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Free State takes the unofficial crown at the Grant Khomo Week

By Hannes Nienaber , in News , at 1 July 2022

The Free State was crowned unofficial champions of the Grant Khomo Week in Kimberley.

The team from Bloemfontein defeated the Sharks by 39-18 in the main match at Tafel Lager Park in the City of Diamonds.

Kimberley has been happy hunting grounds for the Free Staters as their previous unofficial title was bagged back in 2018 when they defeated the Blue Bulls by 31-24 in the main match which was played at Diamantveld.

The Cheetahs’ scrumhalf, Philip McLaren, scored a brace of tries in the main match against the Sharks.


Free State 39 (20) – Tries: Philip McLaren (2), Heinrich Theron, David Du Toit, Pretorius Ekeji. Conversions: Toriq Schambreel (4). Penalties: Schambreel (2). Sharks 18 (11) – Tries: Marthinus Oosthuizen, Swelihle Mbatha. Conversions: Luke Davidson. Penalties: Aka Boqwana (2).

Western Province 64 (29) – Tries: Yaqeen Ahmed (2), Oliver Reid, Almero Keizer, Riley Norton, Torren February, Ashwin Cox, Caleb Louw, Barthelemie-Bena Nthumba, Retagan Van Rooi. Conversions: Ahmed (5), Cox (2). Boland 0.

South Western Districts 31 (24) – Tries: Ruben Rossouw, Craig Lottering, Kurt Coetzee, Keanon Jantjies. Conversions: Elgernon Meyer (4). Penalty: Meyer. Eastern Province 7 (0) – Try: Sipho Nonyalela. Conversion: Gideon Jordaan.

Golden Lions 45 (18) – Tries: Siya Radebe, Tiaan le Roux, Khuti Rasivhaga, Luca Trevisan, Lindsey Jansen (2). Conversions: Simphiwe Moyo (3). Penalties: Moyo (3). Border 12 (12) – Tries: Na Na Dwayi, Qiqa Qwesha. Conversion: Itha Mbulana.

Pumas 29 (17) – Tries: Sibi Sibisi (2), Eben van Wyk, Anele Ngwenya. Conversions: Rickardt van Heerden (3). Penalty: Van Heerden. Griffons 19 (19) – Tries: Dawie Fourie (2), Cheswill Jooste. Conversions: Jooste (2).

Leopards 59 (19) – Tries: Hanre Venter (2), Bokamoso Mabeleng, Dian Smith, Tiano Combrink, David Ndala, Lorenzo Snyers, Asif Sumara, Simeon Botha. Conversions: Snyers (6), Botha. Limpopo Blue Bulls 6 (6) – Penalties: Unathi Mlotshwa (2).

Valke 31 (26) – Tries: Storm Labuschagne (2), Zaid Rippenaar, Matthew Bergman, R-Jay Pietersen. Conversions: Kayle Venter (3). Griqualand West 20 (10) – Tries: Pieter Retief, Marno Greeff, Denilson Metcalfe (2).

Western Province XV 21 (14) – Tries: Collin-Paul Kemp, Adeeb Boraine, MIchael Satade. Conversions: Boraine (2), Rayaan Solomons. Blue Bulls 12 (0) – Tries: Luann Olivier, Malcolm George. Conversion: Ruben Pienaar.

Griqualand West 12 (5) – Tries: Jeandre Hanse, Gregan Jansen. Conversion: Abdul Fisher. Namibia 10 (0) – Tries: Alejandro Morkel, Emmanuel Garoeb.

Zimbabwe 21 (7) – Tries: Stefan Kruger (2), Malachai Burrell. Conversions: Tinotenda Chinyadza, Jared Wilson (2). Border Country Districts 0.


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