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Province first half secure win over Blue Bulls

Western Province did enough in the first half to beat the Blue Bulls 45-34 in Cape Town on Saturday

It was all Western Province in the first forty minutes as they scored 6 tries to the one from the Blue Bulls.

The speed in which Province backs ran at the Blue Bulls was just too much for the Blue Bulls to keep them out. Their defence was not great and it showed on the scoreboard.

Province dominated most of the set pieces and especilly the scrums which gave them a great platform to attack from.

The Blue Bulls did habe opertunities but the direct defense from Province forced them into mistakes and could not get the ball in hands for long periods of time.

Province did loose Viljoen before halftime with a yellow card but their defence was good enough to keep multiple attacks from the Blue Bulls out on their line.

The two teams went into the break with Province leading 42-13 and allot of work to do for the men from Pretoria in the second half.

The Blue Bulls took full advantage of the extra man in the second half as they force Province into mistakes in their own twnety two to get over for their second try.

This made the score 42-20 and much better play from the Blue Bulls.

The Blue Bulls kept on improving in the second half and put much better pressure on Province which allowed them to keep the ball for longer periods.

They scored a run away try after Province broke out and reduced the lead to 42-27. Province extedn the lead again with a penalty a few minutes later.

The Blue Bulls kept on fighting back and socred another try to make the score 45-34 with a few minutes to go.

Scorers:

Western Province – Tries: Nizaam Carr, Damian Willemse, SP Marais, Seabelo Senatla (2), Scarra Ntubeni. Conversion: Marais (6). Penalty: Marais.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Piet van Zyl, Kefentse Mahlo (2), Johan Grobbelaar. Conversions: Tony Jantjies (4). Penalties: Jantjies (2).

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