(Photo Credit: Howard Cleland Photography)
The Blue Bulls are the early leaders in the u/21 Currie Cup competition after a convincing win against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (73-13) while the Sharks had to work hard to beat the Golden Lions (23-12) even after all of their u/20 World Cup players was included. Western Province had a convincing win against the Leopards (50-28) after losing to the Bulls (27-55) last weekend at Loftus.
Cell C Sharks 23-12 Xerox Golden Lions
The Sharks had an "easy" day at the office with the Lions not really testing their defence but rather opted to kick valuable possession into the throats of the Sharks back three who used the opportunity provided by the aimless kicking to attack with purpose.
The Lions lead 5-3 at halftime and were still in the game but after the second try by Ruan Vermaak to take the score to 12-13 the Sharks set up camp in the Lions' half and took full advantage of the mistakes made by the Lions on defence. Boeta Chamberlain's took full advantage from the Lions mistakes and scored thirteen points during the match which included two penalties and a drop goal.
Not a match that can be used as an advertisement for rugby with the Lions looking especially clueless.
For the Sharks, Thaakir Abrahams who scored two tries was brilliant in attack from the back with Evan Roos was a menace up front. Ruan Vermaak was the big star for the Lions team.
Sharks: Tries: Thaakir Abrahams (2). Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain (2). Penalties: Boeta Chamberlain (2). Dropkick: Boeta Chamberlain.
Lions: Tries: Vermaak (2). Conversion: Lailvaux.
Free State Cheetahs 31-73 Blue Bulls
The Blue Bulls continued where they left off against the Western Province last weekend when the controlled proceedings in Bloemfontein to win 73-31. JC Pretorius who played of the bench last week had an immense impact and scored three tries in the Bulls total haul of eleven tries.
With defence, an obvious swear word for these two teams a total of 104 points was scored during the game with 48 being scored in the first half as the Bulls lead 31-7 at half time.
The Cheetahs joined the try fest in the second half scoring three tries while the Bulls scored six.
Blue Bulls: Tries: Fourie, Pretorius (3), Uys, Boshoff, Hufke (2), Appollis, April, Xamlashe. Conversions: Boshoff (9).
Cheetahs: Tries: Boshoff, Adonis, Greyling, le Fleur. Conversions: Williams (4). Penalties: Williams.
DHL Western Province 50-28 Leopards
DHL Western Province U21 scored eight tries to claim a 50-28 win against Leopards U21 in blustery conditions at the Rosina Paarwater Stadium in Bellville on Saturday. The home side scored four tries in each half to claim their first win of the season in what was their first home game.
The visitors scored first and last in the first half, but DHL Western Province U21 scored four tries in between to take a 26-14 lead into half-time. DHL Western Province U21 extended their lead with a try early in the second half, but the visitors hit back with two quick tries 15 minutes from the end to reduce the deficit to 33-28.
However, DHL Western Province U21 sealed the win with three lates tries to seal the 50-28 win.
DHL WP U21: Tries: Hendricks, Dlamini, Njezula, Van Reenen, Phiri 2, Muller, Theunissen. Conversions: Van Reenen 5
Leopards U21: Tries: Hassien, Vermaak, Botha, Jordaan. Conversions: Van der Berg (4).