Minnows roll the big guns at Craven Week

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 7 Jul 2008 at 18:45

The SWD Eagles and the Pumas scored upsets on the opening day of Craven Week, beating the Blue Bulls and Western Province respectively.

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The Eagles turned around a 13-16 half-time deficit to beat the hosts 26-21 in the main game of the day whilst the Pumas fought back from 9-17 down to beat WP 19-17

Pumas (9) 19 v Western Province (17) 17

A man-of-the-match performance by flyhalf Gary van Aswegen gave the Pumas a surprise 19-17 win over Western Province. WP, who failed to score in the second half, opened the scoring in the 4th minute via a penalty by wing Tythan Adams.

The Pumas drew level three minutes later with a well-taken drop goal by van Aswegen. WP scored the first try of the game in the tenth minute when centre Louis Jordaan went in under the posts after the pack had built up momentum with a series of drives up the middle that were characterised by some slick handling.

Adams converted to give WP a 10-3 lead. Midway through the half, Van Aswegan showed his kicking prowess to land a 40m penalty and reduce the deficit to four points.

With the Pumas on the attack, Adams intercepted to race almost 50m for a try, which he converted to move the score to 17-6 in favour of WP.

After narrowly missing a 60m penalty attempt on the half-hour, Van Aswegan made amends soon after, kicking his second penalty to cut the WP lead to eight points at the break.

Despite some enterprising play from both sides during the second half, neither was able to make a breakthrough and it wasn’t until the 25th minute that Van Aswegan was again on target to bring the Pumas within five points at 12-17.

With better quality possession in the closing stages, the Pumas launched an attack from just inside their half, taking the ball through the hands down the right. With Van Aswegen timing his pass to perfection, wing Clearance Khumalo took the ball at pace, drew the defender and offloaded to centre Dewald Pieters who went over in the corner.

Van Aswegen held his nerve to slot a difficult conversion and give the Pumas the lead for the first time in the game as well as the win.

Blue Bulls (16) 21 v SWD (13) 26

Hosts the Blue Bulls failed to make the most of their chances in the closing stages and succumbing 21-26 to a spirited SWD team in an action-packed main game.

The young Eagles started at a frenetic pace, quickly getting into the Blue Bulls 22 and forcing home their early advantage with a try by flyhalf Erick Colyn inside the first two minutes. Fullback Renier de Villiers converted to extend the lead to 7-0.

The Blue Bulls pulled three points back with a penalty by flyhalf Jean-Claude Roos but two penalties in quick succession by De Villiers saw the Eagles move into a 13-3 lead after 10 minutes.

After 14 minutes, Roos was on target with his second penalty for the Bulls, reducing the deficit to seven. After having a try disallowed by the TMO for a knock-on, the Blue Bulls drew level when prop Juan-Phillip Pike crashed over after a period of sustained pressure inside the SWD 22. Roos converted to nullify the Eagles’ advantage.

The Blue Bulls took the lead on the half-hour with Roos kicking a third penalty to move the score to 16-13. De Villers missed a chance to level the scores on the stroke of half-time, pushing his penalty attempt wide.

Within four minutes of the restart, the Eagles restored their lead after the Blue Bulls had failed to clear their lines and centre Jaco van Tonder intercepted a forced pass to score under the posts. De Villiers added the conversion to give the Eagles a 20-16 lead. The fullback extended the SWD lead to seven points at 23-16 with his third penalty in the 48th minute.

Three minutes later, the Blue Bulls surged up-field to create an over-lap down the right. Wing Richmond Collins was stopped short but the Bulls took a quick tap from a penalty at the breakdown, swung the ball wide and sent wing Katlego Makgakwa over in the left corner. Roos failed to convert for the Eagles to hold a slender lead at 23-21.

With ten minutes to play, De Villiers succeeded with a fourth penalty to make it 26-21 and secure a famous win for the young Eagles.

Eastern Province Country Districts (5) 28 v Griquas CD (5) 10

Eastern Province Country Districts put their superior speed and skills to good use to record a 28-10 win over Griquas Country Districts in the opening match of Craven Week.

After sizing each other up in the opening spell, Griquas broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when flank AJ Burger rounded off after some sustained pressure inside the EP 22.

The try was not converted. Within three minutes of the restart, EP had drawn level via a try by flank Reagan Makwena, which was also unconverted.

Griquas enjoyed most of the possession in the remainder of the first half but were unable to add to their tally and the teams changed sides at 5-5. Five minutes after the restart, EP took the lead when captain and flyhalf Gouws Prinsloo kicked a long-range drop goal.

Within two minutes EP stretched the lead to 13-5 when fullback Lundi Ralarala joined the line out wide to score in the corner. Prinsloo’s conversion was unsuccessful. That score was a turning point in the game as EP grew in confidence and began to control the play. With 20 minutes to remaining, centre Leon van Straaten added a third try to extend the lead to 18-5 and EP put the outcome beyond doubt just minutes later when wing Nkululeko Currie scored in the corner after some solid build up play.

Griquas doubled their score with a try via replacement centre Jaco Visser but EP had the final say when scrumhalf Benjamin Koeberg scored their fifth try in the final minute to round off a satisfying 28-10 win.

Namibia (7) 36 v Border CD (3) 11

Namibia put their bigger pack to good use from the start and were rewarded inside five minutes when bulky tight-head Henk Roets crashed over after a series of drives close to the line. Centre Dan van Zyl converted to make it 7-0.

Border were forced to play most of the game in their own half but they capitalised midway through the half when fullback Bakumeni Thulani succeeded with a penalty after a rare Border foray into the Namibia 22.

Namibia pressed hard in the closing stages of the first half but were unable to breach a resolute Border defence and took a 7-3 lead into the break.

Namibia were rewarded for their persistence when wing Divan Singaraum got a try early in the second half to stretch the lead to nine points at 12-3. But, Border responded well and struck back with a try by number eight Boli Thembelani after a series of pick and drives.

The conversion was unsuccessful, leaving them four points adrift.

The teams exchanged penalities – Thulani for Border and van Zyl for Namibia – midway through the second half to move the score to 15-11. The impressive Singarum got his hat-trick after crossing the Border line twice in quick succession to extend Namibia’s lead 29-11 with five minutes to play. Both tries were converted by van Zyl.

Namibia added a fifth try after the hooter when centre Danjamin de Bruin scored after a quick tap penalty. Van Zyl converted to seal a convincing victory.

Limpopo Blue Bulls (6) 21 v Boland (17) 32

Boland looked the sharper of the two from the start, making good use of the width of the field to put their quick outside backs into space.

It paid off handsomely as they ran in three well-taken first half tries, two from wing Sampie Mastriedt and one from centre Adri Jacobs, one of which was converted by fullback Garth April. Limpopo replied with two penalties from flyhalf Ewald Meiring that took the halftime score to 17-6.

Limpopo narrowed the gap to four points shortly after the restart when scrumhalf Zylon Mc Gaffin sniped over the line on the short side after some good work from his forwards. Meiring added the conversion.

Within minutes Boland had restored the nine-point lead, with wing Dean Swart splitting the Limpopo defence out wide and April converting from the touchline.

Limpopo refused to lie down, however, and centre Barend Den Molenaar scored their second try after a spectacular break down the left-hand touchline. The conversion was unsuccessful leaving Boland 24-18 in front. April and Meiring exchanged penalties to move the score to 27-21, before Boland scrumhalf Frederick Muller had the final say, scoring his side’s fifth try to take the final score to 32-21.


  • do KZN not make the Craven Week any more?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.08 18:55:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :
    They are playing today, then again on Thursday and Saturday – cant remember against who they play today, I think its NOFS.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.07.08 09:24:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 2) : I wonder if the entire Free State team will turn out for NOFS? 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.07.08 09:28:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • And the LIONS

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.08 09:41:29 by Hmmm Reply

  • the schoolboys played some exciting rugby yesterday, a pleasure to watch, spoiled a bit by the refs blowing for so many 50/50 penalty calls

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.08 09:59:02 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Also surprise about yesterdays results.
    U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week
    Kwazulu-Natal 34 – 15 Griffons
    Valke 40 – 32 Griquas
    Leopards 22 – 45 Eastern Province
    Border 10 – 18 Zimbabwe
    Lions lead Cheetahs 10-6 at the moment.

    Pretty disappointed they gave Boland a game vs Namibia for tomorrow, Boland should have get some bigger opponents like Bulls, WP, Pumas or SWD for tomorrow’s clashes.

    Tomorrows games
    U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week
    Border CD v Griquas CD 10:10
    Eastern Province CD v Limpopo 11:30
    Boland v Namibia 12:50
    Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls 14:10
    SWD v Pumas 15:30

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.08 16:03:11 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Lions lead now 17-9.

    I had a look why the Pumas beat WP. Their flyhalf kick penalties from 60 m out and then Middelburg Tegniese school their main contrubitor with some fine results this year.
    ‘Score’ and ‘Result’ columns are for HTS Middelburg

    Against Date Score Opp Score Result
    1 Nelspruit 7 Jun 2008 57 9 Won
    2 HTS Witbank 31 May 2008 68 3 Won
    3 Middelburg HS 24 May 2008 38 32 Won
    4 Waterkloof 10 May 2008 16 36 Lost
    5 Monument HS 1 May 2008 19 21 Lost
    6 Centurion 26 Apr 2008 37 20 Won
    7 Transvalia 19 Apr 2008 47 8 Won
    8 St John`s Harare 24 Mar 2008 45 11 Won
    9 Durban High School 22 Mar 2008 27 0 Won
    10 Queen`s College 20 Mar 2008 21 10 Won
    11 Florida HS 15 Mar 2008 22 19 Won
    12 Jeugland 8 Mar 2008 87 0 Won
    13 HTS John Voster 1 Mar 2008 34 8 Won

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.08 16:10:49 by PaarlBok Reply

  • go KZN Sharklets! 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.08 16:16:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • the KZN boys had a good game, dont know how they’ll go against the best teams… but what a pleasure watching these kids play at a fast pace,intense exciting rugby with good skills

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.08 16:57:59 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Gooooooooooooooooooo LIONS

    Do what your senior team cannot…

    At age group I also support Valke….and aparently the Valke were the best U16 Craven week side….

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.08 17:34:16 by Hmmm Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 9) : you watching on TV? Or did you actually go to Orfies?

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.08 17:44:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • how’s this… an American colleague of mine just told me he played against the Boks in 1980…

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.08 17:47:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Ha-Ha…must have been a rebel tour….LoL

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.08 17:48:19 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 13) : not sure exactly what year it was… but he was part of a regional team that played a practice match against the Boks… lost 64-4

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.08 17:58:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Rob pretty sure that was 1981, right after the infamous tour to NZ, I believe the Boks toured to the US. That being said, as far as I know there was only one game played by the Boks on that tour against the US Eagles. It was played in secret in front of only 150 spectators because of the political upheaval. I am pretty positive there were no regional games against the Boks, but will look into it.

    I got to play against Ireland once representing the Midwest Rugby Union in the US.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.08 18:08:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : wasn’t there some tour to South America in 83 or 84? Might have been part of that excursion

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.07.08 18:18:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was wrong, the Boks played two games on that tour. I remember the Boks only stayed on the East Coast, so the only regional game they played was the Eastern Rugby Union (I was capped once by that Union). The Eastern Rugby Union lost to the Boks by the score of 40-0. The US Eagles then went on to lose to the Boks by the score of 38-7. Both games were played in Albany, NY (capital of NY State) and both games were played in secrecy because of political concerns. No more than 150 spectators were at each game, there was no announcement of the fixture, and certainly no announcement of the location.

    So not sure where the 64-4 number came from since that did not match any of the two scores.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.07.08 18:18:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Nope, I saw the US play the Boks in 2001 in Houston, that was the first time they had played in the US since 1981.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.07.08 18:19:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : it’s completely possible that it wasn’t an official game…

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.07.08 18:31:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : The thing is the Boks have only toured the US in 1981 and 2001. In 1981 they played two games, Eastern Rugby Union and Eagles, in 2001 they only played the Eagles in Houston since it was played after the autumn internationals in Britain. Perhaps he played for the Eastern Rugby Union that lost 40-0 and just didn’t remember the score correctly.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.07.08 18:33:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Interesting situation above.

    Would be interested if they played anyone else even more “un-official” that the 1981 match. (Enslin shows the ’81 match BTW)

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.07.08 18:41:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Our tries were scored by

    Burger Geldenhuys
    Gerrie Germishuys (2)
    Colin Beck
    Ray Mordt (3)
    Thys Burger

    Naas Converted 3 of the tries.

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.07.08 18:45:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Enslin doesn’t say who scored for the Eagles and my IRB Annual is not in SA. 🙁

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.07.08 18:46:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Not that I am aware of, and my research has uncovered no other games played in the US by the Boks other than the three I have mentioned, two tests and one against the ERFU in 1981.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.07.08 18:47:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Interesting, the US won the Olympic Rugby Gold Medal in 1920 and 1924, beating France in both finals. Then the US didn’t play another international game until I believe 1974 when they played France. A 50 year hiatus from international rugby.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.07.08 18:49:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) :

    Always an interesting braai question that?

    Who are the reigning Olympic rugby Champions? 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.07.08 18:51:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : Not only reigning gold medalist in rugby, but repeat gold medalist as well. Here is another piece of braai trivia for you KSA. The US Rugby team at both the 1920 and 1924 Olympics was not a representative side from the US, it was made up of a single rugby club, all players coming from that club. Which club side was this?

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.07.08 19:08:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Limpopo Blue Bulls? 😆 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.07.08 23:01:03 by Villie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    on TV Rob

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.07.08 08:36:36 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) :
    At a guess, some club from the film making capital of the US (was it Hollywood then?) where you would have had a lot of expat British actors and family.
    If not then then some club that plays in the Eastern Rugby Union – only problem being that I dont know a single club name in that union.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.07.08 09:15:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Score for today
    Boland 44 – 6 Namibia
    Eastern Province CD 17 – 13 Limpopo
    Border CD 0 – 61 Griquas CD
    WP eading Bulle 24-0 just after half time.

    Dont know if any watching but Ruaan Smith the WP nr1 is the heaviest at the Craven week 125 kg. He is the lat that played Aus A last year as a 17 year old.

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.07.08 14:59:59 by PaarlBok Reply

  • WP leads now 31-0. Watch the Pumas game and was death striken why Momsem haven start with the Gimmies duo in 9& 10. The forwards completely monstered that Puma pack and the back just waste that game even copped a yellow.

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.07.08 15:04:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : Nice guess, and you at least got the correct coast and state, the club was indeed in California. The team was the Stanford University Men’s Football Team, made up of all American boys, no expat Brits.

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.07.08 17:46:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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