KZN save best for last at U16 rugby event

2014-07-11 00:00

YESTERDAY saw the final day of fixtures at the Coca Cola U16 Grant Khomo Week at the Tshwane University of Technology, with all 16 teams in action.

The KZN team left their best for last when they upset the Griffons 34-24 in a match that delivered a spectacle of running rugby. Unbeaten in the tournament, the Griffons were stunned by flying KZN winger Tony Mahlangu who bagged a hat-trick of tries within the first 20 minutes to set the tone for the match.

Both sides enjoyed a solid tournament, coming away with two wins apiece.

Eastern Province registered their second win of the week when they took care of Boland 24-10, coming from a 10-0 deficit with a strong second-half performance to seal the win.

Namibia were surprise winners against Zimbabwe, another side hitherto unbeaten, scoring five tries to Zimbabwe’s four in an entertaining 34-22 win. Namibia’s tries came from a brace apiece by Andre van der Berg and Gerweino Benade.

The hapless Border Country Districts’ unhappy tournament continued as they came away winless after Griquas cleaned them out 41-0, flanker Willem Scholtz getting a hat-trick and Van Zyl Jacobs adding 11 points with a try and three conversions.

Unbeaten in the tournament, the Blue Bulls XV pulled out all the stops to beat a spirited Valke outfit 20-15 and Border and the Leopards were involved in a thriller, a last-minute try from Border sealing a 27-22 win.

Free State and the Lions played to the same score as the latter came back strongly toward the end with not quite enough juice to snatch a win.

SWD secured their first win beating the Pumas 31-14 and in a tough, physical clash, the Limpopo Blue Bulls got the better of Griquas Country Districts 21-12.

Although there is no official winner of the tournament, Western Province and the Blue Bulls played in the “unofficial” final match. Province were ahead 14-3 at the break and ran out 26-11 winners, winning their second unofficial Grant Khomo Week ­final.

U16 Grant Khomo Week Results(Final Day)

Boland 10 EP 24

Zimbabwe 22 Namibia 34

Griquas 42 Border CD 0

KZN 34 Griffons 24

Blue Bulls XV 20 Valke 15

Border 27 Leopards 22

Golden Lions 22 Free State 27

Pumas 14 SWD 31

Griquas CD 12 Limpopo Blue Bulls 21

WP 26 Blue Bulls 11

• The Coca Cola U18 Academy Week ended yesterday, with Western Province crowned the unofficial champions, defeating KZN 38-7 at HTS Drosdy in Wellington.

Province dominated the match from the opening whistle, the KZN lads only getting to touch the ball when kicking off.

Going into half time 24-0 ahead, it was a case of how many points Province would end up with and KZN’s only try came from Maritzburg College’s Hayden Tharratt.

Province remained unbeaten in the tournament, along with Gauteng Lions, Border XV and Blue Valke.

U18 Academy Week Results (Final Day)

Boland 23 Golden Lions 31

Pumas 26 Griffons 23

SWD 44 EP CD 26

Free State 57 Namibia 34

Blue Bulls 7 EP 7

Boland XV 23 Red Valke 8

Griffons CD 15 Golden Lions XV 53

Griquas 23 Blue Valke 44

KZN CD 5 Pumas CD 17

Border CD 0 Leopards 76

Border 41 Limpopo Blue Bulls 10

SA LSEN 27 Griquas CD 41

WP 38 KZN 7.

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