High-scoring weekend in Junior Championships
August 27, 2018
It was a high-scoring weekend in the SA Rugby U19, U20 and U21 Championships this past weekend, with all but one of the winning teams scoring a minimum of 40 points, while the Xerox Golden Lions stole the show as they registered a 120-point win.

The Xerox Golden Lions U21’s were in sublime form against the Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth in the opening week of the tournament as they scored a whopping 18 tries for their 120-0 victory.

Eddie Fouche and Bradley Thain each scored hat-tricks, while Junior Springbok back, Gianni Lombard, scored two tries and added 13 conversions for his 36 points.

DHL Western Province overturned a halftime deficit against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria to register a 30-26 victory despite being out-scored four tries to three, with three penalty goals swinging the result in their favour.

Toyota Free State dominated their clash against the Leopards in Potchefstroom completely, with their effective attack earning them 10 tries, while their solid defence limited the hosts to 12 points.

Junior Springbok flyhalf, Lubabalo Dobela, was in solid form, scoring two tries and seven conversions, while Darren Adonis also scored twice.

In the SA Rugby U20 Championship, the Griffons stretched their unbeaten run to three matches as they registered a bonus-point 47-37 victory against the Limpopo Blue Bulls. Granwill Matthys scored a hat-trick, and Ethan Williams one try and six conversions, for a combined total of 32 points.

Boland were also dominant against SWD in Wellington to register a 49-24 victory, which marked their first win of the tournament. Taine Booysen, Chadd Fortuin and Jodi Koul each scored twice.

In the SA Rugby U19 Championship, a hat-trick by the Xerox Golden Lions’ Edmund Ludick and a brace by Tinus Combrinck proved instrumental in their 66-5 victory against Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth, while Leopards scrumhalf Sylvester Hassien’s hat-trick made him a key figure in their 40-24 victory against Toyota Free State in Potchefstroom.

In Pretoria, Janko Swanepoel scored two of the Vodacom Blue Bulls’ six tries, while Vaughen Isaacs slotted over five conversions and a penalty goal to guide the team to a 43-29 victory against DHL Western Province.

SA Rugby U21 Championship results and scorers:

Eastern Province 0 Xerox Golden Lions 120

Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: Ruan Vermaak (2), MJ Pelser, Bradley Thain (3), Eddie Fouche (3), Tatenda Mujawo, Wayne van der Bank, Seun Maduna, Madosh Tambwe, Gianni Lombard (2), Nathan Mcbeth, Justin Brandon, Morne van den Berg. Conversions: Eddie Fouche, Gianni Lombard (13), Jeanluc Cilliers.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 26 (14) DHL Western Province 30 (13)

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: JC Pretorius (2), Joshua Allderman, Erich Cronje. Conversions: Earll Douwrie (2), Cameron Hufke.

DHL Western Province - Tries: Jordan Chait, Marco Labuschagne, Nico Leonard. Conversions: Jondre Williams (3). Penalty Goals: Jondre Williams (3).

Leopards 12 (12) Toyota Free State 64 (38)

Leopards - Tries: Dougie Bruce-Smith, Janlu Steenkamp. Conversion: Janlu Steenkamp.

Toyota Free State - Tries: Marnus van der Merwe, Thembinkosi Mangwana, Lubabalo Dobela (2), Francois Agenbag, Kurt Eybers, Marthinus Boshoff, Darren Adonis (2), Olie Losaba. Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela (7).

SA Rugby U20 Championship results and scorers:

Griffons 47 (33) Limpopo Blue Bulls 37 (6)

Griffons - Tries: Kyle Els, Ethan Williams, Anton Gravett, Granwill Matthys (3), Allistair Mumba. Conversions: Ethan Williams (6).

Limpopo Blue Bulls - Tries: Jan-Barend Meyer, Xander Kruger, Stephane Ndjaya (2), Armando Lubbe. Conversions: Xander Kruger, Stefan Coetzee (2). Penalty Goals: Xander Kruger (2).

Boland 49 (30) SWD 24 (3)

Boland - Tries: Johannes Geldenhuys, Taine Booysen (2), Jodi Koul (2), Chadd Fortuin (2), Coellin Julius. Conversions: Leoneal Leonardo Pietersen, Chantin Jonas. Penalty Goal: Leon Pietersen.

SWD - Tries: Cullen Cole, Braam Abrahams, Pieter Uys. Conversions: Darryn Fortuin (2), Braam Abrahams. Penalty Goal: Darryn Fortuin.

SA Rugby U19 Championship results and scorers:

Eastern Province 5 Xerox Golden Lions 66

Eastern Province – Try: Janu Fourie

Xerox Golden Lions - Tries: Ruben Kotze, Mark Snyman, Cal Smid, Tinus Combrinck (2), Edmund Ludick (3), Janco Van Heyningen, Prince Nkabinde. Conversions: Christian Humphries (7), Edmund Ludick.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 43 (24) DHL Western Province 29 (17)

Vodacom Blue Bulls- Tries: Llewellyn Classen, Janko Swanepoel (2), Phillip Potgieter, Marnus Potgieter, Dylan Kruger. Conversions: Vaughen Isaacs (5). Penalty Goal: Vaughen Isaacs.

DHL Western Province - Tries: Vusile Dlepu, Waqar Solaan, Duren Hoffman, Quan Eymann. Conversions: Christopher Schreuder (3). Penalty Goal: Christopher Schreuder.

Leopards 40 (15) Toyota Free State 24 (12)

Leopards - Tries: Sylvester Hassien (3), Lohann Jahns, Heinrich Botha (2). Conversions: Tristan Oosthuizen (2). Penalty Goal: Tristan Oosthuizen. Drop Goal: Tristan Oosthuizen.

Toyota Free State - Tries: Jacques Van Biljon, Cham Zondek (2), Johan Wilken. Conversions: Marc Morrison, James Mollentze.

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