Griffons to meet Pumas in U20 Championship final
October 15, 2018
The Griffons will meet the Pumas in the SA Rugby U20 Championship final at Middelburg HTS in Mpumalanga on Friday after winning their respective semi-finals this past weekend.

The Griffons were in phenomenal form as they cruised to a 70-5 victory against the Valke in Welkom thanks to a stunning five-try haul by Anton Gravett and hat-tricks by Carl Wijburg and Granwill Matthys respectively.

The team came out firing and built up a 43-0 halftime lead, and they maintained this form as the match progressed, which saw them limit the Valke to only one try for their efforts.

In Nelspruit, meanwhile, the Pumas overturned a 15-5 halftime deficit to secure a narrow 23-21 victory against Limpopo, which earned them a final berth.

Limpopo built up a good innings in the first half as they scored two tries and a penalty goal, while they limited the hosts to five points for a 15-5 lead.

The Pumas, however, found their rhythm after the break and touched down twice, while Chrizaan Strauss slotting over three penalty goals to add to his conversion, which nudged them to victory.

The SA Rugby Junior Provincial Championship action will continue on Saturday, with the Xerox Golden Lions meeting Free State and DHL Western Province battling it out with the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the SA Rugby U21 Championship semi-finals, while the Cell C Sharks will host DHL Western Province and the Vodacom Blue Bulls will host the Xerox Golden Lions in the SA Rugby U19 Championship semi-finals.

SA Rugby U20 Championship semi-final results and scorers:

Pumas 23 (5) Limpopo 21 (15)

Pumas – Tries: Ashwill Botha, Curtley Deysel, Japie Kleinhans. Conversion: Chrizaan Strauss. Penalty Goals: Chrizaan Strauss (2).
Limpopo - Tries: Stephane Ndjaya, Jano Lourens. Conversions: Xander Kruger. Penalty Goals: Xander Kruger (3).

Griffons 70 (43) Valke 5 (0)

Griffons - Tries: Carl Wijburg (3), Anton Gravett (5), Granwill Matthys (3), Allistair Mumba. Conversions: Ethan Williams (5).
Valke - Try: Ruan Wasserman.

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