The third day was played under sunny skies and the conditions allowed the teams to play open attacking rugby. Unfortunately this caused most of the teams to put their defensive efforts on the back burner. KZN, the stars in this week, showed if you play 100% basic rugby you WILL win most of the other competitors. They managed to beat the Valke, who in all spectators eyes were the best team at the week. Maybe a lesson to our coaches.
Border CD 5 - 3 Namibia
A very tight game with the battle between Border's slick backline vs Namibia's big forwards. Namibia scoring first after a penalty in the 22 min in the first half. At this stage Namibia was in full control of the match, being unlucky not to score on several occasions. In the second half Border started to take control and scored a trie in the 13th min of the second half. The last 10 minutes saw Namibia attacking in a desperate effort to wrestle a win. Border's defense held despite Namibia's efforts.
Namibia Penalties : Pieter Naude.
Border CD Tries : Jadezweni Libo.
Griquas 35 - 36 Pumas
Griquas Tries : Daylon Beukes, Carlo Louw, Jeandre Rust, Fouche Naude, Leonand De Lange Conversions : Carlo Louw (2) Penalties : Carlo Louw (2)
Pumas Tries : Barend Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Hanru Jansen, Thabiso Matheba, Pieter Willem Voges, Paul Steyn, Christo Nel Conversions : Christo Nel (3)
Griffons 49 - 17 Eastern Province
One of the matches that saw everyone that touched the ball wanting to score a try. The Griffons scoring 5 tries before they went to rest continued their effort in the second half. Completely running the Eastern Province off their feet. Eastern Province with their big forwards was at no stage in this match.
Griffons Tries : Lerato Manyana, Wian Muller, David Liebenberg, Dendre Aucamp, Charlton Mettler Conversions : Jandre Van der Merwe (2)
Eastern Province Tries : Roland Van Wyk, Cleavan Adams, Luyolo Dambuza Conversions : Jared Rees
Border 31 - 7 Zimbabwe
Border Tries : Ross Nicholson, Tihamo Mjali (2) Guy Bishop (2) Penalties : Mangaliso Zixesha, Dwayne Pharo
Zimbabwe Tries : Nkosana Sikala Conversions : Nkosana Sikala
Free State 25 - 15 Leopards
A game that was played by two willing teams but unfortunately a lot of opportunities went amiss due to the bad decisions made by the players. The Free State back line was however superb. Free State taking the points whenever it was possible was the difference between the two teams with Pieter Smith only missing one conversion kick.
Free State Tries : Ferdinand Vergottini, Gershwone Cullen Smith, Cornelius Hermanus Smit Volschenk Conversions : Pieter Johannes Smith (2) Penalties : Pieter Johannes Smith (2)
Leopards Tries : Henrick de Lange Jean-Claude Van Rhyn Paulus Jakobus Janse Van Rensburg
Limpopo Blue Bulls 13 - 17 SWD
In the first hald SWD was in complete control putting the boys from Limpopo under continued pressure. As with their match against the Blue Bulls the Limpopo boys displayed fitness and determination in the second half. Taking control via their forwards. SWD defended like demons and deserve this victory. One can only speculate if SWD have beaten the Blue Bulls on day one if they could have won this tournament.
Limpop Bulls Tries : Lungile Hlengane, Jan Du Plessis Penalties : Van Reenen Kruger.
SWD Tries : Lahluma Dyantyi, Jacobus Ludik Muller (2) Conversions : Dewanley Van Rensburg
Lions 15 - 10 Boland
This match set of at a frenetic pace with the Lions scoring two tries within the first 10 minutes and then the Boland answering with their own two tries in the next ten minutes. The teams taking a break drawn 10 - 10. Unfortunately then everyone wanted to be a hero and score. Numerous excellent opportunities was wasted by forwards in the backline, or back running back to their forwards. Such a pity.
Lions Tries : Kurt Andrew De Swardt (3)
Boland Tries : Coetzee Johannes Christiaan Jacobus Le Roux Louie Drake
KZN 15 - Valke 14
A supurb display by KZN wrestling a deserved victory against the "best" team at the week. Playing simple basic rugby not allowing the Valke to play their normal game. Again whoever the coaches are, give them a bells.
The Sharks applied early pressure on the TW Profile Services Valke thanks to their balanced approach on attack in which their forwards produced a solid performance up-front, while the backs supported them well, which allowed them to camp in the Valke’s half for several minutes in the opening exchanges. Their efforts paid off with a try in the 10th minute to take a 5-0 lead.
The Valke, however, hit back four minutes later as they snatched the ball out of the air under the Sharks’ noses from a high bounce to score their first try, and the successful conversion pushed them 7-5 ahead. The Kempton Park side managed to hold onto this lead going into the break.
The Sharks came out firing after the break and scored two tries in quick succession to take a 15-7 lead. The Valke, however, kept alive their hopes of a victory with a try from a loose ball two minutes before the final whistle to trail 15-14. They received an opportunity to snatch a victory with a late penalty. However, their final attempt to run at the Sharks proved unsuccessful as the defence shut them out.
KZN Tries : Amahle Mbatha, Nicholas Hatton, Emile Manuel.
Valke Tries : Diego Cupido Reynier Overweg Conversions : Nathan Steyn
WP 11 - 10 Blue Bulls
DHL Western Province drew first blood in their clash against the Itec Blue Bulls as they used their pace out wide to touch down for their first try in the first minute. But the Pretoria side tightened up their defence and used the raw pace by some of their backs to counter a few more efforts by the hosts to find space out wide. With the teams closely matched on attack and defence, Western Province opted for a penalty to inflate their score, and the Bulls took the same option minutes later to trail 8-3. The visitors tried hard to sneak in for a try before the break, but they battled to break through the defensive wall, and conceded a turnover.
The Blue Bulls continued to show their determination to score in the second half by stringing together phases on attack and chipping away at the defence, and their efforts were rewarded in the 35th minute with a try from a pick-and-go. The successful conversion pushed them 10-8 ahead on the scoreboard. Western Province, however, forced their way back into the lead with their second penalty minutes later. The closing minutes of the match were fast and furious as the teams ran hard on attack, but were constantly shut out by the defence, which allowed Western Province to secure the 11-10 victory.
WP Tries : Adin Januarie Penalties : Reece Montsumi (2)
Blue Bulls Tries : Kevin Locke Conversions : Riaan Gerber Penalties : Riaan Gerber