The Vodacom Blue Bulls outplayed hosts Canon in Tokyo on Friday
The Vodacom Blue Bulls outplayed hosts Canon Eagles in Tokyo on Friday, beating them 50-3. The visitors dominated all phases of play and scored eight tries in total.
Scorers: Tries: Deon Stegmann, Dean Greyling, Lappies Labuschagne, Burger Odendaal (2), Hanro Liebenberg, RG Snyman, Daniel Kriel. Conversions: Louis Fouché: 2. Tian Schoeman: 3
Comment from Vodacom Blue Bulls camp after the match: A special word of gratitude to the Players, staff and management of the Canon Eagles, and especially the friendly people of Machida, for their amazing hospitality. Here's to great friendships and relationships formed.
The following match report from Japan Times:
South Africa’s Blue Bulls gave Japanese rugby a reminder of just where it stands Friday night as the Currie Cup side hammered Canon Eagles 50-3 at Machida Athletic Stadium.
Those in the stadium on a hot and humid evening saw the Eagles play bravely but with their forwards giving away 7 kg and 9 cm a man and their backs 13kg and 9 cm, it was always going to be a long night.
And so it proved as the Bulls dominated possession and territory — though the Eagles to their credit did make them work hard in the heat.
“It was a hard fought game and we really enjoyed it,” said Blue Bulls captain Lappies Labuschagne.
Tries by Deon Stegmann and Dean Greyling, both of which were converted by former Ricoh Black Ram Louis Fouche saw the Bulls race away to a 14-0 lead, as Canon struggled with the intensity and physicality of the opposition.
“They put us under a lot of pressure and that forced up to make mistakes,” said Canon captain Ryohei Mitomo.
A penalty by Mitomo closed the gap and showed that the Eagles were taking things seriously even though this was a preseason friendly.
But that was as good as it got as the Blue Bulls — who contained six Springboks including Francois Hougaard who will play for the Eagles in the Top League after this year’s Rugby World Cup — proved they had too much firepower even with the sides playing uncontested scrums for 55 minutes after Canon’s two hookers were injured in the first half.
Labuschagne and Burger Odendaal both crossed early in the second half, and while Canon did well to stop the scoring for a short period the Bulls finished strongly with Hanro Liebenberg, Odendaal, RG Snyman, Daniel Kriel all going over to ensure the vuvuzelas resonated around Machida.