Border on Saturday succeeded in securing a hat-trick of SARU Women’s Interprovincial titles as they defeated the Blue Bulls 20-9 at the BCM Stadium in East London in what marked their third home final in a row.
The Free State, meanwhile, defeated the Leopards 22-5 to win the B Section of the Women’s Interprovincial Competition.
The A Section final was hard-fought as the teams gave everything on attack and defence. With neither team giving an inch, the Blue Bulls took a narrow 3-0 lead at the break.
Border, however, found their rhythm and confidence in the second half and managed to score four tries, two by flank Lusanda Dumke and one a piece by lock Zandiswa Xozwa and centre Nolonwabo Bomela.
In return the Blue Bulls were only able to add to more penalties to their score for a total of nine points in the match.
The four tries for Border allowed them to complete a memorable season in which they secured four tries or more in each of their seven matches.
In the B Section final, which was the curtain-raiser to the main final, the Free State overcame a tight first half to secure well-deserved victory.
The Bloemfontein side held a slender 10-5 lead at the break after touching down for two tries. But they built on this form in the second half with fullback Merriam Ntlafhu completing her hat-trick of tries to add to one by one by Anzel Venter and a conversion by Lindiwe Masole.
The victory for Free State earned them a full house of victories for the season.
Photo 1 caption: The victorious Border rugby team celebrate their third consecutive home SARU Women’s Interprovincial tournament victory, at the BCM Stadium in East London on Saturday, 12 September, 2015. Border defeated the Blue Bulls 20-9 after trailing 3-0 at half-time, finding their rhythm and confidence to score four unanswered tries in the second half. Photo: Supplied
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