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Blue Bulls down but not out
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 11:37
Marius Delport © Touchline PhotoThe Vodacom Blue Bulls are not totally out of the running for a final berth in the Vodacom Cup after their 31-8 loss to the Young Lions, but are now dependant on other teams to determine their fate.

The Wildebeest have all but booked their place in the final and the Valke now also look set to join them after the Blue Bullsí loss. The Young Lions have been struggling this season, but produced a formidable display against the home side.

The 17 injuries to players in the union will probably not be regarded as excuse enough for the Blue Bullsí performance, but with only five players in the starting line-up over the age of 22, experience was always going to be a problem.

Although the Blue Bulls scored first through winger Marius Delport, the Lions then ran in three unanswered tries to take out the match. Lions flyhalf Quintin van Tonderís boot also kept the scoreboard ticking over and ensured that the Blue Bulls could not get back into the game.

The Blue Bullsí problems are compounded by the fact that they have a bye in the last round and therefore have one match less to make up the points needed to qualify for the final. They must therefore get in a full compliment of five log points in their next two matches and then hope the Valke slip twice in their remaining three matches.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Try: Marius Delport. Penalty: Leonard Olivier.
Lions: Tries: Edrick van Tonder, James van der Walt, Louis Ludik. Conversions: Quintin van Tonder (2). Penalties: Quintin van Tonder (4).



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