Blue Bulls lose Vodacom Cup opener

Blue Bulls lose Vodacom Cup opener

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The GWK Griquas held their nerve to edge out the Vodacom Blue Bulls 26-24 (halftime 17-13) following a frenetic ending to their Vodacom Cup North Section match at Loftus Versfeld B field in Pretoria on Saturday.

Fullback Joe Jansen kicked two penalties in the last seven minutes with the winning kick coming in the last minute of the match to secure the win, reports MWP.

The Griquas had held the lead until the 55th minute before a penalty from Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouche put the hosts into a 21-20 lead.

The lead then changed hands three times in the last six minutes before Jansen settled the contest in the visitors' favour with his second successful penalty kick.

The Griquas had regained the lead with six minutes left in the match through a Jansen penalty.

However, the hosts dug deep and they once again took a one-point lead with just four minutes left to play thanks to a successful penalty from Fouche to set up the nail-biting finish.

The Griquas had made a fast start to the match when right wing Ederies Arendse dotted down for a converted try in the fourth minute.

The visitors stretched their lead to 14 points after 10 minutes when scrumhalf Tian Meyer scored a try before adding the conversion himself.

However, the Blue Bulls finally opened their account in the 22nd minute thanks to a penalty try with Griquas tighthead prop Ewald van der Westhuizen earning himself a yellow card for a professional foul in the process.

Fouche kicked the resulting conversion before slotting a 34th-minute penalty as the Griquas reached the break holding a four-point lead.

The visitors opened the second-half scoring, five minutes after the restart, thanks to a drop goal from flyhalf Francois Brummer.

Bulls outside centre William Small-Smith then scythed through the Griquas' defence for an unconverted try in the 51st minute before Fouche’s penalty put the Bulls in the lead for the first time.

Point scorers:

VODACOM BLUE BULLS – Tries: Penalty Try, William Small-Smith; Conversions: Louis Fouche; Penalties: Fouche (3).

GWK GRIQUAS – Tries: Ederies Arendse, Tian Meyer; Conversions: Nico Scheepers, Meyer; Penalties: Francois Brummer, Joe Jansen (2); Drop goal: Brummer.

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Mar 08, 2014
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(4) Blue Bulls lose Vodacom Cup opener

  1. agrobul says:
    ons moet ophou so negatief wees. die bulls gaan vanaand wen!!!
  2. gravatar bluedog says:
    Die vodacom cup span is n teleurstelling. Hoe kan n unie soos die bulle se reserwekrag so pateties wees. Dit is hier waar die spelers vir super rugby gekweek word. Griekwas bly ons baas op hierdie vlak. Hoe is dit moontlik. Wat gaan aan.
  3. gravatar passdiebal says:
    Ek het na die wedstryd gekyk. Wat n teleurstellende situasie. Mens kan nie glo dat van hierdie spelers Super 15 kan of gaan speel.
    Daar was 6 afskoppe van Griekwas - 4 wat deur die BB aangeslaan is. Een het selfs gehop voor die BB spelers by dit probeer uitkom het. Dus 4 keer onder druk vir geen rede.
    Griekwas het 2 drie in die eerste 5 minute gedruk - 14-0. Eerste drie n doodgewone blindekant spel met Murray wat n eenvoudige tackle mis.
    Tweede drie - Fouche tas na n pass klap die bal in die lug - n GKW speler gryp die bal en hardloop reg deur.
    Bullbring slaan aan by afskop. Paar minute later - Bullbring slaan aan in agterlyn.
    BB druk dryfmaal drie ( sommer n penalty drie) daarna Fouche skop strafskop - GKW afskop Jesse Kriel knock. Druk, strafskop GKW skop oor.
    Ons verloor talle losskrums want voorspelers clean nie, hulee staan in agterlyn. Ek sweer die nr 7 was meer in die BB agterlyn as Fouche of Murray. En om n voorry posisie te kry moet jy die hele tyd op 10 staan.
    Vroeg in 2e helfte 1ste fase bal - WSS sny deur die agterlyn en druk. Een va die min kere wat die bal tot by 13 kom te danke(wyte) aan 5 of 7 of 1 wat op losskakel boer.
    Ek dink Fouche het 3 of 4 skoppe misgeskop - mens kan nie glo hoe swak hy gespeel het nie - en kan verstaan hoekeom hy sommer verby Pollard gedrop is. Sal nie verbaas wees as hy uit Vodacom span gedrop word nie.
    20 minute voor einde kom een van die nuwe pleisters vir losvoorspeler wonde, WvdWalt, op en staan gou 2 strafskoppe af in losgemale. 6 punte vir GKW.
    Die spelers wat hulle koppe hoog kan hou na gister is Klein Moaner, Wiaan, Small-Smith en Blomme.
    Paige word net stadiger en stadiger en Fouche was op sy beste toe hy beseer was.
    Daar is soveel talent by die BB - en ek is elke keer geskok hoe totale outdated game plans week na week gevolg word.
    Nouja die Super 15's het gewen - JL Potgieter het gewys hoe maklik n goeie losskakel die held kan word - en Jan het gespeel soos iemand wie se Bokplek bedreig word deur Frans Steyn en De Allende.
    JJ het weer gewys hy is n vleuel - hy kan nie die lyn reguit maak, sy verdediging is bedenklik en hy gee baie gemiddeld aan(of is dit uit)
    Die voorspelers was uitstekend en Du Plessis word beter by die dag.


  4. julle vergeet die Vodacom span word vanaf hierdie jaar gebruik om trandsformasie teweeg tebring. Dit gaan nie daaroor of dit die beste spelers is nie, dit gaan oor wat beskikbaar is om posisies te vul en ek voel n speler soos WWS kan baie skade ly on in die span te speel, sy waarde sal nie ten volle na reg kom nie.

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