SARU u/21 Cup Final – Details Confirmed

 

The Vodacom Bulls u/21s will host the Lions u/21s in Pretoria on Friday afternoon at 13h00 in this year's SA Rugby Under-21 Cup Final after both sides won their semi-finals played over the weekend.

The two Gauteng sides will battle it out for the title, with the Lions going into the decider knowing they were the only side to have beaten the Vodacom Bulls this season, by 27-20, when the two teams met a few weeks ago.

The Lions u/21s beat the more fancied, Junior Springbok-laden DHL WP by 28-26 in wet conditions played at the Villager Rugby Club in Claremont, Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors scored two tries during the last ten minutes of the first half to lead 14-0 at the halftime break. The Lions u/21s stretched that to 21-0 and later 28-5 before they had to fight off a determined host who came charging back in the second half.

In the end, though, the young Lions were able to edge home by scoring three converted tries and having a crucial penalty try awarded in their favour, while the Capetonians replied with four tries and three conversions.

In the second semi-final played at the Loftus Versfeld B-field in Pretoria on Friday afternoon, the Vodacom Bulls staged a strong second-half comeback to beat the Leopards 29-06.

It was the Leopards who went into the halftime break 6-5 ahead following two penalty goals by pivot Martin Venter while the Pretoria side replied with an unconverted try.

But the home team came flying out of the blocks, helped by two yellow cards shown to the Leopards, after the break to eventually score five tries.