And that’s points Pretoria!


A spirited Bulls team dealt a huge blow to Loftus Versfeld when they beat Saracens 27 – 16 in a Champions Cup match.

The Pretorians scored three quick tries – thanks to David Kriel, Janko Swanepoel and Canan Moodie – and they led 20 – 6 at one stage before the English club team scored a couple of consolation tries in the last 20 minutes of the game.

It was Saracens’ discipline in particular that let them down and Alex Goode (full back) was sent off with yellow cards in the first half along with Maro Itoje (lock).

In addition, in the 52nd minute, a red card was waved in Billy Vunipola’s direction after the eighth man tried to get Cameron Hanekom out of the way too harshly.

But in a nutshell, Jake White must be a very satisfied man.

The Bulls’ director of rugby said in the run-up to the showdown that his team’s front and back players must work hard.

And that’s exactly what they did.

The forwards initially played Saracens tired after which inside center David Kriel ran through for the first try of the game.

Then the front row of Gerhard Steenekamp, ​​Akker van der Merwe and Wilco Louw was at times just too strong for Jamie George and co, while Kurt-Lee Arendse and Moodie were again in the mood for running rugby.

According to Saracens’ Mark McCall, his team initially faltered under the Bulls’ sustained pressure.

“Their physical attack caught us off guard especially in the first half and we struggled especially at the breakdown points and on defense. Loftus is an iconic rugby field and we are grateful to run here, but we could have done much better,” said the Englishmen’s director of rugby.

The Loftus crowd also raised their voices every time Owen Farrell got behind the kick.

It was the 32-year-old flyhalf’s first game since he announced that he was going to take a break from international rugby.

“I have nothing to say about it,” was McCall’s reply when he was asked about the spectators’ behavior towards his captain.

  • Scorers:

Bulls: Tries: David Kriel, Janko Swanepoel and Canan Moodie. Goal kicks: Johan Goosen (3). Penalty kicks: Goosen (3).

Saracens: Tries: Elliot Daly and Theo McFarland. Penalties: Owen Farrell (2).

  • Teams:

Bulls: Willie le Roux, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Stedman Gans, David Kriel, Canan Moodie, Johan Goosen, Embrose Papier, Cameron Hanekom, Elrigh Louw (captain), Marco van Staden, Reinhardt Ludwig, Janko Swanepoel, Wilco Louw, Akker van der Merwe and Gerhard Steenekamp. Substitutes: Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Simphiwe Matanzima, Mornay Smith, Deon Slabbert, Marcell Coetzee, Zak Burger, Jaco van der Walt and Sergeal Petersen.

Saracens: Alex Goode, Alex Lewington, Elliot Daly, Nick Tompkins, Sean Maitland, Owen Farrell (captain), Ivan van Zyl, Billy Vunipola, Andy Christie, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Hugh Tizard, Maro Itoje, Alec Clarey, Jamie George Mako Vunipola. Subs: Theo Dan, Tom West, Christian Judge, Theo McFarland, Toby Knight, Aled Davies, Olly Hartley and Lucio Cinti.