Pretoria - Morne Steyn was Northern Bulls match-winner once again Saturday as
he scored 25 points in a 30-19 Super 15 triumph over Australian visitors the Waratahs.
After kicking six penalties and a
conversion at Loftus Versfeld stadium, the fly-half scored a last-minute
try to seal an eighth consecutive victory over Waratahs and deprive
them of a losing bonus point they deserved.
Hougaard, who came on as a second-half replacement for Jano Vermaak
after a lengthy injury absence, was the other Bulls scorer with a try in
front of a 21 000 crowd.
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Full-back Israel Folau, substitute prop
Paddy Ryan and fly-half Bernard Foley scored a try each for the Canberra
outfit and scrum-half Brendan McKibbin kicked two conversions, while
missing another and two penalty attempts.
Victory enabled Bulls to
go four points ahead of the Sharks in the South African conference
and they lie third on the combined standings behind leaders Brumbies
of Australia and title-holders Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand.
stayed third on the Australian table behind Brumbies and Queensland
Reds and 11th overall - a placing that does not do justice to a team
which always looked threatening with ball in hand.
the line-outs as Springboks Flip van der Merwe and Juandre Kruger won
all their throws and stole almost half of the Waratahs in cool, late
But the Bulls scrum, once a feared unit in
Super Rugby, was nowhere near as effective despite the return of
Springbok loose-head Dean Greyling after a long spell sidelined by
It was a match of contrasts with the Bulls sticking to
their kick-and-chase approach that has served them so well in the past
with three Super Rugby titles in the trophy room.
Waratahs ran the
ball much more and some multi-phase attacks left the Bulls defence
dizzy as the visitors' backs and forwards confidently moved the ball
around the park.
Steyn, who joins Paris club Stade Francais in
October on a three-year contract, succeeded with four of five first-half
penalty attempts to forge a 12-5 half-time lead while Folau used his
formidable physique to burst over.
Waratahs drew level four
minutes after the break when flanker Michael Hooper set up Ryan for a
converted try and after another Steyn penalty nudged the Bulls in front
again, Foley struck and McKibbin converted for a 19-15 advantage.
Bulls finished stronger as Hougaard dived over from close range and
Steyn converted, added a penalty and went over far out to secure a
flattering victory margin.
15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn
Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha,
6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandrè 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 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis
Fouchè, 22 Lionel MapoeWaratahs:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam
Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Tom Kingston, 10
Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6
Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu,
2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Substitutes: 16 John
Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Mitchell Chapman, 19 Pat McCutcheon, 20 Matt
Lucas, 21 Ben Volavola, 22 Peter Betham