Blue Bulls topple EP Kings
The Vodacom Blue Bulls scored seven tries to beat the Eastern Province Kings 49-35 (halftime 28-25) in their Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening.
The EP Kings scored two quick tries through hooker Michael Willemse and outside centre Berton Klaasen to open their account.
Flyhalf Tian Schoeman scored the home side's first try in the 12th minute while flank Jannes Kirsten and wing Bjorn Basson scored tries of their own as the Blue Bulls started to find some attacking rhythm.
EP cut the deficit to three points as fullback Johan Tromp scored a try as the first half came to an end.
Wing Siviwe Soyizwapi pulled back a try for the visitors after the second half resumed but the Blue Bulls responded with tries to Burger Odendaal and Ulengo.
It was the bench who would have the final say of the match as replacement hooker Martin Bezuidenhout scored EP's sixth try while utility back Joshua Stander scored the final try of the match as the Blue Bulls pulled off an unconvincing win at Loftus Versfeld.
Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Tian Schoeman, Jamba Ulengo (2), Jannes Kirsten, Bjorn Basson, Burger Odendaal, Joshua Stander; Cons: Schoeman (7).
Eastern Province Kings - Tries: Micheal Willemse, Berton Klaasen, Johan Tromp, Siviwe Soyizwapi; Cons: Kobus Marais (2); Pens: Marais (2).
- The match was preceded by a minute of silence on the passing of former struggle rugby stalwart and South African Minster of Sport and Recreation, Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile. He was 71.