Try spree on fourth day of Craven Week

2012-07-13 00:00

YESTERDAY’S fourth day of the 2012 Craven Week will be remembered for the plethora of tries scored.

Forty-six tries resulted in the five games, with Limpopo topping the scoring spree with 10 tries against the three of Zimbabwe.

Two matches were closely contested, the main curtain-raiser between Western Province and neighbours SWD, was won 39-33 by WP.

The game immediately before saw the Griffons easing past the Eastern Province Country Districts team 33-28. In this game the sides both scored four tries, but the Griffons managed an extra conversion and one more penalty.

At half time WP held a one-point lead against SWD, both teams having scored two tries. WP had converted one and had also kicked a penalty. SWD had converted both. The second half saw WP scoring one more try than SWD for their win.

The main game was between the Blue Bulls and Pumas. For the first 10 minutes the game was evenly contested. Brandon Thomson (Ermelo) and Ryno Eksteen (Affies) had traded penalties. The extra weight of the Bulls forwards then gradually started telling. The Bulls won a tighthead in the Pumas’ 22-metre area, and from a ruck wing Marquit September (Garsfontein) caught the Pumas’ defence napping as he went blind to dot down. Eksteen added the extra points and the Bulls were looking ominous.

Before half time another two converted tries were scored, both by prop Johan Bannink, also from Garsfontein. Both were converted by Eksteen for the Bulls to stretch their lead to 24-3 at the break.

Two further tries were scored, the first by scrumhalf George-Lee Erasmus (Centurion) and flyhalf Eksteen, the latter not converted.

The Pumas were rewarded when hard-working flank Wilhelm Kotzenberg dived over. Thomson converted to give them 10 points.

For the last quarter the Bulls appeared to take their foot off the pedal. This left them 36-10 winners and certainly one of the sides that will play in the unofficial final tomorrow. Only the final game will be televised tomorrow.

Other results: Limpopo 68 Zimbabwe 21; Griquas CD 38 Border CD 5

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