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SA Rugby U21 Championship Final – Vodacom Blue Bulls v DHL Western Province

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This weekend sees the end of South African domestic season with the Finals of the SA Rugby U21 Championship and the Currie Cup.

The SA Rugby U21 Championship has been a tight contest with the Blue Bulls showing early on some good form with Free State, Province and the Sharks coming good at the end.

This weekend will see the Blue Bulls and Western Province fighting it out of the big prize in the final.

They were also the two top teams on the log although Province Free State was only separated by points difference.

For the final we only see one change from DHL Western Province with Dian Bleuler at looshead prop in place of injured Leon Lyons.

Paarwater said that having built up some good momentum towards the end of the season, his side are determined to put their best foot forward in the final.

“It is great to have some consistency in selection and the combinations have really started working well over the last few weeks.

“We want to take that momentum into the final and execute our skills as accurately as possible in what will be a tough match,” he said.

The Blue Bulls will go into the final as favourites as they have been all year but it is not as easy as that when you get to finals.

Province is no pushover and we expect a huge battle between the old enemy even if it is only U21

There is only one change to the starting team that narrowly beat the Cell C Sharks U21 in the semi-final last week with Marnus Potgieter recovering from his training injury to resume his role as outside centre.

Sango Xamlashe drops to the bench and is joined by flyhalf Vaughen Isaacs, who made his Currie Cup debut against the Cell C Sharks two weeks ago.

Kick-off is 13:45 and will be televised live on Super Sport 1.

Teams:

Vodacom Blue Bulls U21: 15. Richard Kriel, 14. Gershwin Mouton, 13. Marnus Potgieter, 12. Wian van Niekerk, 11. Sebastiaan Jobb, 10. Theo Boshoff, 9. Keagan Johannes, 8. Muller Uys (C), 7. Hanru Sirgel, 6. Stephan Smit, 5. Ruan Nortje, 4. Ryno Pieterse, 3. Mornay Smith, 2. Werner Fourie, 1. Kudzwai Dube.

Replacements: 16. Llewellyn Classen, 17. Etienne Janeke, 18. Carl Els, 19. Ewart Potgieter, 20. Johan Mulder, 21. Vaughen Isaacs, 22. Sango Xamlashe, 23. Cabous Eloff.

DHL Western Province U21: 15 David Kriel, 14 Sihle Njezula, 13 Lyle Hendricks, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 David Coetzer, 9 Vusile Dlepu, 8 Adrian Paarwater, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Gift Dlamini, 5 Ben-Jason Dixon (captain), 4 Marcel Theunissen, 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Dian Bleuler.

Replacements: 16 Daniel Jooste, 17 Hugo Pienaar, 18 Dandre Degenaar, 19 Ian Kitwanga, 20 Jesse Johnson, 21 Gerardo Jaars, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Sako Makata.

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