Planet Rugby

Lions put Bulls to the sword

21st September 2013 17:53

Share:

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

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
Munster vs Ospreys18:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon vs Montpellier18:00
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle18:00
Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Bayonne vs Toulouse18:00
Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Castres18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
Saturday , September 27
Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings14:00
Pumas vs Western Province15:00
Griquas vs Lions15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Sunday , September 21
Otago vs WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade FrancaisMontpellier vs Stade Francais Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Connacht 10 - 9 LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Brive 13 - 53 ToulonBrive vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 20 - 28 CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Exeter310
4Leicester Tigers39
5Harlequins38