Bulls get their bonus point in Durban

Henry

In the meantime, the Bulls management can look at the ingredients of a possible PRC party cake in the store, but they will not want to buy it yet.

After all, there are still play-offs ahead in the United Rugby Championship.

The Bulls scored four tries in their 26 – 14 victory against the Sharks at Kingspark to temporarily take first place in the HRC standings. They are also the winners of the South African division of the tournament.

Munster still have to play against Ulster, but the Pretorians are assured of a top two place after 18 games in the tournament.

The Bulls stood their ground this afternoon in Durban against the Sharks’ Springbok front row of Ox Nché, Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch, while a box like Kurt-Lee Arendse also defended excellently.

Akker van der Merwe scored the Pretorianers’ bonus point try with his second try in the second half, while David Kriel and Johan Grobbelaar also each scored a try earlier.

Then Elrigh Louw was a thorn in the home team’s flesh and he often came up with some strong runs.

Don’t think that the Sharks necessarily played poorly.

Their defense in the second half foiled a few Bulls attacks, while Dylan Richardson’s power try testified to their determination.

But the Bulls were hungry for a bonus point win. And they did it.

  • Scorers:

Bulls: Tries: David Kriel, Johan Grobbelaar and Akker van der Merwe (2). Goal kicks: Johan Goosen (2) and Chris Smith.

Sharks: Tries: Siya Masuku and Dylan Richardson. Goals: Masuku (2).

  • HRC standings (top eight teams):
  1. Bulls: 66 points after 18 games
  2. Leinster: 65 points after 18 games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 65 after 18 games
  4. Munster: 63 points after 17 games
  5. Stormers: 59 points after 18 games
  6. Benetton: 54 points after 18 games
  7. Ulster: 53 points after 17 games
  8. Lions: 50 points after 18 games.