Flyhalf Christopher Schreuder scored 26 points as Free State thrashed Boland 81-26 at the U18 Craven Week in Johannesburg on Monday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Schreuder, who has represented South Africa at schools level in rugby and cricket, scored a try and succeeded with 10 of his 13 attempts at goal.
Free State were also boosted by outside centre Henk Cilliers, who ripped through Boland’s defence to run in four tries.
Boland, playing with the wind at their backs, showed early endeavour on attack and their fast start seemed to unsettle Free State a little. But the boys from upcountry overcame their early jitters to outscore Boland 12 tries to two.
Flyhalf JP Viviers was on target with four first-half penalties for Boland, but once Free State hit their stride and started to dominate possession, tries followed.
Wing Janco van Heyningen, who is a natural centre, scored the opening try before Schreuder added the conversion and a penalty. Cilliers and front rowers Ruhann Greyling and Herman Agenbag added their names to the scoresheet as Free State took a 31-12 lead into the break.
The floodgates opened in the second half as Boland leaked eight further tries. Free State’s forwards bossed the breakdown area, setting the platform for the backs – well-marshalled by scrumhalf Ross Braude – to run riot.
One minute after the restart, Cilliers latched on to a basketball-like pass and raced down the right-hand touchline to score his second try, and soon after Braude also crashed over.
Lively Drostdy scrumhalf Romeo Eksteen scored a much-needed effort for Boland, but it only provided temporary relief as Free State scored six more tries, including two more from Cilliers.
Boland replacement winger Larren Buys burrowed over in the dying moments, but it brought his team little joy.
Boland – Tries: Romeo Eksteen, Larren Buys. Conversions: Jean Viviers (2). Penalties: Viviers (4).
Free State – Tries: Janco van Heyningen, Henk Cilliers (4), Ruhann Greyling (2), Herman Agenbag, Ross Braude, Christopher Schreuder, Arno Nieuwoudt, Marcel Theunissen. Conversions: Schreuder (9). Penalty: Schreuder.
Boland – 15 Jasper Cohen, 14 Lucas Rune, 13 Christoffel Grobbelaar, 12 PJ Boltman, 11 Larren Buys, 10 JP Viviers, 9 Romeo Eksteen, 8 Marco Griebenauw, 7 Michael Otto, 6 Jevan Augsut, 5 Dawid Oosthuizen, 4 JC van Niekerk, 3 Athi Maginya, 2 Matthys van der Merwe, 1 Zenon Erasmus.
Subs: 16 Johan Geldenhuys, 17 Trevor Laubscher, 18 Dehan Scheepers, 19 Johandré Rupping, 20 Michael Goodall, 21 Aphelele Madaka, 22 Shaun Baxter, 23 Jared Manus.
Free State – 15 David Kriel, 14 Janco van Heyningen, 13 Henk Cilliers, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Wycliff Vlitoor, 10 Christopher Schreuder, 9 Ross Braude, 8 Arno Nieuwoudt, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Teboho Rampai, 5 De Wet Marais, 4 Samkele Mzayayi 3 Naudé Naudé, 2 Ruhann Greyling, 1 Andile Maxamba.
Subs: 16 Luke Janse van Vüren, 17 Shuraigh Lalla, 18 Herman Agenbag, 19 Olentse Mphuthi, 20 Lebo Molefe, 21 Keaton Swart, 22 Martin Lottering, 23 Jayden Seekoei.
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