KZN ARE NO PUSHOVERS

2009-05-10 00:00

AFTER the first four days of Craven Week, Western Province and Free State have emerged as the two top sides and they will meet in the unofficial final today at 1.15 pm.

KZN had a tough opening game against Free State and a good win against the SA Academy XV.

The main curtain raiser will be the home union Border against the Pumas, although the match before will be the “unofficial runners-up”, KZN, against the Blue Bulls. All 22 sides play today at three different venues.

Although Free State did most of the running in the game against KZN on a windy, late afternoon game on Tuesday, KZN defence patterns were good and they won the battle for the loose ball.

Playing with the wind behind them, flyhalf Fred Zeilinga put over four penalties to a late try by Stephanus Pretorius from Free State, to lead 12-5 at half time.

Zeilinga could have put his side further ahead if he had not missed two penalties.

Free State closed the gap with a penalty by Johan Goosen and then went ahead with a controversial try, where it appeared a forward pass leading to the try by Sipho Tom had occurred. This was converted by Goosen and Free State took a 15-12 lead.

A difficult kick into the teeth of the wind by Zeilinga drew KZN level with about 25 minutes remaining.

Free State were becoming desperate to get ahead, as seen by three attempted drop goals, and from the last one they counter-attacked from the drop-out. Centre Piet Lindeque scored after flank Jean Cook had made the running.

Goosen converted and Free State led 22-15, and although KZN made every effort to score Free state kept them out.

Their second match, against a strong SA Academy XV, saw KZN take a 11-0 lead at the break for an eventual 23-0 win. They were helped by a red card, so played against 14 men for 39 minutes.

They scored three tries — by Emil Schwartz, Francois Kleinhans and Cameron Lindsay — a conversion and a penalty by Zeilinga, and a penalty by Michael Nolden.

This win gained KZN a runners-up match against the Blue Bulls, who had thrashed Boland 52-0 and then lost to Free State 13-32. Boland had 14 players for three-quarters of the game,

At the conclusion of the 2009 Craven week, the SA Schools Rugby side will be announced. They will play two Tests against an Italian Schools XV on August 4 and an England Schools XV on August 8, both in Kimberley.

Matches today: At Port Rex — Griquas CD vs Border CD; Limpopo vs Griquas; SWD vs Eastern Province CD

At Hudson Park — Boland vs SA LSEN; Valke vs Griffons; Leopards vs Eastern Province

At Buffalo Park — Zimbabwe vs Namibia; SA Academy vs Golden Lions; KZN vs Blue Bulls; Border vs Pumas; Western Province vs Free State

 

ON TV

Craven week final: 1 pm – live on M-Net and SuperSport 1 from 1.15 pm

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.