Lions set to clash with Blue Bulls
13 July 2012 | Own correspondent
PORT ELIZABETH – The Lions were beaten by Free State in last year’s final game in Kimberley.
The Bulls beat the Pumas 36-10 in their second game to become one of just three sides, along with the Lions and the hosts, Eastern Province, to win two out of two going into the final day of the week.
There is no doubt that the two sides deserve the honour of playing in the unofficial final. The Lions beat Border on day one, and then ended the hopes of the highly-fancied KwaZulu-Natal side on day three.
The Blue Bulls were matched up against pre-tournament favourites, Western Province in their first outing, and beat them quite easily, 47-27.
They then coasted home 36-10 against the Pumas in yesterday’s late game, with most of their reserves on the field.
It’s going to be a massive forward battle tomorrow, and a thrilling encounter.
Eastern Province, as the hosts, and as reward for the two wins out of two, will play KwaZulu-Natal in the main curtain-raiser.
The Bulls scored six tries against the Pumas, via Arend Bannink (two), George Erasmus, Marquit September and Ryno Eksten. Eksteen was successful with a penalty and four conversions.
Willard Kotzenburg scored a try for the Pumas and Brendan Thomson kicked a penalty and a conversion.
In other action on the fourth day Western Province beat SWD 39-33 in a thrilling clash.
The game was very close throughout, but Province pulled clear in the last quarter, only for SWD to come right back at them, with WP hanging on for the last minute or two.
The Western Province tries came from Grant Hermanus, Jason Worral, Morne Nortje, Petrus Bothma, Ramone Samuels and Wesley Adonis. Worrall also kicked a penalty and three conversions.
Duhan Van der Merwe and Dewald Human scored two five pointers each for SWD and Leighton Eksteen got one try. Warrick Galant converted three of the tries and Human one.
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