Strong play by KZN teams

2013-07-03 00:00

IT was another good day of rugby at Glenwood on the second day of the ­Coca-Cola Academy Week.

The rain stayed away, although a breeze blowing down the field did give some assistance to some of the sides later in the day.

It was almost another clean sweep for the three KZN sides but their Academy A side lost against Eastern Province in the penultimate match of the day. In Vanderbijlpark, the KZN U16 side won their second match.

After the two days of rugby, today is a welcome rest day before the final day’s play tomorrow. The seven unbeaten sides at Glenwood include both the KZN CD XV and the Academy B side, together with the Griffons and Namibia from the B field.

On the A field Eastern Province SWD, surprised Western Province after the latter had led at half time. The Pumas had a good win against Boland, who beat the Blue Bulls.

The U16 Griffons team had a big pack of forwards and KZN knew it was going to be difficult. The Griffons got off to a good start and led 20-3 before KZN scored their first try just before the break. They then scored in the first minute of the second half and did not look back, with 24 points in the second half as they played to their structures.

The tight five did well and Barend Pretorius (Michaelhouse) at flyhalf controlled the game. Brendon Staples (Glenwood), the number eight, was awarded man of the match for a good all-round performance.

The Academy A side were beaten by the better team — the EP forwards dominated in the tight phases and the KZN talented backline did not get the space that they had in the first match where they had shone.

Playing with the wind behind them in the first half, the local boys led 17-13 at the break after tries by Brad Ellse (Westville), Kwazi Khanyile (Glenwood) and Nkululeko Ncuma (Glenwood), with the last one converted by Curtis Jonas (Glenwood).

EP scored two penalties and a converted try.

In the second half EP, with the wind behind them, slotted two further penalties and scored the final winning try. The last five minutes KZN got close but good defence prevented them from scoring. Again the lack of a proficient goal kicker prevented a possible victory as KZN did score three tries to two. However, EP were quicker to the ball and made fewer mistakes than KZN.

The side who have surprised everyone are the hastily put together KZNB XV. After just one practice on Sunday they won their first game and then demolished the Leopards CD XV yesterday. The KZN Country Districts side did very well to beat the Leopards from the North West province.

Academy Results:SWD 22 WP 19; EP 24 KZN 17; Pumas 22 Boland 14; Blue Bulls 24 Lions 20; Free State 88 Limpopo BB 5; Red Falcons 48 Border CD 6; SA LSEN 33 Griquas CD 17; Griffons 25 Border 7; KZN CD 24 Leopards 3; KZN XV 66 Leopards CD 0; Namibia 55 Griffons 12; EP CD 21 Pumas CD 11; Blue Falcons 26 Griquas 17. Grant Khomo: KZN 32 Griffons 20; Blue Bulls 42 Lions 14; Limpopo BB 29 Zimbabwe 21; WP 34 EP 22; Border 16 Boland 13; Free State 17 Valke 10; Griquas 24 Valke B 16; Griquas CD 57 Border CD 3.

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