DHL Western Province were rewarded for their consistency in the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship this past weekend as they climbed to the top of the log table and gained a valuable four-point lead over the chasing teams.
Victories for Toyota Free State and the Sharks also allowed them to close the gap between themselves and the Vodacom Blue Bulls, resulting in only one point separating the second-placed Pretoria side and fourth-placed Free State.
In an exciting round of matches DHL Western Province thumped the MTN Golden Lions 53-26 at Ellis Park, Toyota Free State defeated the Leopards 40-29 in Bloemfontein and the Sharks registered a narrow 19-15 victory against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban.
The Sharks 19 (6) Vodacom Blue Bulls 15 (15)
In Durban the Sharks overturned a 15-6 half-time deficit to cause an upset against the Vodacom Blue Bulls.
The clash started off tightly with the teams exchanging penalties as they both battled to breach the defence.
The Bulls, however, capitalised on two try-scoring chances late in the half, which handed them the lead going into the break.
The Sharks fought back strongly by producing quality performances on attack and defence to take charge of the match.
This earned them two tries by Kotaro Matsushima and Stefan Ungerer, while Robert du Preez slotted over his third penalty to seal the victory.
The Sharks 19 (6) – Tries: Kotaro Matsushima, Stefan Ungerer. Penalties: Robert du Preez (3).
Vodacom Blue Bulls 15 (15) – Tries: Dries Swanepoel, Jermaine Kleinsmith. Conversion: Handrè Pollard. Penalty: Handrè Pollard.