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Blue Bulls to face Western Province in the main match of the u13 Craven Week

By Hannes Nienaber , in Featured | Main Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-06-20 Tags: ,

LUAN MACDONALD, flanker of the Blue Bulls, scoring one of his side’s tries in their 32-5 victory over Boland on the third day of the annual u13 Craven Week in Pretoria. PHOTO: Frans Lombard/Actionpix

PRETORIA. – The Blue Bulls will face the unofficial defending champions, Western Province in the main match of this year’s annual u13 Craven Week at Menlopark.

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The Bulls managed to keep Boland from reaching their third successive main match with a convincing 32-5 victory. Western Province defeated Boland by 10-8 in last year’s main match.

It will be the team from Pretoria’s first main match since 2013 in Bela-Bela which they lost by a single points 10-11 to Western Province.

Western Province has been dominant at the tournament as they have won the main match in 2010, 2013-2018 and 2023.

They did lose against KwaZulu-Natal in the main match of 2019 in White River by 24-26, but it did come to light later that some of the players utilised by the Sharks were too old.

The Bulls managed to build up a healthy 17-0 at the break with their eighthman, Henrico van Zyl, and lock Sebastian Nel leading the physical onslaught upfront. Issa Sabah also produced an impressive performance at outside centre while wearing the number six jumper.

The other loose forward of the Bulls, Luan MacDonald, scored his sixth try of the tournament. He is the joint top try and point scorer with the Leopards’ flanker, Dihan Booyens.

Western Province booked their place in the main game with a 36-22 victory over the Golden Lions. Winger Tyron Strauss once again showcased his pace as he scored his fifth try of the week.

The Lions’ outside centre, Kristen Steyn, scored a beautiful individual try from within in own half.


Western Province 36 (22) – Tries: Christiaan van der Watt, Chesvigo Brown, Tyron Strauss, Mikaeel Frieslaar, Skylar Hendricks. Conversions: Zachery September (4). Penalty: September. Golden Lions 22 (10) – Tries: Menahem van Schoor, Danzel Emeto, Kristen Steyn, Bogosi Mathabe. Conversion: Ariel Meij.

Blue Bulls 32 (17) – Tries: Luan MacDonald, Henrico van Zyl, Issa Sabah, Sandile Majola, Divan van der Westhuizen. Conversions: George Terblanche (2). Penalty: Terblanche. Boland 5 (0) – Try: Bjorn Matthews.

South Western Districts 31 (7) – Tries: Jameal van Staden (2), Jordan Fortuin (2), Jovern Fortuin. Conversions: Luan Augustyn (3). Griffons 10 (3) – Try: Molemo Moloi. Conversion: Anthonie Pelser. Penalty: Pelser.

Free State 31 (7) – Tries: Zenzo Manana (2), Wian Bredenkamp, Kamo Monageng, Penalty Try. Conversions: Aiden Zwiegelaar, Ludwig Knauff. Pumas 12 (12) – Tries: Kian Brown, Lukhanto Mithi. Conversion: Loghan de Beer.

Sharks 36 (15) – Tries: Banele Nyandeni (2), Joy Kanyinda (2), Lwandile Dube, Ryan Slade. Conversions: Willem Badenhorst (3). Border 24 (5) – Tries: Minentle Foslara, Joshua van Heerden, Ithandile Stuma, Amyoli Konzani. Conversions: Marlvon Flemmer (2).

Eastern Province 22 (14) – Tries: Reuben Bower, Devandré Felkers, Ngantweni Kwakhanya. Conversions: Eduardo Jantjies (2). Penalty: Christiaan Barnard. Griqualand West 15 (10) – Tries: Manifest Mulumba, Abrie Coetsee. Conversion: Jayden Gossmann. Penalty: Gossmann.

Leopards 53 (36) – Tries: Dihan Booyens (3), Ethan Fourie (3), Arno Blignaut, Daniël Bester, Xander Schwim. Conversions: Dandré Allers (3), Jason Tarr. Border Country Districts 5 (0) – Try: Mdzo Mtyotywa.

Valke 52 (38) – Tries: Tristan Blunden (3), Kamo Motaung (2), Rawdon Pretorius (2), Rametsi Sebake. Conversions: Dylan Nel (6). Zimbabwe 0.

Limpopo Blue Bulls 34 (15) – Tries: Trevor Sindana (2), Ramathope Shai, Matthew de Beer, PG Steenekamp, Antoon du Plessis. Conversions: Divan Zietsman (2). Namibia 5 (0) – Try: Rijk Duvenhage.


Boland B 47 (19) – Tries: Martiens Labuschagne (2), Marvin Human (2), Marlon Pretorius, Duren Baron, Lanzo Swartz. Conversions: Baron (6). Sharks B 21 (7) – Tries: Wandile Hadebe, Blessing Mndaba, Mason Judais. Conversions: Sam van Loenen (3).

Western Province B 24 (12) – Tries: Danté Morris (2), Leighton Hendricks, Xolani Gobinca. Conversions: Daniel Jackson, Carter Weber. Blue Bulls 10 (10) – Tries: Jordan Nel. Conversion: Stian Roets. Penalty: Roets.

Golden Lions B 41 (10) – Tries: Noah Mohammed (2), Wesley Seleko (2), Olo Skiti, Vutshila Shabalala, Clayton Mogatusi. Conversions: Divan Coetzee (3). Limpopo Blue Bulls B 3 (3) – Penalty: MJ Snyman.

South Western Districts B 26 (0) – Tries: Cyril Strydom (2), Raywin Links (2). Conversions: Jordan Lourens (3). Border B 16 (8) – Tries: Ubenathi Kapa, Khanya Booi. Penalties: SP Oelofse, Kapa.

Free State B 17 (12) – Tries: Kobamelo Tloubatla (2), Omolemo Shasha. Conversion: Cullen Keuris. Griffons 10 (0) – Tries: Neo Mosebi, Thlolo Chocholo.

Valke B 36 (19) – Tries: Nkosinathi Mancoba, Ian Mukosi, Wichard de Jager, Kamogelo Moloto, Aiden Fourie, Ricardo Small. Conversions: De Jager (3). Leopards 12 (5) – Tries: Henku Botha, Lafras Visser. Conversion: Kganya Dala.

Pumas B 24 (24) – Tries: Ofentse Aphane (2), Olwethu Magangane, Letsena Ramushu. Conversion: Drikus Scholtz (2). Eastern Province B 12 (7) – Tries: Tyler Merrington, Reece Lesster. Conversion: Waney Neff.

Hannes Nienaber