Thrilling seven-try first half

2012-07-11 00:00

THERE was another good day of rugby at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on the second day of the 49th Craven Week. It ended with a very close encounter between historically two of the top sides in the country, Blue Bulls and Western Province.

An amazing first half saw the lead change five times and Province leading 27-26 at the break. There had been seven tries scored with some magnificent running and handling by both teams. The young Blue Bulls had scored four tries, prop and captain Pierre Schoeman (Affies), centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Water­kloof), wing Marcus Kleinbooi (Affies) and prop Dayen van der Westhuizen (Centurion), with three converted by flyhalf Ryno Eksteen (Affies) to three by WP, eighth man Rikus Bothma (Paarl Gym), fullback Jason Worrall (Paul Roos) and hooker Chad Solomons (Paul Roos), all three converted and two penalties by South African under 19 flyhalf Handre Pollard (Paarl Gym).

The second half did not produce the scintillating running of the first half and it was only with 15 minutes remaining that the first points were scored. This produced a purple patch for the Bulls as they ran in three converted tries in the space of six minutes to take the game away from Province. Centre Jurie Linde (Affies), fullback Jaco Hayward (Centurion) and Kleinbooi with his second, all converted by Eksteen, gave Bulls a 47-27 win. Scrum half Justin Phillips (Water­kloof,) who had set up some of the tries and made some telling tackles and box kicks, was awarded the “Chosen One” of the match.

Earlier, the Griffons had made a late charge to close the gap against Pumas who had stormed ahead to 24-31, but the Pumas then scored two tries at the death to win 48-24. Two Country Districts sides, Griquas and Eastern Province, had a tight tussle, with EPCD winning 28-27. Other scores on the second day were Zimbabwe 31- Border CD 9 and SWD 46 - Limpopo 18.

KZN play the Golden Lions as the final game this afternoon.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.