The SuperSport Rugby Challenge are heating up and we had another weekend of great rugby.
After five rounds of rugby we have the Pumas in the north section and Province in the south section leading the rest at the moment.
Both are still unbeaten in the competition and looking good going into round 6 this weekend.
Here is the current log standings of both north and south section
|2||Tafel Lager Griquas||7||6||1||0||6||31|
|3||Vodacom Blue Bulls||7||5||2||0||5||25|
|4||Xerox Golden Lions||7||4||3||0||6||23|
|1||DHL Western Province||7||6||1||0||6||30|
|3||Free State Cheetahs||7||5||2||0||2||27|
|4||Cell C Sharks XV||7||4||3||0||4||21|
Pumas 37-28 Griquas
The Pumas got the better of Griquas on Saturday when they beat them 37-28 at home in Nelspruit.
Both teams went into the match unbeaten but it was the defending champions that kept their record in tact.
Morne Joubert scored a brace of tries which helped the home side to go clear on top of the north section.
It was a great contest with the Pumas out-muscling the visitors winning the small battles throughout the match.
Griquas did not leave Nelspruit without at least a bonus point for scoring four tries themselves in the match.
This may come in handy later on in the competition.
ISG Pumas – Tries: Morne Joubert (2), Reynier van Rooyen, Jeandre Rudolf, Corniel Els; Conversions: Chris Smith (3); Penalties: Smith (2).
Tafel Lager Griquas – Tries: Anthony Volmink, Ederies Arendse, Enver Brandt, Conway Pretorius; Conversions: George Whitehead (4).
DHL WP 27-13 EP Elephants
WP had to produce a strong performance in the second half on Saturday to beat EP 27-13 after the visitors was in front at the break 10-13.
With this win the stay unbeaten so far in the competition and five points clear of second place Free State in the south section.
Province tries came from David Brits, Kwenzohuhle Blose and flank Chris Massyn while flyhalf Abner van Reenen slotted three conversions and two penalties.
EP were quick out of the blocks but suffered two yellow cards in the second half which did not help their cause.
Province got on the board with a penalty of their own before Arendse got over for the visitors first try.
This gave EP a 10-point lead with minutes to go in the first half.
Province hit back with a try from Brits to reduce the lead to 13-10 at the break.
WP took control in the second half with Blose crasing over for WP second try and the lead for the first time in the match.
EP gave away yellow cards which eventually cost them the game.
Province got their third try after another yellow card for the visitors when Massyn got over the line.
It was not pretty but Province did what was needed on a day they did not play well.
DHL Western Province – Tries: David Brits, Kwenzo Blose, Chris Massyn; Conversions: Abner van Reenen (3); Penalty goals: Van Reenen (2).
Multisure EP Elephants – Try: Riaan Arends; Conversion: Ntabeni Dukisa; Penalty goals: Dukisa (2).
Golden Lions 24-62 Blue Bulls
The Bulls were to strong for the Golden Lions on Sunday in Brakpan beating them 62-24.
The dominated the match leading the Lions 41-12 at the break on a day they scored nine tries.
The Golden Lions put early pressure on the Bulls and scored two quick tries by Mpeku and Vermaak. This gave them a 12-0 lead early on but some brilliant attack from the Bulls saw them scoring six unanswered tries in the first half.
Lian du Toit, Matthys Basson, Jade Stighling and Travis Ismaiel all scored tries for the Bulls.
The yellow card for the Golden Lions flyhalf Slyvian Mahuza did not help the Lions in defending a rampant Bulls side on attack.
The Bulls Appollis scored a brace of tries with Boshoff adding four conversion and a penalty to give them a 41-12 lead.
The second half saw the Bulls continue with their attacks with Ismaiel getting two tries which Boshoff also converted.
The Bulls also found du Toit in the bin and the Lions getting tries from Nkabinde and Venter.
The Bulls was not done and they got tries from Matthews and Stighling to take them to a comprehensive 62-24 win.
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Lian du Toit, Diego Appollis (2), Matthys Basson, Jade Stighling (2), Travis Ismaiel (2), Duncan Matthews. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (5), Theo Boshoff (2). Penalty goal: Marnitz Boshoff.
Xerox Golden Lions XV – Tries: Bonianga Mpeku, Ruan Vermaak, Prince Nkabinde, James Venter. Conversions: Ruan Combrinck (2).
Valke 41-31 Griffons
The Valke got an important win at home when they beat the Griffons on Sunday 41-31 in Brakpan.
They showed early intent when Damons and Venter got over for their first two tries within the first 10 minutes.
The men from Welkom found themselves on the other end of a yellow card but they got their first try from Alexander to put them on the scoreboard.
Damons was at the end of another try for the home side with Truter scoring minutes later to extend their lead.
The Griffons then got a certain try overturned when it was found that Pretorius kicked a player which also earned him a yellow card.
Truter got over for the home side after the yellow card which gave the home side a 31-7 lead at the break.
Duan Pretorius was next over the line for the visitors which showed that the Griffons will never give up.
The home team’s experienced bench showed their mettle as a great break was capitalised on with replacement loose forward Siphiwe Sithole on hand to gather the offload and score his first try of the afternoon with Du Plessis knocking over his conversion attempt.
The Griffons finished strong with Alexander who dotted down for a hat-trick. Alexander opted to drop kick the conversion to keep his charges in the running but it was not enough as the final whistle was blown soon after with the Valke winning 41-31.
Valke – Tries: Rodney Damons (2), Jan Venter, Andries Truter (2), Siphiwe Sithole. Conversions: Andre du Plessis (4). Penalty goal: Du Plessis.
Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Ezrick Alexander (3), Duan Pretorius, Duncan van Vuuren. Conversions: Jaywinn Juries, Pretorius, Alexander.
Other Results this weekend:
Here is this weekend schedule:
Saturday 2 June 2019
Sunday 3 June 2019