Men’s Blues lose semi-final to Cape Town



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On Sunday 22nd September the Men’s Blues played the University of Cape Town in Kamiigusa, Tokyo in the semi-final of the 2019 WURIT for the right to play Bordeaux University who defeated Sydney University in the first semi-final. A tense attritional first half saw the South Africans go in 5 points ahead with a try from their left wing which left the Oxford side in a good place to try and run down the opposition in the second period. Despite gaining some consistent possession and territory in the second half, the Blues were unable to break the resilient Cape Town defence and when they got down into Oxford’s 22 they were awarded a break down penalty which their full-back duly converted from in front of the posts to extend their lead to 8 nil. With the clock ticking into the red, UCT scored a second try, this time converted to give the final score a rather flattering 15 nil victory to the South Africans. Despite this loss, the Blues gave UCT perhaps their hardest test so far and now have the chance to finish third if they can reverse the 10 – 8 pool game loss to Sydney University in their play-off match on Monday 23rd at 1300.

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