Strong second-half secures victory for Vodacom Blue Bulls

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Strong second-half secures victory for Blue Bulls

The Vodacom Blue Bulls ran in three unanswered second-half tries on their way to a scrappy 22-18 (half-time 7-11) win over the Cell C Sharks in their provincial tournament match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.

The hosts found themselves trailing by 11 points after 53 minutes but tries to inside centre Marquit September, his second of the match, and two tries from right wing Kefentse Mahlo helped the Blue Bulls to a narrow win as they outscored their opponents by four tries to two.

Both teams have had disappointing seasons with the two outfits having won just five games between them from 15 matches coming into the game.

The Sharks XV opened the scoring through a seventh-minute penalty from left wing Marcel Coetzee before the Blue Bulls struck back, in the 13th minute, when they made full use of an attacking scrum five metres from the Sharks line with September taking a flat ball to slip through a tackle to score between the posts for a converted try.

The visitors narrowed the gap to one point thanks to Coetzee’s second penalty but both teams were battling to find much continuity.
But the Sharks XV finally put a few phases together before right wing Morne Joubert swapped passes with scrumhalf Hanco Venter before the wing dived over in the corner for an unconverted try as the visitors moved into an 11-7 lead after 26 minutes.

The Sharks XV had the better of the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The visitors finally made their dominance count when a series of forward drives saw outside centre Sibusiso Sithole dive over from close range for a converted try as the Sharks XV moved into an 18-7 lead after 53 minutes.
But the Blue Bulls struck back almost immediately when lock Abongile Nonkontwana charged down an attempted clearance with Mahlo on hand to score an unconverted try to narrow the gap to six points.

The Sharks XV were reduced to 14 men in the 61st minute when flank Christiaan De Bruin was yellow carded for killing the ball illegally and the Blue Bulls took immediate advantage when September barged his way over for an unconverted try to leave the visitors clinging to a one-point lead.

Replacement flyhalf Tony Jantjies provided the Bulls with an injection of life and he sparked a backline move that saw Mahlo who dive over in the corner to secure the bonus-point try as the Bulls moved into a 22-18 lead.

The Sharks XV threw everything they had into attack and the Bulls were reduced to 14 men when lock Marvin Orie was yellow carded for side entry at a ruck with the hooter having already sounded.

Scorers
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Marquit September (2), Kefentse Mahlo (2); Conversion: Kurt Webster
Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Morne Joubert, Sibusiso Sithole; Conversion: Duncan Campbell; Penalties: Marcel Coetzee (2).

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Jun 10, 2016

(6) Strong second-half secures victory for Vodacom Blue Bulls

  1. gravatar Kathubul says:
    Beide spanne na my mening baie swak rugby gespeel.ek is nie die grootste rugbykenner nie maar dit wil voorkom asof die spelers net die wedstryd agter die rug wil kry ongeag die uitslag.help asb geleerde vriende,is dit swak afrigting,negatiewe speleringesteldheid of n kombinasie van beide want wragtig so kan dit nie aangaan nie!!!!!
  2. JP says:
    SA A span uiters swak wedstryd Garth April op loskakel sal nie calton span haal nie so swak is hy OUpa net a token keuse so ook menigte ander spelers RG. Snyman die beste speller op die veld Brummer het groot verskil gemaak
  3. JP says:
    SA A span uiters swak wedstryd Garth April op loskakel sal nie calton span haal nie so swak is hy OUpa net a token keuse so ook menigte ander spelers RG. Snyman die beste speller op die veld Brummer het groot verskil gemaak
  4. gravatar Blouland says:
    Die beste losvoorspeler, en saam met RG ons beste voorspelers, speel tans CB rugby: Roelof Smit.

    As ons hom gaan verloor gaan dit 'n groot skande wees. Sal die volgende super lostrio speel:
    Roelof
    Lappies
    Arno

    Steggies as reserwe flank, en Kirsten as reserwe slot.

    Wat die res van die CB span betref, dink ek net Swanepoel, Stoney en Hanro lyk tans na super spelers, die res het gesukkel.

    Waar is Ivan van Zyl en Tinus de Beer, beseer, die CB span kort 'n beter skakelpaar ?

    Bulle afrigters, hoekom moet julle elke game 60 minute dom skoprugby speel, en die oomblik as jul begin bal in hand rugby speel, die skoppe uitsny, dan kom die punte ? Speel vir 80 minute balbesit rugby en dit gaan klaar baie beter gaan. Jantjes was baie beter ook toe hy opkom, Webster skop te veel besit weg.

    Wat die SA 'A' span betref: Schikering, Notse, Groom in die begin 15tal was goed, so ook Coenie, Marx, RG, Piet en Brummer toe hul opkom.

    Ackermann gaan dit maar moeilik vind om vir die ANC-SARU alliansie te werk, want jy kan nie altyd jou beste span kies nie.

    Sal moet sien wat die Bokke doen, is nie meer veel gepla oor bokrugby nie.
  5. gravatar Theo says:
    Blouland ek stem heelhartig met jou kommentaar saam. Roelof is volgens my ook een van ons beter spelers. Snaaks genoeg, ek is ook maar min gepla oor Bokrugby. Het net die helfte van die Bok westryd gekyk. Kan dus nie positiewe of negatiewe kommentaar lewer nie.
    Kan maar net die Iere gelukwens met n geskiedkundige oorwinning
  6. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    I am happy for the CC team. 3 out of 9. Their last two games seem like a bit of a resurgence. But the display of rugby is very poor. And those empty seats at Loftus tells a tale of what Saru is doing to SA rugby.

    Tonight the Boks lost. The baby boks lost and last night SA A lost. The Boks lost to an injury ridden 14 (13) man Ireland side. What a joke to spend hundreds of rands on sheiss like this. Junk status.

    RIP SA rugby. My condolensces to Allistair Coetzee. He is a good coach.

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