Pretoria - Blue Bulls flyhalf Tian Schoeman contributed 14 points to help his
team beat the Eastern Province Kings 49-35 (half-time 28-25) in their
Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening.
Kings got the proceedings underway with two quick tries through hooker
Michael Willemse and outside centre Berton Klaasen.
showed great power to cross the line within two minutes of the first
kickoff while Klaasen intercepted a poor pass by Blue Bulls flyhalf Tian
Schoeman to score a converted try.
Schoeman responded seven
minutes later with a try as he sidestepped his way over the whitewash.
Wing Jamba Ulengo followed moments later as he turned on the gas to
cross in the corner. Schoeman converted both tries to level the scores.
The teams settled into a pattern of multiple phases of attacking rugby
before EP flyhalf Kobus Marais kicked a penalty to hand the lead back to
the visitors but it was short lived as flank Jannes Kirsten picked up a
loose ball to score. Wing Bjorn Basson capitalised on an EP error to
score the bonus point try with minutes left on the clock.
Fullback Johan Tromp cut the deficit to just three points as he scored an unconverted try to bring the first half to an end.
EP started the second stanza as they did the first as wing Siviwe
Soyizwapi scored their bonus point try but a Blue Bulls overlap saw
centre Burger Odendaal cross the line five minutes later.
what became the theme of the second half with each team taking turns to
score, the Blue Bulls scored their sixth try and Ulengo's second in the
64th minute while EP scored their sixth try through replacement hooker
Martin Bezuidenhout. Blue Bulls replacement utility back Joshua Stander
was gifted a try as EP ran out of defenders in the 70th minute.
Stander's try proved to be the last points of the half as the Blue Bulls
beat the EP Kings 49-35 in what was a hard fought tussle.
Tries: Schoeman, Ulengo (2), Kirsten, Basson, Odendaal, Stander
Conversions: Schoeman (7)
Tries: Willemse, Klaasen, Tromp, Soyizwapi, Bezuidenhout
Conversions: Marais (2)
Penalties: Marais (2)
15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dan
Kriel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7
Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Etienne
Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse,
19 Irne Herbst, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Joshua Stander
15 Johan Tromp, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13
Burton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Kobus Marais, 9
Ricky Schroeder (captain), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6
Vince Jobo, 5 David Antonites, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Mike
Willemse, 1 Justin Forwood
Substitutes: 15 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Barend Potgieter, 18 Ettienne
Oosthuizen, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Minenhle Mthethwa,
22 Lungelo Goza