Blue Bulls crowned Beachcomber 10’s champions

The Blue Bulls added silverware to their trophy cabinet with overall victory at the Beachcomber World Club 10’s in Mauritius on the past weekend.

In the final the Pretoria-based franchise beat the Cheetahs 26-7, using smothering defence and good options from turnover ball to create opportunities and frustrate their opponents in a hugely physical contest.

The Cheetahs beat the Blue Bulls 29-14 in the Pool phase but were not as fluent during the knockout stages on day two while the Blue Bulls slowly improved with each outing.

“Tens is a great game. It’s more physical than sevens and there are big hits and a lot of contesting at the breakdown, which makes it a real challenge. We had a good team vibe all week and we wanted to use this tournament as a team building exercise as we look ahead to the Currie Cup,” Blue Bulls captain Boom Prinsloo said.

The high quality final brought the curtain down on another successful event that is sure to grow in stature in the coming years.

Australia’s Western Force made a good fist of defending the title they won last year, losing 33-14 to the Blue Bulls in the semi-finals while the composite African Pacific Dragons team, coached by Springbok legend Victor Matfield, were the surprise package of the event.

It was unsurprising that the two South African powerhouses with star-studded lineups staffed by Super Rugby players contested the final in a repeat of their day one pool match.

The Blue Bulls were crowned this weekend as the new champion of the Beachcomber World Club 10’s in Mauritius.

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