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Blue Bulls down but not out
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 14:52
Derick Hougaard © Touchline PhotoThe Vodacom Blue Bulls hit the low point in their season when they went down 46-17 to the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Although the Blue Bulls fielded an inexperienced side, there were no excues for this performance and the visitors were extremely disappointed with their efforts.

The good news for the Blue Bulls is that the result has no bearing on the next roundís log, but the Blue Bulls now have a more difficult draw as they face WP and the Cheetahs first, without their Springboks and with many players still out injured.

On Saturday, the Blue Bulls just never got going, while their hosts notched up a commanding lead in no time.

The Lions provided an allround excellent display and their forwards caught the Blue Bulls off guard with the manner in which they took the game to them. The tight five gained the ascendancy in the scrums and the loosies won the race to the breakdowns.

Starved of quality possession, the Blue Bulls spent the better part of the match defending, but the inexperience of the combinations were shown up by the Lions, who had clearly done their homework.

The Blue Bulls now have to regroup, and a victory against the Cheetahs at Securicor Loftus this Saturday is almost non-negotiable, although it will be a very tough ask.

Points:
Golden Lions: Tries: Wylie Human, Willem Stoltz, Schalk van der Merwe, Schalk Brits, Marius Schoeman, Penalty Try. Conversions: Nel Fourie (4), Tiaan Snyman. Penalties: Fourie (2).
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: John Mametsa, Keegan Fredericks, Morne Steyn. Conversion: Steyn.



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