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SA Rugby U18 Craven Week – Province beat Blue Bulls in final game of a great week of rugby

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DHL Western Province came out as the top team again at the Craven Week in Bloemfontein when they beat the Assupol Blue Bulls 56-31 in the final match this weekend.

It was a great second half by Province after only leading 21-19 at the break.

It was a tight affair in that first half but Provinces just opened it all up in that second half.

There was no separation of the two sides in the first 35 minutes as no one could really pull away from the other.

Photo by: Jorina Raath (Speedshots)

It all change in the second half with Province putting in a fine display scoring eight tries to the four of the Blue Bulls at the end.

DHL WP Tharquinn Manuel and Connor Evans each scored twice, while Kade Wolhuter had a good day with the boot, kicking eight conversions.

This was another year where Province played in the final game and taking the win showing just how much quality there are in the Western Cape.

The Blue Bulls outplayed and outscored the Valke beating them 63-26.

Jaryd Scheepers got two tries for the Blue Bulls on their way to victory to finish their tournament on a strong note.

The men from Pretoria were brilliant on attack and scored nine tries. Justin Cross also converted all the nine tries.

The Valke got over the line four times but was just not good enough to stand up to the Blue Bulls attack.

The Sharks ended their week at the Craven Week strong when they got a convincing win over the Griffons on Saturday.

They beat them 53-13 at the end although the first half was a close battle between the sides with the Sharks only leading 10-5.

This was also the Griffons first defeat of the week when the Sharks ran in seven tries.

Ockie Barnard and Mbasa Nkonki each scored twice, while Jordan Hendrikse was in good form with the boot scoring six conversions and two penalty goals for his 18 points.

The Golden Lions gave the Free State Cheetahs another defeat for the week they hosted this year when they beat them 49-26.

In their victory the Lions Ngia Selengbe and Declan Raubenheimer scored two tries each in their win over the the host.

Photo by: JJ Vorster (Speedshots)

The first half was a close affair with both sides getting 21 points on the board when they went into the break.

The Golden Lions were brilliant in their attack after the break and outplayed the Cheetahs.

It was a great comeback from Province XV to overturn a deficit of 27-21 in the first half to beat the Eagles 45-30 at the end.

We saw a hat-trick of tries from Stephan Du Toit and two from Bradley Blood.

Photo by: JJ Vorster (Speedshots)

This was the first defeat for the Eagles in the week and it took a brilliant second half from Province.

Province just took all their opportunities in that second half which paid off on the day.

It was a domintating performance from the Leopards from start to finish when they beat the Limpopo Blue Bulls 43-15.

They were leading 17-0 at the break with the Blue Bulls never really in the contest at all.

They continued to take advantage of their chances as the match progressed, which saw them getting seven tries with Jacques Stander and Ruben Oosthuizen each scoring twice.

Renzo Du Plessis had a great game for the losing side scoring a hat-trick of tries for the Bulls but that was not enough against a dominated Leopards side.

Border produce a masterclass second half to beat Boland 43-26 after playing to 19-all in the first half.

Both Oyisa Dyani and Jacques Goosen starred for Border with two tries each.

Photo by: Herman Watney (Speedshots)

Their attacking play was great in the second 35 minutes scoring seven tries on their way to the end of the game.

Boland had four tries of their own in the match.

The Golden Lions XV had one of the better comebacks of the week when they overturned a 24-7 score against them to a 38-31 win over the New Vaal Griquas.

It was a brilliant second half from the Golden Lions XV that secured them the win.

New Vaal Griquas has a good first half taking their changes but it was the Lions that just stepped into another gear in that second half.

Photo by: Herman Watney (Speedshots)

At the end the Golden Lions outscored New Vaal Griquas with six tries to four.

Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions centre Frans Weideman scored two of his team’s tries.

The Elephants also came back after trailing the Pumas 20-17 at the break to eventually take a 38-28 win.

Christopher Poole and Ambese Zenzile each touched down twice for their team on their way to a great fight back.

The Phakisa Pumas had the edge in a competitive first half and took a 20-17 lead, and the teams continued to throw everything at one another in the second half.

Photo by: Debi Botha (Speedshots)

But the EP Elephants’ six tries to three handed them the edge despite the Phakisa Pumas trying to remain in contention for a possible victory by kicking penalty goals.

U18 SA Rugby Craven Week Day Five results 

Cell C Sharks 53-13 Thepa Trading Griffons

New Vaal Griquas 31-38 Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions XV

Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions 49-26 Bizhub Free State Cheetahs

Leopards 43-15 Unitrans Limpopo Blue Bulls

Border 43-26 Boland

NWU Valke 26-63 Assupol Blue Bulls XV

SWD Eagles 30-45 DHL Western Province XV

EP Elephants 38-28 Phakisa Pumas

DHL Western Province 56-31 Assupol Blue Bulls

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