Western Province emerge unbeaten after end of Craven Week

2014-07-05 00:00

THE U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week ended in Durban yesterday with a 29-14 win for Western Province in the last game of the week — the unofficial final.

The win meant that Western Province were the only team to come through the week unbeaten and there is no question that they were the best side on view over the four days of play.

The final featured a contrast of playing styles. Province had the stronger forwards and three of their five tries came from driving mauls, while Border had the most exciting backline at the week. They managed to score two tries in the final, but their speedsters never saw enough of the ball and Province were good value for their win in the end.

Daniel Venter scored two of the pushover tries for Province, with the others coming from Benjamin Van Schalkwyk and Meiring Ebersohn (two). Fabrizio Linnert kicked two conversions. The Border tries were by Austin Brandt and Sibusiso Javu. Rayden Masters converted both tries.

The week produced some excellent rugby and a number of close results, and the final day was no exception. The traditional Craven Week “Test” match between Zimbabwe and Namibia ended in a draw, as did the Griffons versus Border Country clash. The Cheetahs scored a last minute try to beat KwaZulu-Natal 20-17 and Eastern Province held on to edge the Leopards 14-13 in the curtain-raiser to the main game.

It was two tries each for EP and the Leopards — Ayabulela Bulembo and Michael Paddock for EP and Gideon van Wyk and Rossouw Karsten for the Leopards, with a conversion making the difference in the end.

In other final day action, the Golden Lions made it three out four by beating the Pumas 25-20, and the Blue Bulls got their first and only win of the week — 14-7 over Griquas.


Namibia 24 Zimbabwe 24, Golden Lions 25 Pumas 20, Blue Bulls 14 Griquas 7, Griffons 10 Border 10 Country, Cheetahs 20 KwaZulu-Natal 17, Limpopo Blue Bulls 24 SWD 17, Valke 12 Boland 5, Eastern Province 14 Leopards 13, Western Province 29 Border 14.

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