Western Province, the Golden Lions, KwaZulu-Natal, Boland XV, Eastern Province Country Districts, Blue Valke and Limpopo Blue Bulls all go into the rest day on Wednesday at the U18 Coca-Cola Academy Week held in HTS Drosdty in Worcester with two wins out of two..
The Blue Bulls, following their epic win over Boland on day one, were once again were involved in a titanic clash against a Western Cape Team but this time they came up short 17-8 against the powerful Western Province lineup.
Unlike yesterday where Western Province convincingly beat the Cheetahs, all did not go Western Province’s their way against the Blue Bulls. The Bulls defense was hard to crack and the heroes of the day was the Province defensive line.
The Blue Bulls attacked at every opportunity, and put their bodies on the line but WP had an answer to everything they threw at them and responded on the scoreboard where it hurt the most.
Western Province scored two unconverted tries in the first half through Calvin Nel and Michael Meyer to a penalty from the Blue Bulls Flyhalf Hendrik Mulder.
The second half was a closer battle with both teams having a lot of chances and exchanging tries through Mujaahid van der Hoven for Western Province and Carlo de Nysschen from the Blue Bulls.
Another team that proved that they could have a chance to play in the title game on Thursday was the Golden Lions who beat powerful Border 27-22. After dominating territory and possession for the first 30 minutes of the game, Lions outside centre, Sibusiso Mngomezulu, got a yellow card and that allowed Border to keep the scores close and flatter themselves.
The Lions scored tries through Hacjivah Dayimani, Ntobeko Mkhwanazi, Tapiwa Mangwana and Tiaan Schutte. For Border. Bubule Gongqa, Bulela Sotyelelwa and Jason Owen Bantom crossed the line.
The last game of the day was expected to be a close affair between KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Province but the KZN team upped a gear from yesterday’s performance to win 61-12.
The Natalians dominated all aspects of the game and never allowed EP to show the class that they displayed when they beat South Western Districts on the opening day.
Other big winners on the day were Eastern Province Country Districts who beat the Red Valke 19-7, Namibia who beat the Griffons CD 20-12, and the hosts, Boland, who proved that they are a very good team despite going down go WP yesterday, by beating the Pumas 24-13,
Results Day 2
Western Province 17 Blue Bulls 8, Red Valke 7 EP CD 19, Golden Lions27 Border 22, Griffons CD 12 Namibia 20, Boland 24 Pumas 13, Griquas 29 KwaZulu-Natal CD 12, SWD 17 Griffons 20, Boland XV 16 Griquas CD 0, Limpopo Blue Bulls 23 Free State 19, Golden Lions XV 22 Pumas CD 18, SA LSEN 40 Border CD 0, Blue Valke 16 Leopards 13, KwaZulu-Natal 61 Eastern Province 12.