KZN power past Free State 48-24

2012-07-10 00:00

THE 49th annual Craven Week got under way yesterday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The last three matches were televised and it was the second of the televised games that featured KZN U18.

The first televised game was between the Golden Lions and Border, with the two teams separated by just a conversion in the first half with the Lions 16-14 in front.

In the second half the superior power of the Lion’s forwards gave them an advantage and they scored a further two tries to win comfortably 29-14.

KZN got off to a dream start against Free State, with some superb handling and running by both forwards and backs.

After just eight minutes they had already scored three tries and led 19-0. Free State hardly got their hands on the ball and when they did they made mistakes, either ending in a scrum or a penalty to KZN.

The first two tries went to the KZN locks, Daniel du Preez (Kearsney) and captain Justin Moberly (Michaelhouse). Flyhalf Robbie Anderson (Michaelhouse) converted the second try. The third try went to fullback Jesse Kriel (Maritzburg College) after he received the ball from wing Corné Vermaak (Glenwood). Anderson again converted.

As Free State began winning more ball so they looked more dangerous and for the next 20 minutes both sides had further chances, but only two penalties were traded by Pieter Jordaan (Grey College), for Free State’s first points and Anderson to put KZN into a 22-3 lead.

Before the drinks break, KZN got in for two more tries, both resulting from counter-attacks by Kriel from the back, and it was wing Bruce Arnott (Michaelhouse) who received the final pass and beat a tackle each time to score in the corner. Anderson converted both brilliantly to put KZN in a commanding 36-3 lead at half time.

In the second half Free State had regrouped and they improved and in fact outscored KZN, but they were too far behind to affect KZN’s lead.

It was the sixth try for the local boys when they scored in the eighth minute when wing Vermaak turned the ball over in a tackle and ran 35 metres to score.

This time Anderson missed the conversion, but KZN led 41-3. Free State scored their first try by number eight Edward Schmidt (Grey College). Jordaan added the extra points to make it 10-41. A quick tap penalty found flank Carel Swart (Glenwood) making good ground and when the ball came out to Kriel, he had just seven metres to cross the line, which he did with comparative ease for his second try, again converted by Anderson to lead 48-10.

In the last five minutes of play it was Free State who were rewarded, as they did not give up and scored two converted tries, the first by replacement prop Othello Sebotsha (HTS Louis Botha) and the second by fullback EW Viljoen (Grey).

This gave KZN a 48-24 win for which their handling, running good angles and timing of their passes had given them the advantage. Free State had some dominance in the rucks, but it was a superb teamwork by KZN that gave them their win and Kriel was judged as the Powerade “chosen one of the match”.

The final game was between the hosts Eastern Province and the Falcons. EP had more to give in the scrums and their pace out wide eventually gave them a 41-15 win.

The rest of the first round takes place today with another five matches. The final match is between the Blue Bulls and Western Province. It will be televised at 3.30 pm.

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