The Currie Cup Qualification rounds is going along quietly in the background of the Vodacom Super Rugby with some interesting surprises yet again this past weekend around our country.
Here is a recap of the results of this weekends matches supplied by Sport24 and the Unions websites ….
Friday 6 May 2016
GRIFFONS vs SWD EAGLES
he Griffons currently reside in second place in the new provincial competition after beating the SWD Eagles 30-14 in the HT Pelatona Projects stadium in Welkom on Friday afternoon.
With a spot in the illustrious Currie Cup competition up for grabs, the Purple People Eaters are currently six points behind Griquas on the points log, the latter currently in the first position. With a couple of games still to be contended over the weekend, the ranking order is bound to change, but the hosts have shown they are in hunt of a spot among the bigger unions.
Both the Griffons and Eagles played some of their better rugby, the first 20 minutes pretty much a tussle between two sides that in turn played good attacking rugby and showed good defence.
The Griffons made most of their possession and scored the first points of the afternoon after relentless attacks paid off. Winger Selvyn Davids scored a good try and fly half George Whitehead converted to give the hosts a much deserved lead of 7-0.
The remainder of the first half belonged to the Griffons, with Whitehead kicking two penalties five minutes apart to give the Purple People Eaters a halftime lead of 13-0. The Eagles went into halftime knowing that they squandered a couple of chances and were out to rectify it in the second stanza.
Hooker Mark Pretorius scored just two minutes after fly half Hansie Graaff got proceedings underway, the latter converting to reduce the gap between the sides to a mere six points. The Griffons, eager to build on their good win over the Hino Valke last week, stretched the lead once again as centre Daniel Pretorius burst over for his five pointer in the 47th minute, with Whitehead converting the try.
Another penalty by Whitehead in the 57th minute seemed to dampen the Eagles spirits somewhat, the gap of 16 points seemingly insurmountable with only 23 minutes of play left. And when Davids darted over for his second try of the afternoon and Whitehead converted, the writing was on the wall for the visiting side from George.
The lead meant that the Griffons started to rest on their laurels and credit must go to the Eagles, who capitalised by sneaking in a try to full back Daniel Roberts in the 69th minute. Graaff converted, but the last couple of minutes before fulltime just weren’t enough for the visitors to make a comeback.
Tries: Selvyn Davids (2), Daniel Pretorius
Conversions: George Whitehead (3)
Penalties: Whitehead (3)
Tries: Daniel Roberts, Mark Pretorius
Conversions: Hansie Graaff (2)
Saturday 7 May 2016
EP KINGS vs BLUE BULLS
he EP Kings stood firm in the closing stages to claim a 19-14 (halftime 13-7) victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their new provincial tournament rugby fixture at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday.
Both teams had much to play for leading into the game have only chalked up one win each in their respective campaigns to date.
Eastern Province drew first blood as early as the fifth minute as flyhalf Garrick Mattheus slotted a penalty from distance.
The Bulls spent time settling down but they were sparked into action by a fine individualistic try by their flyhalf Joshua Stander who started his attack on the Kings 10 metre line, kicked ahead and then picked up the ball to scored under the uprights. He kicked his own conversion.
The Kings closed to deficit to a point after 26 minutes with second Mattheus penalty.
The home side then regained the lead in the 31st minute as loosehead prop Liam Hendricks crashed over for a try after receiving an inside pass from tighthead prop Louis Albertse. Mattheus added the two points.
The Kings started well after the break and forced two penalties out of the Bulls that Mattheus calmly slotted to see the home side leading 19-7.
However, the Bulls bounced back and after sustained pressure replacement prop Dean Greyling forced his way over from close out. Stander kicked the conversion.
The match closed out with the Bulls exerting tremendous pressure on the Kings’ tryline. But the home team stood firm to claim the win.
EP Kings – Tries: Liam Hendricks; Conversions: Garrick Mattheus; Penalties: Garrick Mattheus (4)
Blue Bulls – Tries: Joshua Stander, Dean Greyling; Conversions: Joshua Stander (2)
LEOPARDS vs BOLAND CAVALIERS
The Boland Cavaliers brushed aside the Leopards with a bonus-point 43-31 (halftime 24-12) victory in their provincial tournament clash at the Johann du Randt Stadium in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
The victory lifts the Cavaliers up to second on the log with 15 points while the Leopards are languishing third-from-bottom with just six points from four matches as the visitors ran in six tries to the five of their hosts.
Boland raced into a 14-point lead within the first eight minutes of the match as they ran in two converted tries through flyhalf Theuns Kotze and right wing Sergio Torrens with Kotze being spot on with the boot.
The hosts recovered quickly and ran in their first unconverted try three minutes later through their captain and Number 8 Jeandre Rudolph before Kotze restored a 12-point lead with a penalty 12 minutes before the break. The Leopards never gave up, pressing the visitors hard which resulted in a converted try though outside centre Johan Deysel which flyhalf Schalk Hugo converted.
With the hosts just five points off the pace and the first half coming to a close, the Cavaliers gave themselves a cushion when Torrens ran in for his second five-pointer of the afternoon. Kotze converted to hand the Cavaliers a handy 12-point lead at the break.
The second stanza followed the same script as the first with the Cavaliers racing away into the distance as the centre-pairing of Ryan Nell and Christopher Bosch both burst over the tryline for converted tries that left the hosts 26 points adrift.
With just 10 minutes left on the stadium clock, Deysel cut inside and burst through the defence to score his second try of the afternoon and with replacement flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg converting, the Leopards felt they had some belief of pulling this game out of the fire. That was enhanced just two minutes later as fullback Gene Williemse crossed the line in the corner but Janse van Rensburg was unable to convert, leaving the Leopards still 14 points off the pace.
Replacement utility back, Edwin Sass then rubbed salt into the wounds of the hapless Leopards as he crossed over for an unconverted try to all but seal the game with just six minutes left. But the Leopards managed to round off another poor afternoon with a consolation try through their captain, Rudolph with Janse van Rensburg knocking the ball between the sticks.
Leopards – Tries: Johan Deysel (2), Jeandre Rudolph (2), Gene Willemse; Conversions: Schalk Hugo, Benhard Janse van Renseburg (2).
Boland Kavaliers – Tries: Sergio Torrens (2), Theuns Kotze, Ryan Nel, Christopher Bosch, Edwin Sass; Conversions: Kotze (5); Penalty: Kotze.
GOLDEN LIONS vs FS CHEETAHS
The Toyota Free State XV claimed a valuable 29-15 (halftime 15-8) away bonus-point victory over the Xerox Golden Lions in their provincial tournament match at the Diggers Rugby Club in Randburg on Saturday.
The match started out as a tight tussle between the two sides as they looked to exert dominance over each other with penalties being traded by Free States flyhalf, Sias Ebersohn and his Lions counterpart, Shaun Reynolds.
But the visitor broke open the play a quarter way through the first period when left wing Maphutha Dolo dashed over the line for the opening try which Ebersohn converted to hand the Free Staters a seven point advantage. Ebersohn then rounded off a wonderful move for the visitors, scoring his own try in the corner to extend the lead to 12 points as the flyhalf missed his own conversion.
Reynolds struggled with his kicking as he missed an easy penalty shortly before the break but fullback Ashlon Davids went over in the corner a minute later to narrow the gap to one score with Reynolds again missing hi attempt at goal.
The Lions levelled matters shortly after the resumption of play when right wing Koch Marx burst over the line and this time Reynolds was spot on with the conversion. The turning point in the game came when the Lions suffered two sin-binnings which allowed the visitors to score two converted tries.
First Lions’ captain and Number 8 Ruaan Lerm was given a breather on 48 minutes and then flanker Derick Minnie was also shown a yellow card by referee Francois Pretorius. Free State’s third try was then scored by hooker Joseph Dweba and then five minutes later, Number 8 Jasper Wiese rumbled over the line for the bonus-point try with Ebersohn converting both efforts.
The victory moved the Free State XV level on 12 points with the Lions but with a game in hand but the Free State side will have to contend with the Cell C Sharks XV next weekend in their attempt to overhaul the Lions and climb the log as the men from Johannesburg have a bye weekend.
Xerox Golden Lions – Ashlon Davids, Koch Marx; Conversion: Shaun Reynolds; Penalty: Reynolds.
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Jasper Wiese, Joseph Dweba, Maphutha Dolo, Sias Ebersohn; Conversions: Ebersohn (3); Penalty: Ebersohn
PUMAS vs WELWITSCHIAS
The Pumas ran in seven tries to one to thrash the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 47-7 (halftime 35-0) in their new provincial tournament rugby fixture at Ermelo High School, Ermelo, on Saturday.
PUMAS – Tries: DJ Terblanche, Francois du Toit (3), Hennie Skorbinski, Nardus van der Walt (2); Conversions: Justin van Staden (5), Marlou vaan Niekerk
WELWITSCHIAS – Tries: Russell van Wyk; Conversions: Justin Nel
GRIQUAS vs BORDER BULLDOGS
Griquas have managed an almost insurmountable lead in the new provincial competition by beating Border 21-12 (halftime 14-5) at Griqua Park in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon.
Still unbeaten in the hunt to qualify, the Peacock Blues remain the hot favourites to contest this year’s Currie Cup competition alongside the other so called bigger unions.
The hosts are still unbeaten having now won five from five in the last couple of weeks and their inclusion in the competition seems almost certain. No doubt their fifth victory will give them great confidence before traveling to Windhoek next weekend to take on the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias.
Griquas didn’t have the easiest of outings against Border, with the visitors doing their bit to put the hosts under pressure early on. The East London based side’s chances of qualifying are all but over, but that did not stop them from taking the game to the Peacock Blues from the get go.
A early try by Griquas winger AJ Coertzen in the 5th minute and conversion by fly half Clinton Swart predicted a long afternoon for Border, but what followed was good defence by the visitors that fizzled all the hosts chances on the attack.
Centre Jonathan Francke’s try in the 35th minute seemed like just reward for Griquas patience on the attack and the conversion that followed gave the hosts a 12 point lead. Border looked after their possession and made use of it just before halftime as lock Wandile Putuma burst over for an unconverted five pointer to make it 14-5 at the break.
Tactical subs on both sides 10 minutes after the second half resumed meant another ten minutes of high impact play before Griquas replacement scrum half Rudi van Rooyen went over for what was to be the hosts last try of the afternoon.
Ntabeni Dukisa converted, but Border kept pushing and got just reward for their prowess as full back Maxisole Banda scored and converted his own try five minutes from fulltime. A yellow card near the end to hooker Mihlali Mpafi left the visitors one man short, but Griquas couldn’t capitalise.
Griquas 21 (14): Tries: AJ le Roux, Jonathan Francke, Rudi van Rooyen. Conversions: Clinton Swart, Jonathan Francke, Ntabeni Dukisa.
Border 12 (5): Tries: Maxisole Banda, Wandile Putuma. Conversion: Maxisole Banda.
SHARKS vs WESTERN PROVINCE
he Cell C Sharks XV secured a 24-16 (halftime 10-11) victory over DHL Western Province in a provincial tournament clash at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday evening.
Province, who had won their opening three games of the campaign, were looking to make it four from four but the Sharks put up a strong second half performance, outscoring the visitors by two tries to one in the second stanza.
WP flyhalf, Grant Hermanus opened the scoring with two penalties before scrumhalf Godlen Masimla dotted down for the first try of the match, which was unconverted by Hermanus as the visitors opened up an 11-point lead midway through the first half.
But the Sharks began to compose themselves and took control of the remainder of the opening half, with flyhalf Tristan Tedder slotting his only penalty of the game before centre Marius Louw flew over the line for the Sharks’ opening try which Tedder converted as the teams entered the change-room with just a single point separating them.
Tedder then opened up the game early in the second stanza when the flyhalf scored his try and converted it to take the Sharks into the lead for the first time. But with 15 minutes left in the game, WP right wing Khanyo Ncgukana dived over in the corner to leave the visitors just a point behind as Hermanus missed the conversion.
But a late try from fullback Alwin Eksteen secured the win and the conversion from Eksteen denied Western Province a losing bonus-point as well as inflicting a first defeat on the men from Cape Town.
Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Marius Louw, Tristen Tedder, Alrin Eksteen; Conversions: Tedder (3); Penalty: Tedder.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Godlen Masimla, Khanyo Ngcukana; Penalties: Grant Hermanus (2).