Thrilling start to U17 Interprovincial Sevens
The Under-17 Interprovincial Sevens got off to a thrilling start at Durban High School on Friday as Western Province, the Griffons and Golden Lions won all three of their pool matches on a day where 886 points and 145 tries were scored.
Western Province’s strong start to the competition kept alive their hopes of winning a hat-trick of titles. But given the impressive performances by the other top contenders for the title, the final stages on Saturday are expected to be thrilling.
Western Province defeated African neighbours, Namibia 29-7 in their opening match and built on this with a narrow 15-12 victory against Free State and a 19-10 win against Griquas, while the Griffons defeated the Falcons 33-17, SWD 21-19 and Eastern Province 19-17.
The opening day was equally rewarding for the Golden Lions as they defeated hosts, KwaZulu-Natal, 21-14 in the opening match of the day, and then beat the Limpopo Blue Bulls 20-5 and the Pumas 17-12.
These results earned Western Province a place in the Cup quarter-final on Saturday against KwaZulu-Natal, while the Golden Lions will take on Free State, the Griffons will go up against Boland and the Falcons will battle it out with the Blue Bulls.
In the Bowl section on Saturday, meanwhile, Griquas will meet the Pumas, Namibia takes on the Limpopo Blue Bulls, Eastern Province will go up against the Leopards and SWD will meet Border.
The results in these matches will determine which teams advance to the Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield playoff matches late on Saturday. The winners will be crowned in the final match of the day at 15h00.
SA Rugby U17 Interprovincial Sevens day-one results – Friday, 30 September:
Golden Lions 21-14 KwaZulu-Natal
Pumas 19-24 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Boland 19-14 Leopards
Blue Bulls 21-19 Border
SWD 0-28 Eastern Province
Falcons 17-33 Griffons
Griquas 14-43 Free State
Western Province 29-7 Namibia
Golden Lions 20-5 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Pumas 7-22 KwaZulu-Natal
Boland 26-12 Border
Blue Bulls 17-24 Leopards
SWD 19-21 Griffons
Falcons 28-20 Eastern Province
Griquas 17-0 Namibia
Western Province 15-12 Free State
Golden Lions 17-12 Pumas
Limpopo Blue Bulls 10-36 KwaZulu-Natal
Boland 5-29 Blue Bulls
Border 31-7 Leopards
SWD 17-27 Falcons
Griffons 19-17 Eastern Province
Free State 38-5 Namibia
Western Province 19-10 Griquas