Pretoria - The Bulls climbed to second overall in the Vodacom Super Rugby
standings and consolidated top spot in the SA conference, courtesy of a
48-18 victory over the Southern Kings at Loftus Verfseld on Saturday.
hosts secured their four-try bonus point inside 34 minutes, before
going on to out-score the Kings six tries to two, boosting their chances
of clinching a home semi-final.
Having started the brighter of
the sides, the Bulls were rewarded for their fine form with ball in
hand, setting up Louis Fouche in the sixth minute to break through the
Kings defence and dot down for the Pretoria side's first try of the
The visitors replied through Demetri Catrakilis, who
slotted two penalties to get within a point of the Bulls, before Fouche
was forced off the field due to injury and replaced by Springbok flyhalf
Morne Steyn after just 17 minutes.
Steyn took over the kicking
duties and while he sent his first effort wide, he made a contribution
with the boot midway through the half to take the Bulls four points
The hosts maintained the pressure as the Kings conceded
several penalties inside their own half, and the Bulls managed to burst
over the line as Chiliboy Ralepelle sprinted away from his tackler and
dotted down under the posts.
Things went from bad to worse for
the visitors when Jan Serfontein scored the Bulls' third try from the
restart, after Akona Ndungane's enterprising play allowed him to crash
over in the corner, with Steyn adding the additional points.
the half was far from over, as Francois Hougaard secured the four-try
bonus point, darting through the Kings' defence and coasting home for
A quieter second period followed as the Kings mounted a
fightback, with Van der Walt scoring his second of the night in the
54th minute, after the visitors mauled their way over the line, leaving
the Bulls at sixes-and-sevens.
But the home side would not stay
down for long, as Jacques Potgieter rounded off a sustained period of
pressure from the Bulls, crossing the whitewash on the hour mark and
restoring the hosts' advantage.
The Kings had no answer and Deon
Stegmann was sent over the line from a Bulls rolling maul, before
falling on the ball to hand the conference leaders their sixth
five-pointer of the game.
The win lifted the Bulls to 59 points,
level with the Brumbies, but they were ahead of the Australian side due
to a higher number of victories.
They also moved to within two points of log leaders the Chiefs with two rounds of matches remaining before the playoffs.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jan Serfontein,
12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois
Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon
Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2
Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Substitutes: 16 Willie
Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Rudy
Paige, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.
Marais, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss
(captain), 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8
Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David
Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk
Substitutes: 16 Grant Kemp, 17 Hannes Franklin, 18.
Rynier Bernardo, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George
Whitehead, 22 Shane Gates