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The SA Rugby Youth Weeks kicked off on an exciting note on Monday with the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria and the National Girls Under-16 Week at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom respectively.

It was a good day for the hosts at both tournaments, with the Blue Bulls defeating the LSEN Week’s leading 2015 side, Boland, 43-8 at Affies, while the Griffons cruised to a 39-0 victory against the Pumas in the National Girls U16 Week.

The opening day at the LSEN Week featured a few close encounters, with Western Province defeating SWD 25-20, while KwaZulu-Natal pipped the Blue Bulls Extraordinary Education (EE) team 37-36 and the Golden Lions EE side edged the Eastern Cape 19-17.The Valke, meanwhile, registered the biggest win of the day as they out-scored the Golden Lions 10 tries to two for an emphatic 64-13 victory, while Free State and the Leopards also registered strong starts to the competition.

The Free State beat the Pumas 22-10, while the Leopards defeated the Griffons 32-17.

In the final match of the day, hosts, the Blue Bulls cruised to a 26-0 halftime lead against Boland, and maintained this fine form in the second half to score seven tries to only one by Boland for their 43-8 victory.

The National Girls Under-16 Week, meanwhile, also featured a mixed bag of results with a handful of big wins, while other matches proved to be nail-biting.

Boland, the Griffons, Border, Western Province and the Limpopo Blue Bulls all registered convincing victories to begin their campaigns on an encouraging note.

Boland defeated the Golden Lions 44-0, with the Griffons registering a 39-0 victory against the Pumas, while Border outplayed the Blue Bulls 39-7 and Western Province beat KwaZulu-Natal 42-10.

The Limpopo Blue Bulls also showed that they could be a force to be reckoned with as they worked their way to a 27-5 victory against the Free State.

In the other matches, the Leopards secured a 15-10 victory against the Valke, while Border Country Districts and Eastern Province played to a 22-22 draw.

The Under-16 Girls will have Tuesday off, and will return to the field on Wednesday, with Free State taking on the Valke, and the Lions meeting the Pumas in the opening matches at 10h00.

Hosts, the Griffons, will meet Griquas in their round two clash at 11h10, while Western Province, who dominated the 2015 edition of the tournament, will take on Border Country Districts in the final match of the day at 14h40.

LSEN Week , day one results (Monday, 27 June):

SWD 20 – 25 Western Province

Valke 64 – 13 Golden Lions

KZN 37 – 36 Blue Bulls EE

Pumas 10 – 22 Free State

Leopards 32 – 17 Griffons

Eastern Cape 17 – 19 Golden Lions EE

Boland 8 – 43 Blue Bulls

National Girls Under-16 Week day one results (Monday, 27 June):

Border CD 22- 22 Eastern Province

Griquas 5 – 12 SWD

Limpopo Blue Bulls 27 – 5 Free State

Leopards 15 – 10 Valke

Boland 44 – 0 Golden Lions

Border 39 – 7 Blue Bulls

Western Province 42 – 10 KZN

Griffons 39 – 0 Pumas

National Girls Under-16 Week day two fixtures (Wednesday, 29 June):

10h00 – Free State vs Valke (A Field)

10h00 – Lions vs Pumas (B Field)

11h10 – Griquas vs Griffons (A Field)

11h10 – KZN vs Blue Bulls Tshwane

12h20 – SWD vs Leopards (A Field)

12h20 – Eastern Province vs Boland

13h30 – Border vs Limpopo Blue Bulls (A Field)

14h40 – Western Province vs Border CD (A Field)

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