Absa u21 competition – MTN Golden Lions 25 (18) Vodacom Blue Bulls 40 (19)

With the Lions boasting only a seven-point lead over the Bloemfontein team, they need at least two points from their remaining games to secure a semifinal berth should the Free State win both their matches.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province Under-21 teams this past weekend booked their semifinal places in the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship with two rounds to spare, while The Sharks and MTN Golden Lions have an inside lane to secure the other spots in the top four.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls overcame a tightly-fought first half against the MTN Golden Lions at Ellis Park to register their seventh victory of the season, and their sixth bonus-point win. So close was the first half the visitors entered the break with a narrow 19-18 lead despite the Pretoria side outscoring the Lions three tries to two. This was largely thanks to two penalties by Lions fullback Marais Schmidt.

But the Blue Bulls raised their game in the second half, making it tough for the Lions to keep up, and they reaped the rewards with the side increasing their try tally to six. This was enough to guarantee the victory and ensure that the team remains in contention for an invaluable home semifinal.

Scorers:

  • MTN Golden Lions 25 (18) – Tries: Jaco van der Walt, Jannie Stander, Stephan de Wit. Conversions: Marais Schmidt (2). Penalties: Marais Schmidt (2).
  • Vodacom Blue Bulls 40 (19) – Tries: Hencus van Wyk, Jaco Visagie, Jacques Rossouw, Roelof Smit (2), Travis Ismaiel. Conversions: Kobus Marais (4), Tony Jantjies.

Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship log – Group A:

  1. DHL Western Province – 44
  2. Vodacom Blue Bulls – 35
  3. The Sharks U21 – 34
  4. MTN Golden Lions U21 – 31
  5. Toyota Free State – 24
  6. Leopards – 14
  7. Border – 3

 

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