Unbeaten DHL WP U21 crowned champions

PUBLISHED: October 14, 2023

DHL Western Province U21 were crowned SA Rugby U21 Cup champions at City Park, picking up a 32-22 win against Lions U21 to make it a perfect, unbeaten season.

With seven wins from seven games this season, DHL WP U21 were dominant throughout and capped it with another top performance in the final.

The teams traded early penalties before centre Damian Markus dummied his way over for the opening try.

The home side were reduced to 13 men shortly afterwards, with flank Louw Nel and captain Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu both shown yellow cards.

Lions U21 took advantage with two quick tries to take the lead at 15-10, but DHL WP U21 responded with two of their own before half-time.

Scrumhalf Imad Khan sniped over from close range before fullback Luke Burger ghosted his way through the defence for a superb individual effort.

That saw them take a 24-15 advantage into the break and they would extend that by five more points early in the second half, with flank Paul de Villiers scoring from a maul.

Lions U21 scored one more try from a maul, but it was DHL WP U21 who had the final say as Feinberg-Mngomezulu kicked a penalty into the win to seal the win.

The scorers:

For DHL WP U21:
Markus, Khan, Burger, De Villiers
Cons: Feinberg-Mngomezulu 2, Khan
Pens: Feinberg-Mngomezulu 2

DHL WP U21: 15 Luke Burger, 14 Duran Koevort, 13 Meyr Retief, 12 Damian Markus, 11 Joshua Boulle, 10 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (captain), 9 Imad Khan, 8 Armand Maritz, 7 Louw Nel, 6 Paul de Villiers, 5 Connor Evans, 4 Reynhardt Crous, 3 Corne Weilbach, 2 Lukhanyo Vokozela, 1 Vernon Matongo.
Replacements: 16 Keagan Blanckenberg, 17 Lamla Nunu, 18 Zachary Porthen, 19 Edrich Viljoen, 20 Enos Ndiao, 21 Eric Basson, 22 Asad Moos, 23 Kian Davis.