Vodacom Bulls edge Emirates Lions in Polokwane

Vodacom Bulls edge Emirates Lions in Polokwane

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The Vodacom Bulls scored three second half tries in Polokwane, including one in the last play of the match, to beat the Emirates Lions 28-24 in their Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up match in the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Vodacom Bulls winger Jamba Ulengo pulled off a masterful dive at the end of a pulsating pre-season game to give his team a last-gasp 28-24 win over the Emirates Lions at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

Ulengo scored barely 30 seconds after the Lions' Ruan Combrinck had crossed the line for a second time for a score that looked like it sent the result in favour of Johan Ackermann's team, and provided a sensational ending to a game that lived up to its hype.

With time up on the clock, the kickoff was taken, won back by the Bulls and sent wide where midfielder Burger Odendaal broke inside and flat-footed the defence, catching a head of steam as he headed towards the tryline.

A magnificent try-saving tackle from Elton Jantjies stopped Odendaal a metre from the line.

However, the heroics were to be for nothing as the Bulls went close, and Ulengo dived at the line to score a try that sparked celebrations from his teammates.

With such a pulsating end to the game it was hard to remember that this is simply a pre-season outing, and not a game that means anything in the larger scheme of things.

But while it ended well, both sides will have more than enough to work on with a fortnight left before the season starts.

While the Lions looked a lot like the more settled outfit, they found the going tough in the second half as the Bulls starved them of possession. They struggled to keep their hands on the ball, while their opposition seemed to grow in confidence.

A marked difference was when Odendaal came on for the Bulls, and linking up with Tian Schoeman he gave the Bulls more purpose and direction, whereas they suffered in the first half from some remarkably poor passing.

The Lions suffered their fair share of handling errors as well, but must be complimented on the superb counter-attack that always looked dangerous, and while it may not always have brought results, certainly showed their intent this season.

The workrate of players like Warren Whiteley, Lionel Mapoe, Franco Mostert and others was exceptional as they covered the field with ease, but the player who stood out the most for the Lions was Warwick Tecklenburg, who seemed to be everywhere.

The Bulls will be happy with their backline, who looked dangerous, but when it comes to the No 10 jersey, on this performance Schoeman shaded an indifferent Francois Brummer.

It was the Lions who fired early as they scored first and shaded the first half easily.

Whiteley scored their first try from the back of the scrum, picking up from a wheeling set-piece to power his way over from close range.

But it was Combrinck's inside jink that beat Adriaan Strauss and the missed tackle saw the winger run through to put his side 12-0 up.

The Bulls struck back on the brink of halftime through Bok midfielder Jesse Kriel who came back inside and went over despite having three defenders on his back.

The Lions started the second half excellently, crafting a counter attack from inside their own 22 to send it wide to Combrinck, who stormed down the wing before sending the ball inside to former Bull Rohan Janse van Rensburg to score.

At 19-7 the Lions were threatening to run away with it, but a host of changes swung the ball back in the Bulls' favour as they started to protect it for long periods of time.

Still though, at least four attacks were snubbed either by poor passing or knock-ons close to the line, but the momentum was clearly going their way.

The first blow was struck by Grant Hattingh, who went over from close range with Pierre Schoeman on his shoulder.

Ten minutes from time the Bulls crafted a beautiful move, with Tian Schoeman popping the perfect inside pass to Jade Stighling to scythe his way through the defence. Stughling made it close but passed to Odendaal to complete an excellent try.

But if that was a good try, the Lions equalled it minutes later with a pearler, with the ball quickly passing between seven pairs of hands to outstrip the Bulls defence, leaving Combrinck in space. The winger didn't disappoint as he went over in the corner to give the Lions the lead with seconds left on the clock.

The conversion was taken seconds before the hooter, and the restart was allowed. Ulengo then claimed the win for the Bulls that they will celebrate, with the few thousand fans in the Limpopo capital being well-entertained.

Match report credit: SuperSport.com and Brenden Nel

Scorers:
Vodacom Bulls 28 (7). Tries: Jesse Kriel, Grant Hattingh, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo. Conversions: Francois Brummer (2), Tian Schoeman (2)
Emirates Lions 24 (12). Tries: Warren Whiteley, Ruan Combrinck (2), Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2).

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Feb 13, 2016

(35) Vodacom Bulls edge Emirates Lions in Polokwane

  1. gravatar Dylan says:
    Leke Bulle 28-24!!!
    Wat sê julle moungatte nou?!
  2. gravatar Blou Kaap says:
    Goeie nuus!

    Hoop net almal kom mooi deur sonder ernstige beserings.

    Lekker slaap vanaand Nollis.
  3. gravatar Loftus says:
    Well done Bulle, sou dit graag wou gesien het. Dylan, die moangatte,soos jy hulle wil noem, sal ophou moan sodra ons weer n trofee wen. Tot dan, dink ek hulle het alle reg om te moan!
  4. gravatar Muzi says:
    Yes....I know preseason games can be deceiving BUT nonetheless it's a good win against a very good lions side...just what we needed to boost our confidence...Oom Brenden Nel said...Nic De Jager was impressive...Odendaal made the difference when he came on...well that tells me at the moment he's better than Serfontein...I hope Nyakane is not injured he limped off....
  5. gravatar Dylan says:
    @Loftus ja ons het die reg om te moun, en ek weet jul moun oor ons swak prestasies en geen trofees, maar party van die bloggers gee nog op en sê die spelers sleg voor die seisoen eers begin het, dis wat my pla.
  6. gravatar Muzi says:
    Guys...for those who watched the match in Polokwane...please can you give us a match report....
  7. gravatar Blouland says:
    Baie geluk Bulle en Nollis, is net 'n opwarmingswedstryd, maar die wen is baie belangrik,al het albei afrigters in die 2de helfte baie veranderings aangebring.

    As iemand voor die game hier geskryf het ons moenie moan oor die beserings nie ons gaan wen teen die Leeus, dan kan so persoon nou kom en vinger wys.

    Maar al die lofsangers was ook maar heeltemal tjoepstil, so trek maar die vingers terug.

    Ons sal eers na die eerste twee games werklik kan sien waar ons staan.

    In die vorige draad het ek so bietjie tong in die kies 'n paar vrae gevra, sal egter graag wil weet

    1. hoe ons skrums was

    2. hoe het Brommer en Tiaan gedoen

    3. Ons lostrio

    4. Of daar enige groot beserings was.
  8. gravatar nitronic says:
    Goeie resultaat. Hoop ons kan dit voort hou.

    Geluk bulle en nollis
  9. gravatar Gerrie says:
    Wel gedaan bulle. Veral as in gedagte gehou word teen wie ons gespeel het en dat ons van agter af gekom het om te wen. Dit beteken dat ons by ons structure gehou het en nie paniekerig geraak het nie. Sal ook graag wil weet hoe ons skrums gevaar het. Aan die kommentaar het Hatting van n skruk/loskrum oorgedryf. Ek was baie impress met Nik de Jager se video oor vorige wedstryde. Goeie belegging. Goeie motiveerder vir die res van die seisoen.
  10. gravatar Gerrit says:
    Volgens wat ek gehoor het, het ons hulle stukkend geskrum. Dis goeie nuus...
  11. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Is daar enige iemand wat die game gesien het? sal graag wou hoor hoe die skrums verloop het en veral die losskakel posisie.

    ek het vermoede dat Tiaan en Odendaal beter aanvalskombinasie gaan wees as Serfontein. Maar Serfontein se defense was nog altyd beter.
  12. gravatar Blouland says:
    Ja, klink of Odendaal groot verskil gemaak het. Maar goeie impak van die bank is ook nodig. Jan kan die manne mak duik vir 55 minute, dan kan Burger opkom om die gapings te vat.

    Regtig jammer oor Pollard se besering, maar hopelik kan Tiaan sy geleentheid aangryp.

  13. gravatar Dries says:
    Ek was in Pietersburg vandag. Ja, Nick de Jager was baie goed. Hy het Jaco Kriel en Techlenburg (wat saam met Whitely as kombinasie brilliant was) baie goed in toom gehou by die afbreekpunte. Brummer se lynskoppe was puik, maar sy algemene spel was gemiddeld. Hatting was uitstekend. So ook Odendaal toe hy in tweede helfte opgekom het. Jesse Kriel teleurstellend. Wil te veel op sy eie doen. Bulls het in eerste helfte baie goed geskrum met Trevor en Marcel op stut. Die skok het in tweede helfte gekom. Die oomblik toe Werner Kruger op die geld verskyn het als verander. Toe ploeg die Leeus met die Bulls! Dear is Groot fout met Kruger. By is vandag deur 'n 22-jarige verneder.
  14. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Dankie Dries

    Ek het nogal goeie gevoel oor Grant Hattingh vanjaar.

    Ek weet eerlik nie wat die Bulle nog enigsins in Werner Kruger het nie?
  15. gravatar jimmy says:
    Na ‘n Bruilof saam ‘n spul Kanadese voel ek of ek self in die voorry gesak het vandag.

    Klink vir my dit kon net sowel ‘n storie van “coming up short” gewees het. Drie woorde wat my amper die horries gee. “Bulls go down in Durban” het my daai tyd amper in ‘n gestig laat beland.

    Vriend en vyand verras som die prentjie eintlik mooi op.

    Blouland ons gaan ‘n paar sterk gums nodig hê om hier deur te kom, miskien met ‘n poks of een of ander tipe wonderwerk. Ek twyfel of ons regtig die crucial spelers het wat ons al die pad kan vat, sommige beserings was ‘n skop in ‘n plek wat mens dadelik grond toe vat.

    Die skepping van ‘n wenkultuur is ‘n voorvereiste vir totale dominansie so hopelik kan die Bulle hierop voortbou. Loftus, ek het al gehoor van feite fabriseer om ‘n skynsel van positiwiteit aan die wêreld voor te hou maar wragtig jou verduideliking hoekom jy dink dat jy mag moan en kerm vat die koek.

    Dit was ‘n goeie dag vir die Bulle.

    “When the whistle has blown, and the game is on,
    and your voice is the only thing we hear,
    no I won' be afraid, no I won't be afraid,
    just as long as you stand, stand by me.

    So won't you, won't you stand by me,
    oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me, stand by me.

    EVERY TRY, THAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR,
    WE'RE FIGHTING FOR YOU,
    FOR YOUR GLORY,
    TOGETHER YOU AND ME.

    Raise your flag, raise your voice
    oh give us a cheer,
    just as long as you stand, stand by me.

    So Bulle Bulle stand by me, oh stand by me, stand by me,
    stand by me, stand by me, BULLE !!!

    HOU BY DIE BLOU MY VOLK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!














  16. gravatar Muzi says:
    LOL...just happy Nic De Jager is not Jono Ross....
  17. gravatar bl6ed8g says:
    Voel goed oor die wedstryd en veral omrede dit teen die leeus was. Ons moes net dieselfde span teen die Cheetahs gespeel het dan sou hulle gister nog skerper gewees het. Ek het net een vraag. Waar is Vincent Koch. Wat het hy verkeerd gedoen dat die bulle nie in hom belang gestel het nie. Nou is hy terug by die Stormers vir Super 18 en moontlik permanent terwyl ons vas klou aan Werner Kruger.
  18. Was there a Man of the Match awarded or deserved?
  19. gravatar Loftus says:
    2011 - 2015 = 0 trofees vir die Bulls. Dit is nie n gefabriseerde feit nie Jimmy. Ek is geskok daar is Bulls ondersteuners wat saam met Barend hulle happy is oor daardie statistieke!!
  20. gravatar franscois says:
    Na wat ek kan lees en soos berig word dink ek persoonlik die span moet soos volg lyk:

    Jessie
    gelant
    jan
    odendaal
    basson
    schoeman
    paige
    arnu
    hanro
    nick
    hatting
    rg
    marcel
    adriaan
    trevor

    Callie
    lizo
    nicolas
    roelof
    piet
    brummer
    obi

    Dink daai agterlyn sal beter doen as met jan en jessie op senter
  21. gravatar kabous 23 says:
    Hi Francois. Ek stem saam met meeste van jou keuses. Miskien net in die lostrio vir smit op 6, Nick op 7 en Arno op 8. Hanro op die bank. Hou baie van agterste 3. Met daardie 3 kan ons nog ver kom. Jan se toekoms is op 13 en Jessie kan op 15 vir Willie hierdie jaar lig. As die bulle dalk vir hougaard kan kry, dink ek hulle moet hom miskien kans op 12 gee. Hy is te goed om hom op vluel te mors. 9 is egter sy beste posisie.
  22. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    I read Nollis' post match media comments this morning and I must say we have a very honest and authentic person at the coaching steering wheel this year. He knows his teams short comings and admits where he see we need to work harder at.

    Like the nr. 10 position and the tight phases. By the look of things Schoeman will be the going forward 10.

    Hope the medical report will go our way in the next fort night. Especially our front rowers.

    In the midfield I am of the opinion that Serfontein is the better starting nr. 12 while Odendaal is the man to bring in after half time.

    Also seems that Jade Stiglingh is knocking on the door as a serious contender on the wing at 14.

    Was pleasing to read about Nic de Jager's performance.
  23. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Francois

    Ek dink Galant gaan 'n waste wees op enige ander plek as heelagter. Dis 'n tawwe een veral omdat dit Jesse Kriel mag benadeel id toekoms, en omdat ons al soveel belowende ouens verkoor het agv soelers wat uit posisie gespeel word. Maar ons sal of vir Galant op heelagter moet speel of as reserwe moet kies. Daarby is Ulengo ongelooflike finisher.

    Ek hou vd idee om Serfontein en Odendaal af te wissel na gelang van teen wie ons speel. Jan organiseer verdediging vir my beter veral omdat Schoeman se kanaal dalk ons kwesbare plek kan wees op defense. Odendaal is baie effektief op binnesenter veral omdat hy meer as een verdediger besig hou. Om hulle af te wissel kan ook beserings verminder vanjaar. Amper soos Bakkies en Danie.
  24. gravatar Tom says:
    Nou op news24

    Probably the best news of the entire weekend for the Bulls, other than the win, was the fact they left without injuries. Given it followed a week where they lost Pollard, Lappies Labuschagne and Lizo Gqoboka (just for the game), it was good news for them.

    Trevor Nyakane left the field hobbling, but Marais confirmed it was precautionary
  25. gravatar Tom says:
    Eish!!


    Cape Town - Springbok Sevens player Francois Hougaard will join Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors in England on a short term contract, SA Rugby confirmed on Monday.

    The Springbok scrumhalf is currently on a one-year contract with the Springbok Sevens side. He will return to the squad in May, in time to be considered for selection for the last two World Series tournaments of the season, in Paris (14 and 15 May) and a week later at Twickenham in London.

    The move effectively means that Hougaard will not represent the Bulls in Super Rugby this season.
  26. gravatar nitronic says:
    Another massive set back. Hougaard was given freedom by Nollis and performed exceptionally during the CC. We needed him
  27. gravatar Loftus says:
    Dankie Xander, puik werk. Die 1 oomblik soeel hy vir ons en die volgende oomblik teken hy vir n ander span.
    Wat n gerondneukery, maar dis wat jy kry as jy n klomp amateurs het in jou bestuur.
  28. gravatar Blouland says:
    Ons sal die kern van die huidige groep spelers op 'n manier moet probeer bymekaar hou, en dan benodig ons die volgende aankope as ons in die toeloms weer titel aansprake wil maak:

    Malherbe of ander sterk vaskop
    een van Leeus hakers, verkieslik Marx of Coetzee wat kan skrum
    Willemse en Lood
    een van Leeus se fetcher flanke
    nog 'n goeie losskakel

    Ons het net nie genoeg gehalte diepte en ervaring op die bank om al die pad te gaan nie. Belangrikste is om nuwe spelpatroon te vestig, en veral weer 'n sterk skrum te ontwikkel hierdie jaar.

    Sterkte Nollis en Bulle!

  29. gravatar franscois says:
    Ek persoonlik voel as ons die jaar iets wil doen gan ons ten alle tye gelant kriel serfontuin en odendaal op die veld moet he so dit gan beteken een gan yt posisie moet speel ek sal nogal daarvan hou om die lyn soos volg ook te sien veral nou sonder pollard!

    Kriel
    ulengo
    serfontuin
    odendaal
    basson
    gelant
    paige
  30. gravatar Cornelius says:
    En Daar doen die unie weer baie goed om Hougaard te laat gaan
  31. gravatar Oom Koos says:
    Blouland ek hou van jou spelers wat jy graag by die Bulle wil sien. Veral Malherbe, Lood, Willemse en een van daardie hakers. Daar is n haker by die Leeus wat baie woelig is. Kan nie nou op sy naam kom nie.
    Francois ek sou ook vir Jessie op 15 kies.
    Baie teleurstellend van Hougaard. Lyk my die Xander mannetjie is met vakansie of het hy net nog nooit sy werk behoorlik gedoen nie
  32. gravatar ephraim says:
    maak vir galant n loskakel in die pre season.net vir toets
  33. gravatar ephraim says:
    jesse se verdediging is bietjie verdag en hy is nie skeppend.hy kan nie iets maak uit niks.
  34. gravatar BullsrBest says:
    I have been out of this post for a long time now but know that we have a huge flyhalf problem at the moment. Can anybody tell me why we are not grabbing Derek Hougaard with both hands - he is available ? Im getting very stressed and worried about our Super Rugby chances of winning much without a flyhalf.
  35. gravatar Loftus says:
    Die probleem is dat ons n nuwe gameplan begin speel. Om nou vir Derek terug te roep,sal n stap terug wees vir die unie. Plus, die unie sal n groot risiko neem om iemand met so baie ernstige beserings, terug te neem. Ek het vertroue in Schoeman en ek hoop Nollis speel hom bo Brummer.

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