No shocks at Craven Week

The Times (South Africa) - - SPORT - KHANYISO TSHWAKU

THE Golden Lions ef­fi­ciently de­mol­ished Bor­der yes­ter­day — 44-8 — while West­ern Prov­ince‚ Free State and the Lim­popo Blue Bulls got ex­pected wins on the first day of the 54th Craven Week at St Stithi­ans Col­lege in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Yanga Hlalu’s hat-trick played a huge part as the Lions swamped Bor­der in the main match.

The Lions strug­gled to get out of the blocks af­ter Bor­der scored first but once their for­wards found their range, their dan­ger­ous backs were let loose to telling ef­fect.

They drilled home 31 unan­swered points in the sec­ond half as Hlalu‚ Kennedy Mpeku‚ David Cary‚ Stephan le Roux and Ti­nus Com­brinck put the hosts on their way to Satur­day’s main game.

Prov­ince were a far bet­ter side, win­ning 36-10 against the Pu­mas. Their 26-point win may look con­vinc­ing but it was far from it.

For a large part of the first half, they were un­der the cosh and if an early Pu­mas try had not been dis­al­lowed‚ they would have trailed.

But their for­wards took charge along­side the eva­sive Muller du Plessis and Ger­ardo Jaars and scored six tries.

The tries were evenly spread but with the Lions and Free State loom­ing in to­mor­row’s matches‚ they will need to be bet­ter.

Free State mauled Boland by 81 points to 26.

Henk Cil­liers’s four tries were the plat­form for a pow­er­ful Free State per­for- mance as they put them­selves in line for Satur­day’s main game.

Boland started well and com­peted in ev­ery facet un­til Free State’s su­pe­rior con­di­tion came to the fore.

With the score 43-19 at half time‚ the match was wrapped up but it was clear Free State were not done.

In all‚ they ran in 11 tries. Ruhann Greyling‚ Te­boho Ram­pai‚ Christopher Schreuder‚ Mar­cel The­unis­sen‚ Her­man Agen­bag‚ Ross Braude and Janco van Heyni­gen all scored.

Bulls won 41-3 against Bor­der Coun­try Districts.

On the back of a pow­er­ful and co­he­sive for­ward per­for­mance‚ the north­ern­most prov­ince pow­ered to an easy 38-point win against the weak­est team in the tour­na­ment. It could have been a big­ger mar­gin but the Coun­try Districts side de­fended man­fully and forced er­rors from their stronger op­po­nents.

Right wing Ofentse Maubane snatched two tries. Vin­cent Roos‚ Heini Fer­reira‚ Phillip Apea-Adu and Marko Be­nade were the other try scor­ers.

Grif­fons lost to the Gri­quas Coun­try Districts by 27-28. A late Bren­dan van der Walt try was not enough to res­cue the Grif­fons‚ who fell to an ex­u­ber­ant Gri­quas County Districts side.

The Grif­fons were let down by poor goal­kick­ing in windy con­di­tions as only one of their five tries was con­verted.

‘ Yanga Hlalu’s hat-trick played a huge part

Pic­ture: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI/ GALLO IMAGES

ROAD­BLOCK: Luke Carew of West­ern Prov­ince tack­led by God­win Fil­lis of Eastern Prov­ince on day four of the 2017 U/13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Grey Col­lege on Fri­day in Bloem­fontein

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