Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:17
The first of the trilogy of Finals kicks off at noon at Kings Park -the Under-19 Finals between Blue Bulls and Western Province.
The two teams have met twice before this year. Western Province beat the Blue Bulls twice - 20-16 at home and 38-35 in Pretoria. But as the Under-21 team has lost players to the Currie Cup team, so the Under-21 team has taken players from the Under-19 side. Three of them have been taken up - slick flyhalf Tim Swiel, the fullback with the magic feet, Cheslin Kolbe who could just become a star, and lock Jean Kleyn who is on the bench for the Under-21s.
Western Province topped the Under-19 log and beat the Golden Lions 24-14 in their home semifinal while the Blue Bulls beat the Sharks 46-35 at Loftus Versfeld.
Not that previous results count for much when the Final kicks off.
Western Province: 15 Janco Gunter, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Justin Geduld, 12 Kyle Lombard, 11 JP Lewis (vice-captain), 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Jean Nel, 8 Justin Benn, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Eital Bredenkamp, 5 Andrew Becker, 4 Tiaan Benade, 3 Nicol Heyns, 2 Freddie Kirsten (captain), 1 Sti Sithole
Replacements:16 Brianton Booysen, 17 Niel Oelofse, 18 Deacon Chowles, 19 Sebastian Ferreira, 20 Nicholai Lubbe, 21 Bjorn Bernardo, 22 Niel Bester, 23 Selom Gavor
Blue Bulls: 15 Jacques Rossouw, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Dean Moolman, 12 Burger Odendaal (vice-captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Francois Tredoux, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Theuns Reynolds, 1 Justin Forwood
Replacements: 16 Jacques Taylor, 17 Jan Enslin, 18 Christiaan de Bruin, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Tokkie Mtsweni, 21 Dean Moolman/Juan Smit, 22 Clyde Davids, 23 Neethling Fouche
Date: 27 October 2012
Venue: KINGS PARK, Durban
Expected weather conditions: 70% chance of rain with a high of 19°C, dropping to 15°C
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Archie Sehlako, Reuben Rossouw
Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel
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