Baby Bulls hammer WP

2012-07-10 17:46

Port Elizabeth - The Blue Bulls raised the bar on the second day of the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when they scored 21 unanswered second-half points to beat Western Province 47-27 in the day's main match.

The Bulls trailed 27-26 at the break, but three converted tries in the 56th, 59th and 61st minutes took the wind out of WP's sails and firmly established the boys from Pretoria as the team to beat at the country's flagship Youth Week.

With hosts EP and KwaZulu-Natal producing scintillating rugby on Monday in beating the Falcons 41-17 and Free State 48-24 respectively, the Bulls and WP had their work cut out to match those exploits and they promptly delivered in a high-tempo game that saw 10 tries being scored.

There were also wins on Tuesday for Zimbabwe, EP Country Districts, SWD and the Pumas.

In the main match, WP, who have played in the tournament's unofficial final for the past three years, got off to the best possible start when eighthman Petrus Bothma crashed over in the third minute.

SA U20 Junior World Cup-winning flyhalf, Handré Pollard, kicked the conversion, but the goal was soon cancelled out when loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman barged over from a tapped penalty five meters from the WP line.

Flyhalf Ryno Eksteen made it 7-7, but Pollard kicked a 14th-minute penalty to put WP in the lead once again. The Cape boys increased their lead to 10 soon thereafter when fullback Jason Worrall scooted through for Pollard to convert from the touchline.

But the Bulls were equal to the task with centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg muscling his way over underneath the posts for a converted try to cut the deficit to 14-17, which soon became 21-17 to the boys in blue when Marcus Kleinbooi went over from a sweeping attack.

The sides continued their tit-for-tat scoring, WP hooker Chad Solomon and Bulls prop Dayan van der Westhuizen going over for a spectacular try before Pollard nailed a 34th-minute penalty to give his side a one-point lead at the break.

After the deluge of points in the opening period, the scoreboard operator was left twiddling his thumbs until 21 minutes into the second half, when 21 points in a matter of five minutes were chalked up, starting with Bulls centre Jurie Linde putting his side ahead after a good buildup down the left-hand touchline.

No sooner had Eksteen converted than it was fullback Jaco Hayward who danced over on the hour to make it 40-27, followed a minute later by a second try to Kleinbooi to put the result beyond doubt.

The main curtain-raiser, between the Pumas and the Griffons, produced another 10-try thriller after the Northern Free State side produced a stirring second-half comeback.

The Griffons trailed 31-5 at one stage but three quick tries, to flanker Andre Jansen van Vuuren, wing David Tippens and centre Shaun Reynolds, made it a seven-point game with six minutes remaining.

But the boys from Mpumalanga, who played superb rugby in the first half, finished strongly, dotting down twice in the dying minutes to claim a deserved 48-24 victory.

Tuesday's Results – Day 2:

Zimbabwe (7) 31 – Tries: Shepherd Mhembere (2), Richard Watson, Dale Gibbons, Brendon Mandivenga. Conversions: Bastien Mendelsohn (3).
Border CD (0) 9 – Penalties: Lwazi Maqwelana (3).

Griquas CD (15) 27 – Tries: Jacobus Conradie, Hendrik Visagie, Gavian Cloete, Adriaan Uys. Conversions: Dawid Burden (2). Penalty: Burden.
EP CD (11) 28 – Tries: Naldo Meyer, Dean Ferreira, CJ Lombard. Conversions: Jason Vers (2). Penalties: Vers, James Moore.

SWD (17) 46 – Tries: Martinus Vermeulen (2), Johannes Breiers, Geor Malan, Ganfried May, Duhan van der Merwe (2). Conversions: Warrick Gelant (4). Penalty: Gelant.
Limpopo (13) 18 – Tries: Sipho Siboza, Marcel Scholtz. Conversion: Scholtz. Penalties: Scholtz (2).

Pumas (24) 48 – Tries: Willandre Kotzenberg (2), Vincent Sibiya, Donavan Gissing (2), Bernardus Johnstone. Conversions: Brandon Thomson (5), Jacobus Wolmarans. Penalties: Thomson (2).
Griffons (5) 24 – Tries: Shaun Reynolds, Ethan Williams, David Tippens, Andre Jansen van Vuuren. Conversions: David van Biljon (2).

WP (27) 27 – Tries: Petrus Bothma, Chad Solomon, Jason Worrall. Conversions: Handrè Pollard (3). Penalties: Pollard (2).
Blue Bulls (26) 47 – Tries: Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Marcus Kleinbooi (2), Pierre Schoeman, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Johannes Linde, Jaco Hayward. Conversions: Ryno Eksteen (6).

Wednesday's fixtures – Day 3 (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium):

09.30 – Griquas vs Namibia

11.00 – Falcons vs Leopards

12.30 – Free State vs Border

14.00 – EP vs Boland

15.30 – KZN vs Lions

Monday's Results – Day 1:

Leopards 36 Namibia 29

Boland 16 Griquas 12

Lions 29 Border 14

Free State 24 KZN 48

EP 41 Falcons 17


  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-10 17:50

    Breeding ground of SA rugby

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-10 17:53

      I really enjoyed this game, good 35 minutes from WP boys in the first half and was looking forward to a 'tight' game, but then the WP guys went AWOL-ing. Good mix of Waterkloof, Affies, Centurion, Garsfontein and an odd one here and there Great pace by the BB boys - keep it up

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 18:06

      Love the Heading... BABY BULLS HAMMER WP.... WP jou lekker

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 18:30

      so gracious in defeat is stormkaap

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-10 18:47

      Taurus is thet wher u from.. Cullarts from the cape have a very distinctive way of speaking..

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:53

      That schoonraad number 9 from the wp rugby academy for ants, awesome breeding them in miniature size speciallly for the stormers back line. And old windgat Worral or whatever his name is, nice blonde locks and a beautiful signature after he scores a try, c'mon man u r in high school, u r nothing. Well done bulls 3 tries in 5 minutes. Daar kom n ding, a bulle ding

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-11 09:50

      @storm, horrible come back, try again

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 01:23

      @maakdiebulle. Then why do your talent scouts sneak around the country picking up talent from other unions if Pretoria is the breeding ground for SA Rugby? You should change your name to maakdiestormerscheetahssharksgriquasenleeusalmalbulle.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-10 18:03

    WeePee !!!!!! BAWAHAHAHA Daar gaan 'n ding

  • freddie.l.roux - 2012-07-10 18:45

    Actually the Bulls beat Paarl Boys, Paarl Gym and Paul Roos (basically Boland) as those are the only schools to be selected. Die Boere mafia still rule....

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-10 20:03

      Jirre Freddie, wie is daai klomp gekleurdes in die span.... seker die kinders van die mafia!

      Nick Koster - 2012-07-10 22:58


  • RetiefC - 2012-07-10 18:45

    Baie geluk Bulletjies!! Ons is trots op julle!

  • deon.durand - 2012-07-10 19:08

    Die Bulle se kombinsies as great

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 23:37

      Deon, lekker om ons ou skool (Lyttleton H) voor in die koor te sien - die DNA loop die, of hoe! Laat my terugverlang.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 02:43

      Lyttleton H dit is sekker nou Centurion H??? Ek weet net van Manor High maar nog nooit gehoor van Lyttleton H miskien n bietjie voor my tyd...

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-11 17:17

      Chaplinn, ja Lyttleton H dateer uit die dae toe die vleuels nog die bal by die lynstane ingegooi het en ons nog van Noord-Transvaal gepraat het. Daarna Verwoerdburg en nou PC Centurion, lol!

  • sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-07-11 02:38

    Snaaks 2weke terug berig news24 oor die bulle wat die u/13 gewen het.Laas week wen wp hulle 32-5 by die onner 16's week. geen berig.en nou weer berigte orie craven week.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-11 07:00

      The under16 tournament must really be insignificant if "stormers 24" don't even bother to write an article about it.

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