GARETH DUNCAN saw the Blue Bulls ease to a 22-13 win over WP in U21 provincial final.
It was rather a one-sided contest for most parts of the match. The Blue Bulls dominated physically on attack and defence, limiting an unimposing Province outfit.
Dominance up front has been the Pretoria team’s main strength all season, and it’s helped them record a highly successful campaign as they’ve only lost two games out of 14 fixtures.
It was a battle of the boots in the first half as Bulls flyhalf Christian Schoeman traded penalties with WP fullback Cheslin Kolbe. Schoeman slotted four of his five goal attempts to give his team a 12-6 lead at the break.
The Bulls grabbed a telling score early in the second stanza as wing Damian van Wyk was put into space out wide. Schoeman added the extras to secure a comfortable 19-6 advantage.
The game was won when reserve pivot Tony Jantjies kicked a 69th-minute penalty.
Province managed to score a consolation try at the death, with wing Clearance Khumalo showing great speed and vision to latch onto a chip ahead before beating the covering defence with an inside side step to dive over.
Blue Bulls U21s 22 (12) – Try: Damian van Wyk. Conversion: Christian Schoeman. Penalties: Schoeman (4), Tony Jantjies.
WP U21s 13 (6) – Try: Clearance Khumalo. Conversion: Cheslin Kolbe. Penalties: Kolbe (2).