Blue Bulls lose to EP Kings in Under-19 final
The EP Kings are the Absa Under-19 Provincial Champions after beating Vodacom Blue Bulls 25-23 in the final played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. The Blue Bulls had an opportunity to win the match in the 68th minute, but Tinus de Beer pulled his penalty kick and the Kings could hold on.
Eastern Province won the Absa Under-19 competition when they edged the Vodacom Blue Bulls 25-23 in the final. It was the first ever title for the Eastern Cape youngsters, nowadays coached by former Springbok Sevens star Mzandile Stick.
The Kings also just lost once this year - against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria in league play- and finished the season the best way possible.
EP Kings 25 (13), Vodacom Blue Bulls 23 (6).
EP Kings 25 (13). Tries: Jeremy Ward (2), Mabhutana Peter. Conversions: Michael Brink (2). Penalties: Michael Brink (2).
Vodacom Blue Bulls 23 (6). Tries: Gavin van den Berg, Tinus de Beer. Conversions: Tinus de Beer (2). Penalties: Tinus de Beer (3).