The Vodacom Blue Bulls claimed the U19 championship title with a 32-24 final win over Western Province at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.
The first half was tight, with the Blue Bulls taking an early 14-0 lead, but Western Province fought back strongly with three back-to-back tries to sneak into a 17-14 half-time lead.
The visitors, however, outscored Province by two tries to one in the second half and kicked two vital penalty goals, which steered them to the 32-24 victory and the title they lost out on last season.
Western Province 24 (17) – Tries: Duan Bredenkamp, Juanre de Klerk, Matt Cordy, Christie Grobbelaar. Conversions: Juan Mostert (2).
Vodacom Blue Bulls 32 (14) – Tries: Ethan Burger, Hendrik Beukes, Werner Gouws, Kabelo Mokoena. Conversions: Lionel April (3). Penalties: April, Steyn van der Spuy.
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