KZN, EP shine at Craven Week

2012-07-09 17:21

Port Elizabeth - Hosts Eastern Province kicked off with a resounding win, but it was the performance of KwaZulu-Natal that dominated talk on the opening day of the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday.

Playing in the main curtain-raiser, KZN scored seven tries to run out unexpectedly convincing 48-24 winners over a disappointing Free State side, with fullback Jesse Kriel and right wing Bruce Arnott each grabbing a brace.

EP then gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about when they produced some excellent running rugby to beat the Falcons 41-17, scoring five tries in the process. There were also wins on Monday for the Lions, Boland and Leopards.

Free State, who have played in the main match of the tournament for the past three years, were no match for the streetwise KwaZulu-Natalians, who racked up a 33-point lead at the break and led 48-10 before letting the boys from Bloemfontein in with two consolation tries in the final seven minutes.

In the main match, the hosts got off to a flyer, right wing Sergeal Petersen dotting down in the fourth minute for the first of his two tries, converted by flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg, for a 7-0 lead.

Stapelberg, who would finish with a personal haul of 16 points, and opposite number Ruan Potgieter then traded penalties before the EP No 10 broke beautifully from a scrum, with the final offload giving Petersen a second try underneath the posts.

Eighthman Aidon Davis scored EP's third try on the half hour, converted by Stapelberg, but the Falcons responded just before the break when lock Johan Oosthuizen went over for Potgieter to add the extra points and so cut the deficit to 14 points.

But any hopes of a fightback were dashed when EP scored two further converted tries within 10 minutes of the restart, to left wing Selvyn Davids and loosehead prop Matthew Moore.

Falcons wing Leon Potgieter went over at the posts with eight minutes remaining, but it was too little, too late for the outgunned boys from the East Rand.

Tuesday's Fixtures – Day 2:

09:30 – Zimbabwe vs Border CD
11:00 – Griquas CD vs EP CD
12:30 – SWD vs Limpopo
14:00 – Pumas vs Griffons
15:30 – WP vs Blue Bulls

Monday's Results – Day 1:

Leopards (12) 36 – Tries: Willem Herbst, Iniel Schoenfeld, Francwa Ueckermann. Conversions: Matthys Venter (3). Penalties: Venter (5).
Namibia (17) 29 – Tries: Daniel Arries, Ethan Beukes, Jean-Claude Winkler, Leon Feris. Conversions: Arries (3). Penalty: Arries.

Boland (6) 16 – Try: Chad Kleinsmidt. Conversion: Kleinsmidt. Penalties: Schalk Hugo (3).
Griquas (9) 12 – Penalties: Granville Adams (4).

Lions (16) 29 – Tries: Jaco van der Walt, Frans van Wyk, Christiaan Massyn. Conversion: Van der Walt. Penalties: Van der Walt (3), Sibongumusa Radebe.
Border (14) 14 – Try: Lilitha Jonas. Penalties: Akhona Sihunu (3).

Free State (3) 24 – Tries: Othello Sebotsa, EW Viljoen, Edward Schmidt. Conversions: Pieter Jordaan (3). Penalty: Jordaan.
KZN (36) 48 – Tries: Bruce Arnott (2), Cornelis Vermaak, Daniel du Preez, Jesse Kriel (2), Justin Moberly. Conversions: Robert Anderson (5). Penalty: Anderson.

EP (24) 41 – Tries: Sergeal Petersen (2), Aidon Davis, Selvyn Davids, Matthew Moore. Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg (5). Penalties: Stapelberg (2).
Falcons (10) 17 – Tries: Johan Oosthuizen, Leon Potgieter. Conversions: Ruan Potgieter (2). Penalty: Potgieter.


  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-09 18:10

    Saw some really nice F/backs on show, Jesse Kriel being one of them

  • gerhardt.bekker - 2012-07-09 20:09

    Falcons send the wrong team to the craven week. Sorry to say, selectors made huge mistakes in their selections.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-09 21:34

      @Gerhardt. Se vir ons hoekom jy so dink. Stellings is wild, gee n bewys as jy n stelling maak dan kan ons saampraat of anders dink ons jy is suur omdat jou nefie nie die span gehaal het nie. Kom ek gee vir jou n voorbeeld so n twee of drie jaar terug gaan woon ek n laerskole wedstryd in Kaapstad by. Die skool se o 13 spannetjie verloor teen n buurskool so iets soos 23 - 3 kan nie meer presies onthou nie. Die verloorskool se afrigter word as die WP afrigter gekies en 12 van hul spelers word vir die WP o 13 span gekies!!!!!!! Nou dit is nou n voorbeeld van "wrong team to the Craven week"

  • gerhardt.bekker - 2012-07-10 08:23

    @melt I know a few guy in both the craven week team as well as in the Red Falcons (academy team). The craven week team is 0 wins out of 4, three were before tour. The Red Falcons 6 wins out of 6. Also they topped the log on points difference at the academy week in Wellington. See the SA Rugby website under youth tournament.

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