Free State U19’s sparkle in Junior Provincial Champs
August 21, 2017
Toyota Free State stole the show in the SA Rugby U19 Championship this past weekend as they outplayed Eastern Province 95-32 in a try-scoring festival which saw 127 points and 20 tries being scored.

It was a weekend of big scores in the SA Rugby U19 and U20 Championships, with all but one of the six winning teams scoring 40-point hauls in a thrilling weekend of action.

In the SA Rugby U19 Championship, the Xerox Golden Lions were in fine form against the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg as they scored an impressive seven tries in their 45-17 victory. Two of their tries were scored by Junior Springbok fullback Gianni Lombard, who also slotted four conversions, while they limited the KwaZulu-Natalians to three tries.

DHL Western Province also stamped their authority early on against the Leopards in Cape Town to earn a rewarding 31-0 lead at the break en route to their 43-14 win – which stretched their unbeaten run to six matches. The Leopards tried hard to fight back in the second half as they scored two converted tries, but these efforts were too little too late.

And in Bloemfontein, Toyota Free State ran riot on attack against Eastern Province with the home team’s winger Athi Halom scoring five of their 15 tries for 95-point haul. The visitors managed to touch down five times in the match, but their lapses in defence proved too costly to put up a decent fight.

In the U20 Championship, Griquas managed to hold off Border in East London despite a strong second-half fightback to secure a narrow 24-22 away win as they outscored the hosts four tries to three, while SWD built on a strong first half against Boland in Wellington to touch down six times, although they were made to work for the 40-32 victory in the second half as Boland hit back with three tries and penalty goal.

The clash between the Griffons and Limpopo Blue Bulls was close from the outset as both sides showed determination on attack, but leaked tries throughout.

In the end the Griffons’ five tries to the Limpopo Blue Bulls’ four, and vital goal-kicks proved to be the difference on the scoreboard as they registered a 40-31 victory.

SA Rugby U20 Championship round 12 results and scorers:

Border 22 (8) Griquas 24 (14)

Border – Tries: Buvo Bovu, Sibongile Novuka, Zuray Sili. Conversions: Dilolo Mapuko (2). Penalty Goal: Luciano Douglas.
Griquas – Tries: Christopher Rolomana, Jean Smal, Lovien Esterhuizen, Danillo Huyster. Conversions: Joe-Lythen Willemse (2).

Boland 32 (8) SWD 40 (21)

Boland – Tries: Phillip Jacobs, Barry Adonis, Gilroy Philander, Adrian Jackson. Conversions: Marlin Baron (3). Penalty Goals: Andre Swanepoel (2).
SWD – Tries: Reinhardt Stears, Denver Prins, Justin Levendal, Lithemba Mpoli, Ronaldo Fortuin, Austin Johnson. Conversions: Ronaldo Fortuin (4), Mikyle Roelfse.

Griffons 40 (22) Limpopo Blue Bulls 31 (16)

Griffons – Tries: Steven Pieterse, Tristan Rothman, Jason Olivier, Mickyle Snyders, Luciano Jones. Conversions: Luan James (3). Penalty Goals: Luan James (2). Drop Goal: Jason Olivier.
Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Christoff Mulder (2), Lee Jordaan, Danny Mokhoabane. Conversion: Ethan Williams. Penalty Goals: Ethan Williams (3).

SA Rugby U19 Championship round seven results and scorers:

Xerox Golden Lions 45 (26) Cell C Sharks 17 (5)

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Ricardo Duarttee, Tyrone Green, Wandisile Simelane, Tatendaishe Mujawo, Gianni Lombard (2), Louritz van der Schyff. Conversions: Manuel Rass, Gianni Lombard (4).
Cell C Sharks – Tries: Jacques Ackerman, Keegan Haman, Luyanda Mngadi. Conversion: Marthinus Holtzhausen.

DHL Western Province 43 (31) Leopards 14 (0)

DHL Western Province – Tries: Schalk Erasmus, Marco Labuschagne, Jessie Johnson, Wian Van Zyl, Lubelo Scott, Christian Guetang (2). Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (4).
Leopards – Tries: Stefanus Mare, Luandro Luis Cangueiro. Conversions: Johannes Steenkamp (2).

Toyota Free State 95 (45) Eastern Province 32 (17)

Toyota Free State – Tries: Ruben Cross (2), Henk Pretorius, Willem Petrus van Heerden, Rewie Kruger, Marthinus Boshoff, Saida Xamlashe, Athi Halom (5), Darren Adonis, Nicolus van Eeden, Spies Spies. Conversions: Mario Vieira (8), Darren Adonis (2).
Eastern Province – Tries: Ethan de Nysschen, Dylan Grootboom, Saloon Pieterse, Mandisi Owethu Mthiyane, William Duckitt. Conversions: Johan Lombard (2). Penalty Goal: Johan Lombard.

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