Cheetahs squeak past Bulls

2011-07-13 18:34

Kimberley - The Free State Cheetahs continued their undefeated run in the 2011 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week after they secured a nail-biting 14-11 victory against the Vodacom Blue Bulls thanks to a match-winning try by centre Jan Serfontein.

The Grey College midfielder scored the match-winning try in the 66th minute of the game to hand the Bloemfontein team their second win of the tournament. This match stood out as one of the most thrilling and entertaining games of the tournament, despite only two tries being scored.

Both teams played a running brand of rugby, while at the same time gave very little away on defence.

Free State Cheetahs fullback Jannie Strumpher, who is currently the leading points scorer of the tournament with 29 points, kicked two penalties for the Bloemfontein team while Arnoldus Vosloo kicked one penalty.

Blue Bulls flanker Sikhumbuzo Mabuza scored his team's only try while flyhalf Francois Tredoux added two penalties for the Pretoria Under-18 team.

The Blue Bulls were superior at scrum time and dominated the line-outs. However, the young Cheetahs were the more clinical team on attack and asked plenty of questions to the Blue Bulls defence.

In the other matches of day, there were convincing victories for Griquas and the Mpumalanga Pumas Under-18 teams. The hosts from Kimberley secured a comprehensive 53-3 victory over Namibia, while the Pumas ran in 51-26 winners against the Boland Cavaliers.

Griquas ran in seven tries in their clash against Namibians. Granville Adams added a brace while Vuyani Maqina, Adriaan Smith, Curtley Kiewiet, Dawid- Johan Minnie and Hermanus Scholtz were the other try-scorers for the home side. Jacobus du Plessis added three conversions and kicked four penalties.

Namibia's only points were scored by Lou Rickerts.

The Pumas were also full of running and scored five tries during their 51-26 victory. Mpumelelo Gina, Werner Kok, Wandile Nkosi, Phumlani Radebe and Albertus Smith were the try-scorers for the Mpumalanga side. Jacobus Wolmarans kicked four conversions and six penalties.

The team from Wellington also managed to score four tries which were added by Ashlon Davids, Gilmore Hektocr and Jason Kriel, who ran in a brace of five-pointers. Ashlon Davids kicked two conversions while Anzo Stubbs added a third conversion for the Boland Cavaliers.

Eastern Province recorded their first win of the 2011 Craven Week with a 40-17 victory over the Platinum Leopards, while the Valke recorded a 39-23 win against the SWD Eagles in one of the earlier matches played at GWK Park.  

Day Three Results and Scorers:

Free State 14, Blue Bulls 11

Blue Bulls - Try: Sikhumbuzo Mabuza; Penalties: Francois Tredoux (2). Free State - Try: Jan Serfontein; Penalty: Arnoldus Vosloo, Jannie Strumpher (2).

Eastern Province CD 40, Leopards 17

Eastern Province CD - Tries: Juandre Fourie, Mazel Kiewiets, Naldo Meyer, Ntsikelelo Mlamlei; Conversions: Willem Venter (4); Drop goal: Willem Venter; Penalties: Ntsikelelo Mlamleli (2), Willem Venter. Leopards - Try: Sias Koen (2); Conversion: Andre Esterhuizen (2); Penalty: Andre Esterhuizen

Griquas 53, Namibia 3

Griquas - Tries: Granville Adams (2), Vuyani Maqina, Adriaan Smith, Curtley Kiewiet, Dawid-Johan Minnie, Hermanus Scholtz; Conversion: Jacobus du Plessis(3) Penalty: Jacobus du Plessis(4)  Namibia - Penalty: Lou Rickerts

Pumas 51, Boland 26

Pumas-Tries: Mpumelelo Gina, Werner Kok, Wandile Nkosi, Phumlani Radebe, Albertus Smith ; Conversion: Jacobus Wolmarans(4); penalty: Jacobus Wolmarans(6);Penalty: Boland - Tries: Ashlon Davids, Gilmore Hektocr, Jason Kriel(2); Conversion: Anzo Stubbs, Ashlon Davids(2).

Valke 39, SWD 23

Valke-Tries: Adrian Oosthuizen, Gerhardus Benade, Jacques Nel, Ruan Grove (2); Conversion: Armandt Peens (2), Warren Potgieter (2); Penalty: Warren Potgieter (2).SWD-Tries: Brianton Booysen, Michael Bernardt; Conversion: du Toit Hills (2); Penalty du Toit Hills (3).


  • The_Fox - 2011-07-13 18:38

    Jan and co in the pic do NOT look their age :-)

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 18:51

      He looks about 27. If you are still in school it doesn't necessarily mean you still qualify to play in the schools week. Somebody should've told Vrystaat.

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-14 06:51

      These boys are big these days...

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-07-13 18:39

    The two talented free state centres jan serfontein and dries swanepoel are on their way to the bulls!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-13 22:21

    Is it true what they say about those Blue Bull props? Do they really weigh that much at under 18 level? Now I understand why half the people in the world is starving from the lack of food! Or is it steroids that built those bodies?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 22:23

      Pap en vleis. Nie snoek en patats soos die verfyndes in die Kaap nie.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-14 10:57

      Export the rotting stinking bokkoms that can be find in abundance in the Cape to the starvation nations of the world. We wil stick to Pap an Braaivleis, thanks.

  • BlouBos - 2011-07-14 10:46

    Yet another Blue Bulls Craven week ending in disgrace and disaster. We have the players but not the administrators. Schools rugby and club rugby in Pretoria are ruled by a buddy buddy system. I am familiar with most of the existing Craven Week administrators and couches. One couch, Lappies Labauchagne, a previous Craven Week 0/18 couch with a miserable record had resign from a previous school in the Moot area because of a breakdown in trust with the school, players and parents due to his poor performance and a lack in personality skills. And now all of sudden he turns out to be as the assistant coach for the Bulls Northvaal Team. Look at all the Administrators in the Blue Bulls teams at this link (u18 Craven Week team, u18 Academy Week team, Northvaal Team ). Most of them are from Centurion, not exactly the powerhouse of rugby in Pretoria. I know the facts, I went threw this crap twice.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-14 17:12

    'Squeak past'? En om te dink ek het gedink hulle het nogal gemaklik gewen!

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