Bulls sneak win at the death
Pretoria - Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard landed a penalty from almost
halfway in the final minute as they
escaped with a narrow 25-24 victory over Australia's Western Force in their
Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
As it happened: Bulls v Force
It looked as though the visitors would grab a famous win
when flyhalf Sias Ebersohn struck a 60m penalty three minutes from time to give
them the lead.
Yet there was more late drama as the Bulls collected a
penalty for a tip-tackle on Pollard and the Springbok flyhalf picked himself up to
convert easily, with his long-range kick sailing through the thin Highveld air.
Prop Marcel van der Merwe scored the Bulls' only try of the
game at a time when their opponents had been reduced to 13 men following yellow
cards for lock Adam Coleman and prop Tetera Faulkner within a minute of each
other, in both instances for infringing at the maul.
Pollard converted that try and added six more penalties to
edge his side in front at the death after they led 9-7 at the break.
The Force's points came from tries by Coleman, his fellow lock
Sam Wykes and centre Kyle Godwin, with Luke Burton converting the first two and
Ebersohn the third.
Try: Marcel van der Merwe
Conversion: Handre Pollard
Penalties: Pollard (6)
Tries: Adam Coleman, Sam Wykes, Kyle Godwin
Conversions: Luke Burton (2), Sias Ebersohn
15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Francois Hougaard, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Handre Pollard, 9. Rudy Paige, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Grant Hattingh, 4. Jacques du Plessis, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Morne Mellett, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Victor Matfield, 20. Arno Botha, 21. Piet van Zyl, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Jurgen Visser
15 Luke Morahan, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins/Guy Millar, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea