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Blue Bulls back in the hunt
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 12:51
Neil Powell © Touchline PhotoThe Vodacom Blue Bulls are back in contention for a spot in the Vodacom Cup final after a fine 50-29 victory over die log leaders, the Valke, in Brakpan on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls have to win all their remaining matches to have a chance of playing in the final and the highest hurdle was the Valke. The Blue Bullsí remaining matches are against the lower placed teams in the competition, while the leaders still have to play each other, which will count in the Blue Bullsí favour.

The Wildebeest look certain of a place in the final, with a race ensuing for second place between the Blue Bulls, Cavaliers and Valke. The Valke are two points ahead of the Blue Bulls and the Cavaliers are two points behind the Blue Bulls, but they still have a game in hand.

Of the Blue Bullsí remaining opponents, the seventh-placed WP is the highest on the log. The Valke and Cavaliers still have to play each other, however, and this match could decide the fate of the teams. At this stage it would seem as if bonus points will play a huge role.

The Blue Bulls, who fielded a very inexperienced side due to injuries, produced a sparkling performance from their young backline and all but one of the backs dotted down. The brilliant individual tries by Marius Delport and Len Olivier especially will be remembered for some time to come. The backs were given the perfect platform by the pack, who created the win by neutralising the Valkeís strong forwards.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: Len Olivier, Hennie Daniller, Marius Delport, Curlian Genis, Neil Powell, Luvuyo Mhlobiso. Conversions: Olivier (4). Penalties: Olivier (3). Drop Goal: Olivier.
Valke: Tries: Brendan April, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Sarel Pretorius, Jan Cloete. Conversions: Riaan Viljoen (3). Penalties: Viljoen.

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Venue: ABSA Park
Date: 6 May Time: 12:30
Full fixtures

Vodacom Blue Bulls1241
Medicover Valke1140
@lantic Pumas1232
Fidentia Boland Cavaliers1131
Vodacom Western Province1131
Vodacom Cheetahs1131
Wildeklawer Griquas1130
Impala Leopards1129
Mighty Elephants1118
Border Bulldogs1113
Full log

29 April
Blue Bulls 45 - 35 W. Province
28 April
Elephants 20 - 71 Wildebeest
Bulldogs 46 - 35 Leopards
Griquas 49 - 15 Eagles
Valke 29 - 36 Cavaliers
Lions 17 - 42 Cheetahs
Full results

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