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Bulls win clouded by injury scares
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 17:06
The Mobil Blue Bulls overcame a fightback by the Falcons either side of halftime to maintain their 100 percent record in the Vodacom Cup with a 34-19 (halftime 17-5) in Mamelodi on Saturday.

However they may yet come to count the cost. Hooker Kobus van der Walt left the field in an ambulance after being left at the bottom of a pile-up while wing John Mametsa and lock Francois van Schouwenburg were also injured.

The Falcons compounded their problems with yellow cards in each half for lock Nico Luus (punching) and flank Jean Pieters (repeated infringements) although the Bulls may have felt that they deserved more for their spoiling tactics.

The Bulls eased into a 17-0 lead with tries by Morne Steyn and Ruan Vermeulen - playing his 50th match for the Bulls - both converted by Gideon Roux who had opened the scoring with a penalty.

But the Falcons - who had lost both their first two matches to the Vodacom Cheetahs and Lions - showed character to fightback with tries just before and after halftime.

First wing Leon Lubbe crossed in the corner thanks to an overlap built by several phases of possession before centre burst in under the uprights in the first minute of the second half.

His try was converted by Ruan Coetzee who had missed two penalty attempts and the first conversion in the first half along with one long range miss for centre Jan Cloete.

Gideon Roux settled things down with a penalty before Bulls wing Keegan Fredericks was driven over from fifth phase to put the Falcons back on the back foot.

Impressive centre Wynand Olivier eased through a gap for the Bulls' bonus point try which was converted by Roux to put the home side into a 34-12 lead before a 15-minute stoppage for Van der Walt's injury.

Falcons scrumhalf Joggie Viljoen broke down the side of a ruck to put the Falcons in sight of a bonus point with his side's third try, alas it was not to be.

Scorers:

Blue Bulls - Tries: Morne Steyn, Ruan Vermeulen, Keegan Fredericks, Wynand Olivier, Conversions: Gideon Roux (3), Morne Steyn. Penalties: Roux (2).

Falcons - Tries: Leon Lubbe, Skollie de Jager, Joggie Viljoen. Conversions: Ruan Coetzee (2).



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Venue: Pretoria
Date: 29 April Time: 19:10
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