Pretoria - The Vodacom Blue Bulls ran in five tries to record a comfortable 40-21 (halftime 27-7) win over the Down Touch Griffons on Loftus B in Pretoria on Friday afternoon.
According to the supersport.com website, the win sees the Blue Bulls move to the top of the Vodacom Cup North section log, one point ahead of the Xerox Golden Lions who enjoyed a bye this weekend.
The Blue Bulls scored within the first minute as Jamba Ulengo breezed over the chalk and within a quarter of an hour they had crossed the line twice more through fullback Kefentse Mahlo and hooker Arno van Wyk. Flyhalf Thinus de Beer managed to convert Van Wyk's effort and land a penalty goal to give the Blue Bulls a 20 point lead.
Mahlo scored his second try with nine minutes until halftime and De Beer landed the conversion. Blue Bulls captain, Marvin Orie, was yellow carded at the death of the first half for illegally sacking a lineout which allowed Griffons eighthman and captain, Nicky Steyn, to open his team's account with a try. Flyhalf Fanna du Toit converted to cut the halftime score to 27-7.
The Griffons scored a try through openside flank Martin Sithole with Orie still off as the visitors found some momentum in the opening minutes of the second half. Du Toit added the extras.
Former Blitzbokke Ulengo put the result out of reach for the Griffons when he scored the fifth try for the home side. Griffons replacement forward Frans Sisita was red carded towards the end of the match for striking a player which allowed Marais to tie up the game with a penalty goal.
"We underestimated the Griffons going into the match. We really did not play well and I think we were lucky to walk away with the five points," said Vodacom Blue Bulls coach, Nollis Marais.
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: Jamba Ulengo (2), Kefentse Mahlo (2), Arno van Wyk; Conversions: Thinus de Beer (2), Kobus Marais; Penalties: De Beer, Marais (2)
Down Touch Griffons: Tries: Nicky Steyn (2), Martin Sithole; Conversions: Franna du Toit (3).