Cape Town - A
dominant display by the Blue Bulls saw them beat Western Province 45-26
in their Currie Cup opener at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
The scoreboard won't show it, but the home side dominated this
fixture for the first hour before WP attempted a spirited comeback in
the final quarter.
Leading 38-0 on the hour, the Blue Bulls seemingly thought they had
this one in the bag. WP capitalised and secured a handy bonus point, but
they will have to improve significantly going forward, especially their
defence which was embarrassing at times.
The home side dominated the first half, scoring half their tries
during this period.
Prop Pierre Schoeman, scrumhalf Piet van Zyl and
centre Burger Odendaal were the standout players in the first 40,
regularly taking their team over the advantage line with great effect.
WP were poor in most departments, lacking any cohesion or
determination on defence while they too often kicked the ball away when
on the attack.
The bonus-point try for the Blue Bulls came shortly after
half-time when debutant Jade Stighling hit a gap to go over, extending
his team's lead to 31-0.
Wing Jamba Ulengo extended the lead a few
minutes later after some strong running down the left wing.
It all but secured the result, but as the home side took their foot
off the peddle the visitors did the exact opposite, hitting back with a
try through Johnny Kotze after a sustained period of attack in the
Leolin Zas, who was lively all night, did well to pounce on a kick
from his flyhalf Brandon Thomson to dot down in the corner to blow some
much needed life into the game.
Tries by Huw Jones and Scott van Breda
followed before Bjorn Basson ran around for his team's sixth try and a
Tries: Van Zyl, Jenkins, Orie, Stighling, Ulengo, Basson.
Conversions: Schoeman (6)
Tries: Kotze, Zas, Jones, Van Breda.
Conversions: Thomson (3)
15 Bjorn Basson, 14 Jade Stighling, 13
Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9
Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5
Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Eli Snyman, 19 Hanro
Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Dan Kriel
15 Scott van Breda, 14 Khanyo
Ngcukana, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert
du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Jacques Vermeulen, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6
Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2
Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 JP Smith, 19 Kobus van
Dyk, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Brandon Thomson, 22 Johnny Kotze.
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Referees: Vusi Msibi, Jaco Pretorius