Bulls sound Benetton cap before halftime


On a warm autumn afternoon in Pretoria, the Bulls turned on the three-point taps to beat Benetton 56-35.

Canan Moodie was at his attacking best against Loftus Versfeld this afternoon and the Springbok fullback scored three of the home team’s nine tries.

The Pretorians’ run-up to the match can be compared to a wildfire and they already had the bonus point three in the bag in the 25th minute.

Kurt-Lee Arendse also showed that he is ready for the international season that will soon kick off and the lightning-fast winger excelled with a few brilliant runs, while he also stood up for his man on defense.

In addition, he also repeatedly won the air raid sessions against his Benetton rivals. No wonder he was named the player of the match.

Then David Kriel was a thorn in the Italian visitors’ flesh throughout, with Willie le Roux launching a try or two as usual.

With the victory, the Bulls virtually secured their place among the top four teams in the United Rugby Championship, but hard work will still have to be done behind the scenes if the rugby pride of the city of Jakaranda wants to walk away with the tournament laurels.

After all, Benetton showed that the Bulls defense is not rock solid and the visitors scored five tries on a sunny Loftus.

  • Scorers:

Bulls: Tries: Canan Moodie (3), David Kriel (2), Kurt-Lee Arendse, Ruan Nortjé, Akker van der Merwe and Johan Grobbelaar. Goal kicks: Johan Goosen (4). Penalty kick: Chris Smith.

Benetton: Tries: Onisi Ratave, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Andy Uren, Toa Halafihi and Marco Zanon. Goals: Rhyno Smith (5).

  • How the top eight in the standings currently look:
  1. Munster: 63 points after 17 games
  2. Bulls: 61 points after 17 games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 60 points after 16 games
  4. Leinster: 59 points after 16 games
  5. Stormers : 50 points after 16 games
  6. Edinburgh: 49 points after 17 games
  7. Ulster: 49 points after 16 games
  8. Benetton: 49 points after 17 games