Rampant Bulls crush Griquas
- 28 Sep 2013
The Blue Bulls kept their Currie Cup semi-final hopes alive with a 52-10 win against Griquas in Kimberley.
With two rounds of matches remaining, the Bulls now have 16 log points, just one less than the fourth-placed Cheetahs.
The Bulls played like a team that had to win to stay in play-off contention.
Handré Pollard opened the scoring with a penalty, before Wiaan Liebenberg went over for an unconverted try that came from a rolling maul. The Bulls struck again in the 24th minute when they went wide to Jacques du Plessis, whose try made it 15-0.
Griquas, though, briefly got themselves back into the game following a period of play that saw them twice opt to scrum from kickable penalties. When they were awarded a third penalty, they chose to scrum again, and when the Bulls collapsed it again the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try and showing Marcel van der Merwe a yellow card.
Gouws Prinsloo kicked the conversion and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to reduce the deficit to five.
However, the Bulls reasserted their dominance early in the second half, with a Pollard penalty and a try to Currie Cup debutant William Small-Smith, who rounded off a backline attack that had begun on halfway.
Griquas were then reduced to 14 men when JP Nel was yellow-carded, and Paul Willemse barged over from a scrum soon after for the bonus-point try and a 30-10 lead.
The Bulls went on to score another three tries, through Small-Smith, Willemse and Jürgen Visser, to go past the 50-mark.
Griquas – Try: Penalty try. Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo. Penalty: Prinsloo.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Wiaan Liebenberg, Jacques du Plessis, William Small-Smith (2), Paul Willemse (2), Jürgen Visser. Conversions: Handré Pollard (4). Penalties: Pollard (3).
Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Ryno Barnes (c), 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brendon Pitzer, 18 Patrick O'Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Jean Stemmet.
Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser , 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten/Dean Greyling, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.
Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images
What we’ve learned
Five lessons from the Currie Cup semi-finals, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.
Catrakilis still the man for WP
Demetri Catrakilis represents WP’s best chance of winning the Currie Cup title at Newlands this Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.
‘Pick Coleman for final’
What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the past weekend's Currie Cup semi-finals.