Free State thrash Boland in Craven Week opener

Teboho Rampai (HTS Louis Botha) dotting down for one of the twelve tries scored by Free State on day one of the 2017 U18 Craven Week at St Stithians College in Johannesburg. The SA Schools Sevens star, Henk Cilliers, scored four tries in the 81-26 drubbing of Boland. PHOTO: LEE WARREN / GALLO

The Free State U18 team opened their 2017 Craven Week team with a comprehensive 81-26 drubbing of Boland at St Stithians College in Johannesburg on Monday.

The South African Schools Sevens star, Henk Cilliers, crossed the white-wash four times of tries as Boland were outclassed in every aspect of the game.

In all Free State dotted down on elven occasions

The hooker, Ruhan Greyling, nearly scored a hat-trick, however, what could have been his second try wasn’t award, due to it being a double movement and thus he had to settle for a brace.

The Free State flyhalf, Christopher Schreuder, scored 26 of his side’s points with 9 conversions, a penalty and a try.

Boland scored two tries with Romeo Eksteen dotting down in the 44th minute and the speedy Larren Buys flying over in the final minute for a consolation try.

The Boland flyhalf, JP Viviers, was on song with the boot and recorded a 100% effort with 4 penalties and 2 conversions.

He did also dot down under the posts, however, it was from a knockout and after consulting with the TMO the try was disallowed.


Free State: Tries – Janco van Heyningen, Henk Cilliers 4, Ruhan Greyling 2, Herman Agenberg, Ross Braude, Christopher Schreuder, Rampai Teboho, Marcel Theunissen Conv.- Schreuder 9 Pen. – Schreuder 1.

Boland: Tries – Romeo Eksteen, Larren Buys Conv. – JP Viviers 2, Pen. – Viviers 4.

U18 Craven Week day one results (Monday, 16 July) – Griffons 27-28 Griquas CD; Limpopo Blue Bulls 41-3 Border CD; Free State 81-26 Boland; Western Province 36-10 Pumas; Golden Lions 44-8 Border.

Academy Week day one results (Monday, 16 July) – Valke 41-12 Limpopo Blue Bulls; Eastern Province CD 62-3 Griquas CD; Sharks CD 31-48 Griffons; Eastern Province 22-22 Griquas; Sharks 46 – 7 SWD; Western Province 38 – 31 Boland. – MORGAN PIEK

The Free State U18 Craven Week team will be aiming to play in the unofficial final of the annual tournament for the first time since 2011.