Blue Bulls Rugby Union Celebrate A Successful Carlton Cup Competition


The Blue Bulls Rugby Union under the guidance of their president, Willem Strauss have achieved what many pundits said was impossible. They made club rugby not only relevant again but ensured that top players returned to club rugby ensuring a very competitive and exciting competition.

President of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, Willem Strauss, said ahead of the final: “We have seen a great revival of club rugby which will culminate in the exciting Carlton Cup final between two top clubs. Our aim is to make club rugby relevant again. All our stakeholders have been aligned and have bought into the vision of growing and excelling on all levels of rugby in our region, which in turn is for the greater good of South African rugby in general.

The Naka Bulls was crowned the Carlton Cup champions for the first time in the 83 years history of the competition after beating Northam 35-25 in the final on Saturday evening at Loftus Versveld. In a closely contested final the champions led 22-17 at the halftime break with both sides attacking with flair and defending like demons.

With 16 players with Currie Cup experience and a quartet of former Junior Springboks who turned out for the two rivals the quality of play was of a high standard, keeping their supporters on their feet for most of the match. It is expected that several of these players will once again future for the Vodacom Bulls in the 2022 Currie Cup as the new rugby structures will put extreme pressure on the contracted player group of the Vodacom Bulls.

Naka Bull was also crowned the 2ndXV Champions after they held off a second-half onslaught from the Tuks Fezelas to win 40-37 after leading 22-10 at the halftime break.

Tuks 3rd's won their final against Grizzlies' 3rd team with 36-22. The Tuks u/20 A won 55-07 against the Tuks u/20 B team to claim the u/20 title.