Western Province's u19-side made it clear during their opening match of the SA Rugby u19 Championship that they will be a force to be reckoned with. They brushed Boland aside by 64-10 at Paarl Gimnasium's main field.
The victors' hooker, Jason Alexander, completed a first-half hat-trick of tries after crossing the try-line for the first time in the sixth minute of the clash. His third try came in the 15th minute of the encounter.
In total Western Province managed to cross the tryline ten times in the match. They will face Eastern Province on Thursday in their second encounter of the competition that follows a new format this season.
The defending u19 champions, the Sharks, didn't experience too much trouble in defeating Eastern Province by 43-23 in their encounter on the opening day. Flanker Lunga Ncube completing a brace of tries.
Eastern Province put on a brave effort in the first half allowing the Sharks a narrow 17-16 lead at the break. EP's flyhalf, Bryce Collins, packed his kicking boots and converted both his side's tries and also slotted three penalties.
The Sharks will take on Boland in their second encounter of the SA Rugby u19 Championship on Thursday.
Western Province 64 (36) - Tries: Jason Alexander (3), Matthew Cordy (2), Thys Kitshoff, Luciano Ellis, Juan Mostert, Ryan van Ster, Feghon-Leigh Snyders. Conversions: Mostert (3), Snyders (3). Boland 10 (3) - Try: Caine Stadler. Conversion: Cullen Plaatjies. Penalty: Plaatjies.
Sharks 43 (17) - Tries: Lunga Ncube (2), Cullen van der Merwe, Dylan Pretorius, Jean Roux, Rynhardt Jonker, Asanda Kunene. Conversions: Pretorius (2), Darren Hendricks, Charl Janson. Eastern Province 23 (16) - Tries: Lennox Holster, Cole Kirkwood. Conversions: Bryce Collins (2). Penalties: Collins (3).