Bulls Trash Lions 30 – 12 In Trans-Jukskei Super Rugby Derby

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The Bulls put up a great performant which led to trashing the lions 30-12 trans-Jukskei Super Rugby derby at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The bull dominated the opening of the game, pinning the Lions down in their half, as Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard started the Bulls’ scoring with a long-range penalty.

Analyst reports: 

”The Ellis Park siege continued as the Lions survived wave after wave of attacks until eventually No 8 Duane Vermeulen crashed over in the 29th minute.

”The Lions were forced to play with little ball from deep inside their half, but errors led to Pollard slotting two more penalties, giving the men from Pretoria a deserved 14-0 lead at half-time.

”The Bulls continued to turn pressure into points, earning a kickable penalty from a lineout drive and extending their lead out to 17-0.

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”But the home side would finally strike at their first real opportunity following a Bulls’ handling error deep in their own half. They kept the ball amongst the forwards and eventually prop Carlu Sadie crossed the whitewash in the 47th minute.

”Two more penalty attempts were slotted by Pollard – who produced a man-of-the-match performance – leaving the Lions with much work to do.

”But again they capitalised on what little ball they had to work with. Replacement scrumhalf Ross Cronje made a sniping break around the ruck to put prop Dylan Smith under the poles with an offload. With the successful conversion, the Lions were clawing their way back into the contest at 23-12.

”Chasing the game, a quick lineout attempt by the Lions 10 metres out from their own tryline proved disastrous. A pass was intercepted and the Bulls would take the ball through the hands to see fullback Warrick Gelant go over in the corner untouched to seal the victory.”

Source: Sports24


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