Blue Bulls claim derby win over WP
Dan Lombard
August 05, 2016

The Vodacom Blue Bulls scored six tries to claim a hard-fought 45-26 (halftime 24-0) win over DHL Western Province in their Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday evening.

The opening minutes of the match showed exactly why the North-South derby is considered the toughest in South Africa as both teams tried to assert their dominance early on.

The Blue Bulls scored their first try when prop Pierre Schoeman showed his poaching skills by pinching the ball on the deck with captain and No 8 Arno Botha tearing down the right touchline to pass to scrumhalf Piet van Zyl who dotted down.

Western Province had the majority of the first-half possession, but it was the Blue Bulls who converted most of their opportunities.

The Blue Bulls scored two quick tries in the 32nd and 34th minute through locks Jason Jenkins and Marvin Orie. Jenkins showed his power as he broke through the line from close range while Orie was on the end of a sweeping backline move to score in the corner.

Flyhalf Tian Schoeman had a flawless first half with the boot as he converted all three tries to add to his opening penalty goal.

Centre Burger Odendaal had an opportunity to score the home side's fourth try, but the TMO adjudged the ball to have been knocked on with the first half coming to an end moments later.

Wing Jade Stighling continued the Blue Bulls' try-scoring run in the second half as he split Province's defence to score with his fellow winger Jamba Ulengo gathering fullback Bjorn Basson's chip kick to score minutes later.

Western Province finally found their attacking groove in the 62nd minute as replacement centre Johnny Kotze crossed the whitewash to score.

Kotze's efforts saw the beginning of an impressive period of play by the visitors as they exploited the Blue Bulls' lapses in defence to score three more tries through wing Leolin Zas, centre Huw Jones and fullback Scott van Breda.

Replacement flyhalf Brandon Thomson converted three tries to make the scoreline more respectable, but it was Basson who had the final say in the match as he scored to hand the Blue Bulls the 45-26 bonus-point win.


VODACOM BLUE BULLS - Tries: Piet van Zyl, Jason Jenkins, Marvin Orie, Jade Stighling, Jamba Ulengo, Bjorn Basson; Cons: Tian Schoeman (6); Pen: Schoeman

DHL WESTERN PROVINCE - Tries: Johnny Kotze, Leolin Zas, Huw Jones, Scott van Breda; Cons: Brandon Thomson (3)

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