Rugby news from Western Province:
DHL WP U19 finish runners-up:
DHL Western Province U19 finished the SA Rugby U19 Championship as runners-up after going down 60-19 to the Xerox Golden Lions U19 in the final in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Having won 11 of their 13 games on their way to the final, it was a disapointing outing for a DHL Western Province U19 team which dominated the league phase of the competition to finish top of the log.
The Johannesburg team grabbed the early advantage as a penalty from flyhalf Jean-Luc Cilliers was followed up by a try against the run of play from left wing Stean Pienaar after they had absorbed some considerable pressure from DHL Western Province U19.
They extended their lead with aother penalty shortly afterwards, after DHL Western Province U19 strayed offside, with another try against the run of play putting them 20-0 up after just 22 minutes.
They were not done there, as right wing Tyreeq February dotted down for their third try to take their lead out to 27-0, leaving DHL Western Province U19 with it all to do.
They responded with a try from captain Ernst van Rhyn, who crashed over following an attacking line-out to get his team on the scoreboard.
However, the Xerox Golden Lions U19 hit back with a fourth try just before half-time, to give them a 34-7 advantage at the break.
DHL Western Province U19 were first to strike in the second half as big No.8 Juarno Augustus forced his way over for a try, but the Xerox Golden Lions U19 hit back with their fifth try to make it 41-14 with 30 minutes left to play.
As they searched for a comeback, DHL Western Province were forced to take some extra risks, which allowed their opponents to score a further three tries before DHL Western Province U19 managed to score a late consolation try through outside centre David Brits.
For DHL Western Province U19:
Tries: Van Rhyn, Augustus, Brits
Cons: Williams 2
For Xerox Golden Lions U19:
Tries: Pienaar, Vermaak, February, Jansen, Dayimani 2, Tambwe 2
Cons: Cilliers 7
Pens: Cilliers 2
DHL Western Province U19: 15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Nico Leonard, 13 David Brits, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Ryan Muller, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jondre Williams, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Zain Davids, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Matt Wiseman, 1 Ricky Nwagbara.
Replacements: 16 Shane Farmer, 17 Roux Swart, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Joa Swart, 20 Johan Visser, 21 Brandon Salomo, 22 Adriaan van der Bank, 23 Troy Payne.
WPRFU Score Club Rugby 7’s – Preview Week Three:
The WPRFU Score Club Rugby 7’s heads into Week Three this weekend with great expectation from the attending crowds. The event had been well supported over the last few weeks and we do not expect anything different this weekend.
There are some exciting games scheduled for Saturday. Pool A leaders Brackenfell will look to maintain their unbeaten record when they face Strand, Macassar and Young Peoples, before ending the day against Durbell.
False Bay will face Young Stars, Langa, Strand, before ending the day against fellow title contenders UWC which should be an epic clash.
Bellville are also still unbeaten after four wins and a draw and will face Hands & Heart in a showpiece matchup, while Elsies River and Callies will also do battle.
Pool B will kick off with defending champions Maties taking on Raithby Universals, Rangers, Blakes, and Kylemore. The Maties seem set to end the day unbeaten, but then again anything is possible in Sevens.
Helderberg are currently placed second on the table have surprised many people with the quality Sevens they have put on display thus far and will take on Northerns, Collegians, and Villager in their three games and will once again look to stay in touch with the leaders in this event with an unbeaten day at the office.
Belhar take on Kraaifontein, while Kylemore do battle with Blakes. Kuilsriver and Silvertree battle each other, and hosts Goodwood will challenge Vics.
The day kicks off at 12pm with the gates opening at 11am. The tournament is now well underway and we expect further separation between the challengers as all teams scramble for an easy draw in the knock-outs.
Tickets are R20 at the gate with a complimentary Score on arrival.