So the S14 Warm-ups have kicked off this weekend. Let’s see who upset who and who thumped who.
Last Seasons finishing position in (*)
The Highlanders (11th) clawed back a 19-5 deficit early in the first half to defeat 2009 finalists, the Chiefs (2nd – Finalists), 31-24.
Tries: Paterson 2, Romans, Hardie, Murray
Cons: Berquist 3
Tries: De Malmanche, Hona, Forbes, Nanai-Williams
Cons: Renata 2
The Blues (9th) clinched a thrilling 19-17 win over the Hurricanes (3rd).
Tries: Perenise, Eaton, Ngatai
Tries: Ranger 2, Moa
Cons: Kirkpatrick 2
The Waratahs (5th) scored more tries than the Reds (13th) but still lost 24- 26.
Tries: Holmes, McKibbin, Sigg
Cons: McKibbin 2, Halangahu
Tries: Kennedy, Kingi
Cons: Lucas, Walsh
Pens: Walsh 4
The Stormers (10th) made short work of a second string Western Force (8th) side by building up a 41 – 0 lead before half time. The final score being 54 – 12. Both teams also earned themselves Red cards, Donut Dunning for punching and Jacques Potgieter or fighting.
Tries: Pietersen 2, Bekker, Liebenberg, Grant, Habana, Engelbrecht
Cons: Pietersen 4, Grant
Pens: Pietersen 2, Grant
Tries: Rapana, Swanepoel
The Cheetahs (14th) showed their fans that they can expect a tough season ahead as a full strength Cheetahs side struggled heavily to get past an EP (Vodacom Cup and Currie cup 1st Div)invitational team. The scores were level at 3 all when the half time break came before the Cheetahs finally managed to score one try to record a rather unsatisfactory 14 – 9 victory. The Cheetahs fielded 5 springboks in their team and need to do some SERIOUS soul searching before the season gets underway against the defending Champions the Bulls.
Eastern Province XV:
Pens: Peach 3
Con: De Bruyn
Pens: De Bruyn 2