The DHL Western Province Under-21 team moved to the top of the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship log after scoring a resounding 51-22 win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.
The win pushed them into the top spot in the tournament for the first time this season as the Xerox Golden Lions, who lead from round one, lost 19-20 to the Cell C Sharks in Durban. The Durban-defeat see the Johannesburg side drop to second, but it is clear that the top four places will be tightly contested, as only EP Kings and Leopards are out of the running. The latter suffered a heavy defeat in Potchefstroom, losing 55-7 to the Toyota Free State, who are now in third spot. Jacobus Vosloo contributed 28 of those points.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls have dropped to fifth.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 22 (15). Tries: Corniel Els, Jsuanre Swanepoel, Marco van Staden. Conversions: Joshua Stander, Kobus Marais. Penalty: Joshua Stander
DHL Western Province 51 (22). Tries: Chad Solomon, Grant Hermanus (3), Justin Phillips, Liam Hendricks. Conversions: Grant Hermanus, Jean-Luc Du Plessis (2). Penalties: Grant Hermanus (2), Jean-Luc Du Plessis (3).
Cell C Sharks 20 (10). Tries: Ayron Schramm, Graham Geldenhuys. Conversions: Innocent Radebe (2). Penalties: Innocent Radebe.
Xerox Golden Lions 19 (7). Tries: Aphiwe Dyantyi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Victor Sekekete. Conversions: Brandan Hewitt, Shaun Reynolds.
Leopards 7 (7). Try: Rudolph Van Deventer. Conversion: Schalk Hugo
Toyota Free State 55 (27). Tries: Daniel Maartens, Donavan Gissing, Jacobus Vosloo (2), Jasper Wiese, Lorenzo Gordon, Stephan Janse van Rensburg. Conversions: Jacobus Vosloo (6), Selvyn Davids. Penalties: Jacobus Vosloo (2).
- In the B-Division, Steval Pumas, Limpopo Blue Bulls and Border are the front-runners with consecutive wins after two rounds of play.
The Pumas won 45-31 against SWD Eagles in George, the Polokwane team out-edged Boland 36-36 and Border held on to a 13-10 win over the Hino Valke in East London.
In a regional derby, the ORC Griquas team had kicking ace Christo Coetzee to thank for their 25-16 win, as he slotted five penalties to give the home side their opening win in the competition.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 36 (29). Tries: Christopher Labuschagne, Gerhard van den Heever, Jean Grobler, Jurgen Steinbach, Kallie Jantjies, Sarel Snyman. Conversions: Jean Grobler (3).
Boland 35 (21).Tries: Chad Kleinsmidt, Dylan Maart (2), Kenith Dirks, Valentino Wellman. Conversions: Adriaan Carelse (4), Darian Hock.
Border 13 (5). Tries: Asiphe Fihla, Soso Xakalashe. Penalty: Nathan Scott
Hino Valke 10 (5). Tries: Jackie Jonkers (2).
SWD Eagles 31 (14). Tries: Bisto Sam, Elfrido Ayford, Fizell Fredericks (2), Ruan Barnard. Conversions: Fizell Fredericks (3).
Steval Pumas 45 (17). Tries: Dylan Du Buisson, Elandre Botha, Henry Badenhorst, Marthinus Philippus Snyman, Renier Husselman. Conversions: Dylan Du Buisson, Penalties: Dylan Du Buisson (4).
ORC Griquas 25 (14). Tries: Doctor Booysen, Thomas Fortuin. Penalties: Christo Coetzee (5).
Down Touch Griffons 16 (16). Tries: Carlton Coeries, Lethole Mokoena. Penalties: Juandre Kleynhans (2).
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