I am so tempted to say that I saw this coming after EP’s less than stellar performance against Border as the curtain raiser to the Sharks vs EP game on 4 July 2014, but that would be with the benefit of hindsight …… and churlish after their 2 point win against the Pumas on Monday.
Spear-headed by a dazzling display from flyhalf Bader-Werner Pretorius, KZN totally outplayed Eastern Province in their match at the u18 Coca-Cola Academy Week in Worcester on 8 July and scored at will in the first half.
The KZN flyhalf, Bader-Werner Pretorius, managed to find holes in the defences with his passing and running and his team mates revelled in the momentum and space created by him.
EP scored a late try in the first half, but hardly had a look in.
It was more of the same in the second, with KZN proving to be just too strong, fast and skilful for their opponents.
- KZN 61 (37). Tries: Bader-Werner Pretorius (2), Donovan du Randt, Jaydon Morgan, Marco Palvie, Masikane Mazwi, Simiso Buthelezi, Teigan Erasmus (2). Conversions: Pretorius (4), Buthelezi. Penalties: Pretorius (2).
- Eastern Province 12 (7). Tries: Michael de Marco, Yomelela Keswa. Conversions: Nkosikona Ntebe
EP U18 Academy Week Team:
- Starting Lineup: 1. Luthando Fini, 2. Andre Lategan, 3. Sive Mazosiwe, 4. Kamvelihle Bongani Dilima, 5. Mihlali Langa Mosi, 6. Duan Joe Du Plessis, 7. Michael De Marco, 8. Dean van der Westhuizen, 9. Luciano Grootboom, 10. Denver Johan Kleu, 11. Mohamed Saleem Connelly, 12. Malan Marais, 13. Duwayne Baartman, 14. Yomelela Maqhawe Keswa, 15. Garrick Frederick Mattheus.
- Replacements:, 16. Joshua Matthew Mudrovcic, 17. Matthew Howes, 18. Pierre Janeke, 19. Xolisa Matshoba, 20. Tiaan Louwrens, 21. Darren Robin Domingo, 22. Nkosikona Cecil Ntebe.
All the reports and results from the Coca-Cola Academy Week in Worcester on RugbySearch HERE.
Related: Pumas 26 (5) Eastern Province 28 (14).