U16 Grant Khomo – Day 2 Fixtures, Results And Match Reports


The Grant Khomo Week will continue on Wednesday, with Pumas tackling the Free State at 09h20 on the Kolisi Field.

In a windy and overcast Gqeberha, the teams that played with the wind had a significant advantage over their opponents.

Golden Lions 19-12 Eastern Province
Eastern Province started like a house on fire and scored their first try after just a few minutes of play. They led 12-05 minutes before the halftime break until the Lions scored a late try to lead 14-12 going into the second half. The Lions scored the only points in the second half securing a 19-12 win. Lions inside centre added fourteen points, with two tries and two conversions, to his eleven points scored on Monday to go into the final matches on Friday as the top points scorers, five points more than the second-placed boy.

Golden Lions: Tries: Jaydon Viljoen (2), Tidimalo Moeketsane. Conversions: Jaydon Viljoen (2).
Eastern Province: Tries: Erin Nelson, Noah Mbizi. Conversion: Tristan Kemp.

WP 19-13 Sharks
DHL Western Province scored a vital second-half try late in the game to keep their unbeaten record intact against the Sharks on the second day of the U16 Grant Khomo Rugby Week at Grey High School in Gqeberha on Wednesday and should play in the final of Friday against the Blue Bulls. Western Province scored three tries to the two of the Sharks, but it was no easy path to victory as the Sharks were in the contest right until the end. WP made the running in the first half against the Sharks, scoring tries by Tevez Cupido and Johan Basson, with conversions from Ethan van Biljon as they led 14-10 at the break. But the Sharks gave strong evidence that they were a team to be taken seriously with tries by Nicolas Salamousas and Nathan Aneke, making sure there was everything to play for in the second half. They had a strong breeze at their backs after the break, but could not make any real headway against the WP defence and only had a penalty to show for their efforts. In a match which hung on the finer details, it was eventually WP who seized their opportunity through a try by Liam de Villiers after a lineout in the Sharks 22-metre area to give them a bit of breathing space.

Western Province: Tries: Esa Van Der Schyff, Mickyle Booise, Tyrece Geneke. Conversions: Ethan Van Biljon (2).
Sharks: Tries: Ben Coetzee, Nathan Aneke. Penalty: Lux Sonkononkono.

Leopards 07-19 Griquas
The Griquas held on to their twelve-point lead in the second half to beat the Leopards 19-07. The backline of the Griquas used every opportunity to attack which proved too much for the defence of the Leopards, unfortunately, the strong wind had, as with most of the other matches a major influence on the outcome of the matches.

Leopards: Try: De Wet Grobler. Conversion: Wian Du Preez.
Griquas: Tries: Azingce Cofa, Ashwin Muller, Thabo Thole. Conversions: Ezlin Swartz, Duran Makoni.

Blue Bulls 37-28 Boland
The Blue Blues remained unbeaten after beating Boland 37-28 and are the favourites to play in the "final" on Friday. The two sides were both willing to spread the ball wide at every opportunity, treating the spectators to some brilliant handling and interplay by their backline. Three of the four tries scored by the Bulls were by backline payers while both tries scored by Boland were by their backs. It was an extremely entertaining match with the win up for grabs until the last minutes. The Blue Bulls secured the win by making intelligent use of the conditions in the second half.

Blue Bulls: Tries: Yuvrah George, Nico Klein, Drewyn Baron (2), Charl Els. Conversions: Dylan Stumke (3). Penalties: Dylan Stumke (2).
Boland: Tries: Anwill Jacobs (2), Brydon Joseph, Penalty Try. Conversions: Jano Van Deventer (3).

Valke 15-17 Free State XV
The Free State XV continued their unbeaten streak against the Valke when they hung on for a 17-15 win. Free State XV led 17-10 at the halftime break and a missed conversion by the Valke cost them a draw at the end. Free State XV winger was the star of the match scoring all their tries, centre Vaughn Steynvaart scored ten points for the Valke.

Valke: Tries: Matthew Van Deventer, Vaughn Steynvaart. Conversion: Vaughn Steynvaart. Penalty: Vaughn Steynvaart.
Free State XV: Tries: Johan Dormehl (3). Conversion: Ayden Cloete.

SWD 34-31 WP XV
South Western Districts shocked the Western Province XV and won the match 34-21 after trailing 00-22. WP XV led 22-08 at the halftime break. SWD overran WP in the second half with the brilliant interplay between forwards and backs scoring almost at will at times. Three of their five tries were scored by the forwards while the backs scored two and importantly the replacements scored three of the five tries. The WP XV suffered their second defeat of the week losing both matches late in the second half with three and two points.

SWD: Tries: Jacobus De Villiers, Mark-hein Fourie, Adrian Smith, Zay-winn Januarie, De Andre Meintjies. Conversions: Mark-hein Fourie (3). Penalty: Caleb Williams.
WP XV: Tries: Cayden Snyman (2), Jeager Coetzee. Conversions: Achmat Behardien (2). Penalties: Achmat Behardien, Jeager Coetzee (3).

Border 21-10 Griffons
An unanswered try in the second half by Border secured them a 21-10 win after leading 14-10 at the halftime break. Despite both teams trying to play an expansive game the conditions are affecting the handling of the normally potent backline of the two unions.

Border: Tries: Bongalethu Mxoli, Liyabona Mayikana, Aaron James. Conversions: Liyema Tsoko (3).
Griffons: Tries: Lyle Afrikaner, Shellvon Mabooi.

Zimbabwe 18-29 Limpopo Blue Bulls
Both Zimbabwe and the Limpopo Bulls were looking for their first wins of despite the testing conditions both teams were willing to run the ball from anywhere. Zimbabwe made a good start and led 13-10 at the halftime break, however, the big boys from Limpopo took control in the second half with the hooker, Ziahn Lombaard, adding two tries in the second half to secure an "easy" 29-18 win.

Limpopo Bulls: Tries: Randy Magabe, Stephan Jansen Van Rensburg, Barnabas Nyamakupe, Ziahn Lombaard. Conversions: Juan Randall (2).

Namibia 31-07 Border Country Districts
Namibia were determined for their loss against SWD on Monday and dominated the Bord Country District side and played an attractive brand of rugby outscoring Border CD five tries to one. Namibia led 12-00 at the halftime break, however they took control in the second half scoring three great action tries to win 31-07.

Namibia: Tries: Eduardo Dunn (2), Jade Langenhoven (2), JD Jankowitz. Conversion: Sergio Pamplin (3).
Border Country Districts: Try: Indiphinde Ngoma. Conversion: Kamva Nkwentsha.

Pumas 00-22 Free State
The difference in the score does not reflect the onfield action as the Pumas never gave up and kept asking the defence of the Free State some serious questions. The Free State led 10-00 at the halftime break and added two more tries during the second half to win 22-00. Several Free State players up front were prominent and caught the eye of the scouts with their direct and physical play.

Free State: Tries: Arno De Bruin, Alexi Tyropolis, Niel Du Randt, Ruan Roux. Conversion: Lamla Mgedezi.