Free State beat the Leopards 86-14 at the U18 Craven Week on Thursday. TYRONE ENGEL reports.
The Free Staters scored 13 tries, with fullback David Kriel getting a hat-trick and centre Rikus Pretorius and scrumhalf Rewan Kruger two each. The Bloemfontein-based side dominated physically and were lethal on the counter-attack.
Flyhalf Mario Vieira opened the scoring for Free State with a penalty kick, followed by a procession of scintillating tries from flank Juan Venter, centres Pretorius and Janco van Heyningen, No 8 Dian Schoonees, Kruger and Kriel (two) to make it 44-0 at half-time.
The carnage continued in the second stanza, with prop Gideo Beukes, Pretorius and wing Mfekezo Moyo scoring within the first 10 minutes.
The Leopards scored their first try in the 49th minute, when flyhalf André Kock dived over from close range to score under the posts, but Kruger then crossed for his second from the back of a strong driving maul.
The Leopards scored a second converted try through scrumhalf Riaan van der Spuy, but two more tries from wing Ayabonga Ntaba and Kriel slammed home the victory for Free State.
Free State – Tries: Juan Venter, Rikus Pretorius (2), Janco van Heyningen, Dian Schoonees, Rewan Kruger (2), David Kriel (3), Gideo Beukes, Mfekezo Moyo, Ayabonga Ntaba. Conversions: Mario Vieira (9). Penalty: Vieira.
Leopards – Tries: André Kock Conversions: Gerhard Fourie.
Free State – 15 David Kriel , 14 Rallston Dreyer, 13 Janco van Heyningen, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Gomolemo Mathlo, 10 Mario Vieira, 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Dian Schoonees, 7 Juan Venter, 6 Teboho Rampai, 5 Kagiso Marumo, 4 Jaco van Tonder, 3 Gideo Beukes, 2 Matthew Wessels, 1 Tristian Spies, 16 Thian du Randt, 17 Eddie Davids, 18 Naudé Naudé, 19 Brentley Marais, 20 Aya Ntaba, 21 Keaton Swarts, 22 Mfezeko Moyo, 23 Kyle Kermis.
Leopards – 15 Gerhard Fourie, 14 Gert Jonker, 13 Rassie Breedt, 12 Yamkele Nyembe, 11 Lionel George, 10 André Kock, 9 Ethan Ballot , 8 Tiaan du Toit, 7 Christopher Kemm, 6 Gerald Zimasa, 5 Sosikelo Khuselo, 4 Nathan Jordan, 3 Martin de Villiers, 2 Rudolf Hattingh, 1 Simbonile Mayazano, 16 Fanie Maré, 17 Pieter Carrol, 18 Craivian Smith, 19 André Fouche, 20 Mangaise Sonwabele, 21 Riaan van der Spuy, 22 Jacquim da Jenga, 23 Dane Booysen.
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