Under-21s kick off amid mixed junior results
August 28, 2017
The SA Rugby Under-21 Championships kicked off this weekend while the U19s and U20s continued their challenges amid a mixed bag of big wins and close encounters.

In the U21 Championship, the Xerox Golden Lions thumped Eastern Province 78-17 in Johannesburg on Friday, thanks to a 12-try romp, with winger Xander Crause scoring four tries.

On Saturday, the Vodacom Blue Bulls pipped DHL Western Province 35-33 in Cape Town as they scored four tries to three by the hosts, with both team’s goal-kickers making a solid contribution to their scores.

The clash between Toyota Free State and the Leopards in Bloemfontein was also tight as each side scored four tries and a penalty goal, but the hosts’ superior goal-kicking, which earned them two more conversions than the Leopards, earned them the 31-27 victory.

In the U20 Championship, the Hino Valke outplayed Border 60-14 in Kempton Park thanks to a solid performance all around, which saw them score an impressive 10 tries and the visitors only two, while the Griffons overpowered the Pumas 79-10 thanks to a fantastic display in which they crossed the tryline 13 times, with scrumhalf Jason Olivier scoring a hat-trick.

The Limpopo Blue Bulls, meanwhile, built on a solid first-half showing against Boland in Pretoria to work their way to a 39-19 victory as they scored five tries to three by the Wellington outfit, with flanker Reynhard Fourie scoring a brace.

In the U19 Championship, the Xerox Golden Lions’ fine form earned them a rewarding 87-12 victory against Eastern Province in Johannesburg, with Junior Springbok back Wandisile Simelane and his backline counterpart winger Shaun Williams each scoring hat-tricks, while Toyota Free State pummelled the Leopards 87-40 in a thrilling match in Bloemfontein featuring 127 points and 19 tries – 13 of which were scored by the hosts.

The clash between DHL Western Province and the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Cape Town was hard-fought, with a penalty goal proving to be the difference on the scoreboard in the visitors’ 22-19 victory as both sides scored three tries and converted two.

SA Rugby U21 Championship Round 1 scorers:

Xerox Golden Lions 78 (45) Eastern Province 17 (0)

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Jo-Hanko De Villiers (2), Morne Van den Berg, Wayne Van der Bank, Jan-Louis La Grange, Xander Crause (4), Curtis Jonas, Madosh Tambwe (2). Conversions: Siyabonga Masuku (6), Barend Smit, Eddie Fouche, Jaco Willemse.
Eastern Province - Tries: Hayden Tharratt, Michael Brink, Thulani Njenje. Conversion: Michael Brink.

DHL Western Province 33 (13) Vodacom Blue Bulls 35 (23)

DHL Western Province - Tries: Juarno Augustus, Tristan Leyds, Herschel Jantjies. Conversions: Joshua Vermeulen (3). Penalty Goals: Joshua Vermeulen (4).
Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Johan Grobbelaar, Denzel Hill, Franco Naude, Andell Loubser. Conversions: Tinus De Beer (3). Penalty Goals: Tinus De Beer (3).

Toyota Free State 31 (7) Leopards 27 (10)

Toyota Free State - Tries: Junior Pokomela, Niell Stannard, Erich De Jager (2). Conversions: Tikz Madonsela, Muller Joubert (3). Penalty Goal: Muller Joubert.
Leopards - Tries: Sibusiso Mlangeni, Shakeel Fredericks, De Wet Terblanche, Jan Du Plooy. Conversions: Tokkie Kasselman, Hendrik Mulder. Penalty Goal: Tokkie Kasselman.

SA Rugby U20 Championship Round 13 scorers:

Hino Valke 60 (27) Border 14 (14)

Hino Valke - Tries: Dian de Beer, Lian Smit, Hardus Pretorius, Brandon Collins, Gift Gamede (2), Dylan Stiemmie (2), Reece Bocks, Jeandre Esterhuizen. Conversions: Gavin Pienaar, Joshua Petro (4).
Border - Tries: Rasta Mfengu, Sinovuyo Bali. Conversions: Phelani Phelani (2).

Pumas 10 (3) Griffons 79 (47)

Pumas - Try: Jean-Pe Ferreira. Conversion: Gert Cronje. Penalty Goal: Gert Cronje.
Griffons - Tries: Stephanus Malherbe, Johannes Hermanus van der Merwe, Jason Olivier (3), Allistair Mumba, Mickyle Snyders (2), Luciano Eduardo Jones, Granwill Matthys, Andrew Kota, Wian Van Staden, Balo Mteyise. Conversions: Luan James (7).

Limpopo Blue Bulls 39 (15) Boland 19 (5)

Limpopo Blue Bulls - Tries: Christoff Mulder, Reynhard Fourie (2), Stefan Zerwick, Danny Mokhoabane. Conversions: Ethan Williams (4). Penalty Goal: Ethan Williams. Drop Goal: Ethan Williams.
Boland - Tries: Peter Smit, Jaiden Baron, Jaydon Markus. Conversions: Marlin Baron (2).

SA Rugby U19 Championship Round 8 scorers:

Xerox Golden Lions 87 (45) Eastern Province 12 (0)

Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: Arno Van Wyk, Wandisile Simelane (3), Shaun Williams (3), Manuel Rass, Lincoln Daniels (2), Gianni Lombard, Khanya Ncusane, Darryle Kameel. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (11).
Eastern Province - Tries: Ruben Le Roux, Mark van Rensburg. Conversion: Johan Lombard.

DHL Western Province 19 (12) Vodacom Blue Bulls 22 (14)

DHL Western Province - Tries: Schalk Erasmus (2), Mike Mavovana. Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (2).
Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Johannes Christoffel Pretorius, Xander Kruger, Theo Boshoff. Conversions: Xander Kruger, Theo Boshoff. Penalty Goal: Theo Boshoff.

Toyota Free State 87 (49) Leopards 40 (7)

Toyota Free State - Tries: Athi Halom (4), Marthinus Boshoff (2), Darren Lance, Lubabalo Dobela, Quintin Vorster, Sango Xamlashe, Aya Oliphant, WP van Heerden, Henk Pretorius. Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela (11).
Leopards - Tries: Ruben Dreyer, Juandre Hendrik Leonard, Bernu Engelbrecht (2), Gerhardus Meyer, Duo Dan Jacobs. Conversions: Johannes Steenkamp (4), Dilon Schoeman.

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