Pretoria - The Blue Bulls turned in an electric second half performance to run out 36-12
winners in their Absa Currie Cup match in Pretoria on Friday evening.
they were undone by Griquas’ burly pack of forwards in the first half, it was
one of their own heavies that kick-started the home side's fightback in the second half.
prop Dayan van der Westhuizen was worth his weight in gold on debut when he
scored in the 59th minute from a Marvin Orie turnover to
spark the team back into action.
this point the Bulls were looking somewhat lethargic, but Orie turned the ball
over and popped it to Van der Westhuizen who sprinted from the 10m line
to dive over in the left-hand corner.
travelled to the Capital City with some heavy artillery in their forward pack
that ultimately dominated the battle up front.
denied the Bulls front-foot ball which kept their dangerous back trio out of
the game and allowed the visitors the early advantage.
Northern Cape side went into the half-time break with a 12-6 advantage courtesy
of two tries.
the tempo kicked up a gear, Griquas’ heavies battled to get across the field
with the match swinging in the Bulls’ favour.
Bulls took an early lead in the match thanks to a Tian Schoeman penalty six minutes into the encounter.
home side looked good on attack up to this point until Griquas speedster Ruhan
Nel intercepted a Schoeman pass meant for Travis Ismaiel.
was quick out of the blocks and ran the length of the field to score the first
try of the match in the 10th minute with Gouws Prinsloo missing the
Bulls then came close to responding with a try of their own minutes later, but a
Francois Hougaard pass to wing Jamba Ulengo was adjudged to have gone forward.
took the wind out of the home sides’ sails with unforced errors not helping
them in their cause.
minutes from the break Griquas’ fleet-footed Ntabeni Dukisa received a lopped pass
from Riaan Viljoen to step, then duck under a tackle to score.
Bulls were threatening in the opening minutes of the second half but it was
only until Van der Westhuizen scored that they kicked into top gear.
Bulls scored 30 unanswered points in the second stanza with Schoeman also
adding a five-pointer to his personal tally of 21 points with four penalties
and two conversions.
bottle blonde pivot demonstrated some impressive stepping en route to his try
which he also managed to convert.
then added his third try in two matches when he picked up and scored five metres
from the line for the third try of the evening.
minutes from time wing Jamba Ulengo, who had an otherwise bad night at the
office riddled with handling errors, got his name on the scoresheet.
Dayan van der Westhuizen, Francois Hougaard, Tian Schoeman, Jamba Ulengo
Conversions: Schoeman (2)
Penalties: Schoeman (4)
Ntabeni Dukisa, Ruhan Nel
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 RG Snyman, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dries Swanepoel
15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Kop van der Westhuizen, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Poerie van Rooyen, 21 Clinton Swart, 22 Jacquin Jansen