Planet Rugby

Bulls see off Cheetahs

07th September 2013 17:56

Share:

Handre Pollard

16 points: Handre Pollard

The Blue Bulls moved off the bottom of the Currie Cup Premier Divison table with a 26-10 win over the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfled.

A poor level of execution in the opening 40 minutes resulted in a narrow 5-3 lead for the Cheetahs at half-time, Riaan Smit the sole try scorer in a frustrating half for the home fans.

However the Bulls played with a greater fluidity in the second half and dominated the scoreboard, fly-half Handre Pollard kicking 16 points overall to go with two tries from forwards Paul Willemse and Wiaan Liebenberg.

The win sees the Bulls overtake Griquas at the bottom of the table after their loss in Kimberly earlier in the day to the Lions.

Pollard's penalty opened the scoring for the beleaguered Bulls as they looked to get the Currie Cup campaign back on track, after only one win in their opening four matches.

The Cheetahs on the other hand had enjoyed an excellent start to the 2013 tournament and continued that form early on, bagging the first try after Smit dived over in the right-hand corner following a fine pass from Robert Ebersohn.

Points from then on in the first-half were strictly limited as key chances went begging.

Sarel Pretorius was denied a try of his own - a previous knock-on cancelling out the score after consultation with the TMO.

Both defences played at a high standard and as a result hindered any more scoring in the first half, although Ebersohn appeared to squander an excellent opportunity when he was released down the left touchline, before opting to cut inside rather than going for the corner.

With opportunities wasted by both sides, it was the Cheetahs who lead 5-3 at the break.

Pollard's second penalty after half-time put the hosts back in front as the Loftus crowd did their best to lift the home side.

Another strike from Pollard minutes later, after the Cheetahs went offside, meant the momentum had firmly swung back in the favour of Bulls with a 9-5 lead.

The Cheetahs have become renowned for the impressive play with ball in hand, but at times it proved to be their undoing - a penalty offence for holding on resulting in Pollard striking a third penalty in the half to keep the Bulls out in front.

Their first try shortly followed. Willemse used every inch of his giant frame to stretch out and make contact with the try line for the hosts' first five-pointer of the match.

Playing with a more direct style in attack, the Bulls came close again through tighthead prop Frik Kirsten, who came up just short of the line.

It proved a costly miss as the Cheetahs flew back up the field from the resulting scrum, culminating in fly-half Elgar Watts producing a magnificent solo score as he stepped his way inside the Bulls defence and had enough pace to beat Jürgen Visser to the line.

Working at a higher tempo than their opponents, the Bulls' replacements spurred their side on as they hunted for a second try.

They didn't have to wait long - Wiaan Liebenberg burrowing over from the back of a rolling maul as the hosts wrapped up a much needed victory.

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Willemse, Liebenberg
Cons: Pollard 2
Pens: Pollard 4

For Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Smit, Watts
Con:
Pens:

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Clayton Blommetjies/Tiaan Schoeman.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (c), 5 Lodewyk De Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian Du Preez, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie Du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque

Referee: Stuart Berry

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821