Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Golden Lions and Western Province face each other in the final game of the 2013 Coca-Cola Under 18 Craven Week

The Golden Lions will meet Western Province in the unofficial final of the 50th Coca-Cola Craven Week on Saturday.
They earned that right after winning their opening two games at the festival. The Lions scraped home by a single point against Free State on Thursday, while Province were comfortable, 30-6 winners over the Blue Bulls in their second game, on Wednesday.
It took an injury-time penalty to separate the sides when the Golden Lions and Free State met on Thursday. The game was a thriller, with the lead changing hands twice and nothing to separate the sides.
SWD turned it on to beat Easter Province comfortably, 40-14, while both the Valke and the Griffons had good wins.
There are only four sides that have won both games so far – Zimbabwe and Border join WP and the Lions – showing how evenly matched the sides are this year.
Zimbabwe have had their best week in years and, as a reward, the organisers have slotted their annual “international” against Namibia in on the main field on Saturday.
Free State and the Pumas – who both won one and lost one game, play in the main curtain-raiser.
This is the third year in a row that the Lions are playing in the main game at the Coca-Cola Craven Week.
Saturday’s Fixtures
C Field – 8.45am Border CD v Griquas, 10.15pm Griquas Country v Leopards
B Field – 8.45am Limpopo Blue Bulls v EP Country, 10.15am Griffons v Boland, 11.45am E Province v Valke.
A Field- 8.45am Zimbabwe v Namibia, 10.15am Border v KwaZulu-Natal, 11.45am Blue Bulls v SWD, 1.15pm Free State v Pumas, 3.15pm Golden Lions v Western Province.
Thursday’s Results

Leopards 64 Border Country 0, Valke 44 Griquas Country 24, Griffons 26 E Province Country 20, SWD 40 E Province 14, Golden Lions 20 Free State 19.

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