Bulls break Cheetahs hearts
Bloemfontein - A physical Bulls forward pack
dominated from the start to lead their team to their second Super Rugby
win as they thrashed the Cheetahs 51-19 at the Free State Stadium on
The Cheetahs showed good intent from the first kick off
and flyhalf Johan Goosen got his team off to a good start, slotting a
penalty in the 2nd minute to give the home side the early lead. His
Bulls counter part Morne Steyn levelled the scores soon afterwards.
the Bulls used their heavyweights to get their backs on the front
foot. Nippy Bulls winger Bjorn Basson almost got a early five pointer in
the corner, but was denied by good cover defence from Cheetahs centre
From the resulting line out the Bulls won
against the throw and immediately put the Cheetahs defence under
Bulls prop Dean Greyling got over the line in what the replay
clearly showed was a double movement, but the try was awarded by referee
Craig Joubert after consultation with television official Johan
Meuwissen. Steyn converted and left the Cheetahs to regroup.
home side attacked with renewed vigour, but silly penalties at the
breakdown allowed the Bulls to shift the momentum and force the Cheetahs
back in their own half.
Goosen got his side out of jail thanks
to a scrum penalty and what followed was an array of handling errors and
dodgy passes on both sides killing any good phases of attack.
Bulls struggled in the scrums and Goosen got his side back in striking
distance with a penalty in the 26th minute. But in the last couple of
minutes before half time the Bulls enjoyed possession in abundance
thanks to their aggressive forward play and prop Werner Kruger burst
over with hooker Chiliboy Ralepele on his back for the visitors' second
try. Goosen slotted another couple of penalties, but the Cheetahs were
already on the back foot.
Basson and fullback Zane Kirchner both got
over in the final minutes of the first half after the Cheetahs were
overrun by the visitors' forwards at the breakdown. That secured the
bonus point while Steyn converted to achieve his milestone - 1000 points
in Super rugby.
Steyn settled things down with a couple of penalties and with 20 minutes left the Cheetahs already looked beaten.
scrumhalf Francois Hougaard was red carded in the 63rd minute after a
dangerous tackle on centre Ebersohn, leaving the visitors with just 14
Finally the Cheetahs got their first try when they capitalised on
Hougaard's absence and hooker and captain Andriaan Strauss burst over.
But a intercept try from JJ Engelbrecht soon after killed all hopes for
the home side.
Kirchner rubbed salt in the Cheetahs' wounds with a brilliant try in the 72nd minute.
Bulls Tries: Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Bjorn Basson, Zane
Kirchner (2), JJ Engelbrecht Conversions: Morne Steyn (6).
Penalties: Morne Steyn (3).
Cheetahs Tries: Adriaan Strauss Conversions: Johan Goosen Penalties: Johan Goosen (4).Teams:Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13
Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9
Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich
Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2
Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19
Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Cameron JacobsBulls:
Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Wynand Olivier, 12. Francois
Venter, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8.
Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5.
Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy
Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17.
Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Jano Vermaak,
21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht