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Coca Cola Craven Week – Day 1

July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 So the annual Coca Cola Craven Week competition kicked off in the Friendly city yesterday,

The weather here was good yesterday and will be good today, but from tomorrow cold and rainy weather is expected, so brace yourselves lads.

 With the games being played at the new built Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth (a wonderfully modern facility) the boys are poised for a great week. Fitting really that this week is held at the home of South Africa’s newest Super Rugby Franchise, The Southern Kings.

The biggest upset of day 1 has to be huge loss suffered by the Free State boys (read Grey Bloem) against the Sharks U18 team. (48-24). Home team EP then produced a fine performance to beat a spirited Valke team 41-17.

 The biggest game today will be the clash between old rivals WP and Blue Bulls at 15.30.


09h30 – Zimbabwe vs Border CD
11h00 – Griquas CD vs EP CD
12h30 – SWD vs Limpopo
14h00 – Pumas vs Griffons
15h30 – WP vs Blue Bulls


Leopards (12) 36 – Tries: Willem Herbst, Iniel Schoenfeld, Francwa Ueckermann. Conversions: Matthys Venter (3). Penalties: Venter (5).
Namibia (17) 29 – Tries: Daniel Arries, Ethan Beukes, Jean-Claude Winkler, Leon Feris. Conversions: Arries (3). Penalty: Arries.

Boland (6) 16 – Try: Chad Kleinsmidt. Conversion: Kleinsmidt. Penalties: Schalk Hugo (3).
Griquas (9) 12 – Penalties: Granville Adams (4).

Lions (16) 29 – Tries: Jaco van der Walt, Frans van Wyk, Christiaan Massyn. Conversion: Van der Walt. Penalties: Van der Walt (3), Sibongumusa Radebe.
Border (14) 14 – Try: Lilitha Jonas. Penalties: Akhona Sihunu (3).

Free State (3) 24 – Tries: Othello Sebotsa, EW Viljoen, Edward Schmidt. Conversions: Pieter Jordaan (3). Penalty: Jordaan.
KZN (36) 48 – Tries: Bruce Arnott (2), Cornelis Vermaak, Daniel du Preez, Jesse Kriel (2), Justin Moberly. Conversions: Robert Anderson (5). Penalty: Anderson.

EP (24) 41 – Tries: Sergeal Petersen (2), Aidon Davis, Selvyn Davids, Matthew Moore. Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg (5). Penalties: Stapelberg (2).
Valke (10) 17 – Tries: Johan Oosthuizen, Leon Potgieter. Conversions: Ruan Potgieter (2). Penalty: Potgieter

 This is also posted on my Word Press blog:

6 responses to Coca Cola Craven Week – Day 1

  1. H&P, not sure if you read Tanks blog? He did a piece on Craven Week this morning ( where he questioned why the Tournie was being held at the stadium and not at a school (e.g. Grey PE, or even another one that could be show-cased).

    Anyway, my comment relates more to his implication that FS is perhaps on a downhill spiral because of their loss and Grey Bloems generally bad performances this year. Your thoughts on that?

    This is what I said on his blog in relation to that:

    “Regarding the “doom and gloom” theory about Free State rugby it’s much ado about nothing really. Everyone knows that when Grey College rugby is bad Free State schoolboy rugby is bad. Here’s the crux of it though … It’s not the first year, and it won’t be the last, that Grey Bloem has a below-par season. It is only natural that this will occur, especially when one considers that it is effectively age-group rugby.

    Also, I could be mistaken but I think this is one of those years where the Grey Bloem 1st XV is primarily made up of Grade 11 boys … that’s about as close as schoolboy rugby gets to being in a ‘building phase’

    The fact it happens so seldom though is what should rather be a massive talking point and the obvious thing that should instead instigate a glass-half-full approach to this bad season. It will pass and the status quo will resume!”

    • H&P said on July 10, 2012

      Hey GM

      Yip I saw his blog.
      I don’t know …..I work about 4 blocks from the Stadium and popped down yesterday during lunch and the vibe was pretty cool.
      Also I have been to the stadium a few times, for the Lions game, the England and AB test, as well as a few Kings games and it’s a wonderful stadium and works very well (even if not very full)

      I reckon these boys are enjoying it.

      As for not playing at the schools, not a big deal in my mind, these guys play at schools all around SA during the year (various festivals etc)

      and the stadium is on taxi and buss route so the tournament is very accessible to the entire PE, much more so than if it was held at Grey PE for instance.

      As for the drama over the Free State loss, storm in a tea cup really , as long as you have Grey Bloem the Free state will continue to produce stars

  2. Maybe we should call the Bulls – Affies, EP – Grey PE, SWD – Outeniqua, WP – Paarl, Free State – Grey college etc.

    and the Boks the BLACK & BLUE BOKS or the BULSHARKBOKS

  3. All the CT crappy weather is on its way there :) Enjoy the rugby

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