The EP Kings continue their clear dominance in the Absa Under-19A Provincial Championship as they extended their lead on the tournament log with a ninth consecutive win this weekend.
The Kings scored four tries against Free State in their 29-10 win in Port Elizabeth on Friday and stand on 41 points, seven clear of second-placed Blue Bulls.
The Pretoria side remain in second spot as the Blue Bulls narrowly beat the Golden Lions 22-20 in Pretoria, while third-placed Western Province strode past the Sharks beating them 21-8 in Durban.
In the B-Division, the Pumas are still dominating and remained the only unbeaten side in the competition. They outplayed Griquas this time around, beating them 36-0 in Witbank.
The Griffons gained a close 36-26 win over Limpopo Blue Bulls in Welkom. The Hino Valke scored the biggest win of the weekend, beating Boland 45-0 in Kempton Park, while in East London, SWD finally broke their duck, beating the home side Border 36-17.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 22 (0), Xerox Golden Lions 20 (17)
The Blue Bulls delivered a much more polished second half performance as they used their possession and used their pack of forwards to great effect. Trailing 20-0 early in the half, they dominated the last 30 minutes of play and scored the winning points five minutes from time, with JT Jackson kicking the decisive penalty.
Blue Bulls 22 (0). Scorers: Tries: Luigy van Jaarsveldt (2) Dean van der Westhuizen. Conversions: JT Jackson (2). Penalty: JT Jackson.
Golden Lions 20 (17). Scorers: Tries: James Venter, Jaydrin Kotze, Wynand Botha. Conversion: Hendrik Mulder. Penalty: Hendrik Mulder.
Cell C Sharks 8 (3), DHL Western Province 21 (14)
It was a tight affair in Durban, with the visitors getting the result due to better goal-kicking and finishing off try-scoring opportunities. Duncan Saal scored just before the break, but the home side responded with their first try soon after the restart. WP did get another, but it was rather the accurate kicking of fullback Tiaan Swanepoel that saw them clear, as the marksman kicked three penalties to secure another good win for coach Nazeem Adams and his side.
Sharks 8 (3). Try: S’busiso Nkosi. Penalty: Tristan Tedder
Western Province 21 (14). Tries: Duncan Saal, Eddie Venter. Conversion: Tiaan Swanepoel. Penalties: Tiaan Swanepoel (3).
Eastern Province 29 (17), Toyota Free State 10 (3).
The Kings were in control throughout the match. They dictated play and scored two tries in the first half hour to lay the foundation for their ninth win on the trot.
They faltered in the last quarter of the match though as the Free State came back at them and could only secure the bonus point try three minutes from the end. The visitors were outplayed, but showed great determination in their performance.
Eastern Province 29 (17). Tries: Athi Mayinje, Jordan Koekemoer, Junior Pokomela (2). Conversions: Michael Brink (3). Penalty: Michael Brink.
Free State 10 (3). Try: Ruan Wasserman. Conversion: Ruan Wasserman. Penalty: Ruan Wasserman.
Steval Pumas 36 (17), ORC Griquas 0 (0)
Pumas 36 (17). Tries: Ettiene Matthys, Ian Truter (2), Ruben Opperman, Tiaan Potgieter. Conversions: Johannes Harmzen (4). Penalty: Johannes Harmzen.
Down Touch Griffons 36 (22), Limpopo Blue Bulls 26 (14)
Griffons 36 (22). Tries: Benji Muller, Domenic Smit, Ezrick Alexander, Gift Dlamini, Jonathan April. Conversions: Luan James (4). Penalty: Penalty: Luan James.
Limpopo Blue Bulls 26 (14). Tries: Aaron Sawu, Lean Claasen, Renier Appelgryn, William Thomson. Conversions: Dane Kotze (3).
Hino Valke 45 (14), Boland 0 (0)
Valke 45 (14). Tries: Armandt Jordaan, Attie Jansen van Vuuren, Bercho Botha, Dawid Kleynhans, Kobus Kleyn, Magiel Buitendag, Willem Dreyer. Conversions: Conrad Engelbrecht (5).
Border 17 (12), SWD 36 (19
Border 17 (12). Tries: Nathan Church, Sarel van Loggerenberg, Siphelele Zono. Conversions: Darren Domingo
SWD 36 (19). Tries: Caae-Jay Ferendale, Justin Williams (2), Schavon Laws, Shaun Booysen (2). Conversions: Nathan Kemp (3)