U18 Stadio Craven Week: Unbeaten Streaks and Thrilling Encounters

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Pumas dominate with 9 tries, 57-26 over Griffons.
Free State triumphs 34-27 against resilient Blue Bulls.
Griquas outscore Limpopo Blue Bulls 53-37 in high-scoring clash.
Golden Lions edge WP XV 37-33 with six tries.

The U18 Stadio Craven Week at Hoërskool Monument in Krugersdorp continued to deliver intense rugby action as Free State and the Pumas extended their unbeaten runs with impressive victories on the fourth day of the tournament.

Pumas Dominate with Clinical Display

The Pumas showcased their attacking prowess once more, securing a comprehensive 57-26 victory over the Griffons. Lock Franko Rossouw was instrumental, scoring two tries, while flyhalf Matthew Abbey, the tournament’s leading scorer, added 17 points. The Pumas’ relentless performance saw them cross the try line nine times, underlining their dominance and efficiency in execution.

Free State Overcome Resilient Bulls

Free State maintained their winning streak with a hard-fought 34-27 triumph against the Blue Bulls. After a strong start that saw them score three first-half tries, Free State faced a spirited comeback from the Bulls in the second half. However, crucial late tries from fullback Heinz Stockenstrom and No 8 Liam Santos sealed the victory for Free State, who showed resilience and determination in securing their second win of the tournament.

Griquas and Limpopo Blue Bulls Serve Up High-Scoring Affair

In a thrilling encounter earlier in the day, Griquas and the Limpopo Blue Bulls showcased their attacking intent, producing a total of 15 tries. The match was closely contested, with the Limpopo Blue Bulls holding a narrow 18-12 lead at halftime. However, Griquas mounted a strong second-half performance, scoring five tries to secure a 53-37 victory, highlighting their ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Golden Lions Edge Past WP XV in Tight Encounter

The Golden Lions bounced back from a previous defeat to clinch a thrilling 37-33 victory over the WP XV. In a closely contested match that saw both teams showcasing their attacking capabilities, the Golden Lions’ determination and clinical finishing proved decisive. Replacement backs Cheswill Jooste and Michael Benzien each scored two tries, contributing significantly to the Lions’ six-try tally and ensuring they finished the match on a high note.

Final Day Fixtures and Anticipation

As the tournament heads into its final day, excitement mounts for the remaining fixtures, promising more captivating rugby action:

  • Leopards vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
  • WP XV vs Pumas
  • Valke vs Griquas
  • Lions vs SWD
  • Border vs Griffons
  • Bulls vs Sharks
  • Boland vs EP
  • WP vs Free State

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