CAPE TOWN. – Western Province’s second-stringers, the WP XV, have made major statement against Boland in their opening clash of the u18 Craven Week at Rondebosch Boys’ High.
The home side won the clash comfortably by 65-7, after leading handsomely by 34-0 at half-time. Angelo Daniels (wing), Hugo-Ben Horn (Nr. 8), Jandre Genis (fullback), and Matthew Beckett (loosehead prop) all completed a brace of tries as Boland struggled to stop the flow of tries.
Genis was in fine form as he also converted six of his side’s tries and slotted a penalty for a personal contribution of 25 points to the score.
Outside centre, Jurenzo Julius, seemed hungry after spending quite a lot of time on the touchline due to injury. He was a menace on attack and created quite a few opportunities for Western Province.
The winning side’s scrumhalf, Aiden Muller, also had a storming match as he directed play well.
The Sharks had to work much harder for their 33-5 victory over the Valke than the scoreline suggests. The team from KwaZulu-Natal only had a 12-5 lead at the break thanks to four penalties by flyhalf, Deano Boezak.
The Valke threatened to score a couple of times but didn’t manage to convert the opportunities into tries or points. Their captain and lock, Ryno van Aswegen, caused the Sharks major problems in the line-outs.
The Valke’s fullback, David Twala, scored a well-deserved try after threatening a couple of times with some well-timed runs cutting through the Sharks’ defence.
The Sharks’ midfield pairing of Dwight Pietersen en Lihle Bester also had a good day at the office. Both scored tries and were rock solid in defence.
Sharks 33 (12) – Tries: Wandile Mlaba, Dwight Pietersen, Lihle Bester. Conversions: Christopher Roy (2), Deano Boezak. Penalties: Boezak (4). Valke 5 (5) – Try: David Twala.
Western Province XV 65 (34) – Tries: Angelo Daniels (2), Hugo-Ben Horn (2), Jandre Genis (2), Matthew Beckett (2), Aiden Muller, Danio Botha. Conversions: Genis (6). Penalty: Genis. Boland 7 (0) – Try: Matt Romao. Conversion: Jayden Fortuin.