Vodacom Blue Bulls U19's await semifinal opponent

Vodacom Blue Bulls U19's await semifinal opponent

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The four semifinalists in the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship have been determined, but one of the two home semifinals are still up for grabs with one pool round remaining.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls already secured top spot a couple of weeks back.

In an exciting penultimate round the Leopards, who earned two log points for scoring four tries but losing within seven points, cemented their semifinal berth alongside the Vodacom Blue Bulls, MTN Golden Lions and the Sharks, while the Lions, who eliminated defending champions DHL WP, leaped into second place on the log table above the Sharks.

But with the Durban side only one point back, either team could secure the remaining home semifinal.

The MTN Golden Lions defeated DHL Western Province 21-13 in Cape Town on Saturday, and on Friday the Toyota Free State beat the Leopards 27-20 in Potchefstroom and the Vodacom Blue Bulls registered a 23-13 victory against the Sharks in Pretoria.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 23 (5) The Sharks 13 (8)

In Pretoria the Vodacom Blue Bulls delivered a strong second-half showing and overcame a late red card to stretch their winning run in the competition to 11 matches.

The home side found themselves trailing 8-5 at the break after each side crossed the tryline once, and had to work hard to breach the Sharks’ defence after the break.

But they managed to break through with Leighton van Wyk and Duncan Matthews scoring tries 20 minutes apart and Marais adding a penalty to build up a decent lead.

Barend Potgieter of the Sharks, however, earned his team a five-pointer with 17 minutes to go, but with the Blue Bulls’ defence holding, those were the only points they accumulated in the second half.

Scorers:

Vodacom Blue Bulls 23 (5) – Tries: Daniel Kriel, Duncan Matthews, Leighton van Wyk. Conversion: Kobus Marais. Penalties: Marais (2).
The Sharks 13 (8) – Tries: Barend Potgieter, Michael Cloete. Penalty: Colin Willemse.

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Oct 07, 2013
Vodacom Blue Bulls, MTN Golden Lions, the Sharks

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