A new unofficial champion of the annual LSEN Week will be crowned on Thursday in Bloemfontein. Western Province will face South Western Districts in the main match of the tournament at Sentraal.
Western Province will without a doubt be the favourites to take the crown. They had no problems in brushing the Griffons aside by 48-17 in their second match in the City of Roses.
The team from Cape Town also defeated Eastern Province with ease by 34-18 in their opening match. Against the Griffons the loosehead prop, Rique Harmse, and the Nr.8, Dimitri Gossmann, both managed to cross the tryline twice.
The “defending champions” the Valke lost 17-29 against South Western Districts in their clash on the second day. SWD Eagles’ Nr.8, Ashley Gentle, wasn’t so gentle on the Valke and completed a hat-trick of tries.
SWD’s inside centre, Keano Brown, also completed a brace of tries as the Valke was dethroned. The Valke was crowned unofficial champions after defeating Western Province by 24-12 in the main match last year in Vanderbijlpark.
The Valke was also the “champions” in 2017 after beating Boland by 25-12 in the main match of the tournament in Durban.
The Free State produced a much better performance on the second day, but was outplayed by a better outfit in the Leopards. The latter winning the encounter by 53-24. The hosts managed to build up a 19-13 lead by the break, but there were only one team on the pitch in the second half.
The Leopards’ eighthman, Miqual Engelbrecht, produced a sublime performance and scored a hat-trick of tries. The scrumhalf, Lesego Seikaneng, is also a player to watch out for. He scored a brace of tries, converted five of his side’s eight tries and also slotted a penalty for a personal contribution of 23 points to his side’s victory.
Golden Lions’ inside centre, Mendes Vangu, also scored a hat-trick during his side’s 38-12 victory over the Pumas.
Leopards 53 (13) – Tries: Miqual Engelbrecht (3), Lesego Seikaneng (2), Tshwanelo Batshe (2), Bonolo Skosana. Conversions: Seikaneng (5). Penalty: Seikaneng. Free State 24 (19) – Tries: Tsekiso Mokhele (2), Jermain Macalagh, Tsotang Moloi. Conversions: Elrich Abrahams (2).
Western Province 48 (21) – Tries: Rique Harmse (2), Dimitri Gossmann (2), Justin Davids, Timothe Kongolo, Zothande Ngcwama, Martin Pikkeur. Conversions: Justin Davids (5). Penalty: Davids. Griffons 17 (3) – Tries: Napo Mochesane, Marcus van der Westhuizen. Conversions: MC Jacobs (2). Penalty: Ruben Steenkamp.
South Western Districts 29 (10) – Tries: Ashley Gentle (3), Keano Brown (2). Conversions: Diego Edwards, Brown. Valke 17 (10) – Tries: Dylan van Buuren (2). Conversions: Ettiene Fourie, Brendan Booysen. Penalty: Fourie.
Golden Lions EE 37 (22) – Tries: Bandile Mazibuko (2), Bertie Oosthuizen, Wiehan van der Westhuizen, Sthembiso Bila, Reghard Stoltz, Tristan Hendrikz. Conversion: Van der Westhuizen. Sharks 5 (0) – Try: Donovan Dauth.
Blue Bulls 18 (8) – Tries: Francois van der Bank, Jaco Nel. Conversion: Luan Gouws. Penalties: Gouws (2). Boland 14 (7) – Tries: Jascy-Lee Prins, Heinrich Adams. Conversions: Clifton le Fleur (2).
Golden Lions 38 (26) – Tries: Mendes Vangu (3), Tshepang Selelale (2), Guelor Ngoie. Conversions: Henoc Kangudja (3), Camryn Fredericks. Pumas 12 (7) – Tries: Stabiso Sokela, Siyabonga Nhlabathi. Conversion: Jamie Oosthuizen.
Eastern Province 25 (13) – Tries: Gregan Williams (2), Lujade Britz, Thethelwa Ovayo. Conversion: Ovayo. Penalty: Keanan Webb. Gauteng XV 17 (10) – Tries: Eddie Barns, Stefan van Wyk. Doelskoppe: Michael Dicks (2). Penalty: Van Wyk.
PHOTO: Morgan Piek