Vodacom Bulls happy with Brisbane Tens showing
The Vodacom Bulls found Ballymore a happy hunting ground during the Brisbane Tens, played at this venue over the weekend. The Pretoria team finished top-four in this inaugural tournament and lost to eventual winners, Chiefs, in the semifinals of the tournament.
Warrick Gelant proved to be a thorn in the flesh of his opponents, not only scoring a couple of tries, but also highlighting his skills as a goal-kicker with a number of successful conversions.
A short summary of the Vodacom Bulls results (www.brisbaneglobaltens.com) are:
Chiefs 26, Vodacom Bulls 14
Eventual winners, the Chiefs have booked their place in the first ever Brisbane Global Rugby Tens final with a commanding 26-14 victory over a spirited Bulls side.
The Chiefs struck first through try-scoring machine, Shaun Stevenson and surged further ahead when they were awarded a penalty try. Solomon Alaimalo was deemed to have been tackled without the ball when chasing a kick which looked like it was going to be a certain try. Alaimalo crossed for his own for pointer minutes later to give the chiefs a 21-0 lead at half time.
Andre Warner struck first for the Bulls after the break, threatening a comeback that has become familiar from the South African side. It was short lived however as Alaimalo bagged a double to put the result beyond doubt.
It was the end of the road for the Bulls who’ve played with a lot of flair and spirit on Day 2.
Chiefs 26. Tries: Alaimalo (2), Stevenson, penalty try; Nanai-Williams (2). Conversion: Stevenson.
Bulls 14. Tries: Andre Warner (2). Conversions: Warrick Gelant (2).
Bulls 17, Force 12
The Vodacom Bulls have continued their dream run by defeating the Force 17-12 to progress to the semifinals.
The Force looked like they were going through to the final four when they skipped out to a 12-0 lead via tries to Chance Peni and Alex Newsome. But the half time break gave the Bulls the breather they needed, running in 17 unanswered points to knock the last Aussie side out of the competition.
Warrick Gelant continued his stellar weekend bagging another try which was followed by a 5-pointer to Tian Schoeman.
Francois Brummer dotted down in the corner shortly after to complete the victory.
The Bulls’ Jesse Kriel said: “The game’s not over until the fat lady sings so, there again, the boys, a good second half performance. Everyone doing their part and doing their job and I think yeah, it paid off.”
Vodacom Bulls 17. Tries: Gelant, Schoeman, Brummer. Conversions: Gelant, Schoeman.
Force 12. Tries: Peni, Newsome. Conversion: Ruru.
Vodacom Bulls 26, Highlanders 17
The Vodacom Bulls have recorded a come-from-behind victory to stun the Highlanders, 26-17, and finish on top of Pool C.
The Highlanders started strong with two tries through Jason Emery and Gareth Evans, but once the Bulls wrestled back some possession they found their scoring power.
Tian Schoeman scored their first but the Highlanders responded through Matt Faddes. That was the end of the Highlanders’ scoring however, as the Bulls ran in three second half tries.
Warrick Gelant started the onslaught and this was followed by tries for JT Jackson and Piet Van Zyl.
Bulls 26. Tries: Tian Schoeman, Warrick Gelant, JT Jackson, Piet van Zyl tries. Conversions: Warrick Gelant (3).
Highlanders 17. Tries: Emery, Evans, Faddes. Conversion: Emery.
Brumbies 7, Vodacom Bulls 5
A late Robbie Abel try has stolen victory for the Brumbies over the Vodacom Bulls. In one of the slower matches of the day, both teams struggled to find points with the Bulls finally breaking the nil-all deadlock on the stroke of half time through Johnny Kotze.
It was almost at the same point of the second half that the Brumbies responded, as Abel pounced on a loose lineout throw by the Bulls to score from five metres out.
Isaac Thompson showed great nerve to slot the conversion and ice the win.
Brumbies 7. Try: Robbie Abel. Conversion: Isaac Thompson.
Bulls 5. Try: Johnny Kotze
Bulls 14, Force 10
The Vodacom Bulls won a tight match against the Western Force, running out 14-10 victors. The Force took a 10-7 lead in to half time courtesy of two early tries but were unable to extend their points scoring after the break.
The Bulls pushed ahead, with their second try coming through Travis Ismaiel, and the kicking of Warrick Galant proved the difference – he converted his own first half try and the five-pointer of Ismaiel.
Afterwards Jacques Potgieter of the Blue Bulls said: “We’re here to have fun and throw the ball around and test our skills.”
Bulls 14 (7). Tries: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel. Conversions: Gelant (2).
Force 10 (Haylett-Petty, Peni tries)