KZN disappoint in clash marred by bad weather

2012-07-17 00:00

THE final day of Craven Week 2012 was played largely in cold, wet and windy conditions at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Two of the early games at another venue, between Griquas and Border CD and Eastern Province CD and Leopards were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

KZN, after losing their second game against the Golden Lions, had to play hosts Eastern Province, who had beaten the Falcons and then Boland.

The wet conditions did not suit the style of play of the KZN boys and although they did adapt, they were guilty of making unforced errors.

One mistake at the end of the game cost them the match and instead of winning two games they lost two.

Certainly EP, with the majority of the side from schools in Port Elizabeth, will be more accustomed to playing in the wind and they adapted better than the KZN boys.

At half-time KZN led 12-6 with all the points coming from penalty kicks. Robbie Anderson (Michaelhouse) had scored four and Ernst Stapelberg (Framesby) had slotted two for the home side.

Prop forward Bart le Roux (Framesby), who will be at the Sharks Academy in 2013, scored the first try in the sixth minute and with Stapelberg converting, EP went into a narrow 13-12 lead. KZN’s first try was scored by Daniel du Preez (Kearsney) when he drove from a lineout.

The conversion was missed, but the lead was back with KZN. Flank Ray Williams (Daniel Pienaar) then dived over and with the added two points EP led 20-17.

In the 21st minute, a kick to the corner was chased by flank Carel Swart (Glenwood) and he beat the defence to the touchdown.

This time Anderson made sure and KZN led 24-20.

Instead of kicking the ball downfield in the wet conditions, KZN tried to run the ball from deep in their own half and when it was dropped wing Sergeal Petersen (Grey HS) used his considerable pace to score. With the conversion successful again, EP led 27-24 and did not allow KZN into a scoring position in the remaining four minutes — a disappointing end to Craven Week.

The final match between the Bulls and the Lions began in pouring rain and then the sun appeared later in the second half. Both sides had heavy packs and in the rain handling mistakes were frequent.

At half-time the score was 10-0 in favour of the Bulls, due to a try by centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Water­kloof) and a penalty and conversion by Ryno Eksteen (Affies).

From the kick off in the second half, flank Thabo Mabuza (Centurion) scored after wing Maquit September (Garsfontein) had stormed down the touchline passing to Mabuza on his inside.

The Lions were caught napping but this gave the Bulls the extra confidence. It was mainly tackle after tackle by the Lions, particularly against the superb centre pairing of Janse van Rensburg and Jurie Linde (Affies). The latter scored the third try in the ninth minute.

In the remaining 25 minutes another four tries were scored as the Bulls dominated all phases of play, taking the score from 20-0 to the final 47-0.

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