Prov­ince U-19s too good for the Sharks

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

WESTERN PROV­INCE stayed in sec­ond place on the South African Un­der-19 Cham­pi­onships stand­ings af­ter hand­ing hosts the Sharks a 58-21 bonus­point beat­ing at Kings Park yes­ter­day.

The Golden Li­ons re­main at the sum­mit with a two-point lead af­ter a 73-24 home maul­ing of Free State but have played one more game than their Cape ri­vals.

WP’S ninth win in­creases their points tally by five to 45.

That should be­come 50 as they are ex­pected to dish out an­other hid­ing to win­less East­ern Prov­ince on home soil, pos­si­bly even tar­get three fig­ures again af­ter win­ning the first en­counter on the road 108-3.

WP put eight tries past the Sharks, six of them con­verted, while the home side man­aged three goaled tries of their own.

Dot­ting down twice for the vic­tors were Shaine Order­son (flank) and wingers Chris­tian Am­ba­di­ang and Sako Makata, while Jesse John­son (eighth­man) and Marco Labuschagne (full­back) were the other two to cross the white­wash. Lyle Hen­drick­swas on tar­get with six con­ver­sions and two penal­ties for a per­sonal haul of 18 points.

“We owned our op­po­nents from start to fin­ish,” said WP coach Nazeem Adams. “We were phys­i­cally su­pe­rior with the for­wards at the fore­front of it all.

“Things have been com­ing along nicely these past three weeks, now for the next as­sign­ment, one against EP who we won’t un­der­es­ti­mate de­spite their poor form.”

There was joy for WP’S U21s as well af­ter they eased past their Sharks coun­ter­parts 19-10 for their sec­ond win from four out­ings, a re­sult that keeps alive their play-offs hopes.

Juarno Au­gus­tus re­turned from in­jury wear­ing the No8 jersey to score WP’S sole try.

Fly­half Ti­aan Swanepoel added the ex­tras and also put over four penalty goals for 14 points to his name.

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