Bulls triumph at SARU sevens event

Blue Bulls (File)
Blue Bulls (File)

Cape Town - The Blue Bulls men’s and women’s teams on Saturday showed their class at the SARU Interprovincial Sevens at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit as they took top honours to round off a fantastic weekend for the Pretoria union.

The Blue Bulls men defeated Western Province 38-29 and the women pipped Western Province 24-22 in their respective Cup Finals in what was a thrilling tournament.

In the men’s division, the Leopards defeated Eastern Province 29-24 in a sudden-death playoff to win the Plate Final after finishing the match 24-24 at full time, while SWD won the Bowl final and Boland won the Shield Final.

In the women’s section Free State won the Plate final with a convincing 19-7 victory against the SA Students, while Eastern Province won the Bowl Final and the Blue Bulls XV won the Shield Final.

The Blue Bulls men’s side opened up their campaign with a 19-17 victory against the Pumas Lowveld and then defeated the Falcons 42-0 and the Limpopo Blue Bulls 26-0 to finish the opening day on Friday unbeaten.

This earned them a place in the Cup Quarter-Final against Eastern Province, who they defeated 24-14. They went on to beat hosts, the Pumas, 22-10, in the Cup Semi-Final to book their place in the final against Western Province.

The Blue Bulls women also started the tournament strongly as they defeated Eastern Province 40-0, but they went down 19-17 against the Golden Lions in their second match. They bounced back strongly, however, to defeat Boland 54-0 and the Pumas 47-0, which earned them a place in the Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday.

The team picked up where they left off and beat the Free State 24-15 in the Cup Quarter-Final and then registered a convincing 34-0 victory against KwaZulu-Natal in the Semi-Final.

The Blue Bulls women, however, were forced to work hard in the final against Western Province and fought until the death for their 24-22 victory.  

SARU Interprovincial Sevens results (Saturday, November 7):

Border 19 – 7 SA Students (Women)

WP 20 – 7 Golden Lions (Women)

Blue Bulls 24 - EP 14

Pumas 31 - Golden Lions 5

Blue Bulls 24 – 5 Free State (Women)

Sharks 22 – 0 Griquas (Women)

WP 26 – 21 Leopards (after extra time 21-21 each)

Free State 12 – 17 Lowveld (after extra time 21-12 each)

Lions 0 – 29 SA Students (Women)

EP 26 – 12 Lions

Free State 26 – 5 Griquas (Women)

Leopards 22 -17 Free State

Blue Bulls 22 – 10 Pumas

Blue Bulls 34 – 0 Sharks (Women)

WP 21 - 14 Lowveld

Falcons 12 – 26 SWD

KZN 19 – 17 Griquas

EP 43 - 0 Falcons (Women)

Border 33 – 7 Limpopo Blue Bulls

Griffons 38 – 33 Boland

Leopards 27 – 5 Limpopo Blue Bulls (Women)

SANDF 12 – 28 Boland (Women)

Falcons 14 – 12 Free State

Blue Bulls Inv 33 – 0 Falcons (Women)

Limpopo Blue Bulls 12 – 26 Boland

Limpopo Blue Bulls 34 – 7 SANDF (Women)

SWD 26 – 7 KZN

SWD 7 – 31 EP (Women)

Border 22 - 14 Griffons

Leopards 31 – 14 Boland (Women)

Shield Finals:

Women: Limpopo Blue Bulls 10 – 24 Blue Bulls XV

Men: Falcons 17 – 26 Boland

Bowl Finals:

Women: EP 14 – 7 Leopards

Men: SWD 22 – 19 Border

Plate Final:

Women: SA Students 7 – 19 Free State

Men: EP 24 -29 Leopards (After sudden death 24 each)

Cup Finals:

Women: WP 22 – 24 Blue Bulls

Men: WP 29 – 38 Blue Bulls

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