Academy Week - LSEN 15 - 8 Valke Blue
Dr Craven and all the selectors was there, and they were not disappointed at all. Both sides did well to stay on their feet as the pitch was wet and very slippery. The LSEN guys did well to absorb the pressure from the Valke in the first 15 minutes of the game, where after they started to control proceedings. The first half ended with no points scored.
The second half Allister Mumba started to slip through gaps and scored the first try in the corner. This boy was certainly the star of the day as the second try also came from his superb running. I was worried that my excitement regarding the LSEN boys was a bit too enthuastic, but they proved themselves with Allister and their no7 Dyllan Roberts the star players. Well done boys.
Craven Week - Zimbabwe 16 - 9 Griquas CD
Zimbabwe definately deserved to win this tight match. The star on the Griquas side was Iwan Lombard who scored all Griquas tries with penalties. Zimbabwe wing Peter Davies ended the game of with a superb try, which started in their own 25 in the last seconds of the match.
Craven Week Namibia 54 - 36 Griquas
The game of two halves? In the first period Namibia threatened to play Griquas off the field. they were leading 35 - 3 at the break. In the second half Griquas upped their game with 4 tries within ten minutes. Leading by only 47 - 26 Namibia started to play again and scored their 7th try to put the result beyond any doubt. A pity defense was not a priority during this game.
Craven Week - Pumas 31 - 29 Griffons
Unfortunately not a game to remember if it was not for the scoreboard's involvement. The lead changed several times as both teams showed their willingness to run the ball.
Academy Week - KZN 47 - 44 Griffons
The Coca-Cola Academy Week saw the KZN team go into halftime with a 21-24 score against the Thepa Trading Griffons. The KZN team bounced back in the second half with a great play of running rugby to win 47-44 and saw a total of 14 tries scored throughout the game which included 3 tries by Glenwood Boy by Jacques Conradie.
Craven Week - Western Province 41 - 20 Boland
The clash between Boland and DHL Western Province was thrilling as Boland started very strong early on with two tries in the first seven minutes thanks to their entertaining and effective running rugby. DHL Western Province fought back with intent as they stretched the defence and ran hard at the opposition, which paid off as they scored a try to reduce the deficit.
Boland, however, added a penalty goal to take a 10-point lead. But this was short-lived as Western Province added two tries within eight minutes by Daniel Jooste and Gianni Lombard respectively to force their way into a 21-17 half-time lead.
The opening exchanges of the second half were tight with both teams opting for early penalty goals to keep the scoreboard ticking. Western Province, however, found their rhythm as the match progressed, and the flood gates opened as they added three more tries to their tally to secure a rewarding 41-20 victory.
Craven Week - KZN 36 - 24 Eastern Province
The Craven Week team managed to pull off a great 36-24 victory over the Eastern Province team. The first half saw the KZN team get stuck in early as they scored three tries and slotted over a penalty to score 18 points, with Eastern Province walking away with one penalty going into the second half. Eastern Province upped their game in the second half as they attacked early running in two tries within 5 minutes of the second half. The KZN team showed their strength as they hit back to touch down for two more tries to stretch their lead to 36 points. As the game came to an end Eastern Province managed to come back with one final try but going down to a final score of 36-24 and as the KZN team walk away with their first win on day one.