Provincial schools’ academy rugby ends

2013-07-06 00:00

THE final day of the Coca-Cola Academy Week for U18 players at Glenwood started in miserable conditions on Thursday, but the weather eased up, ending in perfect conditions for the final match between Eastern Province and South Western Districts.

It was not as good a day for the three KZN teams, as two of them lost, but the Academy A side had an exciting 32-28 win against the Blue Bulls. Both teams had lost one of their first two matches, the Bulls losing by a point against Boland and KZN losing against EP by seven points.

The game was expected to be tight and it was. KZN made too many mistakes in the first half, but pulled together in the second and came through after being down 19-28. The Bulls made too many mistakes in the second half. KZN scored five tries to the four by the Bulls, but the latter were quicker to the loose ball and made more turn-overs.

During the first half, KZN scored three tries to the four by the Bulls. Chris Lines (Kearsney), playing on the wing, scored the first try. Curtis Jonas (Glenwood) converted with a drop kick. This brought the sides level at 7-7.

Two further converted tries by the Bulls put them 21-7 ahead, but KZN came back when fullback and man of the match Kelvin Elder (Maritzburg College), chalked over for a good individual effort. The Bulls pulled further ahead with a converted try from a KZN mistake, but the local boys scored just before the break through flank Gerhard Coetzee (Glenwood). This brought them to 19-28 behind.

At the end of the third quarter, KZN still trailed 24-28 after Lines had scored his second try. He then converted a penalty to narrow the gap to a single point. Shortly after this, the best try of the match was scored when Glenwood flank Waelon Hippolite made ground down the left touch line and when he was tackled, the ball was moved through a number of hands to right-wing Lindokuhle Ntombela (George Campbell), who beat the defence and dived over.

In the last 10 minutes the Bulls tried everything to score, but handling let them down and the ball was spilled.

The KZN Country Districts side scored early in their game against the Griffons but then trailed 13-27 at the break. Two tries by Johan Heunes (Richardsbaai) and Lonwabo Mabanda (Wartburg), and a penalty by Jaco Pretorius (Richardsbaai), gave them their 13 points. In the second half, Malcolm Cele (Greytown) scored a try, again converted by Pretorius. The Griffons scored one try in the second half.

The KZN XV, who did well in their first two games, were 0-19 behind against Boland at the break. Both sides then scored three converted tries in the second half for the final score of 21-40.

In Vanderbijlpark, the KZN U16 side finished with their third win of the tournament, beating the home union, Valke, 33-19. At half time, KZN had a 13-12 lead. Three Glenwood players scored the tries through wing Lunga Mukendi, centre Donovan du Randt and fullback Jordan Morgan. Flyhalf Barend Pretorius (Michaelhouse) converted two tries and three penalties.

The unofficial winners of the two weeks were Western Province, who beat the Bulls at the Grant Khomo Week, and SWD who beat the Pumas 24-5 at the Academy week.

Academy results: W. Province 25 Pumas 5; SWD 34 E. Province 7; KZN 28 Bulls 24; Free State 35 Lions 8; Boland 40 KZN XV 28; SA LSEN 48 Border CD 5; Griffons 34 KZN CD 20; Leopards 20 Limpopo BB 17; Red Valke 29 Namibia 25; Pumas CD 41 Leopards CD 32; Border 76 Blue Valke 10; EP CD 70 Griquas 39; Griffons CD 33 Griquas CD 21

Grant Khomo results: W. Province 22 Blue Bulls 15; Pumas 35 Griffons 7; Border 27 SWD 10; KZN 33 Valke 19; E Province 29 Lions 10; Free State 16 Boland 14; Namibia 33 Zimbabwe 22; Leopards 106 Border CD 6; Griquas 29 Limpopo BB 19; Griquas CD 21 Valke XV 18.

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