The team registered an emphatic 41-8 victory against defending champions Western Province at the Buffalo City Municipal Stadium in East London to win the title in what was their second home final, while Griquas defeated the Limpopo Blue Bulls 39-20 to win the B Division final.
Border entered their clash as narrow favourites with home ground advantage and their strong defence counting in their favour. Western Province, meanwhile, had to undertake the journey by road to East London, which may have contributed to their disappointing display.
External factors aside, Border delivered a glittering all-round performance, as their attack and defence came together in a display worthy of lifting the trophy.
So dominant was the East London team they racked up an impressive seven tries, while allowing Western Province to cross their tryline only once. As if that were not enough all the Cape side’s points were scored in the first half, with the home team controlling proceedings in the second half.
In the B Division final, log-leaders Griquas delivered a solid first-half display against defending champions, the Limpopo Blue Bulls, to work their way into a morale-boosting 24-5 lead at the break.
They continued to build on their strong attack in the second half and increased their try tally to seven. But despite this, the Limpopo Blue Bulls fought back strongly and managed to run in four tries. Unfortunately for the Limpopo side, however, their efforts were in vain as Griquas attack proved too strong on the day.
SA Rugby 2013 Women’s IPT Final at the BCM Stadium in East London on Saturday, 21 September, 2013: Border 41 – 8 Western Province (A Division Final) Griquas 39 – 20 Limpopo Blue Bulls (B Division Final) SA Rugby 2013 Women’s IPT Semi-Final Results: 14 Sept: Border 7-34 (0-17) Western Province 14 Sept: Border 46-0 (7-0) Free State A Division Round 4 Results of the Women’s IPT: 31 Aug: Western Province 15-0 Border 31 Aug: Blue Bulls 62-0 South Western Districts 31 Aug: Boland 34-10 Griffons 31 Aug: Free State 93-5 Golden Lions B Division: 30 Aug: Valke 5-26 Griquas 31 Aug: Leopards 39-26 Limpopo Blue Bulls A Division Round 3 Results of the Women’s IPT: 3 August: Border 36-5 South Western Districts 3 August: Western Province 34-12 Eastern Province 3 August: Boland Cavaliers 0-36 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August: Griffons 21-13 MTN Golden Lions B Division: 2 August: Valke 12-10 Mpumalanga Pumas 3 August: Griqualand West 34-52 Limpopo Blue Bulls A Division Round 2 Results of the Women’s IPT: 20 July: Blue Bulls 27-10 Western Province 20 July: KwaZulu-Natal 56-5 Griffons 20 July: Free State 37-0 Boland B Division: 19 July: Leopards 10-17 Valke 20 July: Mpumalanga Pumas 12-34 Griqualand West A Division Round 1 Results of the Women’s IPT: 6 July: Down Touch Griffons 10-51 Free State 6 July: South-Western Districts 15-28 EP Kings 6 July: Border 31-17 Vodacom Blue Bulls MTN Golden Lions 3-83 KwaZulu-Natal B Division: 6 July: Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 5-17 Pumas 6 July: GWK Griquas 22-14 Leopards
(With editing by gsport)