DHL Western Province showed grit in a closely fought closing match in the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Hoërskool Diamantveld in Kimberley on Friday to take top honours in the tournament for the sixth successive season as they defeated their Western Cape neighbours Boland, 8-5.
Both teams showed their intent to run hard on attack from the outset as they used their pace in attempt to force their way close to the tryline. This solid attack, however, was greeted with committed defence, which saw the sides enter the break scoreless.
The Capetonians opted for a penalty goal after play resumed to open up the scoring following several attempts to breach the defence, and they backed this up with a try thanks to a smart call to spread the ball wide after solid forward pressure to take 8-0 lead. Boland fought back strongly and scored a late try, but this was too little too late, which left them short.
The SA Rugby Youth Weeks series will continue in Paarl next week with the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week at Paarl Boys’ High’s Brug Street grounds.
U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week final round results (Friday, 6 July):
SWD 34-5 Eastern Province
ITS Valke 7-7 Forever Resorts Limpopo
Thepa Trading Griffons 19-10 Old Mutual Zimbabwe
Namibia 8-0 Border CD
Itec Blue Bulls 5-20 Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions
Sharks 22-10 Border
Xerox Griquas 17-15 Leopards
Pumas 19-35 Free State
DHL Western Province 8-5 Boland