Blue Bulls pummel Cavaliers
Dorfling Terblanche
September 23, 2016

The Vodacom Blue Bulls used their powerful pack to subdue the Boland Cavaliers in their Friday afternoon Currie Cup Premier Division clash in Wellington, winning 48-26 (halftime 12-12) to temporarily go to the top of the log.

A larger than normal crowd at the Boland Stadium spurred the Cavaliers on throughout the match but the Blue Bulls had the Cavaliers' number in the scrums.

Fullback Ulrich Beyers, who originally hails from nearby Piketberg, went over for the Blue Bulls before the former Springbok winger Bjorn Basson did the same nearly ten minutes later. With a quarter of the match played the visitors were leading 12-0 and the Cavaliers needed to respond in order to keep themselves in the contest.

Namibian international and Cavaliers flyhalf Theuns Kotze and the veteran speedster Danwel Demas both scored for the home team, with Kotze converting his own try. The score of 12-12 remained the same until the break and the Cavaliers fans were rooting for an unlikely upset victory.

Ten points from Schoeman, courtesy of a penalty, try and a conversion saw the Blue Bulls race to a 22-12 lead.

Before the visitors could further their lead the Cavaliers had a mini resurgence, with their third try the product of a superb break from Logan Basson.

He showed his older brother Bjorn that he too has a serious turn of pace and it was eightman Zandre Jordaan who finished the passage of play with a try.

An interception from Kotze, who grabbed a pass from his opposite number Schoeman, saw the Cavaliers take the lead for the first time in the match.

Going into the final quarter the hard-work of Lizo Gqoboka was rewarded as the Blue Bulls pack began to monster their Cavaliers counterparts.

Man-of-the-Match Roelof Smit scored his first Currie Cup try from a dominant scrum to wrap up the bonus point before captain Hanro Liebenberg grabbed a brace.

At this stage the Blue Bulls were smashing the Cavaliers in all aspects of play and Gqoboka was rewarded with a try just before the end of the match.

The Bulls have completed their fixtures and will now watch the remaining matches to see where they will play next while the Cavaliers travel down the N1 to battle DHL Western Province in Cape Town.

Boland Cavaliers: Tries: Danwel Demas, Zandre Jordaan, Theuns Kotze (2). Conversions: Kotze (3)

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: Ulrich Beyers, Bjorn Basson, Tian Schoeman, Roelof Smit, Hanro Liebenberg (2), Lizo Gqoboka. Conversions: Schoeman (5).
Penalties: Schoeman

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