Monday, July 1, 2013
WESTERN PROVINCE ARE THE ONLY UNBEATEN TEAM AT THE COCA-COLA UNDER 13 CRAVEN WEEK 2013
Western Province are the unofficial SA primary schools provincial rugby champions after beating the Blue Bulls 11-10 in the final game of the Coca-Cola Under-13 Craven Week in Bela-Bela on Friday.
The win meant that WP were the only side to remain unbeaten in their four games and their status as the top side at the week was well deserved.
There is no official winner at Craven Week, but everyone knows that the two top-ranked sides are pitted against each other in the last game of the tournament, and the winner there wears the crown for the next year,
The final was as close as the score line suggests.
Western Province scored a try and penalty to a Bills penalty to lead 8-3 at half time, but the Bulls hit back with an early second half try to go 10-8 up and it stayed that way until close to the end when a further Province penalty gave them the win.
In other action on the final day, the Eastern Cape sides showed that primary schools rugby is in good shape in that province. Border ended the unbeaten run of the Pumas, beating them 29-12, while the Border Country Districts side rounded off a good week with a 21-5 win over SWD.
Eastern Province thumped Boland 28-0 in the second last game of the day.
The Golden Lions bounced back from their heavy loss to the Blue Bulls in their third outing to beat KwaZulu-Natal 13-12 in a thriller.
Griquas 12 Namibia 5,, Free State 26 Zimbabwe 17, Griffons 12 Valke 5, Border Country 21 SWD 5, Leopards 32 Limpopo Blue Bulls 5, Golden Lions 13 KwaZulu-Natal 12, Border 29 Pumas 12, Eastern Province 28 Boland 0, Western Province 11 Blue Bulls 10