Valke soar high at LSEN week

The Valke LSEN rugby team claimed top honors for a second year in a row. Photos: Hennie Karsten/http://henniekarsten05.wixsite.com/hbkphotography

VANDERBIJLPRK. – The Valke, who hosted the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week last week at the Isak Steyl stadium took top honours in the tournament for the second year in a row.
The Valke established themselves as the top team for the second successive season as they held their nerve to defeat DHL Western Province 24-12, with the home team scoring four tries to none by the visitors.
The Capetonians’ points were all scored from penalty goals by Joshua Visagie, while Shelden Human scored two of the Valke’s tries, as they cruised to a 17-9 lead and continued to maintain their composure until the final whistle.
Eastern Province were the only other team to finish the competition unbeaten as they defeated Free State 27-0 thanks to a determined performance on attack and defence – they scored five tries while their solid defensive effort left the opposition scoreless.
In the penultimate game of the tournament, Boland’s 22-7 halftime lead proved vital in their 22-17 victory against the Blue Bulls, who tightened up their defence after the break and denied them from adding to their score. In turn, the Pretoria side touched down twice in the second half, but this still left them short.
SWD ended the Valke XV’s winning run as they registered a comprehensive 41-10 victory thanks to a strong first-half showing. The hosts built up a 34-5 lead at the break, but they were only able to add one try in the second half as the Valke XV stepped up their defence. SWD’s Keano Brown earned the man-of-the-match award as he scored two tries and converted two.
The Pumas also got out of the blocks quickly against the Leopards as they worked their way to a 20-12 lead, which proved to be crucial as they scored only one try in a hard-fought second half to take their tally to four, for a 25-12 victory.
A strong second half by the Golden Lions, meanwhile, allowed them to secure a 29-21 victory against the Griffons.
The Gautengers capitalised on their try-scoring chances to touch down five times to three by the team from Welkom. Three penalty goals by the Griffons, however, allowed them to close the gap on the scoreboard.
The clash between the Sharks and Golden Lions EE was nail-biting, as the Durbanites overturned a 7-5 half-time deficit to secure a narrow 15-14 victory, with a vital penalty goal proving to be decisive in the result.
LSEN Week day three results: SWD 41-10 Valke XV; Pumas 25-12 Leopards; Golden Lions 29-21 Griffons; Sharks 15-14 Golden Lions EE; Eastern Province 27-0 Free State; Boland 22-17 Blue Bulls and Valke 24-12 DHL Western Province. – SA Rugby

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