Second day of Junior Craven Week sees better contested games

2013-06-27 00:00

TUESDAY’S second day of the Junior Craven Week being played at the Warmbaths Primary School in Bela Bela saw better contested games throughout than on the first day. The matches were scheduled using results from the first day so that there were no big differences in the scores.

Safety and good medical structures have been paramount at the tournament and referees are all full-time primary school teachers who have been nominated by their provinces. In the senior Craven week, Academy week and Grant Khomo week the referees are appointed by Sarfu, as the older boys are better conditioned with better muscular development to absorb the more rigorous tackling that occurs.

After the second day there remain four unbeaten teams — the Blue Bulls with victories against Boland and the Leopards, Western Province, who have beaten Griquas and Eastern Province, the Pumas, who beat Namibia and Border Country Districts, and SWD, who drew their first game against the Valke and then beat Griquas in their second game.

It was a tight game between Boland and KZN, with the local boys going down 7-13. Boland bounced back after their loss on the first day and they led 8-0 at the break due to a try and a penalty. In the second half, eighth man Thabiso Mdletshe (Glenwood Prep) scored a try and Michael Goedeke (Clifton Prep-Durban) converted to narrow the gap, but they could not score again and the Boland hooker, Dehan Marais, scored his second try to win the game for Boland.

Yesterday was a rest day and most of the players have the opportunity of enjoying the warm water, soothing their sore muscles. The matches for the third day had not been announced at the time of going to press.

Results from Day 2: SWD 22 Griquas 5; Pumas 22 Border CD 14; Limpopo BB 22 Valke 5; Free State 26 Namibia 5; Griffons 25 Zimbabwe 7; Boland 13 KZN 7; Blue Bulls 14 Leopards 0; W Province 10 E Province 7; Golden Lions 18 Border 7.

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