 (33) Itec Blue Bulls
23 (5) – 14 (14) Bidvest Golden Lions
Resorts Limpopo Blue Bulls 7 (7) – 7 (7) Boland
7 (7) – 14 (14) Pumas
Western Province 12 (5) – 5 (5) Sharks
U16 Cola-Cola Grant Khomo Week final round results
(Friday, 8 July):
5 (0) – 15 (5) Zimbabwe
Western Province 45 (14) – 8 (8) Eastern Province
Blue Bulls 33 (5) – 17 (17) Valke
57 (31) – 0 (0) Border CD
Golden Lions 34 (19) – 25 (18) SWD
31 (17) – 10 (5) Border
35 (7) – 14 (7) Leopards
XV 16 (3) – 26 (12) Free State
Western Province 25 (10) – 19 (5) Griquas
20 (10) – 23 (13) Blue Bulls
National Girls U18 Week final round results (Friday, 8
SWD 19 - 5 Pumas
Valke 0 - 40 Free State
Griquas 17 - 5 KZN
Leopards 48 - 7 Griffons
Boland 12 - 15 Blue Bulls
Limpopo Blue Bulls 12 - 15 Golden Lions
Zimbabwe 5 - 10 Eastern ProvinceWestern Province 10 - 15 Border