High-scoring weekend in Junior Provincial Champs
September 11, 2017
It was a high-scoring weekend in the SA Rugby U19, U20 and U21 Championships respectively as seven of the nine winning teams scored over 45 points in a thrilling weekend of rugby.

In the U21 Championship, log-leaders, the Vodacom Blue Bulls overcame a tightly-fought first half against the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg to outscore the hosts six tries to three for a 49-25 victory. Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf Tinus De Beer made a valuable contribution of a try, five conversions and three penalty goals for a personal total of 24 points.

A strong first half showing by the Cell C Sharks in which they built up an encouraging 26-12 lead against the Leopards in Durban, set them up for a 38-24 victory and their second win in as many games, while DHL Western Province delivered a solid performance all around against Toyota Free State at Old Greys Rugby Club to score five tries to one by the hosts for a 36-10 victory.

In the SA Rugby U20 Championship the Pumas defeated SWD 57-41 with 14 tries and 98 points being scored in the match. The first half was tight as SWD took a narrow 24-20 lead, but their ability to convert their chances into points earned them a total of nine tries and the valuable away-victory.

The clash between Griquas and Boland in Kimberley was also a points festival, with the Wellington side emerging 47-43 victors, thanks to their six tries to five by the hosts. A staggering 90 points were scored in the match, as Griquas fought their way back from 35-19 down, but fell just short in the end.

In Vanderbijlpark, a hat-trick by Valke winger Gift Gamede and a brace by replacement back Martin Steyn steered their side to a 52-34 victory against the Griffons after taking a narrow 21-17 lead in the first half.

The Leopards U19’s, meanwhile, staged a dramatic comeback from 21-19 down to defeat the Cell C Sharks 54-28 in Durban, with a hat-trick by winger Ishaad Snyman and brace by flyhalf Johannes Steenkamp allowing them to break away on the scoreboard.

Seven tries by log-leaders, the Xerox Golden Lions, to three the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Johannesburg, meanwhile, earned them a well-deserved 49-31 victory, while DHL Western Province registered a valuable 46-31 away victory against Toyota Free State in Bloemfontein thanks a strong start in which they built up 31-17 lead and went on to finish the match with six tries, while they limited the hosts to five.

SA Rugby U21 Championship round 3 results and scorers:

Cell C Sharks 38 Leopards 24

Cell C Sharks – Tries: Kwanda Dimaza, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Tristan James Blewett, Courtney Winnaar (2), Penalty Try. Conversions: Courtney Winnaar (3), Penalty Conversions.

Leopards - Tries: Milo Rheeder, Shakeel Fredericks, De Wet Terblanche, Reuben Du Plooy. Conversions: Tokkie Kasselman (2).

Toyota Free State 10 DHL Western Province 36

Toyota Free State - Try: Bertus De Bod. Conversion: Ruan Wasserman. Penalty Goal: Ruan Wasserman.

DHL Western Province - Tries: Ruben De Villiers, Edwill Van der Merwe, Sallies Saal, Tiaan Swanepoel (2). Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (4). Penalty Goal: Tiaan Swanepoel.

Xerox Golden Lions 25 Vodacom Blue Bulls 49

Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: Manuel Rass, Madosh Tambwe (2). Conversions: Siyabonga Masuku (2). Penalty Goals: Siyabonga Masuku (2).

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Jan-Henning Campher, Dylan Van der Walt, Tinus De Beer, Franco Naude, Stedman Gans, Divan Rossouw. Conversions: Tinus De Beer (5). Penalty Goals: Tinus De Beer (3).

SA Rugby U20 Championship round 15 results and scorers:

Pumas 41 SWD 57

Pumas - Tries: Johannes Maree, Marco Grobler, Xander Kriel, Ryan Cloete, Gert Cronje. Conversions: Gert Cronje (5). Penalty Goals: Gert Cronje (2).

SWD - Tries: Willem Coetzee, Justin Levendal, Stiaan Grobler, Aiden Joseph (2), Maurice Alexander, Michael Fernol, Lithemba Mpoli, Luvuyo Ndevu. Conversions: Ronaldo Fortuin (2), Tristan Fourie (4).

Griquas 43 Boland 47

Griquas - Tries: Cameron Hufke, LW Viljoen, Andre Kruger, Markus Mostert, Jason Pietersen. Conversions: Taliesen Dick (2), LW Viljoen. Penalty Goals: Taliesen Dick (4).

Boland - Tries: Wernich Harms, Taine Booysen, Jaiden Barons, Josi Koul, Gilroy Philander, Chantin Jonas. Conversions: Chantin Jonas (4). Penalty Goal: Chantin Jonas. Drop Goals: Jaydon Markus (2).

Valke 52 Griffons 34

Valke - Tries: Hardus Pretorius, Brandon Collins, Gift Gamede (3), Martin Steyn (2). Conversions: Brandon Collins (7). Penalty Goal: Brandon Collins.

Griffons - Tries: Jason Olivier, Allistair Mumba, Granwill Matthys, Andrew Kota. Conversions: Luan James (4). Penalty Goals: Luan James (2).

SA Rugby U19 Championship round 10 results and scorers:

Cell C Sharks 28 Leopards 54

Cell C Sharks - Tries: Jacques Ackerman, Emilio Adonis, JJ Van der Mescht. Conversions: Marthinus Holtzhausen (2). Penalty Goals: Marthinus Holtzhausen (3).

Leopards - Tries: Stefanus Mare, Johannes Steenkamp (2), Marnus Uys, Ishaad Snyman (3). Conversions: Johannes Steenkamp (5). Penalty Goal: Johannes Steenkamp. Drop Goal: Johannes Steenkamp, Bernu Engelbrecht.

Xerox Golden Lions 49 Vodacom Blue Bulls 31

Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: PJ Botha, Ruan Vermaak, Shaun Williams, Louritz van der Schyff, Wandisile Simelane (2), Gianni Lombard. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (4). Penalty Goals: Gianni Lombard (2).

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Ruan Nortje, Johannes Pretorius, Lee-Irwin Andries. Conversions: Theo Boshoff (2). Penalty Goals: Theo Boshoff (4).

Toyota Free State 31 DHL Western Province 46

Toyota Free State - Tries: Olie Losaba, Lubabalo Dobela, Athi Halom (2), Jandre de Beer. Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela (3).

DHL Western Province - Tries: Salmaan Moerat, Ben-Jason Dixon, Charl Serdyn, Prince Orderson, Mike Mavovana, Sakoyisa Makata. Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (5). Penalty Goals: Lyle Hendricks (2).

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