Boland on Thursday made the most of their home-ground advantage at the Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) week at HTS Drostdy in Worcester as they outplayed neighbours DHL Western Province 25-12 to finish the tournament as the top team.
Boland delivered a solid first-half performance to build up a morale-boosting 18-5 lead at the break and held their nerve in a tense second half in which they scored a converted try and denied the Cape side from scoring any further points to seal the victory.
In the second-last match the Blue Bulls staged a dramatic second-half comeback against SWD after trailing 19-0 at the break to register a hard-earned 22-19 victory. The George side dominated the first half and managed to burst over the tryline three times to build an encouraging lead. But the Blue Bulls fought back with intent and scored four second-half tries to force their way into the lead on the scoreboard and seal the victory.
Eastern Province, meanwhile, registered the biggest victory of the day as they thumped the Leopards 61-0.
In the other clashes the Valke registered a narrow 12-7 victory against the Golden Lions EE, while the Golden Lions staged a strong second-half comeback against the Free State from 10-6 down, to work their way to 25-10 victory with three tries to one.
KwaZulu-Natal and the Pumas also finished the tournament on a high note, with the Durban side beating the Griffons 29-10, while the Pumas outplayed the Blue Bulls EE 22-0.
LSEN Week day-three results:
Griffons 10 – 29 KwaZulu-Natal
Pumas 22 – 0 Blue Bulls EE
Leopards 0 – 61 Eastern Province
Golden Lions 25 – 10 Free State
Golden Lions EE 7 – 12 Valke
SWD 19 – 22 Blue Bulls
DHL Western Province 12 – 25 Boland