Namibia end Craven Week on a high
NAMIBIA rounded of their Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week with a dominant 28-7 defeat of Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Namibia, who enjoyed a largely successful tournament, led 7-0 at halftime.
The victory was secured courtesy of tries from Wian Conradie, Leon Feris and Divan Visser, who scored two.
Captain Daniel Arries weighed in with three conversions while Visser was successful with the boot once.
For Zimbabwe, Nicholas Burnett scored their only try with Rukudzo Gona adding the conversion.
This was Namibia’s second victory at the tournament, following their historic first win at the youth competition when they beat the Griquas on Wednesday.
Namibia won that match 29-15 thanks to tries from Shareave Titus, Feris, Justin Newman and Dian Wiese.
Arries also slotted three conversions and a penalty.
The Leopards beat Namibia 36 – 29 in their opener last Monday.
Try scorers for Namibia were Arries, Ethan Beukes, Jean-Claude Winkler and Feris. Arries also had three conversions and a penalty.
In Saturday’s unofficial final the Blue Bulls hammered the Golden Lions 47-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
In the main match, the Lions were no match for a rampant Blue Bulls outfit, who led 10-0 at the break thanks to a try from centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg which was converted by flyhalf Ryno Eksteen, who also kicked a first-half penalty.
The boys from Pretoria quickly doubled their advantage when flanker Thabo Mabuza went over within seconds of the second half kicking off, and centre Jurie Linde scooted through in the 45th minute, although Eksteen missed an opportunity to put his team out of sight when he missed both conversions.
The Blue Bulls needn’t have worried, Janse van Rensburg getting his second in the 53rd minute and fullback Jaco Hayward going over a minute later for a 32-0 lead, after which the floodgates well and truly opened.