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WP U21s, Golden Lions U19s crowned champions
October 28, 2017
DHL WP secured the SA Rugby U21 Championship title by beating the Vodacom Blue Bulls in a high-scoring final, while the Xerox Golden Lions won the SA Rugby U19 Championship title against Toyota Free State in their final.

Under-21

The SA Rugby U21 Championship Final between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province also proved to be an arm-wrestle, as both teams ran hard on attack, which saw them enter the break tied at 22-22 before DHL Western Province’s effective goal-kicking allowed them to secure a narrow 48-41 victory.

The Pretoria side out-scored the Capetonians six tries to five, with scrumhalf Embrose Papier earning a hat-trick, but DHL WP’s four conversions, three penalty goals and two drop goals handed them the edge on the scoreboard.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls struck first with a try by Papier – who scored two of his team’s three first-half tries – in the seventh minute, while DHL Western Province scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, winger Duncan Saal and centre David Brits touched down for the Capetonians. Each side also kicked a penalty goal in the half to enter the break at 22-22.

DHL Western Province, however, took control of the second half thanks to their pressure on attack combined with their ability to convert their chances into points, which saw them score two drop goals and two penalty goals to add to their two second-half tries. The Vodacom Blue Bulls touched down three times in the half. But despite this they fell short on the scoreboard.

Under-19

In the SA Rugby U19 Championship Final, the Xerox Golden Lions dominated from the outset against Toyota Free State as they created try-scoring opportunities at will and rounded them off to secure a rewarding 55-24 victory.

The Gauteng side opened up the scoring in the early exchanges of the first half with back-to-back penalty goals by flyhalf Gianni Lombard, which they backed up with tries by Louritz van der Schyff, winger Wandisile Simelane and hooker PJ Botha, while they limited Toyota Free State to a penalty goal for a 25-3 halftime lead.

They continued this fine form in the second half despite replacement forward Arno van Wyk getting a red card in the 48th minute as their fine attacking form earned them four more tries - one of which marked Simelane’s second. Toyota Free State, in turn, showed their fighting spirit to score three converted tries in the half, but this was too little too late as they went down 55-24.

Results and scorers:

SA Rugby U21 Championship Final – Vodacom Blue Bulls 41 (22) DHL Western Province 48 (22)

Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Embrose Papier (3), Andell Loubser, Stedman Gans, Johan Grobbelaar. Conversions: Tinus De Beer (2), Kurt Webster (2). Penalty Goal: Tinus De Beer.

DHL Western Province – Tries: Juarno Augustus, Herschel Jantjies, David Brits, Duncan Saal (2). Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (4). Penalty Goal: Tiaan Swanepoel (3). Drop Goals: Tiaan Swanepoel, Herschel Jantjies.

SA Rugby U19 Championship Final – Xerox Golden Lions 55 (25) Toyota Free State 24 (3)

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Louritz van der Schyff, Wandisile Simelane (2), PJ Botha, Manuel Rass, Austin Davids, Shaun Williams. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (4). Penalty Goals: Lombard (4).

Toyota Free State – Tries: Rassie Breedt (2), Saida Xamlashe. Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela (3). Penalty Goal: Dobela.

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