DHL Western Province on Saturday secured back-to-back SARU Under-17 Interprovincial Sevens titles as they defeated SWD 43-7 in the Cup Final at Hoërskool Paarl Gimnasium to complete the 2015 competition unbeaten.
The Pumas won the Plate Final, while Free State won the Bowl Final and KwaZulu-Natal the Shield Final.
DHL Western Province booked their place in the final after registering a morale-boosting 29-0 victory against Western Cape neighbours, Boland, in the Cup Semifinals.
Earlier in the day they defeated Griquas 48-0 in the Cup Quarterfinals.
SWD, meanwhile, defeated the Blue Bulls 28-14 in the Cup Quarterfinals and then beat the Lions 21-15 in the Cup Semi-final to book their spot in the final.
The final day’s play followed on a thrilling opening day with a series of big wins and a few tight games keeping fans entertained throughout the day.
In total 296 tries and 1852 points were scored in the two days of rugby. Western Province’s Damian Willemse was the highest points-scorer in the tournament with 42 points, while his teammate Muller du Plessis’ seven tries were the highest by a player.
The Cup Final was exciting with SWD taking an early 7-0 lead compliments of a stunning try by WP van Heerden. But Province bounced back with a try by Wian van Zyl, who found space out wide, allowing them to level the scores. WP’s Vian Fourie added their second try minutes later as he dashed to the tryline and broke through two tackles to score under the posts.
This strong start boosted their confidence as Khanya Nkusane added another try on the stroke of halftime thanks to his raw pace, which earned the hosts an encouraging 19-7 lead.
DHL Western Province continued to run riot on attack in the second half with Damian Willemse, Muller du Plessis, Charl Serdyn and Mike Mavovana scoring to increase their try tally to seven for a 43-7 victory. SWD, meanwhile, were forced to feed off the scraps throughout the match, and with no possession with which to launch an attack, they were unable to make their presence felt.
In the Plate Final, the Pumas struck first against the Blue Bulls with a try by JC Pretorius and they added another a few minutes later compliments of Jaco Joubert to take a 12-0 lead.
The Blue Bulls tried hard to force their way into the match as the first half progressed, but their efforts were countered by the effective Pumas defence.
The Mpumalanga side continued their dominance after the break with two tries in quick succession to stretch their lead to 24-0. The Bulls hit back a minute before the final whistle with a try by Lincoln Daniels, but this was cancelled out by the Pumas from the kick-off as they ran in yet another try to secure a 29-5 victory and the Plate trophy.
U17 INTERPROVINCIAL SEVENS RESULTS – DAY TWO:
Griffons 47 Namibia 15
KZN 14 Limpopo Blue Bulls 19
Free State 33 Leopards 5
EP 7 Border 31
DHL Western Province 48 Griquas 0
Pumas 17 Boland 33
SWD 28 Blue Bulls 14
Falcons 5 Lions 19
Namibia 10 KZN 31
Leopards 24 EP 10
Griffons 31 Limpopo Blue Bulls 26
Free State 26 Border 17
Griquas 0 Pumas 38
Blue Bulls 24 Falcons 12
DHL Western Province 29 Boland 0
SWD 21 Lions 15
KZN 41 Leopards 7
Griffons 21 Free State 26
Pumas 29 Blue Bulls 5
DHL Western Province 43 SWD 7