Blue Bulls eye second junior SA Rugby Championship title against WP

Blue Bulls eye second junior SA Rugby Championship title against WP

The Blue Bulls will be trying to complete the double when they play Western Province in the final of the SA Rugby Under-19 Championship at City Park in Athlone on Saturday (kick-off 12:30).

The Blue Bulls are already champions in the U21 Championship after coming from 17 points behind at halftime to beat Western Province 33-27 four weeks ago.

Western Province will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in this U19 decider after both teams progressed from their pools in the two qualifying tournaments at Ellis Park and at Paarl Gimnasium.

It could be a classic North/South clash. The Blue Bulls U19s come off a novel cross-border competition between club sides where the Blue Bulls mixed their contracted U19s with club players to play in their very tough U20 Volcano Series against club sides from the Pumas, Limpopo, Valke and Leopards.

More than 80 players in what was a near provincial competition have subsequently played provincial rugby for the provincial U20 sides, the U19s and the U21s.

On the other hand, WP with 45 U19 club sides in their various leagues have the most U19s to select from in the country – and that is not even counting the hundreds of U19s at Stellenbosch, Ikeys and UWC.

♦ The Capetonians topped the Coastal U19 Section after sneaking through against the Sharks by 20-19 in the final match at Paarl Gymnasium on Saturday. 

In their first two matches, WP scored 21 tries as they beat Eastern Province (71-12) and Boland (64-10), conceding only three in the process. 

The Inland Section final was decided by virtue of tries scored. The Blue Bulls edged their Golden Lions counterparts after their match ended in a 27-27 draw.

The Blue Bulls were also dominant in their first two matches, beating the Valke (80-10) and Free State (55-17), also scoring 21 and conceding three tries.

U19 teams don’t play extra time and the Blue Bulls were declared winners in line with the tournament rules after outscoring their rivals with four tries to two.