Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News ORC Griquas increase lead ORC Griquas increase lead in race for Absa Currie Cup promotion<br><br> <br><br> The ORC Griquas consolidated their position at the top of the Absa Currie Cup Qualifier log with a seven-try 47-20 win over the Down Touch Griffons at Griquas Park in Kimberley on Saturday. They now have a six-point cushion over the Leopards (10 points), who had a bye this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> Griquas scored six tries in the second half to easily overcome the visitors and increase their log points to 16 after four games in the race for promotion to the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division.<br><br> <br><br> In the two matches played on Friday night, the Hino Valke caused an upset when they scraped to a 13-12 win over the Border Bulldogs, down to 13 men at one stage, to hand the East London side their first defeat of the campaign. At Outeniqua Park in George the Boland Cavaliers kicked a last minute penalty to force a 28-all draw against SWD Eagles. Despite collecting two points, the Eagles remain anchored at the foot of the table and are winless after four games.<br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas 47 (7) Down Touch Griffons 20 (6)<br><br> <br><br> It was the Griquasandrsquo; third-bonus point win from four matches, but throughout the first 35 minutes they were pinned back by an enthusiastic Griffons team who were prepared to run the ball and showed some neat handling skills. The Griquas defence was severely tested by the waves of attacks, and were lucky to be just six points down from two Franna du Toit penalties after 30 minutes.<br><br> <br> Whenever the hosts did get the ball from broken play, their handling let them down. That was until Griquas No 10 Francois Brummer changed the game with a superb chip over the defence for centre Jonathan Francke to gather and score under the posts. The Griffons were firmly in the game at halftime, but they had no answer to the onslaught that followed. Four minutes after the resumption, No 8 Carel Greef peeled away from a maul and then the nippy No 9 Tian Meyer surged through the backline after quick handling by flank RJ Liebenberg. With Prinsloo converting both tries, Griquas suddenly had a healthy 15 points lead at 21-6.<br><br> <br><br> No matter how hard they fought, the Griffons could not release the relentless pressure and four more tries followed. Wing Ntabeni Dukisa shrugged off a series of weak tackles and then Brummer was at the end of a great break by Greeff. Hugo Kloppers was put through by Prinsloo and Martin Bezuidenhout was given the scoring pass by Kloppers from a line-out five metres out. The scoreline was eventually given some respectability by two break-out tries in the last five minutes by wings Vuyo Mbotho and Norman Nelson, converted by Wynand Pienaar.<br> <br> Scorers:<br><br> ORC Griquas (47): Tries Jonathan Francke, Carel Greeff, Ntubeni Dukisa, Tian Meyer, Francois Brummer, Hugo Kloppers, Martin Bezuidenhout; Conversions Gouws Prinsloo (6):<br> Down Touch Griffons (20): Tries: Vuyo Mbotho, Norman Nelson; Conversions Wynand Pienaar (2). Penalties: Franna du Toit (2).<br><br> <br><br> Border Bulldogs 12 (6) Hino Valke 13 (3)<br><br> <br><br> The difference between the two teams at the Buffalo Stadium was the penalty try awarded to the Valke after the Border captain, Blake Kyd, was sent off the field for obstruction halfway through the second half. The incident occurred just two minutes after Border lock Wandile Putuma was yellow carded, thus handing the visitors a two-man advantage.<br><br> <br><br> Otherwise, it was a game of penalty kicks, with the promising former Dale College fullback Logan Basson, a 32 minutes injury replacement for the influential Masixole Banda, kicking three penalties. Border more than held their own with some bone-crunching tackling but they were unable to breach the defensive line. The result is a bitter blow for Border, who had won their two previous ties against Griquas and Boland and were expected to win in front of a vociferous home crowd.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Border: Penalties: Masixole Banda (1), Logan Basson (3).<br><br> Hino Valke: Penalty try. Conversion: Juan Kotze. Penalties: Kotze (2).<br><br> <br><br> SWD Eagles 28 (22) Boland Cavaliers 28 (11)<br><br> <br><br> The Boland Cavaliers fought-back from an 11-point deficit to snatch a last gasp 28-all draw against the Eagles at Outeniqua Park in George. Replacement flyhalf Adriaan Carelse kicked the last minute penalty to draw the scores level.<br><br> <br><br> The Eagles must have thought that they had done enough when fullback Elric van Vuuren slotted a penalty to open up a three-point lead with two minutes remaining. Van Vuuren kicked 23 points via seven penalties and a conversion, while wing Denwal Demas ran in a brace of tries for the visitors. Van Vuuren slotted four penalties in the first stanza and he also converted the try of No 9 Johannes Steyn, who dotted down six minutes before the break. However, Boland were kept in the match by Demasandrsquo; first try while fullback Eric Zana landed two penalties as SWD led 22-11 at halftime.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors were more competitive after the restart, with Demas going over for his second try and Van Vuuren adding another penalty to cut the deficit to 25-18. They levelled matters three minutes later through a try by Yves Bashiya (flank). In a thrilling finish, Van Vuuren and Carelse traded penalties to lock the entertaining match at 28-all.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> SWD Eagles andndash; Try: Johannes Steyn; Conversion: Elric van Vuuren; Penalties: Van Vuuren (7).<br><br> Boland Cavaliers andndash; Tries: Denwal Demas (2), Yves Bashiya; Conversions: Eric Zana (2); Penalties: Zana (2), Adriaan Carelse.<br><br> <br><br> The Absa Currie Cup Qualifier log after Round Four:<br><br> <br><br> No Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP P <br><br> 1<br><br> ORC Griquas<br><br> 4<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 156<br><br> 78<br><br> 78<br><br> 24<br><br> 10<br><br> 4<br><br> 16<br><br> 2<br><br> Leopards<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 119<br><br> 72<br><br> 47<br><br> 16<br><br> 11<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 3<br><br> Border<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 54<br><br> 41<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> 4<br><br> Boland<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 92<br><br> 120<br><br> -28<br><br> 11<br><br> 15<br><br> 2<br><br> 8<br><br> 5<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 42<br><br> 82<br><br> -40<br><br> 5<br><br> 10<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 6<br><br> Down Touch Griffons<br><br> 3<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 67<br><br> 100<br><br> -33<br><br> 8<br><br> 14<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 7<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 3<br><br> 83<br><br> 120<br><br> -37<br><br> 9<br><br> 15<br><br> 2<br><br> 4<br><br> 2015-07-06 WP takes top honours at U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week DHL Western Province on Friday took top honours at the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Hoandeuml;rskool Rob Ferreira in White River as they defeated neighbours Boland 34-14 to finish the tournament as the only unbeaten side.<br><br> The teamandrsquo;s victory in the final match of the tournament followed on similar success in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the tournament in Bela-Bela and Durban respectively.<br><br> The Cape Town side defeated the Valke, Border and SWD in their first three matches in White River to book their place in the grand finale of the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week against their sister union. <br><br> In the other big match-ups on the final day, TW Profile Services Valke defeated SWD 28-12, while KwaZulu-Natal beat the Leopards 24-3.<br><br> Border CD, who came through their first two matches unbeaten, meanwhile, registered the biggest victory of the day as they cruised to a 40-7 victory against Namibia.<br><br> DHL Western Province 34 (17) Boland 14 (7)<br><br> Western Province were completely dominant in their clash against Border as they delivered a fine all-round performance featuring strong forward and back play, which proved to be too much firepower for Boland. Boland scored the first points in the sixth minute compliments of a try by Corne Ethan Oliphant, but their Cape neighbours controlled proceedings soon after. Western Provinceandrsquo;s form paid off as they scored two converted tries and penalty to take a 17-7 lead at the break.<br><br> They picked up where they left off when play resumed and added two more converted tries to take their score to 34 points. Boland refused to give up and scored their second try on the stroke of full-time, but this merely served as a consolation as Western Province were far ahead on the scoreboard.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Duran Koevort, Ethan James, Armand Maritz, Rynardt Botha. Conversions: Jack Cloete (4). Penalties: Jack Cloete (2).<br><br> Boland andndash; Tries: Chadley Jermaine Josias, Corne Ethan Oliphant. Conversions: Nazero Cleophas, Curwin Gertse.<br><br> TW Profile Services Valke 28 (21) SWD 12 (7)<br><br> The TW Profile Services Valke finished their campaign on a high note after a few unlucky performances in the tournament as they defeated SWD 28-12 with four tries to one in a strong showing. The Valke again combined their power up-front with a solid performance by their backs to outclass SWD and hand the George side their second defeat in as many days.<br><br> Such was the Valkeandrsquo;s dominance they built up a good 21-7 lead at the break, which set them up for a convincing 28-12 victory despite a closely contested second half. <br><br> Scorers: <br><br> TW Profile Services Valke andndash; Tries: Keagan Balfour, Thulane Ngobe, Musa Sithole, Tyler Skudder. Conversions: Kyle Benadie (4).<br><br> SWD andndash; Tries: Laurence Victor, Gary Colannini. Conversion: Tinsley Stuurman.<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 24 (17) Leopards 3 (3)<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal made good use of their try-scoring chances in the first half against the Leopards, as they managed to break through to the line twice compliments of Kaleb Thomas and Hendrik Gouws. Interestingly the Leopards opened up the scoring in the second minute with a penalty, but this proved to be their only points in the half.<br><br> The Leopards stepped up their defence in the second half and limited KwaZulu-Natal to only one converted try, which flyhalf Mathew Halstead converted to increase his individual contribution to nine points thanks to three conversions and a penalty. Unfortunately for the Leopards, however, their efforts on attack came to nothing as they were unable to penetrate KwaZulu-Natalandrsquo;s watertight defence, which left them with a disappointing 24-3 defeat.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal andndash; Tries: Kaleb Thomas, Tristian Trollip, Hendrik Gouws. Conversions: Mathew Halstead (3). Penalty: Mathew Halstead.<br><br> Leopards andndash; Penalty: Theuns Steyn.<br><br> Eastern Province 14 (7) Itec Blue Bulls 38 (31)<br><br> The Itec Blue Bulls dominated the first half against EP completely by taking charge up-front and showing an impressive attacking prowess out wide. The Blue Bullsandrsquo; attack was fantastic as they forced EP onto the back-foot and the rewards followed as they crossed the chalk four times in the first half. Eastern Province did their best to force their way into the match, but their efforts were curtailed by the effective Blue Bulls defence, leaving them to settle for only one converted try in the first half and a 31-7 deficit at the break.<br><br> Eastern Province tightened up their defence significantly in the second half and limited the Blue Bulls to only one more try. The Port Elizabeth side, meanwhile added their second try, leaving the final score at 38-14.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Eastern Province andndash; Tries: Larquin Goliath, Ethan Liberty. Conversions: Daniel Smith (2).<br><br> Itec Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Jooste Nel, Rolen Visagie, Chris Schoombee, Zandre Du Toit (2). Conversions: Jooste Nel (5).<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions 12 (7) Griffons 15 (0)<br><br> The first half between the Bidvest Golden Lions and Griffons was tight as both teams put their bodies on the line on attack and defence. So closely matched were the teams, the only points scored in the half was a converted try by the Lions to take a 7-0.<br><br> The Lions showed their desire to attack more in the second half, and it paid off with a try shortly after the break, which extended their lead to 12-0. The Griffons, however, staged a dramatic comeback in the last 10 minutes with two tries in two minutes, one of which was converted, and a penalty to sneak into a 15-12 lead, which they held onto for the victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Luan Van der Walt, FC Kotze. Conversion: Sebastine Watney.<br><br> Griffons andndash; Tries: Niel Harmse, Karabo Moahlodi. Conversion: Du Toit Van Huyssteen. Penalties: Du Toit Van Huyssteen.<br><br> Border CD 40 (28) Namibia 7 (0)<br><br> Border CD were in fine form from the outset against Namibia and crossed the tryline for the first of their four first-half tries in the second minute. Three of these tries were scored by the in-form Luyanda Dyani, who earned his hat-trick by the 20th minute. Unfortunately for Namibia, Border CD dominated possession and made their presence felt on attack for most of the first half, which resulted in them having to feed off the scraps and left them trailing 28-0 at the break.<br><br> The East London side continued this impressive form in the second half and added another two tries to their tally for a total of six, while Namibia were only able to cross the tryline only once. This earned Border CD an impressive 40-7 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Border CD andndash; Tries: Athenkosi Mutala, Yola Matomane (2), Luyanda Dyani (3). Conversions: Siphe Nonkwenke (5).<br><br> Namibia andndash; Try: Patrick Waggie. Conversion: Kian Fransman.<br><br> Pumas 7 (0) Border 17 (0)<br><br> The Pumas dominated territory and possession against Border, and they did well to put together phases on attack and apply pressure on the opposition. But despite these determined attempts Bordersandrsquo; effective defence held them out, which resulted in the teams entering the break scoreless.<br><br> Border improved their attack in the second half with their forwards applying pressure up-front while their backs ran hard when they received the ball, and this paid off as they scored two tries to take a 10-0 lead. The Pumas, however, bounced back with an intercept try to close the gap to 10-7 with two minutes left on the clock. But Border ensured their victory with a try immediately after as they found space out wide and dotted down the ball to seal a 17-7 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Pumas andndash; Try: Alec Vermaak. Conversion: Alec Vermaak.<br><br> Border andndash; Tries: Theuns Janse van Rensburg, Latica Nela. Conversion: Sihlalo Benge.<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 19 (14) GWK Griquas 5 (0)<br><br> The clash between the Limpopo Blue Bulls and GWK Griquas proved to be a physical forward battle as the teams opted mainly for pick-and-goes to gain yards on attack. While Griquas struggled to make their way through the Limpopo Blue Bullsandrsquo; defence in the first half, the Limpopo side did well to capitalise on their try-scoring chances early on, which earned them two tries in the first seven minutes. But Griquas tightened up their defence and prevented them from scoring any more points before the break.<br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls threatened to score again after the break, but the tenacious Griquas defence again managed to shut them out for several minutes. It eventually took a chip and chase from the Limpopo side to get through the Griquas defence for their third try. Griquas, however, fought back to score their first try late in the match to go down 19-5. <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Rotandwa Mulea, Willie Potgieter, Franco Knoetze. Conversions: Juan Smith (2).<br><br> GWK Griquas andndash; Try: Duan Ludik.<br><br> Zimbabwe 14 (7) Free State 14 (7)<br><br> The clash between Zimbabwe and the Free State was tight as the teams gave everything in the hope of securing their first victory of the tournament. Both teams crossed the tryline once in the first half to go into the break at 7-7, although mistakes at crucial times cost Free State from inflating their score in the half.<br><br> The second half was nail-biting as Zimbabwe extended their lead to 14-7 with their second try, and after a few tight exchanges the Free State broke through the defence to level the scores in the dying minutes at 14-14. Unfortunately neither team could add to their score, which forced them to settle for a draw.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Zimbabwe andndash; Tries: Munashe Maisera, Panashe Masaya. Conversions: Milton Manyangadze, Brendan Mason.<br><br> Free State andndash; Tries: Oratile Botlhoko (2). Conversions: Du Toit Fourie (2).<br><br> <br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-four results:<br><br> DHL Western Province 34 - 14 Boland<br><br> TW Profile Services Valke 28 - 12 SWD<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 24 - 3 Leopards<br><br> Eastern Province 14 - 38 Itec Blue Bulls<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions 12 - 15 Griffons<br><br> Border CD 40 - 7 Namibia<br><br> Pumas 7 - 17 Border<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 19 - 5 GWK Griquas<br><br> Zimbabwe 14 - 14 Free State<br><br> 2015-07-06 Jaco Peyper to handle 2015 RWC Jaco Peyper to handle 2015 RWC opener at Twickenham<br><br> Four South African officials on duty at global event South African Jaco Peyper will have the honour of refereeing the opening match at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England as the hosts take on Fiji at Twickenham to kick off 44 days of unmissable rugby action, World Rugby announced on Wednesday.<br><br> The six-week tournament takes place from 18 September to 31 October and will be hosted in 10 English cities and in Cardiff, Wales.<br><br> Peyper, who is 35 years old and has refereed 20 internationals to date, will handle the RWC opener on Friday, 18 September in London and he will be joined by assistant referees John Lacey of Ireland and Stuart Berry also of SA. Another South African, Shaun Veldsman, will act as television match official (TMO).<br><br> Peyper and compatriot Craig Joubert will both handle four matches during the pool stage. Berry, also, was handed four fixtures as assistant referee while Veldsman will adjudicate ten matches as TMO.<br><br> Joubertandrsquo;s first match in charge of the whistle is the clash between France and Italy on 19 September at Twickenham, a fixture where his countrymen Berry and Veldsman will also be on duty.<br><br> Meanwhile, the confirmed match official appointment list also revealed the referees for the Springboksandrsquo; four group ties.<br><br> The Boks kick off their RWC challenge on 19 September against Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium, with Frenchman Jerome Garces the man in charge of match proceedings.<br><br> The match referees for the next three South African pool matches are: <br><br> Sat 26 Sept: Springboks vs Samoa, Villa Park, Birmingham (Wayne Barnes, England) <br><br> Sat 3 Oct: Springboks vs Scotland, St Jamesandrsquo; Park, Newcastle (Nigel Owens, Wales)<br><br> Wed 7 Oct: Springboks vs USA, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London (Pascal Gauzere, France)<br><br> Chairman of the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee John Jeffrey said: "Rugby World Cup is the biggest stage of all in our game so for these match officials to have been selected in the first place is a great honour and a recognition of their talent, their hard work and their commitment. As such, they can all be very proud of their achievements and I wish them all every success during the tournament." <br><br> The appointments for the knock-out stages will be made after the pool stage. The World Rugby match officials at Rugby World Cup 2015 are sponsored by Emirates<br><br> Download the RWC 2015 Match Official Appoinments<br><br> 2015-07-02 Girls U16 Week Four teams remain unbeaten at Girls U16 Week<br><br> Western Province, Border, Border CD and the Leopards on Wednesday remained unbeaten at the SARU Girls Under-16 Week at CJ Langenhoven Gymnasium in Oudtshoorn following another round of exciting matches.<br><br> Western Province registered an emphatic 48-0 victory against the Free State to build on their 26-0 win against the Limpopo Blue Bulls on the opening dayandrsquo;s play, while Border were in equally fine form as they thumped neighbours Eastern Province 41-10.<br><br> Their Border Country Districts counterparts also displayed their class to show that the region boasts a wealth of talented young players, as they overcame hosts SWD 15-0, while the Leopards also registered their second victory in as many matches by beating KwaZulu-Natal 13-0.<br><br> The convincing victory for Western Province, in particular, not only showed the high quality of their attack with 74 points in two outings, it also highlighted the quality of their defence as they have not conceded a point so far in the tournament.<br><br> In the other notable matches on Wednesday, the Limpopo Blue Bulls smashed the Golden Lions 62-0, Eastern Province CD outplayed the Griffons 33-0 and Boland beat the Blue Bulls 22-0.<br><br> The players will rest on Thursday and will take to the field again on Friday in the final round of matches. <br><br> SARU Girls U16 Week day-two results:<br><br> Griquas 0 andndash; 7 Pumas<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 0 andndash; 13 Leopards<br><br> Boland 22 andndash; 0 Blue Bulls<br><br> Golden Lions 0 - 62 Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> Griffons 0 andndash; 33 Eastern Province CD<br><br> SWD 0 - 15 Border CD<br><br> Border 41 andndash; 10 Eastern Province<br><br> Western Province 48 andndash; 0 Free State<br><br> 2015-07-02 SARU Youth Weeks Cape sides set high standards at SARU Youth Weeks<br><br> The high standards set by DHL Western Province and Boland on the first two days of the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week in White River and the Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) Week in Worcester have placed them in good positions to emerge as the top sides at the respective tournaments this week.<br><br> The Western Cape sides will battle it out in the final match at the LSEN Week at HTS Drostdy on Thursday at 14h30, while at Hoandeuml;rskool Rob Ferreira, DHL Western Province will meet SWD and Boland will go up against TW Profile Services Valke in the main matches on Thursday. The U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week, however, will conclude on Friday.<br><br> DHL Western Province and Boland advanced through the first two rounds of both tournaments unbeaten, and at the LSEN Week, in particular, they both secured memorable victories with scores over 70 points. SWD also registered victories in their opening two matches at the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week.<br><br> The round-three fixtures for the respective Youth Weeks are as follows:<br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-three fixtures, Thursday 2 July:<br><br> A Field:<br><br> 08h30 andndash; Eastern Province vs Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 09h30 andndash; Namibia vs Zimbabwe<br><br> 10h30 andndash; Pumas vs Free State<br><br> 11h30 andndash; Border vs Leopards<br><br> 12h30 andndash; Bidvest Golden Lions vs KwaZulu-Natal<br><br> 13h30 andndash; Itec Blue Bulls vs Border CD<br><br> 14h30 andndash; DHL Western Province vs SWD<br><br> 15h30 andndash; Boland vs TF Profile Services Valke<br><br> B Field:<br><br> 08h30 andndash; GWK Griquas vs Griffons<br><br> <br><br> LSEN Week final day fixtures, Thursday 2 July:<br><br> A Field:<br><br> 08h30 andndash; Pumas vs Blue Bulls EE<br><br> 10h00 andndash; Golden Lions vs Free State<br><br> 11h30 andndash; Golden Lions EE vs Valke<br><br> 13h00 andndash; SWD vs Blue Bulls<br><br> 14h30 andndash; Western Province vs Boland<br><br> B Field:<br><br> 08h30 andndash; Griffons vs KwaZulu-Natal<br><br> 10h00 andndash; Leopards vs Eastern Province<br><br> 2015-07-01 U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week WP, Boland, SWD dominate at U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week<br><br> DHL Western Province, Boland and SWD stamped their authority on Tuesday at the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Hoandeuml;rskool Rob Ferreira in White River as they secured vital victories in the biggest match-ups of the day to stay in contention for places Fridayandrsquo;s final match.<br><br> DHL Western Province defeated Border 33-0, while Boland thumped KwaZulu-Natal 34-7 and SWD beat the Bidvest Golden Lions 37-13, which marked back-to-back victories for them in the tournament.<br><br> The Griffons, Limpopo Blue Bulls, Leopards and Valke also registered morale-boosting victories in their clashes on Tuesday. In fact converted tries in the dying minutes for the Valke and Leopards allowed them to sneak into the lead late in their clashes.<br><br> Western Province and Boland ran in an impressive five tries and SWD four in a thrilling dayandrsquo;s action.<br><br> Border 0 (0) DHL Western Province 33 (26)<br><br> DHL Western Province dominated from the outset in their clash against Border thanks to their ability to snuff out the gaps in the defence. With their confidence up after their victory against the Valke on Monday, they backed themselves on attack and defence, which allowed them to take complete control of the first half. So impressive was their form they cruised to a 26-0 lead after accumulating four tries, while they shut out Border completely to leave them scoreless at the break.<br><br> Border tried hard to work their way back into the match after the break and came close to the tryline on a few occasions, but the water-tight Western Province defence held. Border, however, also tightened up their defence and were able to counter most of the Cape sideandrsquo;s efforts to increase their score. However, they leaked another on the stroke of fulltime, which handed the Cape side a 33-0 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Armand Maritz, Rynardt Botha, Luciano Custodio, Luke Burger (2). Conversions: Jack Cloete (4).<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 7 (0) Boland 34 (27)<br><br> Boland came out firing in their clash against KwaZulu-Natal as they took advantage of their speed to outplay the Durban side. In an exciting first half SWD ran in three tries as they broke through tackles at will and forced their way through and around the defence. Their impressive play pushed them 27-0 ahead before the break.<br><br> They continued to show their class in the second half with another try shortly after play resumed to stretch their lead to 34-0. But the KwaZulu-Natal forwards set up their first try several minutes later for their first points of the match. But those proved to be the last points scored by either team, as both sides put their bodies on the line on defence.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal andndash; Try: Barnard Nortje. Conversion: Mathew Halstead.<br><br> Boland andndash; Tries: Curwin Gertse, Triveno Swartz, Chadley Jermaine Josias, Michail Gavin Williams, Rowan Cloete. Conversions: Nazero Cleophas (3). Penalty: Nazero Cleophas.<br><br> Eastern Province 17 (10) Leopards 18 (3)<br><br> The first half between Eastern Province and the Leopards was tight as the teams tried hard to gain ascendancy. The Leopards, however, built up a 10-3 lead thanks to a converted try and a penalty, while they limited the Leopards to a single penalty in the half.<br><br> The Leopards, however, fought back strongly after the break with Armand Cloete scoring two tries and Theuns Steyn one andndash; the last try of which was three minutes from the final whistle - while Eastern Province managed to score only one converted try, which left them with a disappointing 18-17 defeat.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Eastern Province andndash; Tries: Sino Antonie, Siviwe Zondani. Conversions: Lathita Nqebe (2). Penalty: Lathita Nqebe.<br><br> Leopards andndash; Tries: Theuns Steyn, Armand Cloete (2). Conversion: Theuns Steyn.<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions 13 (3) SWD 37 (20)<br><br> SWD built on their strong day-one showing as they ran circles around the Bidvest Golden Lions to secure an emphatic 37-13 victory. SWD did particularly well at spreading the ball out wide and using their raw pace to get through the Lions defence, and this paid off as they cruised to a 20-3 halftime lead.<br><br> They continued to stamp their authority in the second half and added two tries to their tally for a total of four, while Cameron Sharp was on form with the boot as he converted all four tries and slotted over two penalties and a drop goal. The Lions, however, fought back in the second half and managed to score two late tries, but these efforts were too little too late to force them back into the match.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Regardt Fourie, Rynard Mouton. Conversions: Regardt Fourie (2). Penalty: Sebastine Watney.<br><br> SWD andndash; Tries: Jaydon Cupido, Jowin Jantjies, Caston Michaels (2). Conversions: Cameron Sharp (4). Penalties: Cameron Sharp (2). Drop Goal: Cameron Sharp.<br><br> Border CD 19 (0) Pumas 14 (14)<br><br> Border CD staged a fantastic second-half comeback against the Pumas to hand the home team their second defeat in the tournament. The Pumas built up an encouraging 14-0 lead in the first half compliments of two converted tries, while they denied Border CD from scoring a single point.<br><br> But Border CD hit back with intent after the break and scored an unmatched three tries, two of which were converted, while they prevented the Pumas from scoring any further points, which pushed them 19-14 ahead on the scoreboard.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Border CD andndash; Tries: Siphe Nonkwenke (2), Siyanda Joja. Conversions: Mihlali Jika, Siphe Nonkwenke.<br><br> Pumas andndash; Tries: Christiaan Van Der Merwe, JW Mare. Conversions: Alec Vermaak (2).<br><br> TW Profile Services Valke 21 (7) Itec Blue Bulls 19 (19)<br><br> A converted try on the stroke of fulltime earned the TW Profile Services Valke a vital 21-19 victory against the Itec Blue Bulls. The Valke scored shortly before the final whistle to level the scores at 19-19, but a successful conversion by Kyle Benadie sealed the victory for them.<br><br> The Blue Bulls started off the clash with a bang with three tries to one in the first half to take a 19-7 lead at the break. But the Valke stepped up their game in the second half and retained possession, which allowed them to apply pressure on the Pretoria side. This paid off when it counted most, as they secured two second-half tries to snatch a victory in the dying seconds.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> TW Profile Services Valke andndash; Tries: Jahno Bester, Keagan Balfour (2). Conversions: Kyle Benadie (3).<br><br> Itec Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Zandre Du Toit, Wonder Mkhonto, Kyle Meadows. Conversions: Zandre Du Toit (2).<br><br> Free State 5 (5) Limpopo Blue Bulls 33 (19)<br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls dominated their clash against the Free State from the outset and built up a 19-5 lead with two tries in the first half. They crossed the chalk another three times in the second half to increase their tally for the match to five, while they shut out the Free State completely on defence.<br><br> This effective defence meant the Cheetahs had to settle for only five points in the match, and their second defeat in the tournament. <br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Free State andndash; Try: Janco Prinsloo.<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Peter Tjauke, Pieter Vorster, Mudodzwa Luvha, Justin Pieterse (2). Conversions: Juan Smith (4).<br><br> Griffons 37 (27) Namibia 13 (3)<br><br> The Griffons stamped their authority early on against Namibia as their forwards laid a solid foundation and their backs supported this with enterprising play. Such was their dominance they scored an impressive five tries in the first half to only a penalty by Namibia to take an encouraging 27-3 lead.<br><br> They picked up where they left off after the break with their pack again powering the team onto the front foot. However, Namibia showed their fighting spirit and managed to force their way into the Griffonsandrsquo; half at times. These efforts paid off as they crossed the tryline twice to increase their score to 13 points for the match.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Griffons andndash; Tries: Karabo Moahlodi, Katleho Chabanyane, Tiiisetso Mofokeng, Connie Campher, Calla Pienaar, Tielman Niewoudt (2). Conversion: Karabo Moahlodi.<br><br> Namibia andndash; Tries: Bennie Boshoff, Peresil Hansen. Penalty: Kian Fransman<br><br> GWK Griquas 15 (12) Zimbabwe 7 (7)<br><br> The clash between GWK Griquas and Zimbabwe was tight as the teams threw everything at one another. Zimbabwe had the first say as they scored a converted try in the fourth minute to put early pressure on the Kimberley side. But GWK Griquas hit back immediately with their first try and another before half time to take a 12-7 lead.<br><br> Both teams stepped up their defence in the second half, and the only other points scored was a penalty by Griquas to secure the 15-7 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Griquas andndash; Tries: Keanan Wentzel, Duan Ludik. Conversion: Keanan Wentzel. Penalty: Keanan Wentzel.<br><br> Zimbabwe andndash; Try: Nyasha Gumbo. Conversion: Connor Higgins.<br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-two results:<br><br> Border 0 andndash; 33 DHL Western Province<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 7 andndash; 34 Boland<br><br> Eastern Province 17 andndash; 18 Leopards<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions 13 andndash; 37 SWD<br><br> Border CD 19 andndash; 14 Pumas<br><br> TW Profile Services Valke 21 andndash; 19 Itec Blue Bulls<br><br> Free State 5 andndash; 33 Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> Griffons 37 andndash; 13 Namibia<br><br> Griquas 15 andndash; 7 Zimbabwe<br><br> 2015-06-30 Big scores on opening day of LSEN Week DHL Western Province, the Free State, Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Boland on Monday stamped their authority on the opening day of the Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) Week at HTS Drostdy in Worcester with impressive victories to start the competition on a solid note.<br><br> DHL Western Province thrashed KwaZulu-Natal 71-12 for an emphatic victory after building a commanding 41-12 halftime lead, while the Free State cruised to a 46-0 victory against the Griffons and the Blue Bulls defeated the Pumas 39-5.<br><br> The Golden Lions and Boland also secured important victories, with the Johannesburg-based team beating the Leopards 24-10, while hosts Boland overcame a determined Valke outfit for a 15-10 win in front of their home crowd.<br><br> The SWD Eagles and Golden Lions EE also started their campaigns on a good note. The Eagles pipped Eastern Province 13-12 in a thrilling clash, while the Golden Lions EE outplayed the Blue Bulls EE 46-0.<br><br> In the main matches on Tuesday, DHL Western Province take on SWD, the Lions EE meet the Blue Bulls, Boland go up against the Cheetahs and the Lions will battle it out with the Valke.<br><br> LSEN Week day-one results:<br><br> Boland 15 andndash; 10 Valke<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 12 andndash; 71 DHL Western Province<br><br> Golden Lions 24 andndash; 10 Leopards<br><br> Eastern Province 12 andndash; 13 SWD Eagles<br><br> Golden Lions EE 46 andndash; 0 Blue Bulls EE<br><br> Free State 46 andndash; 0 Griffons<br><br> Blue Bulls 39 andndash; 5 Pumas<br><br> LSEN Week day-two fixtures, Tuesday 30 June 2015:<br><br> 08h30 andndash; Valke vs Eastern Province<br><br> 08h30 andndash; Pumas vs KwaZulu-Natal<br><br> 10h00 andndash; Lions vs Griffons<br><br> 10h00 andndash; Blue Bulls EE vs Leopards<br><br> 11h30 andndash; Boland vs Cheetahs<br><br> 13h00 andndash; Lions EE vs Blue Bulls<br><br> 14h30 andndash; Western Province vs SWD<br><br> 2015-06-30 U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week Handful of teams make early strides at U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week<br><br> <br><br> The Blue Bulls, KwaZulu-Natal, Border, SWD and DHL Western Province on Monday made their presence felt early on in the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Hoandeuml;rskool Rob Ferreira in White River as they registered impressive victories to keep themselves in contention for a place in the final match on Friday.<br><br> The Itec Blue Bulls defeated Zimbabwe 40-0 and Border beat the Limpopo Blue Bulls 29-7, while KwaZulu-Natal defeated hosts the Pumas 21-7 on a thrilling dayandrsquo;s action. SWD also registered a convincing 19-0 victory against the Free State and DHL Western Province beat the TW Profile Service Valke 24-19 in their opening matches.<br><br> Boland, Border CD, Namibia and the Bidvest Golden Lions also registered encouraging victories to start their campaigns on a high note.<br><br> The Blue Bulls proved to be the best attacking team as they ran in six tries, while Border were hot on their heels with five and Border CD on four.<br><br> Pumas 7 (0) KwaZulu-Natal 21 (14)<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal delivered a solid display against the Pumas as their forwards laid a solid foundation upfront and their backs showed their class on attack by moving the ball throughout the match to stretch the defence. They earned the rewards for these efforts with two first-half tries, while the Pumas battled to break through the defence. This earned the Durban side a 14-0 lead.<br><br> They built on this form in the second half and added their third try to stretch their lead to 21-0. The Pumas fought back strongly with their forwards, but the effective KwaZulu-Natal defence managed to shut them out despite three attempts in a row to cross the chalk. They eventually crossed the tryline in the dying minutes compliments of Hardus Rothman to add their first and only points in the match.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Pumas andndash; Tries: Hardus Rothman. Conversions: Alec Vermaak.<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal andndash; Tries: Ngcebo Mdabe, Kwanele Khumalo, Khwezi Mbongwa. Conversions: Mathew Halstead.<br><br> DHL Western Province 24 (17) TW Profile Service Valke 19 (5) <br><br> DHL Western Province dominated the first half against the TW Profile Service Valke from the outset as they delivered a fine all round performance, which set them up for a 24-19 victory. Their pack dominated, while their backs did well to spread the ball and find gaps in the defence, which they took full advantage of before the break for a 17-5 lead.<br><br> The TW Profile Service Valke, however, refused to give up and scored their second try of the match in the second half thanks to a powerful showing by their forwards. They threatened to score again twice in the dying minutes, and earned the rewards with a late try by Zander Maree to come within five points of the Cape side.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Western Province andndash; Tries: Ethan James, Luke Burger, Quinn Visser. Conversions: Jack Cloete (3). Penalty: Jack Cloete.<br><br> Valke andndash; Tries: Keagan Balfour, Tyler Skudder, Zander Maree. Conversions: Kyle Benadie (2)<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 7 (7) Border 29 (10)<br><br> Border overcame a close first-half against the Limpopo Blue Bulls to secure a convincing 29-7 victory as they raced to the tryline an impressive five times. Bamanye Mahela and Joshua Van Vreden each crossed the tryline twice to force their team into the lead against the Limpopo side.<br><br> Border secured a narrow 10-7 lead at the break with two tries to one, and they added three five-pointers in an encouraging second half to outplay their counterparts. With their defence holding well, the Limpopo Blue Bulls were unable to add to their score after the break.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls andndash; Try: Willie Potgieter. Conversion: Ruan Basson.<br><br> Border andndash; Tries: Bamanye Mahela (2), Joshua Van Vreden (2), Lwanga Bongco. Conversions: Sihlalo Benge (2)<br><br> Boland 20 (10) Leopards 15 (10)<br><br> The first half between Boland and the Leopards was tense as the teams proved to be closely matched, with each side scoring a converted try and penalty, which saw them enter the break at 10-10. Bolandandrsquo;s Curwin Gertse, however, had the first say in the second half as he scored their second try and another penalty to increase his tally for the match to 13 points.<br><br> Armand Cloete of the Leopards added their second try nine minutes before the final whistle, but they were unable to add to this and were forced to settle for a 20-15 defeat.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Boland andndash; Tries: Curwin Gertse, Jan Jeremias De Villiers Fourie. Conversions: Curwin Gertse, Kyle David Nasson. Penalties: Curwin Gertse (2).<br><br> Leopards andndash; Tries: Armand Cloete, Marco Botha. Conversion: Theuns Steyn. Penalty: Theuns Steyn.<br><br> Itec Blue Bulls 40 (26) Zimbabwe 0 (0)<br><br> The Itec Blue Bulls were in fine form in their clash against Zimbabwe and ran in three tries in the first 16 minutes to secure a 26-0 lead at the break. They continued this dominance in the second half with a solid effort on attack and defence, which allowed them to add three more tries to increase their tally for the match to six.<br><br> Unfortunately for Zimbabwe, all their efforts were countered by the Pretoria team, which left them scoreless in the match. <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Chris Schoombee (2), Pieter Venter, Wonder Mkhonto, Zandre Du Toit (2). Conversions: Jooste Nel (5)<br><br> Eastern Province 12 (5) Bidvest Golden Lions 13 (10)<br><br> The Bidvest Golden Lions started their clash against Eastern Province with a bang as Regardt Fourie crossed the tryline in the second minute to take a 5-0 lead. But Eastern Province did well to string together phases on attack and hit back with a try of their own in the 18th minute compliments of Lathita Nqebe. The Lions, however, cancelled this out with their second try before half time to take a 10-5 lead at the break.<br><br> The second half was hard-fought as the teams ran hard at each other. Such was the closeness of the half the Lions were only able to add a penalty to their score, while Nqebe crossed the tryline for the second time for the Port Elizabeth side, which allowed them to come within a point of the Lions on the scoreboard. The Johannesburg team, however, held on in the dying minutes to secure a 13-12 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Eastern Province andndash; Tries: Lathita Nqebe (2). Coonversion: Daniel Smith.<br><br> Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Denis Balt, Regardt Fourie. Conversion: Sebastine Watney.<br><br> Griquas 7 (7) Namibia 12 (12)<br><br> Namibia secured their first victory of the week as they defeated Griquas 12-7 in a tight clash. Griquas opened up the scoring in the sixth minute with a try by Elric Moolman, which they converted successfully. However, back-to-back tries by Namibia, of which one was converted, pushed them into a 12-7 lead at the break.<br><br> Both teams tried hard to add to the score in the second half but were denied by the solid defence. Namibia, however, had an opportunity to slot over a penalty to extend their lead late in the match, but the attempt was unsuccessful.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Griquas andndash; Try: Elric Moolman. Conversion: Keanan Wentzel.<br><br> Namibia andndash; Try: Johann Janse van Rensburg, Niel Holtzhausen. Conversions: Kian Fransman.<br><br> Free State 0 (0) SWD 19 (5)<br><br> The first half between SWD and the Free State was tight as both teams threw everything at one another on attack and supported this with a solid defensive effort. SWD, in particular, tried hard to use their pack to gain ascendancy, while both teams tried to spread the ball wide on attack.<br><br> A try by SWD in the first half and another two in the second half, however, pushed them into a convincing lead on the scoreboard, while they managed to shut out the Free State completely thanks to their water-tight defence, which rattled the Free State into mistakes at crucial times.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> SWD: Tries: Caston Michaels, Janus Ferreira, Jowin Jantjies. Conversions: Cameron Sharp (2)<br><br> Griffons 16 (6) Border CD 22 (0)<br><br> Border CD staged a dramatic second-half comeback against the Griffons after trailing 6-0 at the break, as they ran in an impressive four tries to secure a 22-16 victory. The Griffons slotted over two penalties in the first half compliments of Du Toit Van Huyssteen, and managed to cross the tryline twice in the second half for their 16 points.<br><br> But their defence let them down in the second half, which came at the price of a defeat as Border CD hit their straps and did well to convert their try-scoring chances into points.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Griffons andndash; Tries: Katleho Chabanyane, Tshepiso Mzizi. Penalties: Du Toit Van Huyssteen (2).<br><br> Border CD andndash; Tries: Asphe Bhunqane, Athenkosi Mutala, Luyanda Dyani, Siphe Nonkwenke. Conversion: Luyanda Dyani.<br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-one results:<br><br> Pumas 21 - 7 KwaZulu-Natal<br><br> Western Province 24 - 19 Valke<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 7 - 29 Border<br><br> Boland 20 - 15 Leopards<br><br> Blue Bulls 40 - 0 Zimbabwe<br><br> Eastern Province 12 - 13 Golden Lions<br><br> Griquas 7 - 12 Namibia<br><br> Free State 0 - 19 SWD<br><br> Griffons 16 - 22 Border CD<br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-two fixtures, Tuesday 30 June 2015:<br><br> A Field:<br><br> 08h30 - Griffons vs Namibia <br><br> 09h30 - Valke vs Blue Bulls <br><br> 10h30 - Golden Lions vs SWD <br><br> 11h30 - KZN vs Boland <br><br> 12h30 - Border vs WP<br><br> B Field:<br><br> 08h30 - Griquas vs Zimbabwe<br><br> 09h30 - Free State vs Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 10h30 - Border CD vs Pumas<br><br> 11h30 - EP vs Leopards<br><br> 2015-06-30 BAIE GELUK AAN ONSE JACO!! Jaco Peyper of South Africa has been appointed to referee the Final of Super Rugby 2015. He will thus be heading for Wellington, New Zealand for this great match.<br><br> When he heard of the appointment on Sunday, Peyper was understandably excited, as was Andrandeacute; Watson, South Africaand#39;s refereeing boss.<br><br> Peyper, a Bloemfontein lawyer, is no stranger to finals. On his way up the refereeing ladder, when he was doing mainly Under-19 matches, he refereed the provincial Under-19 Final. When he was further up the ladder, he refereed the Under-21 Final. Then higher still, he refereed the Vodacom Cup Final. Then in 2012 he refereed the Currie Cup Final and now the Super Rugby Final.<br><br> It is the 23rd Super Rugby Final since the first one in 1993. Of the 22 finals already refereed South African referees have refereed 14 - Andrandeacute; Watson five, Jonathan Kaplan and Craig Joubert three each and Freek Burger, Tappe Henning and Mark Lawrence one each. Peyper will be the sixth South African referee to referee a Final.<br><br> Peyper is now on the way to being a vastly experienced referee - after 22 Tests, 60 Super Rugby matches and 55 Currie Cup matches.<br><br> Then later this year he will be one of the 12 referees chosen to referee the World Cup Final.<br><br> The appointment was made by SANZAR and clearly the four referees who refereed the qualifying matches and semifinals were in serious consideration for the Final - Chris Pollock and Glen Jackson, Craig Joubert and Peyper.<br><br> And Peyper was the one chosen<br><br> In 2014 Peyper refereed the match in Wellington between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders when the Highlanders won 18-16. That was the year he refereed the semifinal between the Waratahs and the Brumbies.<br><br> This year, in Napier, he refereed the emotional match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders just after the great Jerry Collins had been killed in a motor smash in France. That was in Round 17 on 5 June 2015 when the Hurricanes blew the Highlanders away, winning 56-20.<br><br> If one judges the way the teams play, it would seem that this could be the most active, exciting Super Rugby Final of all time.<br><br> 2015-06-29 ORC Griquas move to top of Absa Currie Cup ORC Griquas move to top of Absa Currie Cup Qualifier log<br><br> <br><br> The ORC Griquas ran in eight tries to beat Leopards 48-21 on Saturday in their Absa Currie Cup qualifier at Profert Olandeuml;n Park in Potchefstroom. The result moved the Kimberley side to the top team on the log standings with 11 point from three matches.<br><br> <br><br> Leopards, who have occupied the top spot the previous two weeks thanks to two bonus point wins, slipped down to second while Border jumped to third following their second win of the campaign.<br><br> <br><br> Border made it two from two with a 22-15 victory over the Boland Cavaliers at the Boland Stadium in Wellington, following their 20-13 win over ORC Griquas in East London two weeks ago. In the remaining clash the Hino Valke scored three tries to register their first win in two attempts. They beat the SWD Eagles 22-15 at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park. The Eagles, meanwhile, are winless after three outings.<br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas 48 (36) Leopards 21 (7)<br><br> <br><br> The Griquas, who lost their opening match of the campaign to the Border Bulldogs, continued their return to form as they emerged victorious in a match that had featured the top two teams on the log.<br><br> <br><br> Right wing Riaan Viljoen scored twice for the visitors as the win saw them move to the top of the log. Before the kick-off the Leopards had occupied the top spot, however, they were no match for a Griquas side that raced into a 36-7 halftime lead. The visitors made a fast start as they raced into a 24-0 lead inside just 23 minutes. Tries from right wing Riaan Viljoen (2), outside centre Jonathan Francke and in-form No 8 Carel Greeff gave them a huge lead before the home side struck back with a converted try from fullback Rhyno Smith.<br><br> <br><br> However, the Griquas were not done yet and soon hit back with two more tries by lock Hilton Lobberts and inside centre Clinton Swart. The visitors continued their dominance in the second half which saw pivot Francois Brummer and flank RJ Liebenberg each dotting down. The Leopards answered with tries from replacements Damian Engeldoe and Loftus Morrison.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers<br><br> <br><br> Leopards - Tries: Rhyno Smith, Damian Engeldoe, Loftus Morrison; Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (3).<br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas - Tries: Riaan Viljoen (2), Jonathan Francke, Carel Greeff, Hilton Lobberts, Clinton Swart, Francois Brummer, RJ Liebenberg; Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (4).<br><br> <br><br> Border 22 (10) Boland Cavaliers 15 (3)<br><br> <br><br> Fullback Masizole Banda scored 17 points as the Border Bulldogs made it two from two with a 22-15 victory over the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington. Banda scored a brace of tries while slotting two conversions and two penalties as Border followed up on their win over ORC Griquas two weeks ago.<br><br> <br><br> The result could have been different had Eric Zana not left his kicking boots at home. The Boland fullback, who also struggled with the boot against Griquas last week, missed four penalty attempts. He missed his first two attempts but succeeded in opening the scoring after 14 minutes to put the hosts in front. However, Boland suffered a setback when hooker Clemen Lewis was yellow carded in the 29th minute, which gave the visitors control of the first half.<br><br> <br><br> Banda burst through the line for the opening try on the half hour mark, which he converted, and then landed a penalty five minutes later as Border took control. Zana had the chance to reduce the deficit but failed with his third attempt as the sides swopped ends with the score 10-3 in favour of the visitors.<br><br> <br><br> After the break it took the Bulldogs just five minutes to extend their lead when scrumhalf Ntando Kebe showed a burst of speed to break the Boland defence. Banda soon scored his second try following a good movement and his conversion gave Border a lead of 22-3. Boland substitute Adriaan Carelse, on for inside centre Jos Malherbe, scored with just four minutes remaining. Flyhalf Christian Rust landed the conversion. Boland secured their losing bonus point when flanker Chaney Willemse crashed over in the corner on the sound of the hooter.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Boland Cavaliers andndash; Tries: Adriaan Carelse, Chaney Willemse; Conversion: Christian Rust; Penalty: Eric Zana.<br><br> <br><br> Border Bulldogs andndash; Tries: Masixole Banda (2), Ntando Kebe; Conversions: Banda (2); Penalty: Banda.<br><br> <br><br> Valke 22 (10) SWD Eagles 15 (5)<br><br> <br><br> The Hino Valke scored three tries as they got their campaign back on track with a thrilling win over the SWD Eagles in Kempton Park.<br><br> <br><br> They left it late though, with wing Coert Cronje crossing in the corner with just five minutes of play remaining to snatch victory after the two teams were locked at 17-17. The home suffered a heavy lost in their only other outing so far against the Leopards last week. The Valke had the better of the possession, the territory and the penalty count and yet found themselves trailing 17-10 midway through the second half.<br><br> <br><br> In fact, after they had gone 10-0 up with a short-range try by No 8 Friedle Oliver and the boot of Juan Kotze, the Eagles went on to score 17 unanswered points either side of halfway with tries by hooker Wayne Khan, flank Christo du Plessis and fyhalf Gerrit Smith. That was despite playing with 14 men for 20 minutes after Leighton Eksteen and Andisa Ntsila were yellow carded.<br><br> <br><br> However, the pressure of playing with a man short proved too much and from another lineout scrumhalf Johan Pretorius made a neat break to put flyhalf Jaco Oosthuizen away and draw the scores level. As the Eagles faded, the Valke launched a fine move which ended with Cronje crossing for the winner.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Hino Valke andndash; Tries: Friedl Olivier, Jaco Oosthuizen, Coert Cronje Conversions: Juan Kotze (2).Penalty Kotze<br><br> SWD Eagles andndash; Tries: Wayne Khan. Christo du Plessis, Gerrit Smith. Conversion: Elric van Vuuren.<br><br> <br><br> The Absa Currie Cup Qualifier log after three rounds:<br><br> <br><br> TEAM<br><br> PLAYED<br><br> WON<br><br> LOST<br><br> DREW<br><br> POINTS FOR<br><br> POINTS AGAINST<br><br> POINTS DIFFERENCE<br><br> TRIES FOR<br><br> TRIES AGAINST<br><br> LOSS BONUS<br><br> TRIES BONUS<br><br> POINTS<br><br> Griquas<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 109<br><br> 58<br><br> 51<br><br> 17<br><br> 8<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 11<br><br> Leopards<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 119<br><br> 72<br><br> 47<br><br> 16<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> Border<br><br> 2<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 42<br><br> 28<br><br> 14<br><br> 6<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> Boland<br><br> 3<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 64<br><br> 92<br><br> -28<br><br> 8<br><br> 14<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> Griffons<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 47<br><br> 53<br><br> -6<br><br> 6<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> Valke<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 29<br><br> 70<br><br> -41<br><br> 4<br><br> 10<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> SWD<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 55<br><br> 92<br><br> -37<br><br> 8<br><br> 12<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> <br><br> 2015-06-29