Kimberley - The Blue Bulls scored six tries in 46-32 win over Griquas in
Kimberley on Saturday. The bonus point win mean that the Blue Bulls stay top of
the Absa Currie Cup log.
The Blue Bulls held on to their unbeaten status when they blew the Griquas
away 46-32 in a hard fought Absa Currie Cup match at Griqua Park in Kimberley
on Saturday, reports Rugby Week.
The Pretoria-based side scored six tries after a slow start to the match
while their hosts had one less try to show for their efforts in front of their
Accuracy kicking at goal proved to be a very decisive factor in the match
and on that front young Tian Schoeman enjoyed a stellar afternoon in the
Quick out of the blocks, the home side looked to assert their authority on
the opening exchanges and their unforgiving approach was rewarded in the third
minute of the match when wing Ntabeni Dukisa knocked over a penalty to give his
side a three-point lead.
The Blue Bulls were equally impressive in their first real run of the
afternoon, but conceded a turnover deep inside Griquas territory and were
chased back thanks to a smart kick by Francois Brummer.
Brummer followed-up and ensured that an isolated Lappies Labuschagne
received yellow carded in the seventh minute after the Blue Bulls captain
desperately tried to stop the opposition from getting another turnover.
Griquas capitalised on the one-man advantage and after a few quick phases
Dukisa scored the first try of the match.
The winger was unable to convert due to a blistering headwind, which meant
that his side's lead was kept down to just eight points.
Dukisa had to watch as another shot of goal was blown away by the wind, but
would extend his team's lead to 11 points in the 16th minute when he knocked
over a penalty that was awarded closer to the target.
It took the Blue Bulls 20-minutes to get on the board through Tian Schoeman
who slotted a penalty.
Schoeman had a chance to pull back three more points in the 27th minute but
his shot hit the uprights.
The Blue Bulls flyhalf made up for the missed opportunity minutes later by
producing a neatly-timed pass that would see Travis Ismaiel score his team’s
first five-pointer in the 28th minute (11-10).
From there the floodgates opened.
First wing Jamba Ulengo put his side ahead on the half-hour mark when he
outsprinted the Griquas cover defence where after centre Dries Swanepoel
completed a good passage of play between forwards and backs further stretch the
Swanepoel would score the bonus point try a minute before half-time and with
Schoeman making no mistake with the conversion the men from Pretoria enjoyed a
29-11 lead at the break.
In similar fashion to the first-half, Griquas were again impressive during
the opening exchanges and replacement Carel Greeff would eventually stretch
over to make it 31-18 with 30 minutes remaining in the game.
The Griquas scrum was particularly impressive throughout the contest.
The Blue Bulls replied with a penalty by Schoeman, but Griquas scored the
next try of the match when hooker AJ le Roux barged over.
A stand-out feature of the Bulls during the opening round of this year’s
Currie Cup has been their accuracy on attack and Ulengo nullified Le
Roux’s try just within minutes of the returning kick-off (41-25).
Riaan Viljoen ensured for an interesting finish to the match when he gave
his team some hope with a try in the 71stminute, but by that stage the Blue
Bulls were an unstoppable force.
The visitors would have the final say when replacement Louis Fouche scored
two minutes from full-time to ensure that the Blue Bulls would join the Lions
at the top of the log standings.
Tries: Dukisa, Greeff, Le Roux, Viljoen
Cons: Dukisa, Swart 2
Pens: Dukisa 2
Tries: Ismaiel, Ulengo 2, Swanepoel 2, Fouche
Cons: Schoeman 5
Pens: Schoeman 2
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Sandile Ngcobo, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 RJ Liebenberg, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Luxolo Koza, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Rudi van Rooyen, 21 Jonathan Francke, 22 Ruhan Nel
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 RG Snyman, 19 Nick de Jager, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dan Kriel