DHL Western Province, ISG Pumas and the Boland Cavaliers, along with the Xerox Golden Lions and Tafel Lager Griquas maintained their perfect start to the Supersport Rugby Challenge with their second victories in two starts while the Leopards, Valke, Windhoek Draught Welwitchias, Zimbabwe Academy and the SWD Eagles have all yet to taste success in the 2019 edition.
Loftus Versveld Stadium saw the Vodacom Blue Bulls run riot as they demolished the Windhoek Draught Welwitchias 87-21 (halftime 49-0) with a 13-try bonanza against the Namibians who managed to cross the whitewash just three times themselves.
The Bulls’ outside centre Erich Cronje snatched ahat-trick of tries for himself while right-wing Duncan Matthews added a brace and Cronje’s partner, JT Jackson, added nine conversions for the Pretoria faithful. Flankers Ruan Steenkamp and Nick de Jager added themselves to the scoresheet while the halfback pair of Ambrose Papier and Theo Boshoff were also in the try column. Matthews’ partner, Travis Ismael also bagged a try while fullback and replacements Madot Mabokela and Vaughen Isaacs also scored for the homes side.
Isaacs also added two late conversions while Levene Damens, Jan Adriaan Booysen and Oderich Mouton bagged five-pointers for the visitors with PV Steenkamp and Clive Loubser adding conversions in what was a disappointing effort from the West Coast neighbours.
The Tafel Lager Griquas put in a good performance at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium against the Down Touch Griffons to secure a 35-26 (halftime 24-12) victory by scoring five tries to two. It was a tense match throughout with hooker AJ le Rouz, flanker Wendal Wehr, wing Anthony Volmink, centre Andre Swarts and replacement Khwezi Mkhafu all scoring for the visitors with flyhalf George Whitehead adding two conversions and two penalties.
The Griffons had just two names on their scoresheet with scrumhalf JaywinnJuries the most prolific with a try, two conversions and four penalties for a personal tally of 21 points while centre Niel Stannard added his name to the try list.
Paternoster played host to the surprise of the weekend as the Boland Cavaliers pulled a rabit out of the hat to clinch a 21-10 (halftime 21-0) victory over the Toyota Free State XV. Free State, who had secured a hard-fought 40-31 victory over the Cell C Sharks XV last weekend, were on the receiving end of some desciplined play.
Boland, normally playing their matches in the quiet Winelands district of Wellington, scored three tries through lock Adriaan Ludick, flank Tapiwa Tsomondo and centre Michaine Fick with flyhalf Garrick Mattheus adding three conversions.
Winger Jamba Ulengo and replacement Boan Venter managed to cross the white wash for the visitors with both tries having their conversions sail wide.
Despite some troubled times for the Eastern Province rugby region, the EP Elephants provided some entertaining rugby at the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele on Saturday, outscoring the SWD Eagles nine tries to five on their way to an emphatic 59-31 (halftime 33-7) victory.
Scrumhlaf Richmond Gora scored twice while fullback Mike Botha, prop Luvuyo Pupuma, flankers Rynardt van Wyk and Diego Williams, hooker Mhlali Mpafi, flyhalf Oliver Zondo and Meli Rokoua all dotted down for the hosts while the Eagles managed a bonus-point for scoring five tries themselves.
The visitors, still seeking their first win of the season, scored through fullback Ganfried May, scrumhalf Dillin Snel, centre Vuyo Mboto and a brace from inside centre Marquit Sptember with Gerhard Nortier and Divan Nel adding the conversions.
The maize-farming town of Wolmaransstad played host to the Leopards and Xerox Golden Lions XV with the visitors securing a commanding 55-27 (halftime 18-8) victory. The Lions produced a strong second stanza after only leading by eight points at the break.
Number 8 Jo-Hanko de Villiers scored a hat-trick along with right wing Madosh Tambwe while hooker PJ Botha and replacement Ulrich Maritz also added their names to the scoresheet. Flyhalf Jeanluc Cilliers added 15 points with the boot through six conversions and a penalty.
The home side secured a bonus-point for themselves with tries through hooker Marius Stander, lock Johan Retief, scrumhalf Chriswell September and replacement Eugene Hare while left-wing Linclon Daniels converted twice and slotted one penalty.
The Cell C Sharks XV picked up their first victory of the campaign with a 36-14 (halftime 19-0) victory of the Zimbabwe Acadamy side at the False Bay Rugby Club in Constantia with the Sharks running in seven tries to the two from the Zimbabweans.
A brace from flyhalf Ralph Koster and efforts from lock Lunga Ncube, flanker Adam Mountford, Number 8 Kwanda Dimaza and replacement Connor Botha along with three conversions from fullback Rhyno Smith gave the men from Durban a much needed victory after their disappointing 40-31 defeat to the Free Staters a week before.
The Zim Academy managed two tries through replacement Bisele Tshamala while Jeremiah Jaravaza and Kadawashe Mudariki both added a conversion each.
In Brakpan, the ISG Pumas required a late try to secure a 26-19 (halftime 19-14) victory over the Valke at the Bosman Stadium. Replacement Marco Palvie scored eight minuted from time with Kobus Marais adding the extras after the sides had been locked at 19-all heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Pumas, who remain unbeaten, scored through flank Jeandre Rudolph and a brace from fullback Devon Williams to add to Palvie’s effort while flyhalf Chris Smith added two conversions to that of Marais’. The home side scored three tries of their own and secured a losing bonus-point with hooker Marco Klopper, scrumhalf Anrich Richter and fullback Coert Cronje crossing the white line.
Richter also added two conversions for the Valke, who remain without a win in this campaign.
The DHL Western Province, who have the most successful record in the competition, maintained their unbeaten run in 2019 with a 48-24 (halftime 13-3) victory over the Border Bulldogs at the Old Selbornians Rugby Club in East London.
The visitors ran in six tries with hooker Chad Solomon grabbing a brace while Number 8 MArno Redelingshuys, right-wing Nico Leonard, fullback Craig Barry and replacement Cornel Smit all adding their names onto the try scoring column. Flyhalf Abner van Reenen slotted six conversions and two penalties for the former champions.
The home side scored just two tries, along with a penalty try, with flanker Billy Dutton and centre Lonwabo Ntleki crossing the white wash, with flyhalf Aphiwe Stemele slotting two conversions and a penalty for a dour home effort.
The Griquas and the Pumas reamin top of the North section with a full-house of 10 points from two starts while Western Province are the only side in the South section to have 10 points from their two matches with the Boland Cavaliers a point behind in second place.