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VIDEO: WP U19 obliterate EP U19, Progress crowned EP Grand Challenge champs

By Marc Jacobson - Aug 14, 2017
VIDEO: WP U19 obliterate EP U19, Progress crowned EP Grand Challenge champs

Eastern Province Under-19 took to the field in Port Elizabeth’s community, when they fronted up against Western Province Under-19 at Kemsley Park on Saturday afternoon – the PE Police Club Rugby field.

Unfortunately though for the unchartered EP side, they were absolutely no contention against a stern, well-drilled WP side, peppered with various South African U20 players who outed for the national team at the U20 World Championship in Georgia held in June.

Some notable names being lock Salmaan Moerat, flank and U20 Player of the Year Juarno Augustus and SA U20 vice-captain Zain Davids – who all form part of the WP junior ranks.

WP met the game with an intensity that EP could not for one minute match, with special links, envision and skill that opened up the home side on every corner of the game. Physically, EP were dominated too, as even with the little ball that they did possess throughout the match, they failed to string together any real phase-play.

On top of that, EP’s set-pieces were endangered every time, and literally speaking, the home side probably failed to even infiltrate WP’s 22-metre area, let alone rarely their half.

Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, who just signed a three-year agreement to stay on at the Kings, was also in attendance for a possible guiding recruitment spree, as he aims to assemble a substantial squad ahead of the side’s Pro14 entry in three weeks’ time.

Davids looked on with dampened ardour, as he witnessed the EP juniors getting obliterated 108-3, a 16-try to nil massacre against WP.

However, nothing may have prevented him from exploring possible options in that same WP outfit, in attempts to recruit junior promisers into a senior rugby fold; set-up for an international Pro14 competition.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the Grand Challenge final between Parks Rugby Club and Progress took place at the Wolfson Stadium later on Saturday afternoon – with the winner representing EP at the national Gold Cup tournament.

In the semi-finals two weeks ago, Parks edged PE Harlequins 21-18 at Londt Park, while Progress astonishingly ended fellow Uitenhage club, Gardens’ 15-match winning streak and ending their run for the title at the same time, with a convincing 31-13 win.

The better justice then prevailed in the final, as Progress, after having picked off the competition beaters, toppled Parks 18-12 to win 2017’s EP Grand Challenge title and represent the province in the Gold Cup.

Progress were the 17th team, out of a total 20, to qualify for the Gold Cup, and they will officially open the national club tournament when they fly to Cape Town next month to face wildcards Tygerberg Rugby Club on the 9th of September at Florida Park.

The Uitenhage club are grouped in Pool C alongside Old Serbonians (Border), Swallows (Border wildcard), the SWD champion (still to be determined) and Tygerberg.

Image: In one of their rare ball-possessive opportunities, EP U19 run the ball at WP U19.

Watch to get a view of some highlights of the EP U19 vs WP U19 game at Kemsley Park on Saturday