Planet Rugby

Winning start for Blue Bulls

10th August 2012 20:01

Share:

Frik Kirsten blue bulls

Blue Bulls: Open with a win

The Blue Bulls opened their 2012 Currie Cup account with a well earned 35-20 victory over Griquas at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.

The hosts trailed by four points (13-9) at half-time, but launched a dominant second-half comeback spearheaded by Louis Fouchè - the Blue Bulls pivot contributing 25 points in all from the tee.

Former Blue Bulls fly-half Francois Brummer posted the first points on the board for the visitors with a simple penalty, before Fouchè leveled the scores in the eighth minute thanks to a three-pointer of his own.

Griquas showed they meant business when full-back Willie le Roux stepped his way past two defenders before ofloading to wing Rocco Jansen who dotted down against his former team. Brummer converted and the men from Kimberley were in a healthy seven-point (3-10) lead.

Le Roux then went from hero to zero a few minutes later after he tipped opposite number Jurgen Visser beyond the horizontal and earned himself a yellow card for his efforts.

Whilst Le Roux was in the bin, Fouchè narrowed the gap to a one-point ball game (9-10), but a cheeky drop goal from Brummer two minutes from half-time gave his team a slight upper hand at the break.

The Blue Bulls were a different kettle of fish in the second half, however, and hit the lead for the first time in the match when flank Arno Botha broke clear and put Akona Ndungane over for the try.

Fouchè added the conversion and two more penalties that stretched the Bulls' lead to nine points before a mini resurgence by Griquas brought them back into the game thanks to a converted try to lock Martin Muller.

That brought the visitors within two points of the Blue Bulls, but a Ruan Snyman try extend his team's lead once again and the hosts never looked back as Fouche nailed two more penalties to seal the deal.

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Ndungane, Snyman
Cons: Fouchè 2
Pens: Fouchè 7

For Griquas:
Tries: Jansen, Muller
Cons: Brummer 2
Pen: Brummer
Drop: Brummer

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (c), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Lionel Cronjè, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP Nel, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynard 'Ligtoring' Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 21 Marnus Hugo, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Wilmaure Louw.

Referee: Rasta Rashivenga

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs vs Brumbies19:40
Crusaders vs Sharks19:35
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00