Blue Bulls scored a crucial last minute try to secure the win of 36-30 over Western Province to secure a place in the final against Free State next week.
The game started with great speed from the Blue Bulls and they had most of the ball in the early exchanges. Western Province was made to tackle and make sure that the Blue Bulls do not get through their defensive lines which was a problem this year in the Currie Cup.
Western Province did put the effort on attack with the Blue Bulls hitting them hard in the tackles and stopping most of their chances on attack.
It was the Blue Bulls who scored first with some great hands against the touch line and took an early lead of 7-0 over Province.
Western Province did had a few phases that gave their forwards a chance to drive over the line for their first try and make the score 7 all. This would be the trend throughout the match as the two teams battle for the win.
Both teams gave the ball some air and it was Western Province that had to defend a bit more and gave away some penalties which the Blue Bulls took full advantage off and kept the scoreboard ticking over with the boot of Schoeman.
The lineouts and scrums were even throughout the first half although the Blue Bulls got some penalties from the scrums but never really dominate it.
At the end of the half Province got a penalty to make the score 16-10 at the break.
With all to play, both teams would have wanted to improve in the second half as they made a few mistakes in attack.
The second half was a much better half from Province and they kept pressing the Blue Bulls till the end. Some handling errors and wrong decisions put the Blue Bulls under huge pressure for long periods in that second half.
Province were starting to get the better in the lineouts and scrums with the Blue Bulls able to counter them.
It was a great kicking display from both Tiaan Schoeman and Robert Du Preez who did not miss anything on the night.
Province score a great try from an intercept to send Werner Kok away which also gave them the lead and hope of a repeat from last years semi final when they beat them at Loftus.
The Blue Bulls came back each time when Province took the lead and at the end a great try secure the win and gave them a spot in the final next week against the Free State Cheetahs.
At the end The Blue Bulls just had that little bit more than Province and deserve the victory and the spot in the final.
Next week it is Free State Cheetahs against the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein.
For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Ismaiel, Jenkins, Van Zyl
Cons: Schoeman 3
Pens: Schoeman 5
For Western Province:
Tries: Carr, Kok, De Klerk
Cons: Du Preez 3
Pens: Du Preez 2
Drop goal: Du Preez