The semi-finals of the SARU Women’s Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) take place on Saturday, 15 September, when the top four teams in the Inter-Provincial A competition battle it out for a place in the finals the following weekend.
Both Western Province and KZN – who topped their respective logs after the conclusion of the league matches – will host home semi-finals. WP play Free State and KZN take on the Blue Bulls.
The standard of rugby in the Women’s IPT has improved this year and supporters can look forward to epic battles and the display of rugby by the country’s top women teams.
The Blue Bulls, one of the most successful teams in the history of the Women’s IPT, sneaked into this year’s semi-finals after a close finish in their game against SWD this past Saturday, at the Bridgeton Sports field in Oudtshoorn.
In a highly entertaining match, the Blue Bulls trailed 18-17 after Mathrin Simmers scored what seemed like the match-winning try, two minutes from time.
But the Bulls came out firing after the restart and launched attack after attack, that was matched with equally rock-hard defence. Eventually the Bulls managed to create some space on the outside for the full back to attack the corner flag, but she was taken out on the corner flag by Simmers. It turned out that the assistant referee, clearly unsighted, informed the referee that the try was scored, before the player was taken out.
In the other top of the table clash, WP travelled to East London to take on Border to determine who will top the A-Division Log and advance to the semi-finals. The unbeaten WP were the clear favourites to win and did not disappoint, outsmarting the home team with a 26-19 victory to advance to the business end of the competition, denying the ladies from East London the privilege.
In Group B of the A-Division Free State travelled to Johannesburg to take on the struggling Lions team, who have failed to win a single game this season. In a very one-sided match Free State thrashed the Lions 67-7 to finish second in Group-B of the competition, securing a spot in the semi-final.
In a bottom-of-the-log clash, the Griffons and the Boland played to a draw with 17 point each.
In the B-Division newcomers, Limpopo Blue Bulls maintained their unbeaten run by winning their match against the Leopards 40-31, and the Griquas lost at home to the Falcons 55-34. At this stage it looks that the Limpopo Blue Bulls will be promoted to the A-Division, with the Lions to be relegated to the B-Division.A Competition Results on Saturday, 1 September: SWD 18-22 Blue Bulls Border 19–26 WP Lions 7–67 Free State Griffons 17–17 Boland B Competition Results on Saturday, 1 September: Limpopo Bulls 40-31 Leopards Griquas 34- 55 Falcons