CAPE TOWN – He obviously wanted the best for his Blitzbok teammate in 15-man rugby, but Ruhan Nel wasn’t expecting Dylan Sage to get his first Blue Bulls Currie Cup start against Western Province.
“It had to be against me!” Nel joked to himself ahead of the semi-final at Newlands, and what a battle royale it was.
Nel and Sage went toe-to-toe as direct opponents at outside centre in what turned out to be a 100-minute epic.
Both had their moments throughout, with Sage getting the glory of scoring the equalising try in the final minute of regulation time – although Manie Libbok sliced the touchline conversion.
“I knew the Bulls would come hard off the line, and they did throughout, until the 100th minute,” Nel said at WP’s training base in Bellville on Monday.