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Lions put Bulls to the sword

21st September 2013 17:53

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Jacques du Plessis Blue Bulls v G Lions CC 2013

Jacques du Plessis is hauled in by Franco van der Merwe

The Golden Lions added to the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup woes when they beat them 35-26 in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls were thoroughly outplayed but did manage to take a bonus point out of the game as they scored four tries, two in the last seven minutes, but the Lions were able to take a full house of five points as they also nabbed a try-scoring bonus point.

The Lions were unable to take real advantage of two yellow cards dished out to the Bulls in the first half, going into the break only 13-7 ahead.

Bulls full-back Clayton Blommetjies was yellow-carded in the 19th minute for a trip, while flyhalf Tony Jantjies followed him to the sin-bin 13 minutes later after handling the ball in a ruck on his own try-line.

"Defence is all about attitude" is a truism that is bandied around a lot in rugby and the Bulls paid the price for some lacklustre tackling in the first half.

Lions right wing Andries Coetzee forced his way through two poor tackles to open the scoring in the sixth minute and flank Jaco Kriel then raced down the left touchline to score in the 15th minute as the Lions exposed the Bulls defence with ease.

Scrum-half Rudy Paige seized an opportunity provided by a hole in the Lions defence to score the Bulls' opening try in the 30th minute, but the hosts remained in firm control.

They devoured the Bulls at the line-outs and stretched their lead to 20-7 five minutes into the second half when prop Ruan Dreyer powered over for a try, which was laid on by Coetzee once again injecting some pace into the attack down the right-hand side of the field.

The Lions were then content to play the percentages, with fly-half Elton Jantjies and full-back Marnitz Boshoff dominating the kicking battle.

The Bulls did briefly threaten to get back into the game when wing Bjorn Basson scored the first of his two tries in the 55th minute.

However, the Lions were once again in obvious control just two minutes later when scrum-half Ross Cronje broke through on a wrap-around move and replacement prop Jacques van Rooyen muscled his way over the tryline.

The strong running of the Lions' forwards, in particular tighthead Dreyer, then led to a try by Boshoff midway through the second half, stretching the home side's lead to 32-14.

The Bulls kept themselves off the bottom of the table by scoring two late tries by centre Francois Venter and Basson, but the visitors were well-beaten as the pain continues for coach Pine Pienaar and captain Jono Ross.

The scorers:

For Golden Lions:
Tries: Coetzee, Kriel, Dreyer, Van Rooyen, Boshoff
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pens: Jantjies, Boshoff

For Blue Bulls:
Try: Basson 2, Paige, Venter
Cons: Jantjies 3
Yellow card: Blommetjies (19 mins, tripping an opponent), Jantjies (31 mins, professional foul)

Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Deon Helberg, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Derick Minnie (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Guy Cronjé, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Ruhan Nel.

Blue Bulls: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (capt), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 William Small-Smith, 22 Jurgen Visser.

Referee: Stuart Berry

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