Johannesburg - The Golden Lions were able to take a full house of five points from
their Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday,
beating their Gauteng rivals 35-26.
The Blue Bulls were
thoroughly outplayed but did manage to take a bonus point out of the
game as they scored four tries, two in the last seven minutes.
Lions were unable to take real advantage of two yellow cards dished out
to the Bulls in the first half, going into the break only 13-7 ahead.
fullback Clayton Blommetjies was yellow-carded in the 19th minute for a
trip, while flyhalf Tony Jantjies followed him to the sin-bin 13
minutes later after handling the ball in a ruck on his own tryline.
is all about attitude" is a truism that is bandied around a lot in
rugby and the Bulls paid the price for some lacklustre tackling in the
Lions right wing Andries Coetzee forced his way
through two poor tackles to open the scoring in the sixth minute and
flank Jaco Kriel then raced down the left touchline to score in the 15th
minute as the Lions exposed the Bulls defence with ease.
Rudy Paige seized an opportunity provided by a hole in the Lions
defence to score the Bulls' opening try in the 30th minute, but the
hosts remained in firm control.
They devoured the Bulls at the
lineouts and stretched their lead to 20-7 five minutes into the second
half when prop Ruan Dreyer powered over for a try, which was laid on by
Coetzee once again injecting some pace into the attack down the
right-hand side of the field.
The Lions were then content to play
the percentages, with flyhalf Elton Jantjies and fullback Marnitz
Boshoff dominating the kicking battle.
The Bulls did briefly
threaten to get back into the game when wing Bjorn Basson scored the
first of his two tries in the 55th minute.
However, the Lions
were once again in obvious control just two minutes later when scrumhalf
Ross Cronje broke through on a wrap-around move and replacement prop
Jacques van Rooyen muscled his way over the tryline.
running of the Lions' forwards, in particular tighthead Dreyer, then led
to a try by Boshoff midway through the second half, stretching the home
side's lead to 32-14.
The Bulls kept themselves off the bottom
of the log by scoring two late tries by centre Francois Venter and
Basson, but the visitors were well-beaten as the pain continues for
coach Pine Pienaar and captain Jono Ross.
35 (13): Tries: Andries Coetzee, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer, Jacques van
Rooyen, Marnitz Boshoff. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties:
Elton Jantjies, Boshoff.
Blue Bulls 26 (7): Tries: Rudy Paige, Bjorn Basson (2), Francois Venter. Conversions: Tony Jantjies (3).