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Good start for Natal at Craven Week


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 15 Jul 2015 at 14:24
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KwaZulu-Natal had a tough opener when they faced the Golden Lions at the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week at the Markötter Sports Complex at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.

The boys from Durban went into the half-time break trailing by three points, after the Lions kicked two penalties and scored a converted try. Natal’s Bader Pretorius kicked one penalty and converted Mulalo Sadiki’s first half try as they ended the half 10 – 13.

The first half battle was epic as both teams put their bodies on the line throughout the half. The Lions opened up the scoring in the fourth minute with a penalty by Mthi Simelane, but this was cancelled out by KwaZulu-Natal as they crossed the chalk for the first try of the match.

The exchanges that followed were tight, resulting in both teams opting for penalties to get points on the board. The Lions, however, fought back and their efforts paid off with a converted try four minutes before the break, which earned them a 13-10 halftime lead.

The second half was equally intense as the teams continued to use their physicality in the hope of powering their way through the defence, but with neither side giving an inch, they opted for penalties once again, as the Lions held on to a three point lead, 16 – 13.

The Sharks, however, dominated territory and this allowed them to apply immense pressure on the Lions. But the Johannesburg team absorbed the pressure well. 

The Durban side’s efforts eventually paid off in the final minute as Xolisa Guma crossed the tryline to secure a nail-biting 18-16 victory.

Natal’s next match will be against Eastern Province on Thursday.

Scorers:

KwaZulu-Natal (10) 18 – Tries: Xolisa Guma, Mulalo Sadiki. Conversion: Bader Pretorius. Penalties: Bader Pretorius (2).

Golden Lions (13) 16 – Try: Tiaan Van der Merwe. Conversion: Mthi Simelane. Penalties: Mthi Simelane (3).



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