The Blue Bulls survived a late fightback by the Golden Lions to win 35-31 on day two of the U16 Grant Khomo Week.
A late penalty by Bulls flyhalf Regardt Erasmus Roets, and a missed conversion by Lions flyhalf Tshepo Phogele, ensured the Pretoria side clinched victory, after they had led 25-14 at the break.
The Bulls opened up a 10-0 lead after 11 minutes with inside centre Diego Appollis and right wing Juandre Sabbat crossing for unconverted tries. The Lions hit back with a try from scrumhalf Zihan Coetzee. Centre and captain Muzilikazi Manyike added the extras to reduce the deficit to just three points.
Flank Janco Uys then dotted down to put the Bulls ahead by eight points, before Roets kicked a penalty, and outside centre and Man of the Match Julian Bogner scored a converted try. The Lions reduced the deficit to just 11 points when hooker Morné Brandon scored a converted try on the stroke of half-time.
Bogner went over for his second try early in the second half, with Roets adding the extras to put the Bulls ahead by 18 points.
The Lions then launched a comeback, which saw fullback Jordan Coetzee crossing for a converted try in the 44th minute and right wing Mohau Mohlahleli scoring their fourth 10 minutes later. Mohlahleli’s try was left unconverted by Phogele, who had taken over the kicking duties after Manyike left the field with an injury.
Roets then kicked a penalty to put the Bulls ahead 35-26 with three minutes to play. The Lions scored a fifth try a minute later, but another missed conversion by Phogelo left them four points adrift as the Bulls held on for the win.
Meanwhile, flyhalf Nivan Petersen scored 14 points (one try, one penalty and three conversions) to help Western Province beat Griquas 29-7; SWD ran in seven tries to beat the Leopards 39-7; and the Sharks held on to secure a 10-5 victory over Border.
U16 Grant Khomo Week results (Day 2):
Border Country Districts 0 Limpopo Blue Bulls 46
Eastern Province 16 Griffons 6
Free State 14 Western Province XV 34
Pumas 32 Namibia 7
Valke 20 Zimbabwe 12
Western Province 29 Griquas 7
Leopards 7 SWD 39
Boland XV 0 Border 42
Golden Lions 31 Blue Bulls 35
Boland 5 Sharks 10
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