SARU u/21 – Week 7 Review

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Week seven of the u/21 SARU Championship produced some surprises but having the luxury of hindsight those that were surprised was maybe not that well informed. The Blue Bulls remained at the top of the u/21 SARU Championship log only by having a better point difference than the second-placed Cheetahs. The Western Province cruised to a comfortable win in Potchefstroom and is slowly building up steam towards the semi-finals.

Blue Bulls 47-52 Cheetahs

The Blue Bulls walked into the trap set by the Cheetahs allowing the Cheetahs to run with the ball and then trying to outrun the best backline in the business. With 99 points scored during a game, there is not much to report regarding the "defence" on the day.

The Cheetahs lead 24-13 at halftime which forced the Blue Bulls to play catch up rugby for the rest of the second half. Anybody hoping to keep the Cheetahs from lifting the cup at the end of the championship will have to ensure that their backline is starved of any ball, otherwise, they will run you off your feet.

Scorers:
Blue Bulls: Tries: Ewart Potgieter, Jonn (2), Marnus Potgieter, Johannes, Steenkamp. Conversions: Isaacs (4). Penalties: Isaacs (3).
Free State Cheetahs: Tries: Dapula, Louw, Krugell, Le Fleur, Jasper (4). Conversions: Dobela, Mollentze (5)

Leopards 19-47 Western Province

The Leopards came out guns blazing and it looked as if they would score their second "big" scalp in Potchefstroom after beating the Sharks with one point in the opening round. They lead 19-14 at half time but the cracks already started to appear.

Western Province scored 33 unanswered points in the second half leaving the Leopards firmly in charge of the race for the wooden spoon.

Scorers:
Leopards: Tries: Hassien, vd Berg, Daniels. Conversions: vd Berg (2).
Western Province: Tries: Johnson, Orderson, Davids (2), Kriel, Erasmus, Dlamini. Conversions: v Reenen (6).

Golden Lions 29-14 Sharks

The Golden Lions dominated everything on the field of play except for on the scoreboard but did win a brutal battle to score their third win of the season with 29-14 but should have been 70-14.

If the Lions can manage to maybe not overcoach their players and rather allow them to play what is in front of them they will be a real threat to the other title hopefuls. The talent is undeniable with the only "real" worry at flyhalf.

Scorers:
Golden Lions: Scorers: Combrinck, Williams, Rossouw, Baxter. Conversions: Lailvaux, Maritz. Penalties: Rossouw.
Sharks: Scorers: Roos, Tole. Conversions: Chamberlain, Koster.