Bulls strike at Ellis Park


As a rugby spectacle, it will not receive the award for the best at all, but the Bulls scored an important United Rugby Championship blow when they beat the Lions 25 – 10 at Ellis Park.

In addition, the visitors scored four tries to ensure further scoring momentum.

However, the first half was a boring story with both teams playing feel-feel rugby. Attacks and air kicks were rampant and when there were shots towards the posts, Sanele Nohamba and Jaco van der Walt shot lopsidedly.

The highlight was Embrose Papier’s vision to chase through a dancing Canan Moodie for the first try of the showdown.

At halftime the score was 5 – 3 in the Bulls’ favour.

In the second half, the Pretorians were at least able to switch to a higher gear and tries by Akker van der Merwe and Marcell Coetzee underlined their forward dominance.

So speaking of forwards: Gerhard Steenekamp played a burst for the Bulls and he put the Lions scrum under crushing pressure.

In addition, he also flattened his ears later in the second half to run his team out of trouble.

David Kriel’s flying try – when he chased down his own kick – was the final nail in the Lions’ coffin.

The home side will probably be kicking themselves when they analyze footage of the match later: Missed chances and poor handling added to their frustration, while Richard Kriel’s try was disallowed because the ball moved forward out of Nohamba’s hands.

Quan Horn’s try later showed what the team is capable of after the Bulls full-back, Devon Williams, could not master the bouncing ball on the Pretorianers’ goal line.

But by then it was already too late for the home team.

  • Scorers:

Bulls: Tries: Canan Moodie, Akker van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee and David Kriel. Goal kick: Johan Goosen. Penalty: Goosen.

Lions: Three: Quan Horn. Goal kick: Jordan Hendrikse. Penalty kick: Sanele Nohamba.