Lions 24 Blue Bulls 39
Lions still looking for first win in Currie Cup
Blue Bulls impress with polished performance...
Early on in the game the Bulls showed their intention was to drive with their
forwards, which they did quite well with Gary Botha prominent, but the defense
of the Lions held in this onslaught in the first few minutes. At one stage the
Bulls did manage to work a huge overlap to the left, but Gary Botha was the
player that messed it up by breaking inside and the chance to score was lost.
Morne Steyn kicked a penalty 7 minutes into the 1st half for the
Bulls to take a 3-0 lead. Mujati came off with a blood injury at this point,
with van Rensburg taking his place for the moment.
Louis Ludik hit right back with a great try, this came from the halfway line
where the Bulls knocked the ball on, Wikus van Heerden recovered it and the
Lions hit left, where it went through the hands of Rose to Pretorius, who put
Ludik in space with just the fullback to beat. Ludik also had Vermaak on his
right, but opted to chip it, and luckily the bounce favoured him, he recovered
and was able to dive over for the try. Harris missed the conversion, but the
Lions now lead 5-3.
The Lions then had a great attacking opportunity on the Bulls
ten meter line, but this time Pietman van Niekerk was the man that ignored his
teams huge overlap on the left, but luckily for the Lions the Bulls infringed at
the breakdown and Harris was able to kick this one over for the Lions to take a
25 minutes into the game the Bulls had a great attacking scrum
on the Lions 22 meter line, they hit right to a huge open side, but Adams
delayed his pass and was tackled ball and all by Vermaak, who was already having
a great influence on the game.
Tim Dlulane scored a great power try for the Bulls from a ruck
on the Lions line, making it 8-8 after 30 minutes with Steyn missing the
Ludik then had another impressive run with the ball, but was
tackled on the Bulls 10 meter line, where the Bulls went offside, and Harris was
able to put the Lions in an 11-8 lead.
The Bulls had another good attack with their forwards, going
over the Lions line but drivven back, but from the ruck the Bulls sent it out to
the left and Morne Steyn was able to run in a simple try, which he also
converted for a 15-11 lead to the Bulls.
The Bulls then infringed again at a ruck, hands in this time,
Harris seemed to have settled and kicked the rather difficult penalty to make
the half time score 15-14 for the visitors.
In the second half the Lions made two changes with Jean Deysel
and Ernst Joubert taking the field. The first bit of play was a but uninspiring,
with both teams kicking for field position.
The Lions then tried a silly move on the halfway line, lost the
ball and the Bulls hit left, where Marius Delport beat numerous tackles and
defenders to score a 50 meter try. Steyn kicked the conversion, and the Bulls
were now leading 22-14.
8 minutes into the 2nd half the Lions had a good attack, even
though it might have been a bit laboured, battling a bit to gain ground, but
eventualy the Bulls infringed at a ruck inside their 22 again, the tackler not
releasing the tackled player. Harris kicked the easy penalty, but the Bulls
still had a healthy 22-17 lead.
The Bulls regained the ball from the kickoff, and put the Lions
under huge pressure, with Wannenburg eventually going over for the 4th Bulls try
in the right corner. Steyn kicked the difficult conversion to stretch the Bulls
lead to 29-17, and the Bulls starting to look like they might run away with this
Steyn kicked a huge penalty from the Lions 10 meter line and on
the sideline minutes later, the Bulls lead now 32-17, and asking a lot off the
Lions to make a comeback in this one.
Grant Esterhuizen and Ethienne Reyneke joined play at this
stage, with Reyneke making an immediate impact, catching they eye with fiery
running of the ball, but time was running out for the Lions, with only 15
minutes left in the game.
Vermaak came close to scoring a try, but was tackled into the
corner flag on the left, and the TMO, correctly, ruled no try.
The Bulls went over for their 5th try, this one by replacement
Jaco Engels, this from a scrum on the Lions 5 meter line in the middle of the
field, the Bulls hitting right, and Engels strong enough to break the desperate
tackling close to the line. Steyn converted this one as well, the Bulls lead a
whopping 39-17, and the Lions a beaten side without answers.
After the hooter, the Lions had the last say, when from a ruck
close to the Bulls try-line, in the middle of the field, the Lions hit left, and
with little defense there for the Bulls, a long skip pass put Harris in space,
and he was able to score in the left corner. He also kicked the conversion, the
final score 39-24 for the Bulls.
For the Lions:
Tries: Louis Ludik, Mark Harris
Cons: Mark Harris
Pens: Mark Harris 4
For the Blue Bulls:
Tries: Tim Dlulane, Morne Steyn, Marius Delport, Pedrie Wannenburg, Jaco Engels
Cons: Morne Steyn 4
Pens: Morne Steyn 2
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Mark Harris, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Thabang Molefe, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pietie Ferreira, 7
Russell Winter, 6 Wikus van Heerden(Capt), 5 Gerhard Mostert,
4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 James van der Walt, 1 Pietman van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reyneke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18
Jean Deysel, 19 Ernst Joubert, 20 Rory Kockett, 21 Jody Rose, 22 Grant Esterhuizen.
Blue Bulls: 15. Stefan Basson, 14. Lukhanyo Nontshinga, 13. JP
Nel, 12. Frikkie Welsh (Captain), 11. Marius Delport, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Heini
Adams, 8. Pedrie Wannenburg, 7. Tim Dlulane, 6. Warren Brosnihan, 5. Francois
van Schouwenburg, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Rayno Gerber, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Wessel
Replacements: 16. Kobus van der Walt, 17. Jaco Engels, 18. James Milton,
19. Emile Verster, 20. Johannes Powell, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. John
Referee: Mark Lawrence (Saru)
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein & Charlton Pick
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman