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SA Rugby U21 Championship – It is North versus South in the final

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Photo - Jorina Raath / Speedshots

This weekend saw the semi-finals of the SA Rugby U21 Championship with DHL Western Province playing Free State and the Blue Bulls playing against the Sharks.

On Friday the Blue Bulls came out the winner in an epic battle with the Sharks and Province got the better of Free State on Saturday.

It was an absolute cracker between these two sides on Friday and at the end 1 single point separated them after 80 minutes.

The Blue Bulls have been the form side this season and they showed it in the first half leading the Sharks 23-12 at the break.

The Sharks huge their dominate pack to get some good ball to play off and it mostly came together in the second half for them.

Although the Blue kept the scoreboard ticking over it was the Sharks that came with the come back. With ten minutes left in the game the Blue Bulls led 42-27.

Photo – Jorina Raath / Speedshots

The Sharks then gave everything and a little bit more to score two brilliant tries in that final ten minutes but it was just too little too late for them.

The Blue Bulls were able to hang on to that lead and booked their place in the final

For the Blue Bulls Kudzwai Dube, Werner Fourie, Sebastiaan Jobb, Sango Xamlashe and Richard Kriel all got over the whitewash with four conversions from Boshoff. He also kicked two penalties and slotted one drop goal.

The Sharks points came from a hat-trick by Caleb Dingaan and Adam Mountfort, Evan Roos and Asanda Kunene all getting a try a piece.

Hendrickse kicked four over four conversions and one penalty.

It was a much easier win for Province when they beat Free State 52-10 on Saturday.

Seven tries to one tells the story as Province booked their place in the final against the Blue Bulls.

The first half was tighter but Province quickly got a good lead by the time the two teams went into the break, leading 20-10.

Photo by: Hansie Linde / Speedshots

Free State struggled to stay in the game in the second half as Province just took a step up.

This setup a great final between the old enemy, the Blue Bulls.

For Province Orderson and Erasmus both scored twice with Coetzer, Johnson and Jooste chipping in with a try a piece.

Coetzer converted four of the tries with Van Reenen two. Van Reenen also got a drop goal in the match.

The Free State points came from a try by Kruger with Mollentze kicking the conversion and one penalty over.

 

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