Log leaders continue to cruise in Junior championships
September 17, 2018
The Xerox Golden Lions U21s, Griffons U20s and Cell C Sharks U19s continued to stamp their authority in the SA Rugby Junior Provincial Championships this weekend, with all the three teams remaining unbeaten.

The Xerox Golden Lions continued to dominate the SA Rugby U21 Championship, with a brace by Wayne van der Bank and a superb kicking display by Jean-luc Cilliers, who converted all five tries and kicked two penalty goals, guiding them to their fourth victory in a row, this time a 41-13 win against DHL Western Province.

In Durban, an impressive four tries by Vodacom Blue Bulls U21 hooker Johan Grobbelaar proved decisive in their 38-31 victory against the Cell C Sharks, while the Leopards U21s outplayed Eastern Province 69-7 for their first win of the season thanks to an 11-try romp, which featured a hat-trick by Keagan Tait.

The Griffons continued to flex their muscles in the SA Rugby U20 Championship as they outclassed the Valke 62-24 in Kempton Park, with their impressive attack earning them 10 tries, while they limited the host to four.

The Pumas U20s also stamped their authority from the outset against SWD in Middelburg for a rewarding 62-10 victory, with Timothy Allies, Japie Kleinhans and Wium Barnard contributing seven of their nine tries.

The Cell C Sharks U19s, meanwhile, held their nerve in a hard-fought encounter against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban to extend their winning run to nine matches, with the team touching down five times, while they limited the visitors to three tries.

The Xerox Golden Lions U19s overturned a 15-12 halftime deficit against DHL Western Province in Johannesburg to win 41-32, as they out-scored their rivals six tries to four, while a balanced performance by the Leopards U19s, in which they scored six tries and limited Eastern Province to one, paved the way for their 38-19 victory in Port Elizabeth.

SA Rugby U21 Championship results and scorers:

Xerox Golden Lions 41 (6) DHL Western Province 13 (8)

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Vincent Tshikaya Tshituka, Tyrone Green, Wayne Van Der Bank (2), PJ Botha. Conversions: Jean-luc Cilliers (5). Penalty Goals: Jean-luc Cilliers (2).
DHL Western Province – Tries: Nama Xaba, Sihle Njezula. Penalty Goals: Jondre Williams.

Cell C Sharks 31 (14) Vodacom Blue Bulls 38 (26)

Cell C Sharks – Tries: Jordan Els, Courtney Winnaar, Mfundo Ndhlovu, Chuiner Van Rooyen. Conversions: James Haydn Tedder. Penalty Goal: James Haydn Tedder.
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Johan Grobbelaar (4), Theo Boshoff, Earll Douwrie. Penalty Goals: Andell Loubser (4).

Eastern Province 7 (7) Leopards 69 (22)

Eastern Province – Try: Dawayne Ne. Conversion: Jeandre Van Ghent.
Leopards – Tries: Lyon Mkize, Ruben Dreyer, Franco Tiedt, Pienaar Van Niekerk, Lincoln Daniels (2), Keagan Tait (3), Gerik Mynhardt, Wihan Von Wielligh. Conversions: Janlu Steenkamp (6), Andre Van Der Berg.

SA Rugby U20 Championship results and scorers:

Valke 24 (10) Griffons 62 (53)

Valke – Tries: Hilton Gie, Quinton Fincham, Dylan Nysschen, Jonathan Harding. Conversions: Dylan Nysschen (2).
Griffons – Tries: Kyle Els, Gift Dlamini, Ethan Williams, Mickyle Snyders, Anton Gravett, Duncan Van Vuuren, Granwill Matthys, Allistair Mumba (2), Jason Roux. Conversions: Ethan Williams (6).

Pumas 62 (24) SWD 10 (10)

Pumas – Tries: Wium Barnard (2), Patrick Schickerling, Riekert Barnard, Timothy Allies (3), Japie Kleinhans (2), Conversions: Riekert Barnard (6), Danny Mokhoabane. Penalty Goal: Riekert Barnard.
SWD – Try: Braam Abrahams. Conversion: Braam Abrahams. Penalty Goal: Darryn Fortuin.

SA Rugby U19 Championship results and scorers:

Xerox Golden Lions 41 (12) DHL Western Province 32 (15)

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Tinus Combrinck, Janco Van Heyningen (2), Yanga Hlalu (2), Edmund Ludick. Conversions: Christian Humphries (4). Penalty Goals: Christian Humphries.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Vusile Dlepu, Quan Eymann (2), Christopher Schreuder. Conversions: Christopher Schreuder (2), David Coetzer. Penalty Goals: Christopher Schreuder, David Coetzer.

Eastern Province 19 (13) Leopards 38 (19)

Eastern Province – Try: Johan Lombaard. Conversion: Dylan le Roux. Penalty Goals: Dylan le Roux (4).
Leopards – Tries: Wihan Nel (2), Andries Fouche, Sylvester Hassien, AJ Meyer, Uys du Preez, Conversions: Tristan Oosthuizen (2), Hanru van Rooyen (2).

Cell C Sharks 34 (12) Vodacom Blue Bulls 24 (7)

Cell C Sharks – Tries: JJ Van Der Mescht, Vian Andre Fourie, Asanda Sihle Kunene, Muller du Plessis, Caleb Dingaan. Conversions: Sanele Nohamba (3). Penalty Goal: Sanele Nohamba.
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Phillip Potgieter, Luke Rossouw, Ruhan Viviers. Conversions: Vaughen Isaacs (2). Penalty Goal: Vaughen Isaacs.

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