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EC provincial rugby sides show slump midway through Coca Cola Craven Week

By Marc Jacobson - Jul 19, 2017
EC provincial rugby sides show slump midway through Coca Cola Craven Week

South Western Districts edged their provincial neighbours, Eastern Province 27-22 at the U18 Coca Cola Craven Week at St. Stithians College on Tuesday; outscoring the boys from Port Elizabeth four tries to three.

EP, however, struck first blood when Pearson High flyhalf, Rodwill Baatjies ran a good angled line to break SWD’s defence, as he trotted over a try – taking a 7-0 lead early on.

However, unable to hold their ground, SWD locked the scores a few minutes later, when prop Dian Bleuler from Oakdale Landbou, threw a dummy pass, which flummoxed EP’s rush defence, and broke through to score a try.

Moments later, Baatjies then converted a penalty to break the lock to 10-7 in EP’s favour, but their lead was to no avail, as SWD scored not long after when fellow Oakdale flank, Hanu Heunis, broke through for a surge to set up a second try for Bleuler.

From there on, SWD took control and stretched their lead with two more tries on either side of half-time, by PW Botha’s outside centre, Curtley Scheepers and Heunis respectively.

With the scores projecting 24-10 in SWD’s favour, the hatchet seemed buried, and when a frustrating EP defence repelled, SWD were awarded a long-range penalty, which fullback Darryn Fortuin from Outeniqua, excellently converted to extend the score to 27-10.

EP then scored two late consolation tries against a 13-man SWD side, due to two late yellow cards, which reduced the team until the end of the game.

Capitalising on their numerical advantage, EP then scored the two tries through Grey High centre, Waqar Solaan and Brandwag’s wing, Juandre Sabbat, which respected the scores to a narrow five-point loss for the EC side.

Right before that encounter, EP Country Districts were put to the sword by the Griquas, going down 42-20.

After retreating to an 11-0 uphill battle, EP CD fullback, Claude Jacobs from Marlow Landbou, scored an exceptional long-range individual try from within his own half, when he broke away, before a chip and regather on the Griquas 22-metre line, sent him over for a blistering try.

Always being below the bar for the remainder of the match, the Griquas kept their ascendency throughout, with Jacobs’ try being the only real highlight.

Prop Callum Dugmore from St. Andrews College and outside centre Vivian Kapp from Marlow, did score two quick successive tries in the second half, but were not enough to ascend to the Griquas’ score of 37 at the time.

The Griquas then nailed the coffers in when they had the last say with a try from Diamantveld’s Charles Williams to extend their winning margin.

On Monday, Border was thrashed 44-8 by the Golden Lions, while Border CD slumped 41-3 to the Limpopo Blue Bulls, which deems for grim readings so far for the EC school provinces.

With both EP sides breaking on Wednesday, Border are set to face the Limpopo Blue Bulls and in the first game of the day, Border CD got hammered 80-5 by the Griffons, as the Craven Week takes to its third day.

Image: SWD in action against EP on Tuesday at the Craven Week.