KZN junior teams hit highs and lows

2010-06-23 00:00

IT was a day of ups and downs yesterday for KZN supporters and mixed feelings at the tournaments taking place around the country.

At the SA Rugby U18 Academy Week in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal bounced back from the heartbreak of their 11-10 defeat by the Pumas on Monday — when tries by Thomas Schorn and Simiso Mchunu weren’t enough — to beat Eastern Province 40-20 yesterday.

Tries to Michael Watson, Dean Moolman (2) and Shaun Adendorff (2) against EP were complemented by Stefan Ungerer’s 15 points with the boot.

It was doom and gloom for KZN Inland, but elation for KZN Coastal at the SA U18 Boys’ Hockey Interprovincial Tournament at Maritzburg College’s Pape’s Astro and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

In a derby result that no one can ever remember happening before, KZN Coastal thrashed defending champions KZN Inland 5-0 with goals from David Bayne, Josh Perry (2), Sumanth Sunkari and Ross Hetem.

The outcome leaves Inland in a crucial 2 pm encounter on Pape’s today with fellow Pool A semi-final candidates Border A, as the two provinces plus Coastal fight it out on the last day of pool play for the two places in the last four.

Tomorrow’s semi-finalists from Pool B will almost certainly be the impressive Western Province and Southern Gauteng line-ups, who appear to be the best teams at IPT.

WP shaded Southerns 3-2 in a Pape’s thriller yesterday that saw the Capetonians clinch the winner through Lungelo Mafuya with 40 seconds left.

WP led 2-1 at the change-over through captain Keenan Horne and Dwayne Basson, this after Broderick Burds had opened the scoring for Southerns. A stunning penalty corner from Southerns skipper Matthew Brown restored parity before Mafuya’s clincher.

The lone SA U18 girls’ result made available from Potchefstroom was Northern Gauteng’s 1-0 defeat of KZN Inland.



U18 Academy Week: Boland 24 Pumas 15; SWD 3 Blue Bulls 36; KZN CD 19 Border 40; Griffons 21 Limpopo 13; KZN 40 EP 20; Leopards CD 32 EP CD 20; Free State 28 Leopards 25; Blue Valke 55 Namibia 13; LSEN XV 17 Silver Valke 33; Griquas 34 Border CD 16; Pumas CD 43 Griquas CD 12; KZN XV 20 Griffons CD 13; Lions 15 WP 18.


U18 Boys’ IPT: South Gauteng A 1 Boland 0; WP A 2 EP 0; KZN Coastals 5 KZN Inland 0; Northern Gauteng 2 Mpumalanga 1; South Free State 1 WP B 1; North West 1 Limpopo 1; Border B 3 N Cape 1; SG B 6 NFS 1; Border A 3 Eastern Gauteng 2; SWD 3 Inland B 0; WP A 3 SG A 2; NG 0 Boland 0; EP 6 Mpumalanga 1; Coastals 2 SFS 0. No results were made available in the SWD vs NFS and Border B vs Limpopo matches.

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