For the second year in succession Western Province (WP) beat the Blue Bulls 24 – 11 in the Under 16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo ‘unofficial’ final rugby match that took place at the Tshwane University of Technology today.
“We are all very excited with the win, but I have to say it has been a stressful two days,” said manager, Frikkie Coetzer. “Our game against the Golden Lions was perhaps the hardest game of the tournament as they are physically strong and came at us with no respite. But we managed to beat them. Today’s game was perhaps not as physically challenging, but the Blue Bulls play a good tactical game. We had to change our game plan to introduce a combination of both strength and tactics, which worked in our favour in the end.”
This win means that Western Province has completed a Coca-Cola Youth Rugby Week treble following the Western Province U13’s successfully defended their Under 13 Coca-Cola Craven Week title last week and the Under 18 Coca-Cola Academy Week that has just finished in Worcester, Western Cape.
WP was first to get on the score sheet as flyhalf Damian Willemse scored a try in the 17th minute. Gianni Lombard converted to bring the lead to the 2013 Grant Khomo title holders 7 – 0.
Western Province wing Benjamin Momberg scored another try for Western Province two minutes later that Gianni Lombard converted and the score moved to 14 – 0 to Western Province.
The Blue Bulls got on the score sheet through a penalty from Ruan de Swardt and at the break WP led 14 – 3.
It looked like Blue Bulls were coming back into the game when Western Province conceded a penalty that Ruan De Swardt slotted to bring Western Province’s lead down to 8.
However Western Province was tight on defense and countered well off the Blue Bulls kicks. Gianni Lombard and the Western Province backline were slick and fluid in their play. WP constantly kept the ball in their possession making it difficult for the Bulls to attack.
Western Province 8th man delivered a try for his team in the 37th minute to extend his teams lead to 15 followed by Gianni Lombard’s conversion.
Western Province continued to press on relentlessly and were awarded with a try as Jade Fortune dotted down. The match heated up as the Bulls’ Gerald Lowe was sin binned, and Damian Willemse for WP followed him. The Bulls were finally awarded a try as Luke Fortuin scored with one minute left on the clock.
Western Province proved too strong for the Bulls team to win the U16 Grant Khomo Unofficial final 26 -11.
Boland 10 vs EP 24
Zimbabwe 22 vs Namibia 34
Griquas 41 vs Border 0
KZN 34 vs Griffons 24
Blue Bulls XV 20 vs Valke 15
Border 27 vs Leopards 22
Golden Lions 22 vs Free State 27
Pumas 14 vs SWD 31
Griquas CD 12 vs Limpopo Blue Bulls 21
WP 24 vs Blue Bulls 11.