Border beat Lions after 30 years
In what had to be the most entertaining game of Craven Week 2019, Border beat the Lions 39 - 36, for the first time in 30 years. It was their second match of the week after coming off a loss to the Blue Bulls.
As one of the unbeaten teams at the 2018 U/18 Craven Week, Border were pitted against a strong Blue Bulls side in their opening encounter. Border led 17 - 10 at half time with tries by Mntungwa Mapantsela, Jarrod Taylor and Indiphile Tyeda. Unfortunately, Border went down 35 - 24.
Certainly not a shameful result considering the Bulls were selected as one of the teams to play in Saturday’s unofficial final. The final saw the Bulls go down 56-31 against Western Province.
Against the Lions they scored probably one of the fastest opening tries, capitalising on a Lions error at kick off to score within ten seconds of play.
With thrilling end to end running rugby, the Lions held favour, 24-17 after the first half. Down 36-29 in the 63rd minute, Border’s Ali Gqaza bulldozed his way over the line to make it 36 all with the conversion successful. In the dying seconds of the game with Border on attack, the Lions made a crucial error and were subsequently penalised. With the final hooter already blown, the penalty was converted giving Border an epic 39-36 victory.
Their final encounter against Boland on Saturday was level pegged at half time 19-19. They finished their week in style, running out comfortable winners 43 - 26. Commenting on the week; Head Coach, Phiwe Nomlomo said, “We played in a much tougher pool this year and we beat an incredibly strong Lions team for the first time in over 30 years. It’s incredible”.
Nomlomo further extended his gratitude to his coaching staff and support team; James Winstanley, Cassie van der Merwe, Mtobeli Kweliti, Cuma Mgijima, Chase Morison, Mongezi Mncono and Katiso Mosioua. “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with these people,” Nomlomo concluded.