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Currie Cup | Pretoria
15:10 (GMT) | 05-08-2016
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Thank you for joining us, don't forget to catch the following match Sharks up against Pumas.
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Full Time in Loftus, Bulls beating the Province 45-26. However, WP manage to get a bonus point.
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Easy for Tian Schoeman for two points.
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Bulls on the attack, gets the try. Basson runs through to scoring line.
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Thomson made sure of two points this time.
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WP on the attack to get a bonus point try courtesy of Scott van Breda.
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WP will get line out in Bulls 22'.
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Bulls wins the scrum in WP 50'.
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Thomson missed the conversion.
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In a beautiful run from WP Huw Jones gets a try.
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Thomson made it easy for another two points.
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Beautiful grubber kick from Thomson that led to a try from Zas.
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Players from both sides are getting medical attention.
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WP wins turn over and Thomson clears the ball for the visitors. Bulls line out.
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Bulls penalty in WP 22', they going for line out.
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Bulls won the penalty, WP not releasing the ball. Bulls will go for line out.
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Thomson add two points.
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Johnny Kotze gets the Province a first try of the game.
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WP on the attack but Bull has a solid defence.
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After playing WP advantage, ref goes back to Province penalty.
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WP gets line out in Bulls 22'.
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Nqoba Mxoli in for the Bulls and Dries Swanepoel out.
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Tian Schoeman superb adds two points.
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Bulls wins turn over, pass the ball to the back line and Jamba Ulengo gets a TRY.
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WP on the attack in Bulls 5' but Bulls defence is solid. Brandon Thomson tried a drop kick but missed.
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Jade Stighling gets medical attention.
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Tian Schoeman as usual two points.
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Bulls gets scrum between 50' and WP 22'. Jade Stighling gets home side TRY from a beautiful passing.
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WP are penalised for not releasing the ball. now Bulls line out.
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WP on attack, but Bulls wins turn over.
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Bulls gets an early line out, they get penalised for not releasing the ball.
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Bulls gets the second half under way.

Half Time

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End of the first stanza in Pretoria, Bulls are leading the visitors 24-0.
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Bulls are penalised for illegal scrummaging. Penalty to WP.
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Johan Greeff says no try. Scrum to WP
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Bulls attack the WP, Burger gets another TRY for home side. But ref consulting the TMO looking for knock on.
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Tian Schoemann does it best for two points.
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After Bulls penalty there was a quick tap saw Bulls gets another TRY.
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Tian Schoeman adds two points.
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Bulls took a quick throw in and Piet van Zyl pops to Jenkins who stralls over.
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Bull gets line out in their 22'. Piet van Zyl kick the ball away to WP but Bulls managed to retain it.
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Still the Bulls leading visitors 10 points to nil. WP on the attack in home side 22' but turnover ball.
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Line out to the Bulls, they attacking but knock the ball in WP 22'. Scrum to visitors.
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Ref play advantage after WP scrum but decided to come back for the penalty.
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Bulls on the attack in visitors 22' but knock the ball, scrum to WP.
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Tian Schoeman add two points.
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Piet van Zyl score a Bulls try after Schoeman wins turnover inside Bulls 22'
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Bulls scrum in their 22'. Ref awarding penalty to home side.
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WP on the attack in Bulls 22' line. Visitors has the ball with Ntubeni trying to crack Bulls defence. WP penalised for not releasing the ball, now Bulls penalty.
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So far both teams are trying to keep the possession. Both side still trying to play safe, playing kicking game. The WP on the attack after receiving line out but Bulls are offside and ref awarding penalty to visitors.
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WP gets their first kick of the campaign, but swing away next to the poles.
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Blue Bulls gets penalty, and Tian Schoeman made sure of the three points in the bag.
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Great weather, empty stadium - from Bulls line out passes to the back line but knock the ball, now scrum to WP. WP gets free kick from the collapsing scrum, the knock the ball but ref play Bulls advantage.
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The Blue Bulls gets an early scrum in their 5' side. They cleared the ball and will be the visitors first throw in of the game.
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The WP gets the game underway in Loftus.
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Enjoy our live commentary, the derby between old foes Blue Bulls and Western Province up in the beautiful weather in Pretoria.
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There's like 10 people and a dog in the stadium. It may be indicative of the chaotic and uncertain build-up to the start of the season. Less than 24 hours before kick-off neither participating team nor the fixtures have been confirmed, [it's a disgrace]
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Our match official today is Stuart Berry, assisted by Vusi Msibi, Jaco Pretorius and Johan Greeff will be the match TMO.
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The two most successful Currie Cup sides ever clash in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter.
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Earlier this season, WP beat the Bulls by 30-16 in Cape Town. However, the Bulls should be expected to come out on top at home.
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This match is a repeat of the 2015 semifinal, when the Cape side emerged 23-18 victors in Pretoria.
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Good day, welcome to the Currie Cup opener, the North-South derby between Blue Bulls and Western Province at the nice and clear skies Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
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Western Province
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Jaco Visagie
  • 3 Entienne Swanepoel
  • 4 Jason Jenkins
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 Ruan Steenkamp
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Piet van Zyl
  • 10 Tian Schoeman
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Dries Swanepoel
  • 14 Jade Stighling
  • 15 Bjorn Basson
RESERVES
  • 16 Bandise Maku
  • 17 Nqoba Mxoli
  • 18 Eli Snyman
  • 19 Hanro Liebenberg
  • 20 Andre Warner
  • 21 Tony Jantjies
  • 22 Dan Kriel
START LINE UP
  • 1 Alistair Vermaak
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 JD Schickerling
  • 5 Chris van Zyl
  • 6 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 7 Jurie van Vuuren
  • 8 Jacques Vermeulen
  • 9 Jano Vermaak
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 11 Leolin Zas
  • 12 Daniel du Plessis
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Khanyo Ngcukana
  • 15 Scott van Breda
RESERVES
  • 16 Chad Solomon
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 18 JP Smith
  • 19 Kobus van Dyk
  • 20 Godlen Masimla
  • 21 Brandon Thomson
  • 22 Johnny Kotze
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round One

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:20

CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION: The North-South derby between Blue Bulls and Western Province will headline the opening round of this year's Currie Cup Premier Division.

The old foes will meet at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday in what will be the first match in Round One.

The other Friday match sees the Sharks travelling to Nelspruit to face the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium.

There is only one match on Saturday. Boland will start their campaign at home against the Free State Cheetahs.

Eastern Province's scheduled fixture against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday has been postponed. EP will play their first game in round two on August 13.

The Golden Lions, who are the reigning champions, will also have a bye in Round One

We take a look at all the Round One action!

Blue Bulls v Western Province

The two most successful Currie Cup sides ever clash in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter, as the Blue Bulls look to make the most of their home ground advantage against the 2014 champions, who in turn will be determined to pick up where they left off last season, when they finished as runners-up to the Golden Lions. 
 
This match is a repeat of the 2015 semifinal, when the Cape side emerged 23-18 victors in Pretoria. 

Earlier this season, Western Province beat the Blue Bulls by 30-16 in Cape Town, which means they will be going for a third successive win over the men in light blue. 

Penalties proved to be a key source of points for in last year's Currie Cup semifinal. Blue Bulls flyhalf Tian Schoeman kicked six penalties for his team's 18 points, while Western Province flyhalf Robert du Preez kicked three penalties for all his team’s first half points.

Prediction: The Blue Bulls have a more settled team featuring a number of Super Rugby campaigners. Western Province's team is brimming with some exciting young talent, but they look like a team that will need a few games together to gel. Expect the Bulls to win by 10 points.

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Bjorn Basson, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Eli Snyman, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Dan Kriel.

Western Province: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Khanyo Ngcukana, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Jacques Vermeulen, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 JP Smith, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Brandon Thomson, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Date: Friday, August 5
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.10 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry 
Assistant referees: Vusi Msibi, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Johan Greeff

Pumas v Sharks

The clash between the Pumas and Sharks should also be exciting given the hard-fought encounters between the sides last season. 

The teams also met in the opening match of their campaigns last season at the Mbombela Stadium, which the Lowvelders won 33-24, but the Durbanites pipped them by a point in their second outing later in the season (27-26).

In the last two outings between the Pumas and Sharks, the kicking battle between Pumas flyhalf JC Roos and Sharks fullback Joe Pietersen proved to be a key battle. Roos kicked 26 points and Pietersen 21 for their teams in those matches.

Prediction: The Pumas are always tough to beat in Nelspruit. However, the Sharks have Robert du Preez as their coach now, so they should be a more educated bunch. The Sharks will win by 10 points or less

Teams: 

Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Hennie Skorbinski, 12 Marlou van Niekerk, 11 JP Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 De Jay Terblanche, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Jacques Kotze, 18 Wiehan Hay, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Devon Williams. 

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Inny-Christian Radebe, 22 Heimar Williams.

Date: Friday, August 5
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19.20 (17.20 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Pro Legoete, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Willie Vos

Boland Cavaliers v Free State Cheetahs

Boland will be determined to make a good impression in what will be their first appearance in the Currie Cup Premier Division since 2009.

In fact, the last match Boland played in the Currie Cup Premier Division in 2009 was against the Free State Cheetahs in Wellington. The Free State side won the clash 55-10, with flyhalf Danré Gerber scoring all of the home team's points on the day, compliments of a try, penalty goal and conversion.

Boland will face a seasoned Free State Cheetahs team that will have their sights set on a strong start to the season with the hope of advancing to the semifinal again this season.

Prediction: Even though Boland are at home for this fixture, the Free State Cheetahs will have too much firepower for them. The Cheetahs will win by at least 15 points.  

Teams:

Boland: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Ryan Nell (captain), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandre Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Kenan Cronje, 5  Johannes Kitshoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Clemen Lewis, 1 Stephanus Wessels.
Replacements: 16 Chadley Wenn, 17 Francois Hanekom, 18 Joubert Horn, 19 Chaney Willemse, 20 Jovelian de Koker, 21 William van Wyk, 22 Craig Pheiffer.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nché.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Date: Saturday, August 6
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Rodney Boneparte 
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Sinethemba Mrulwa
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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Bulls ease past WP

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:56

MATCH REPORT: The Blue Bulls got their 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division campaign off to the perfect start with a 45-26 bonus-point win over rivals Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The home side looked dangerous throughout the 80 minutes with ball in hand as they outscored their opponents six tries to four.

One area of the game where the visitors did dominate was at scrum time, but that did not help their cause against a powerful Bulls outfit. However, they did secure a bonus point for scoring four tries after a late second-half fightback 

After both teams took some time finding their feet, it was the Bulls who opened the scoring when flyhalf Tian Schoeman converted a penalty from straight in front of the WP polls in the seventh minute.

Robert du Preez had chance to level the scores a minute later with a penalty of his own. However, he could not find the direction from a long way out. 

The game's first try came in the 19th minute from a brilliant turnover from the Bulls in their own half. The ball went wide to captain Arno Botha, who sprinted downfield before passing to scrumhalf Piet van Zyl for the score. Schoeman converted and after 20 minutes the Bulls were leading 10-0.

The home side then increased their lead again in the 32nd minute. After a quick throw in in the visitors' 22, lock Jason Jenkins bashed his way through the WP defence to score.

By this time the Bulls were playing with a lot of confidence and they were soon over the whitewash again when Jenkins' second-row partner Marvin Orie added his name to the scoresheet after a sustained attack in the Cape side's half. Schoeman converted again for a commanding lead. 

It was more of the same in the second half with the home side scoring first. After a solid scrum in the WP half, the ball was sent wide and wing Jade Stighling found himself in acres of space to sprint away for his team's fourth try.

It did not take long for the Bulls' fifth try to come along with WP struggling on defence. This time it was the other wing, Jamba Ulengo, who rubbed some more salt in WP's wounds when he gathered a chip kick after a well-worked backline move to score under the polls. Schoeman converted and after 55 minutes the Bulls had a 38-point lead. 

WP finally got their first points of the game in the 61st minute of the match when replacement back Johnny Kotze scored a try after a sustained period of attack in the Bulls' 22.

Despite the clock winding down, WP were not about to give up and they scored another two tries around the 70-minute mark through Leolin Zas and Huw Jones. Jones' score was a magnificent individual effort. 

With less than four minutes left, Scott van Breda secured a bonus point for the Cape side when he went over for his team's fourth try after some great ball handling by the outside backs.

However, it was the home side who had the final say before full-time, when fullback Bjorn Basson eased over for his team's sixth try.

Man of the match: A number of Blue Bulls' could have gotten this award. However, lock Marvin Orie was simply outstanding all around the park - with ball in hand and on defence.   

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Van Zyl, Jenkins, Orie, Stighling, Ulengo, Basson
Cons: T Schoeman 6
Pen: T Schoeman

For Western Province:
Tries: Kotze, Zas, Jones, Van Breda
Cons: Thomson 3

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Bjorn Basson, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Eli Snyman, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Dan Kriel.

Western Province: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Khanyo Ngcukana, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Jacques Vermeulen, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 JP Smith, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Brandon Thomson, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Stuart Berry 
Assistant referees: Vusi Msibi, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Johan Greeff

Piet van Zyl (18min), Jason Jenkins (31min), Marvin Orie (33min), Jade Stighling (46min), Jamba Ulengo (53min), and Bjorn Basson (78min)
TRIES
Johnny Kotze (61min), Leolin Zas (69min), Huw Jones (70min), and Scott van Breda (76min)
Tian Schoeman (19min), Tian Schoeman (32min), Tian Schoeman (34min), Tian Schoeman (48min), Tian Schoeman (54min), and Tian Schoeman (79min)
CONVERSIONS
Brandon Thomson (62min), Brandon Thomson (70min), and Brandon Thomson (76min)
Tian Schoeman (6min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Pretoria
REFEREE Stuart Berry