Blue Bulls overpower Griquas
Dan Lombard
September 16, 2016

The Vodacom Blue Bulls ran in eight tries to beat the Griquas 57-20 (halftime 24-13) in their CurrieCup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening.

The Griquas scored first after capitalising on a Blue Bulls handling error. The visitors regained possession and kicked down field for wing Alshaun Bock to score a converted try. Centre Clinton Swart added a penalty goal to give the visitors an early 0-10 lead.

The Blue Bulls were galvanised into action after flank Nic de Jager powered over to score in the 16th minute. This was followed up by tries to wing Jamba Ulengo and lock RG Snyman.

Ulengo got his name on the score sheet after running a brilliant line off the inside shoulder of flyhalf Tian Schoeman to score under the posts while RG Snyman utilised his length to reach over and score. Schoeman was successful with all three conversions and added a penalty goal to bring the curtain down on the first half.

The Blue Bulls capitalised on their first half momentum early in the second half when scrumhalf Piet van Zyl raced away to score in the corner minutes of the match resumed.

Fullback Ulrich Beyers received the ball in space to score untouched in the 54th minute while Van Zyl dug his way over to score five minutes later with Schoeman converting both tries.

The Griquas inability to make their tackles count coupled with their poor set pieces is what ultimately cost them as they gave up a penalty try courtesy of a powerful scrum by the men in blue.

The second half was dominated by the home team but the Griquas did manage a try through replacement utility forward Wandile Patuma but it was a case of too little, too late for the men from Kimberley.

Replacement wing Bjorn Basson had the final say of the match as he crossed the try line after the hooter to score the Blue Bull's final try.


Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Nic de Jager, Jamba Ulengo, RG Snyman, Piet van Zyl (2), Ulrich Beyers, Penalty try, Bjorn Basson; Cons: Tian Schoeman (7), Pen: Schoeman.

Griquas - Tries: Alshaun Bock, Wandile Patuma; Cons: Clinton Swart (2); Pens: Swart (2).

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