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    Serfontein brace sinks plucky Sunwolves

    2017-03-17 20:48

    Pretoria - A Renaldo Bothma red card just after half-time made things complicated, but the Bulls had enough in the tank to beat the Sunwolves 34-21 at Loftus on Friday night to register their first win of the Super Rugby season. 

    In the end the hosts scored four tries to the Sunwolves' two, but they did not have it all in their own way after leading narrowly 17-14 at the break.

    Springbok centre Jan Serfontein marked his return to action with a try in each half while lock Jason Jenkins and prop Pierre Schoeman also crossed the whitewash for the Bulls.

    Scorers: 

    Bulls

    Tries: Jan Serfontein (2), Pierre Schoeman, Jason Jenkins

    Conversion: Handre Pollard (3), Tiaan Schoeman

    Penalty: Pollard, Schoeman

    Red card: Renaldo Bothma

    Sunwolves

    Tries: Kenki Fukuoka, Ed Quirk

    Conversion: Jumpei Ogura

    Penalties: Hayden Cripps (3)

    Teams:

    Bulls

    15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman

    Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel

    Sunwolves

    15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shumei Matsuhashi, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto

    Substitutes: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Liaki Moli, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka

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