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Blue Bulls down Griquas

2012-08-10 21:38

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls won their first match 35-20 against Griquas as the new-look Currie Cup competition kicked off at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

It wasn't easy for the Blue Bulls, however, as flyhalf Louis Fouche came to the rescue, scoring 25 of their points from the boot after the home side trailed 13-9 at the break.

Although the Blue Bulls scored only two tries, their second-half performance showed glimpses of solid build-up play that should stand them in goos stead for the rest of the season.

Griquas were touted to win this match with an experienced and established side and thoroughly deserved their first-half lead.

They were more assured, and except for their poor discipline which probably cost them the match, they looked the better outfit.

However, after the break the Blue Bulls, despite their inexperienced side, ran in their two tries, coupled with the accuracy of Fouche's kicking, as the pivot slotted seven penalties.

The Blue Bulls' forwards in particular were under the cosh.

However, the quality of their reserve strength after the team's depletion by national call-ups was evident in the second half.

Griquas had a quiet second half, scoring a single converted try with lock Martin Muller dotting down following a lineout drive to put the visitors in control.

It was clear that the Blue Bulls, even without their star players in the national squad, have the potential to be a factor in the competition.

Scorers:

Blue Bulls:

Tries: Akona Ndungane, Ruan Snyman
Conversions: Louis Fouche (2)
Penalties: Fouche (7)

Griquas:

Tries: Rocco Jansen, Martin Muller
Conversions: Francois Brummer (2)
Penalty: Brummer
Drop Goal: Brummer

Teams:

Blue Bulls:

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn

Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Griquas:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP Nel, 12 Stephan Watermeyer, 11 Rocco Janse, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jonathan Adendorff, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Stef Roberts

Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Hanru van Niekerk, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Wilmaure Louw

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Comments
  • Priesterb - 2012-08-10 21:44

    Great game! I was a bit concerned in the first half! It was as if the Bulls were overly static and without a game plan. Second half a vast improvement. Great game by Wepener, Arno and Jacobs. Go Lions and Saarks! Blou Bul Groete!

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-08-10 21:53

      Agree @Priester, second half was much better. Wepener was superb, CJ also made a huge difference when he came on, Hatting also slotted in nicely. Exciting times (if you look at 2nd half).

      Priesterb - 2012-08-10 22:04

      Taurus CJ had a great game and sure did make a difference. I guess I am so used to him being excellent that I don't notice his performance. Fouche also contributed quite handsomely. Yip exciting times indeed!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-10 22:10

      A few things: 1. Wepener should be playing center 2. Snyman needs to stop targeting Ndungane with the knee to the sternum, they are on the same side 3. Looks like old Bulls rugby 4. Louis Fouche needs to stop with the inside ball after he has run across three defenders to line up the receiver of the pass to be decapitated.

      mollie.kruger - 2012-08-10 22:55

      Wow, the Blue Bulls are top of the log! Remember - you need to win games to remain there...

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-10 23:22

      And your name is Mollie Get a song by Johnny Cash - Boy Named Sue I feel this may resonate with you

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-11 00:51

      Damn het die game gemis... Well one down a couple more for the CC...

      jason.children - 2012-08-11 09:07

      I was spot on with my Superbru! Well played Bulls, you guys are really going to miss CJ! WP for life!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-11 09:22

      Mollie, ja hulle het gewen deur driee te druk en nie net te verdedig nie!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 17:39

      Isak, your team sucks - hate to break it to you

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-08-10 21:46

    Well done bulls. Little less kicking and more running.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 08:54

      They actually kicked less than Griquas, but I do agree.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-10 22:04

    iskas en stormvaak...julle ma! Next time think first and be logical when you choose a winner. Of course, the Bulls are winners. Clinical and getting the cups, unlike the chokers you support.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-10 22:27

      ...Currie cup points.... ...Bulls 4... ....WP zero....

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-11 01:17

      @blou.johnny duh, typical dumb-ass Bulls comment - FYI Currie Cup 2012 games played ...Bulls 1... .. WP ZERO. verstaan jy dit nou?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-11 05:36

      shoosh ..more like woosh not even a vapor trail

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 08:06

      Isak, hoeveel bonus points het jou spannetjie in Super rugby gekry? Vinnig.

      hoffjw - 2012-08-11 08:09

      losers...two years and counting.....mofos

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 08:20

      11 Years and counting.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 17:40

      Watch out here comes Mr. Low tolerance for incompetence, negativity, laziness, whingers & whiners.

      bulla.loftus - 2012-08-13 09:16

      Ag ou Isak, waar is jou bonus punt Victory waarvan jy so praat? Julle kon nie eers die game wen nie. Sorry, ek het vergeet...julle het n bonus punt gekry, vir VERLOOR met 7 punte hahaha

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-08-11 10:20

    Moet se ons ref Rasta was skokkend. Nie konsekwent geblaas nie en om nie eers te praat van die voorarmhoue wat uitgedeel is op die skrummie,van Griekwas nie - dan blaas hy eerder die high tackle en van die skrum setup weet hy min - verskeie kere se vashou op die grond nie eers raakgesien nie !!!! - vir my wil dit voorkom hulle(die refs) is aangese om te help anders sit die Blue Bulls weereens aan die einde van die storie op no 6 op die log en in die geval gaan dit die laaste plek wees. CJ ,Visser en Wepener was great - die midget (Stegmann) raak dommer by die dag - kan hy nou nog nie besef watter kant van die losskrum is die sykant nie - verkoop hom aan Japan !!! Nie n slegte game nie Griekwas en well done Bulls !!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 11:18

      Idioot. 11 Jaar sonder cups het jou belaglik bitter gemaak, of hoe?

      pomene.stormer - 2012-08-11 16:01

      @spyker of spyker nie - neewat gladnie bitter nie en ook nie n idioot nie - my span speel swak en verdien wat hulle toekom - wat is jou verskoning ? Feite bly feite of jy dit laaik of nie -maar nou ja jy is n klont (saamgepersde handjie vol nat nuttelose nat grond) en is duidelik nie opgewasse vir volwasse rugby gesprekke nie ! Gaan in vrede en o-ja onthou jou skoene langs die Loftus "B" veld pawiljoen doughnut !!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 16:26

      My crogs is in die caravan langs my bed. Dankie dat jy worry.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 16:40

      Nee, is jy?

  • Blixum - 2012-08-11 11:22

    Only 2 tries?? Time to worry Bulls.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 12:14

      Are you for real?

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 16:59

      Sorry Ms Jackson...OOOH!

  • shimi.mpete - 2012-08-11 21:38

    Shapa bulls shapa

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-08-12 09:00

    It seems that the Blue Bulls are better off in certain areas, without their Springboks. Wepener at 2, Kirsten at 3, Potgieter and later CJ at 8, Fouche at 10, Venter at 12 and Visser at 15 all had a very good game. It just show what players can do if they have the chance to proove themselves.

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-08-12 09:10

    I forgot to mention Arno Botha.

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