Tries Galore on Day One of SA Rugby Girls Week

Valke in action against Griffons at the SA Rugby Girls Week in Welkom. Photo: SA Rugby Youth Weeks (Twitter)

Rising rugby stars top performed as the U16 and U18 Girls Week kicked off at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Monday, 27 June 2022.

Valke secured the biggest win on the first day, their U16 girl’s beat Griffons 63-0 -scoring 16 tries.

Valke scrumhalf Dineo Swartbooi scored the first hat-trick and she was later followed by Blue Bulls flyhalf Thabitha Ngobeni, who scored three tries and a conversion against the Pumas to become the leading point’s scorer at the tournament. The Bulls defeated the Pumas 42-14.

Elsewhere, Mastercard Golden Lions, Eastern Province, Border and Border Country District managed to secure wins as well.

Border CD defeated the Free State 37-0, with Esihle Ngibe scoring two tries, while Border managed to walk away with a 27-0 victory over Boland with Zeze Gcaza of Border scoring two tries.

EP joined their fellow Eastern Cape mates, beating Griquas 37-0 with Lin Duma scoring two tries.

Mastercard Golden Lions made sure to not miss out on the big score action, securing a 41-0 win over Leopards.

And, the Limpopo Blue Bulls secured a 22-15 win over the Sharks, while WP secured a 10-5 win over their Western Cape mates SWD.

The U18s will get in on the action in Welkom on Tuesday, 28 June, with eight matches scheduled.


U16 Girls Week Scorers on Day One – 27 June 2022:

Border Country Districts 37 (32) – 0(0)Free State

Border CD – Tries: Sine Gxalaba, Zimbini Striga, Esihle Ngibe (2), Liliy Ntshidi, Anelisa Striga (2). Conversion: Semi Maliwa.


Valke 63 (29) -0(0) Griffons

Valke – Tries: Katleho Sibiya, Nokkhanya Sidu, Dineo Swartbooi (3), Itumeleng Malala, Paddy Moloi, Lusanda Mngoma, Tesmeque Maritz (2), Tshegofatso Ranake. Conversions: Malala (4).


Border 27 (5) -0(0) Boland

Border – Tries: Zeze Gcaza (2), Hluma Tsheula, Zanele Sikela, Yandi Menzi. Conversion: Sino Nqenekile.


Eastern Province 37 (17) – 0(0) Griquas

EP – Tries: Shorty Malahle, Lin Duma (2), Kleintjie Leeuskieter, Eleine de Vos, Janique Scholz. Conversion: Scholz.


Mastercard Golden Lions 41 (15)- 0(0) Leopards

Golden Lions – Tries: Bonolo Lebakeng, Angelique Ross-Allen, Chloe Reed (2), Chloe Olenga, Sande Ndandani (2). Conversions: Katleho Radebe, Amarachi Ezeh.


Limpopo Blue Bulls 22 (0) – 15(10) Sharks 15

Limpopo – Tries: Vanessa Gabadi, Makungu Ntsumele, Nkuriso Shebori (2). Conversion: Gabadi.

Sharks – Tries: Asanda Mnyandu, Aphiwe Zaca (2).


DHL Western Province 10 (5) – 5(5)SWD

WP – Tries: Coby Afrika, Cleo Harris.

SWD – Try: Lee-Ann Muller


Blue Bulls 42 (17) – 14(14) Pumas

Blue Bulls – Tries: Lethabo Masopye, Kgothatso Baloyi, Boikanyo Matlala, Thato Mokone, Emogan Le Fleur, Thabitha Ngobeni (3). Conversion: Ngobeni.

Pumas – Tries: Risper Mgwenya, Pearl Mkhabela. Conversions: Anele Dube (2).


U18 Fixtures – Tuesday, 28 June 2022:

10h00: Eastern Province v Pumas; Leopards v Limpopo Blue Bulls

11h20: Blue Bulls v Sharks; Griffons v Valke

12h30: Zimbabwe v Mastercard Golden Lions; Griquas v Free State

13h40: Border v DHL Western Province; Boland v SWD


Photo 1 Caption: Valke in action against Griffons at the SA Rugby Girls Week in Welkom. Photo: SA Rugby Youth Weeks (Twitter)

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