The SA Rugby Academy Week produced a share fair of entertainment in Bloemfontein with the Griffons and Pumas getting big wins.
We also saw wins for Border, Griquas CD, the Blue Bulls XV, Bidvest Golden Lions Academy XV and Valke.
The Griffons totally outplayed Griquas scoring 10 tries in the progress of a comprehensive 64-5 win.
They were in control from the start of the match as they led by 33-5 at the break.
All in all they had nine try scorers on the sheet at the end of the game. But it was not just their attack that was impressive, they also defended well and had a solid set piece to add to that as well.
The Pumas also had a solid performance against the SA LSEN side when they beat them 52-15.
The Pumas scored eight tries and had a 33-5 lead at the break showing their dominance in the match.
They continued to dominate proceedings with Mongale scoring a brace of tries.
Thee SA LSEN side did manage to score three tries.
Griquas CD were in charge of their game against the SA LSEN XV side from the start of the game.
The build a nice lead at the break leading them 26-14.
After 12 tries in the match by both side which was scored by different players Griquas went on to beat SA LSEN XV 45-33.
Seven of those tries was by Griquas who never looked like loosing this game.
The SA LSEN XV did not give up throughout the match and kept on fighting which great to see from the side.
Border played a very well balanced game when they beat SWD 26-8.
They scored four tries to the one of SWD as they dominated the play. SWD struggled to get pass the Border defensive systems and opted to play a more kicking game.
Border opted to use ball in hand tactics to get the scoreboard ticking over.
With only a 7-3 lead at the break Border had a much better second half as they pulled away from SWD.
The Blue Bulls XV and Griffons CD was a closely fought battle which was won at the end by the Bulls.
The game was on the edge from the start as the two teams could not build any great score over the other.
At the break they were tried 14-all before the Blue Bulls finally edge the Griffons CD at the with a 26-24 victory.
Blue Bulls XV No 8 Xander Nel and Bongani Ndlovu (centre) each scored two tries to match the four by the central team, but scrumhalf Wihan Strauss’ three conversions to only two by the opposition sealed the win.
The Golden Lions Academy XV had to fight hard against Namibia to pull off a 22-19 win.
This was another tightly-fought encounter against Namibia.
With five penalty goals seeing them through for the win despite being outscored three tries to one.
The Gauteng side inched their way to a 13-12 halftime lead, but Cameron Melville (flyhalf) proved to be star of the day as he kicked all the penalty goals and converted the team’s only try to account for 17 of the team’s points.
The Golden Lions Academy team were not so lucky as the Golden Lions XV side as they went down 36-31 against the Valke.
They led the Vlake 19-13 at the break but could not produce the same level in the second half.
It was a physical encounter as Valke flanker Bishop Mohono and fullback Jason Edwards each crossed the chalk twice, which helped the side to a total of six tries, while Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions Academy centre Diego Swartz tried in vain to keep his team in the game with his two tries and three conversions for a rewarding 16 points.
U18 SA Rugby Academy Week Day Three fixtures (Wednesday, 3 July):
08h20 – Blue Bulls v Leopards (A Field)
08h20 – Blue Bulls CD v Sharks CD (B Field)
09h40 – Limpopo Blue Bulls v DHL Western Province XV (A Field)
09h40 – Pumas CD v Eastern Province CD (B Field)
11h00 – Eastern Province v Zimbabwe (B Field)
12h20 – Free State Cheetahs v Boland (B Field)
13h40 – DHL Western Province v Cell C Sharks (B Field)