The Blue Bulls edged the Free State XV 22-21 and Griquas hammered the SWD Eagles 84-15 to progress to the semi-finals of the Vodacom Cup.
Free State scored two tries to one, with Tian Schoeman and Tony Jantjies kicking the Bulls to victory.
Schoeman opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty, before Free State wing Maphutha Dolo scored a try, converted by Riaan Smit, who moments later also added a penalty.
The Bulls’ only five-pointer of the match came from scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs and Free State’s second was scored by loose forward Zingisa April, but a further penalty from Schoeman and three from Jantjies were enough to secure a one-point victory.
In the last quarter-final, Griquas annihilated the SWD Eagles in Kimberley, scoring 11 tries to two. Fullback Gouws Prinsloo slotted 10 conversions and three penalties to end the game with a personal tally of 29 points.
The Golden Lions and the Pumas progressed to the semi-finals on Friday after wins against the Sharks XV and Western Province respectively.
Free State XV (21) – Tries: Maphutha Dolo, Zingisa April. Conversion: Riaan Smit. Penalties: Smit (3).
Blue Bulls (22) – Try: Logan Jacobs. Conversion: Tian Schoeman. Penalties: Schoeman (2), Tony Jantjies (3).
Griquas (84) – Tries: Burger Schoeman, Danie Dames, Ederies Arendse, Ewald van der Westhuizen (2), Jonathan Adendorf, Jonathan Francke (2), Rocco Jansen, Tian Meyer (2). Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (10). Penalties: Prinsloo (3).
SWD (15) – Tries: Hentzwill Pedro, Shaun Raubenheimer. Conversion: Karlo Aspeling. Penalty: Aspeling.
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