The below press release issued by SARU on the LSEN Week and SA Rugby Girls U18 week
The Valke, who hosted the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week in Vanderbijlpark, took top honours in the tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday, while the SA Rugby Girls U18 Week teams continued to make their presence felt in the penultimate day’s action of their tournament in Johannesburg.
In the LSEN Week at the Isak Steyl Stadium, the Valke established themselves as the top team for the second successive season as they held their nerve to defeat DHL Western Province 24-12, with the home team scoring four tries to none by the visitors. The Capetonians’ points were all scored from penalty goals by Joshua Visagie, while Shelden Human scored two of the Valke’s tries, as they cruised to a 17-9 lead and continued to maintain their composure until the final whistle.
Eastern Province were the only other team to finish the competition unbeaten as they defeated Free State 27-0 thanks to a determined performance on attack and defence – they scored five tries while their solid defensive effort left the opposition scoreless.
In the penultimate game of the tournament, Boland’s 22-7 halftime lead proved vital in their 22-17 victory against the Blue Bulls, who tightened up their defence after the break and denied them from adding to their score. In turn, the Pretoria side touched down twice in the second half, but this still left them short.
SWD ended the Valke XV’s winning run as they registered a comprehensive 41-10 victory thanks to a strong first-half showing. The hosts built up a 34-5 lead at the break, but they were only able to add one try in the second half as the Valke XV stepped up their defence. SWD’s Keano Brown earned the man-of-the-match award as he scored two tries and converted two.
The Pumas also got out of the blocks quickly against the Leopards as they worked their way to a 20-12 lead, which proved to be crucial as they scored only one try in a hard-fought second half to take their tally to four, for a 25-12 victory.
A strong second half by the Golden Lions, meanwhile, allowed them to secure a 29-21 victory against the Griffons. The Gautengers capitalised on their try-scoring chances to touch down five times to three by the team from Welkom. Three penalty goals by the Griffons, however, allowed them to close the gap on the scoreboard.
The clash between the Sharks and Golden Lions EE was nail-biting, as the Durbanites overturned a 7-5 half-time deficit to secure a narrow 15-14 victory, with a vital penalty goal proving to be decisive in the result.
In the SA Rugby Girls U18 Week, Border, Border CD, DHL Western Province, and Eastern Province remained the only unbeaten teams following the second round of games in Johannesburg following an entertaining day’s action at Jeppe High School in Johannesburg.
Border showed their fighting spirit from the outset against SWD, and their continuous pressure paid off as they wore down the George team’s defence in the first half to take a 15-5 halftime lead before sealing the 20-5 victory thanks to their three tries.
Eastern Province produced a quality performance against Zimbabwe as their forwards and backs played their part to work the team onto the front-foot, and they earned the rewards with a 33-7 victory. Zimbabwe scored their only try of the match in the first half, while the Eastern Cape side kept the scoreboard ticking throughout to finish the match with five tries, four of which were converted.
Western Province were superior on attack and defence from the start against the Blue Bulls, and they did well to capitalise on their try-scoring chances throughout the match, which saw them cross the tryline an impressive eight times. Their defence was equally solid as they shut out the North Gauteng side completely to deny them a point.
The Pumas also delivered a solid performance against the Free State to win 47-20. They raced to a 28-0 lead, before a strong second-half fightback by the Bloemfontein side score them four times. They were unable to shut out the Mpumalanga outfit on defence, however, which saw them bolster their try tally to seven, with a brace by Patience Ngwane for their 47-20 victory.
Border CD found their rhythm in the second half against Boland to secure a 26-12 victory following a tight first half in which each side only scored one try. Their three tries to one by the Western Cape team in the second half, however, nudged them ahead, as they showed patience on attack and backed their structures.
The Sharks retained possession and attacked at will against Limpopo, and their patience on attack paid off as they out-scored their counterparts eight tries to two for a rewarding 44-10 victory, with Mbali Mbonambi earning a hat-trick and Thandiswa Mthembu a brace.
Hosts, the Golden Lions suffered their first defeat of the tournament as they went down 10-7 against Griquas in a tight tussle in which only three tries were scored. Griquas’ two tries to only one converted try by the home side, however, sealed the victory for them.
A hat-trick by Griffons prop Shoti Mohalali and flyhalf Pinkie Touto’s try and three conversions, meanwhile, were instrumental in their 36-24 victory against the Leopards, as the team outscored their central union neighbours six tries to four.
The SA Rugby Girls U18 and U16 teams will be in action on Friday in the closing day’s play, with Eastern Province and the Sharks battling it out for top honours in the U16 competition and DHL Western Province and Eastern Province in the U18’s.
EP has two players in the SA LSEN squad and 2 players in the 7’s side of the SA LSEN squad. EP LSEN won the trophy for the best dress team with the best spirit and discipline.
LSEN Week day three results (Thursday, 28 June):
SWD 41-10 Valke XV
Pumas 25-12 Leopards
Golden Lions 29-21 Griffons
Sharks 15-14 Golden Lions EE
Eastern Province 27-0 Free State
Boland 22-17 Blue Bulls
Valke 24-12 DHL Western Province
SA Rugby Girls U18 Week results (Thursday, 28 June):
Griquas 10-7 Golden Lions
Limpopo 10-44 KZN
Free State 20-47 Pumas
DHL Western Province 42-0 Blue Bulls
Griffons 36-24 Leopards
Border CD 26-12 Boland
Zimbabwe 7-33 Eastern Province
Border 20-5 SWD
SA Rugby Girls U16 Week day three fixtures (Friday, 29 June):
09h00 – Free State v Griffons
09h00 – Griquas v Leopards
10h15 – Boland v SWD
10h15 – Pumas v Golden Lions
11h30 – Western Province B v Border CD
11h30 – Blue Bulls v Limpopo
12h45 – Western Province v Border
12h45 – Sharks v Eastern Province
SA Rugby Girls U18 Week day three fixtures (Friday, 29 June):
09h00 – Pumas v Griffons
09h00 – Leopards v Free State
10h15 – Limpopo v Griquas
10h15 – Blue Bulls v Golden Lions
11h30 – KZN v Border CD
11h30 – Boland v SWD
12h45 – Border v Zimbabwe
14h00 – Western Province v Eastern Province
Issued by SA Rugby Communications