Weekend of bonus point wins in Junior Provincials
September 18, 2017
It was a weekend of bonus point victories in the SA Rugby Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 Championships as nine of the 10 winning teams scored four or more tries for valuable victories as the countdown continues to the final stages.

With only three rounds of pool matches remaining in the U20 championship and four left in the U19 and U21 championships, bonus points have become more valuable as the teams set their sights on semi-final berths.

In the U21 Championship, the Leopards registered their first victory of the season as they overcame a challenging first half against Eastern Province in Potchefstroom to register a 56-40 win thanks to an impressive eight tries to six.

The visitors tried hard to keep up, with winger Josiah Twum-Baof scoring a hat-trick, but their efforts were not enough.

Log-leaders, the Vodacom Blue Bulls, meanwhile, stretched their winning run to four matches as they pipped the Cell C Sharks 37-34 in Pretoria thanks to a strong first-half showing in which they built up an encouraging 22-7 lead, while the Xerox Golden Lions outscored DHL Western Province three tries to two in a hard-fought clash in Cape Town for a 20-12 victory.

In the U20 Championship, the Griffons secured the top spot on the log table with three pool rounds remaining thanks to their 55-12 victory against Border in Welkom compliments of an effective performance all-around, which saw Mickyle Snyders score a hat-trick and the team cross the tryline eight times.

Boland bounced back from a 19-8 deficit to edge the Valke 32-21 in Wellington as they scored five tries to four by the visitors to occupy third place on the log standings, while Griquas recovered from back-to-back defeats to beat SWD 34-20 in George to keep alive their semi-final hopes.

In the other match, a solid start for the Limpopo Blue Bulls paved the way for their 46-39 victory against the Pumas in an entertaining clash in Nelspruit as the sides scored a combined total of 12 tries and 85 points.

The Xerox Golden Lions U19’s, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat in six outings as they went down 29-5 against DHL Western Province in Cape Town, while the Leopards were in solid form against Eastern Province in Potchefstroom as they crossed the chalk eight times for their 52-20 victory to keep alive their hopes of playing their way into a playoff spot in the next four weeks.

A hat-trick by Vodacom Blue Bulls hooker Werner Fourie, meanwhile, steered the Pretoria side to valuable 40-22 home victory against the Cell C Sharks to finish the round in third position on the log standings.

SA Rugby U21 Championship round 4 results and scorers:

Leopards 56 Eastern Province 40

Leopards – Tries: Botter Moloto (2), Damon Lee, Milo Rheeder, Monkey Mathaba, Jandre Grobler, Robert Hunt, Penalty Try. Conversions: Tokkie Kasselman (7), Penalty Conversion.
Eastern Province - Tries: Hayden Tharratt, Josiah Twum-Baof (3), Keanu Vers, Davian Swanepoel. Conversions: Michael Brink (5).

Vodacom Blue Bulls 37 Cell C Sharks 34

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Jan-Henning Campher, Denzel Hill, Embrose Papier, Ali Ali, Andell Loubser. Conversions: Tinus De Beer (2), Andell Loubser. Penalty Goals: Tinus De Beer, Andell Loubser.
Cell C Sharks - Tries: Alwayno Visagie, Mfundo Ndhlovu (2), Cliven Loubser. Conversions: Cliven Loubser (4). Penalty Goals: Cliven Loubser (2).

DHL Western Province 12 Xerox Golden Lions 20

DHL Western Province - Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Cornel Smit. Conversion: Tiaan Swanepoel.
Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: Bradley Thain, Stephen Brashear, Braam Beckerling. Conversion: Eddie Fouche. Penalty Goal: Eddie Fouche.

SA Rugby U20 Championship round 16 results and scorers:

Boland 32 Valke 31

Boland - Tries: Jaiden Baron, Barry Adonis, Gilroy Philander, Penalty Try. Conversions: Chantin Jonas (2), Penalty Conversion. Penalty Goals: Chantin Jonas (2).
Valke - Tries: Dian de Beer, Brandon Collins (2), Gift Gamede, Penalty Try. Conversions: Brandon Collins (2), Penalty Conversion.

SWD 20 Griquas 34

SWD - Tries: Adriaan-Lee Du Preez, Willem Coetzee, Maurice Alexander. Conversion: Ronaldo Fortuin. Penalty Goal: Ronaldo Fortuin.
Griquas - Tries: Hendrik Venter, Ruan Smit, Nathan Nienaber (2), Danillo Huyster. Conversions: Chix Griqua (3). Penalty Goal: Chix Griqua.

Pumas 39 Limpopo Blue Bulls 46

Pumas - Tries: Jakes Britz (2), Johannes Maree, Ryan Cloete, Ernest Mthethwa. Conversions: Gert Cronje (4). Penalty Goals: Gert Cronje, Michael De Lange.
Limpopo Blue Bulls - Tries: Carl Wijburg, Tiisetso Kekana, Jan Scheepers, Sergio Kasper, Henry Pike, Thomas Bedfort (2). Conversions: Ethan Williams (3), Danny Mokhoabane. Penalty Goal: Ethan Williams.

Griffons 55 Border 12

Griffons - Tries: Fanie Vermaak, Jason Olivier, Mickyle Snyders (3), Brandon Swart, Ulrich Stander, Allistair Mumba. Conversions: Jason Olivier (2), Luan James (4). Drop Goal: Luan James.
Border - Tries: T-bose Magaza, Dilolo Mapuko. Conversion: LK Komani.

SA Rugby U19 Championship round 11 results and scorers:

Leopards 52 Eastern Province 20

Leopards - Tries: Jeandre Leonard, Ruben Dreyer (2), Cameron Dorfling, Azakhiwe Afrika, Bernu Engelbrecht, Ishaad Snyman, Dylan Schoeman. Conversions: Johannes Steenkamp (5), Dylan Schoeman.
Eastern Province - Tries Mandisi Mthiyane (2), James Cheia. Conversion: Vaughen Isaacs. Penalty Goal: Vaughen Isaacs.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 40 Cell C Sharks 22

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Dewald Maritz, Werner Fourie (3), Lee-Irwin Andries. Conversions: Xander Kruger (3). Penalty Goals: Xander Kruger (3).
Cell C Sharks - Tries: James Bruce, Xavier Swartbooi, Keegan Haman. Conversions: Marthinus Holtzhausen (2). Penalty Goal: Marthinus Holtzhausen.

DHL Western Province 29 Xerox Golden Lions 5

DHL Western Province - Tries: Prince Orderson, Labib Kannemeyer, Wian Van Zyl (2). Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (3). Penalty Goal: Lyle Hendricks.
Xerox Golden Lions - Try: Ruan Vermaak.

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