WP, Lions impress as Free State U21s run riot
July 27, 2014
There was another century against Border and two strong second half performances in Johannesburg and Durban as round three of the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship was played on Saturday.

Toyota Free State totally dominated visiting Border, beating them 118-6 for their biggest win in the competition so far, whilst DHL Western Province easily overcame a rather meek Cell C Sharks team in Durban, winning 47-15.

In another good showing by a home team, the Golden Lions scored 35 unanswered points to record an easy win over the Leopards in Johannesburg.

A summary of those matches are:

Cell C Sharks 15 (3), DHL Western Province 47 (14)

Defending Under-21 champions Western Province proved way to powerful for the Cell C Sharks, easily beating the home side 47-15 in Durban on Saturday.

The visitors scored 7 tries on route to an easy win, with four of those coming in the second half of this highly entertaining match.

The Sharks will be disappointed in this performance as few of their big name players delivered.


WP 47 (14). Tries: Frederik Nel, Huw Jones (2), Janco Gunter, JD Schickerling, Johnny Kotze, Sikhumbuszo Notshe. Conversions: Robert du Preez (5), Gunter.
Sharks 15 (3). Tries: Hanco Venter, Jean Pretorius. Conversion: Tim Swiel. Penalty: Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Toyota Free State 118 (54), Border 6 (3).

It was another century against the Border side who is clearly out of their depth in the A-section of the competition, as the Toyota Free State side demolished them 118-6 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The home side scored 53 points in the first half alone and then accelerated as they raced in for 18 tries. Border could only respond with a penalty on each side of the break.

Free State flyhalf Ruan Potgieter converted 14 of those tries, while seven players managed a brace of tries.


Free State 118 (54). Tries: Daniel Maartens (2), Gerhard Olivier (2), Hendrik Theron (2), Jacques du Toit, Justin Basson, Louis Venter (2), Luke Cyster, Marco Klopper (2), Pieter Jordaan (2), Rudolph Botha, Stephan Janse van Rensburg (2). Conversions: Ruan Potgieter (14).
Border 6 (3). Penalties: Devandre Sissing (2).

Golden Lions 43 (7), Leopards 13 (10).

Very few of those attending this match at Ellis Park would have expected the result after the first half, which still had the Leopards leading the hosts in a tight opening stanza.

A strong second half, in which they scored six tries in 35 minutes, helped the Golden Lions to a convincing 43-13 won over the Leopards on Saturday though.

The visitors were leading 10-7 at the break, but had no answer to the home side's second half effort. They scored 36 unanswered points while the Leopards could only watch.


Golden Lions 43 (7). Tries: Hanco Deale (2), Cyle Brink, Hannes Snyman, Rynard Snyman, Jano Venter, JP du Preez. Conversions: Ruan van Rensburg (2), Heale, Brendan Hewitt.
Leopards 13 (10). Penalty try. Conversion: Schalk Hugo. Penalty: Hugo. Drop Goal: Kobus du Plessis.

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