Cape Town - Western
Province showed their class in the SA Rugby Academy Week on Saturday to emerge
as the top side in the tournament for the second year in a row as they defeated
Border 45-17 in the final match.
saw them finish the tournament as one of four unbeaten sides, along with the Pumas CD, the Limpopo Blue Bulls and the Valke.
tournament once again delivered on the excitement factor, with 392 tries and
2 609 points being scored over the 42 games in five days.
Academy Week match summaries:
Both Western Province and Border entered the closing match of the competition
unbeaten, but a seven-try romp by the Capetonians saw them outclass the East
London outfit 45-17.
half was hard fought, with Western Province taking a narrow 12-10 lead, but
they moved into a higher gear in the second half, with Luke Burger (wing) and
Canan Moodie (centre) each scoring braces, while Jandre Burger (flyhalf) had a
good day with the boot, slotting over five conversions.
The Valke were
in control of their clash against the Free State Cheetahs, which saw them build
up a 31-21 lead en route to their 43-33 victory.
Randers’ flank Bishop Mohono and Duane Bloem (centre) each scored twice,
accounting for four of the team’s seven tries, while Jason Edwards (fullback)
scored a try and kicked four conversions in a valuable display. The hosts tried
hard to finish the tournament on a high note in front of their home crowd, but
they could only score five tries, which left them short.
Elephants saved their best form for last as they blew the Pumas off the
park to cruise to a memorable 80-7 victory. Such was their superiority they
eased their way to a 59-7 half-time lead and they built on this in the second
half to increase their try tally to 12 - with Cadan-wade Phillenzo Finnis
(centre) accounting for four of those and Shemondrey Alex Hannes (wing) two.
They supported this solid attack with water-tight defence, which limited the
opposition to a single try.
hit their straps in the second half against Border CD to earn a rewarding 59-15
victory, after finding themselves 17-15 ahead at the break. Their superb
attacking form saw them score an impressive 11 tries, while they backed this up
with solid defence to deny the opposition from adding to their score in the
second stanza. Griquas CD lock Hansie Fourie was in top form, scoring a
hat-trick, while Shane Alexander (fullback) scored a brace and kicked two
The Sharks came out firing against SWD and continued to stamp their authority
throughout the match for a solid 59-24 victory. Nine different players scored
tries for the KwaZulu-Natalians in a fantastic team display after the side took
an encouraging 26-5 half-time lead, while they limited SWD to four tries - two
of which were scored by Berthal September (flyhalf).
impressive eight tries by Griquas - with braces by lock Llewellyn Stadler and
centre Jesse-Owen Denation - allowed them to overturn a 24-22 half-time deficit
against the Golden Lions XV for a 58-37 victory. The teams ran
hard at one another in the first half, resulting in a tight affair, but Griquas
found their rhythm in the second half and managed to finish the tournament on a
four tries by SA LSEN flyhalf Abbey Seseane and a brace by Ashley Gentle (No 8)
steered the side to a convincing 50-22 victory against the SA LSEN XV.
The SA LSEN
team were in hot form in the first half as they dominated on attack and rounded
off their chances well to take a 38-7 half-time lead and the finished the match
with an impressive eight tries. They faced tough resistance from the opposition
after the break as they forced their way over the chalk three times, but it was
a case of too little too late for them.
second half by Griffons CD saw them power their way to a 38-17
victory against EP Elephants CD, outscoring their opponents six tries to two.
Cape outfit held a narrow 10-5 lead at the break, but Griffons CD
had too much firepower for them in the second stanza. AJ Botha (centre) scored
twice for the victors, while EP Elephants CD fullback Anton van der Mescht
tried hard to keep his team in the game with a try, two conversions and a penalty
goals by Leopards flank Stiaan Loots proved to be the difference on the
scoreboard in their 30-24 victory against the Western Province XV in a
competitive clash. Both teams crossed the tryline three times with successful
conversions, but Loots’ kicked three penalty goals to one by the Cape side,
which handed them the edge. Interestingly Western Province XV inched 21-17
ahead at half-time, but they were unable to hold onto this in a tough second
traditional international between Namibia and Zimbabwe was
hard-fought, but Namibia’s effective goal-kicking allowed them to sneak through
for a 20-15 victory.
entered the break level on 10-10, and they continued to throw everything at one
another in the second half, but Namibia’s two conversions and two penalty goals
by Geraldo Beukes (flyhalf), to only one penalty goal and conversion by their
African counterparts, sealed the win.
edged the Blue Bulls 26-23 thanks to their four tries to two, with Carlton
Pieterse (flyhalf) accounting for two of the Winelands’ team’s tries and three
conversions. The clash was close from the outset, with Boland holding a slender
14-10 lead at the break.
Bulls battled to breach the defence, but they forced their way into the match
with three penalty goals. This, however, still left them short on the
Blue Bulls wrapped up a successful tournament with their third win in as many
games as they beat the Griffons 37-26 thanks to their five tries
to four. The Limpopo outfit started well and took a 20-12 lead at the break,
and they continued to take their chances, with Junior Mnisi (wing) scoring
two tries and Zander Deridder (flyhalf) kicking three conversions and two penalty
goals to keep the scoreboard ticking.
second-half showing by the Blue Bulls saw them bounce back from 21-15 down
against their Gauteng neigbours, Golden Lions, for a 36-28
victory. The teams were closely matched and it showed with the Pretoria side
scoring five tries to four by the Jozi team. Blue Bulls winger Gopolang Makena
scored two of his tries, while Ian Trollip (flyhalf) also made a valuable
contribution with four conversions and a penalty goal, which kept the
Pumas CD held their nerve in a tightly-fought encounter against Sharks
CD for a narrow 15-7 victory, which saw them finish the competition undefeated.
The boys from Mpumalanga built up a 10-0 half-time lead, but they were only able
to add five points in the second half and the opposition seven. Such was the
closeness of the match, only three tries were scored.
Academy Week Day 5 results (Saturday, July 6):
59-15 Border CD
CD 17-38 Griffons CD
Sharks CD 7-15 Pumas CD
50-22 SA LSEN XV
Elephants 80-7 Pumas
26-23 Blue Bulls XV
58-37 Golden Lions Academy
Cheetahs 33-43 Valke
Sharks 59-24 SWD
Golden Lions 28-36 Blue Bulls
30-24 Western Province CD
Blue Bulls 37-26 Griffons
Province 45-17 Border