SOUTH African provincial rugby side, GWK Griquas proved far too strong for the Old Mutual Junior Sables, running in 12 tries against just one to seal a rampant 78-5 win on the third day of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week Tournament at Kearsney College in Durban yesterday. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
OM ZIMBABWE U-18 . . . . (0) 5
GWK GRIQUAS U-1 . . . . (26) 78
After winning their first match against Griquas Country Districts on Monday, the Old Mutual Junior Sables went into yesterday’s match confident of causing an upset against the much stronger side from the Northern Cape.
But despite making a promising start, it was not enough against a well-drilled GWK Griquas outfit, who, in the end, proved too superior for the much-changed Old Mutual Junior Sables side.
Buoyed by a much dominant pack of forwards which was menacing at the breakdown and set pieces, the Northern Cape side scored four tries in the first half through winger, Cameron Hufke (2), hooker Anton van Romburg and flank Rian Kotze to take a 26-0 at half-time.
They added a further eight tries in the second half through tormentor-in-chief Hufke (2), Ashwill Botha, Dean Ackerman (2) and Gladwin Nieuwenhuizen, while Kotze also completed his brace after the break.
In addition to four tries, Hufke slotted home nine conversions, while centre, Mathew MacNab scored the only try for the Old Mutual Junior Sables, who now have a lot of work to do before their final game against Namibia on Saturday.
Old Mutual Junior Sables coach, Goodwin Murambiwa said his team’s defence, which was impressive in the first match never showed up yesterday.
“Coming into the game, I thought the boys would want to play based on what happened on Monday, but we were aware that the second game would be tricky because we were bringing in eight new boys, but we didn’t defend and we actually looked like we did not want to be on the field,” Murambiwa said.
Tries: Anton van Romburg, Rian Kotze 2, Cameron Hufke 4, Dean Ackerman 2, Ashwill Botha 2, Gladwin Nieuwenhuizen, Chadywn November
Conversions: Cameron Hufke 9
Try: Matthew McNab
Yellow Card: Matthew McNab in the 21st minute.