Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21 Reserve Place In The Finals

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The u/21 Vodacom Blue Bulls reserved their place in the SARU u/21 Championship finals after a resounding bonus-point win (74-26) over the Cell C Sharks.

The first 20 minutes was an arm wrestle with the penalties conceded by both teams being the highlights. The Bulls enjoyed territorial advantage for most of the game. A converted penalty gave the Bulls a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to go into the second quarter.

The Bulls scored successive tries within 2 minutes of each other that gave them a lead of 17-0 and ten minutes to go in the first half. A further converted penalty by the Bulls gave them a 20-0 lead at halftime.

The first half was not exiting at all and the mistakes by both teams overshadowed any "highlights". The control by both teams at the breakdowns a prime reason for the "dull" game as no momentum could be created by the teams.

It took the Sharks fifty minutes to score their first points of the game after a brilliant individual effort by scrumhalf Vusile Dlepu. However, the Bulls were happy to collect points from the boot of Richard Kriel thanks to several penalties conceded by the Sharks.

With twenty minutes gone in the second half, the Sharks looked a lot better after they narrowed the gap with a second try to 12-31. Thereafter, the heavens opened and a total of nine tries were scored in the last 20 minutes, with the Bulls scoring six thereof to win 72-26.

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21: Tries: Stravino Jacobs (2), David Coetzer, Diego Appollis, Janco Uys, Sebastiaan Jobb, Jan-Hendrik Wessels (2), Hendrik du Toit, Ruben Beytell. Conversions: David Coetzer, Richard Kriel (5). Penalties: Richard Kriel (4).
Cell C Sharks: Tried: Vusile Dlepu, Jean Roux, Le Roux Malan (2). Conversions: Rynhardt Jonker (3).

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21: 1. Kudzwai Dube, 2. Janco Uys, 3. Eduan Swart, 4. Jordan van Dyk, 5. Janko Swanepoel, 6. Jaco Labuschagne (C), 7. Keenan Opperman, 8. Divan Venter, 9. Bernard van der Linde, 10. David Coetzer, 11. Sebastiaan Jobb, 12. Jay-Cee Nel, 13. Diego Appollis, 14. Stravino Jacobs, 15. Richard Kriel. Replacements: 16. Keano Hendricks, 17. Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18. Nolan Pienaar, 19. Uzile Tele, 20. Hendrik du Toit, 21. Ross Braude, 22. Ruben Beytell, 23. Marnus Potgieter.

Cell C Sharks u/21: 1. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 2. Fezo Mbatha (Captain), 3. Francois Klopper, 4. Emile van Heerden, 5. Jeandre Labuschagne, 6. Adam Mountfort, 7. Celimpilo Gumede, 8. Evan Roos, 9. Vusile Dlepu, 10. Rynhardt Jonker, 11. Caleb Dingaan, 12. Murray Koster, 13. Le Roux Malan, 14. Jean Roux, 15. Thaakir Abrahams. Replacements: 16. Cullen van der Merwe, 17. James Scott, 18. Hanru Jacobs, 19. Lunga Ncube, 20 Ockie Barnard, 21. Daimon O’Connell, 22. Mntungwa Mapantsela, 23. Quan Eymann.