The Bulls will be favourites to end their 11-year Carling Currie Cup trophy drought in the final against the Sharks next week.

The two sides fought tooth and nail to earn spots in the final, the Bulls edging the Lions 26-21 at Loftus Versfeld while the Sharks upset Western Province 19-9 at Newlands on Saturday.

The Bulls unsurprisingly proved too strong for the Joburg side, but the Lions could have done much better.

In a semifinal derby characterised by a litany of breaks in play, errors and yellow cards, the Bulls emerged triumphantly.

Stravino Jacobs scored two tries while Johan Grobbelaar added the third, with veteran halfback Morne Steyn slotting in three different penalties.

Yellow cards to lock Willem Alberts and Marvin Orie, for professional fouls, proved costly for the Lions.

But victory came down to some game-management, discipline and composure for the Bulls.

In Cape Town, Western Province did not leave a good memory at the bid old gran lady of South African sporting cathedral that is Newlands.

In what was their last match before they moved to Cape Town Stadium, Province did what they seem to do best this season, crumble on the big stage.

It was truly a slugfest but tries from JJ van der Merscht’s try and penalty conversions from Curwin Bosch ensured them passage into their third Currie Cup final in the last four years.

Scores:

Bulls – Tries: Stravino Jacobs (2), Johan Grobbelaar. Conversion: Morne Steyn. Penalties: Steyn (3).

Lions – Tries: Willem Alberts, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2).

Western Province – Penalties: Tim Swiel (3).

Sharks – Try: JJ van der Merscht. Conversion: Curwin Bosch. Penalties: Bosch (3). Drop goal: Bosch.

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