JOHANNESBURG Sept 18 Sapa
PROVINCE AND BULLS BATTLE FOR WOMEN'S CROWN
Western Province will battle against the Blue Bulls for the SA Rugby Union Womens Inter-Provincial Championship crown on Saturday at Theo Marais Park in Milnerton, Cape Town.
The Province women will play in only their second national final, after the side managed to wrestle the provincial crown away from Eastern Province in 2010.
The Bulls will contest their fifth final and will be looking to add another title to their four successful attempts so far.
A victory for the Pretoria-based side could see them claim a record fifth provincial title.
EP, who have been the dominant force in South African womens rugby, failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time, having won the crown from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2011.
Western Province secured a home final after their comprehensive 51-10 win over Free State, while the Bulls proved too strong for KwaZulu-Natal and scored a deserved 24-0 victory to advance to the final.
The Capetonians are considered the favourites in their bid to land a second title.
Apart from the home-ground advantage, the Capetonians also had the better of both Eastern Province and the Bulls in their league encounters earlier this year.
The Blue Bulls will be looking towards veteran Springbok women Yolanda Meiring, fullback Veronica Malantswane, and prop Ilse van Staden to provide the spark for them.
Natasha Hofmeester, attacking fullback Aimee Barrett, and livewire scrumhalf Cherni Roberts are the key players for Province.
Blue Bulls Limpopo and Mpumalanga will contest the B-section final.