The Blue Bulls sneak pass Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday with the Golden Lions way to good for the young Free State Cheetahs.
It was an important win for the Blue Bulls losing their last two matches against the Sharks and Golden Lions. They had to work till the last minute of the match to get the win as Griquas pushed them all the way.
At the end they secured a 45-40 win earning maximum points.
Griquas 40-45 Blue Bulls
The way the Blue Bulls started the match one thought that they gonna put sixty past the Griquas team but Griquas in Kimberley must never be underestimated.
The Bulls opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Andre Warner barged over from close quarters after the ball went through nine phases in the build-up.
Ten minutes later, Griquas struck back when Nicolaas Oosthuizen crossed for their first try after a lineout steal on the Blue Bulls’ five-metre line.
The Bulls dominated over the next 10 minutes and scored 21 unanswered points during that period thanks to well-taken tries from Franco Naude, Jaco Visagie and JT Jackson.
But despite being outplayed for large periods during the opening half, Griquas did not surrender and struck back via a five-pointer from Andre Swarts and a penalty try during the latter stages of the half.
The home side continued to dominate early in the second half and drew level in the 46th minute when Eital Bredenkamp crossed for their fourth try after Ederies Arendse did well in the build-up.
Two minutes later, the visitors were reduced to 14 men when Jaco Visagie was yellow carded for an early tackle and shortly afterwards Andre Swarts crossed for his second try which meant Griquas were now leading for the first time in the game.
The Bulls did not panic though and struck back via an Edgar Marutlulle try after a lineout drive deep inside Griquas’ half. That came after a penalty for the Blue Bulls and a yellow card to Pieter Jansen van Vuren.
The Bulls finished stronger and further tries from Jano Venter and Ivan van Zyl gave them a 45-35 lead before AJ Coertzen crossed for Griquas’ sixth try which secured them their second bonus point.
Tries: Oosthuizen, Swarts 2, Penalty try, Bredenkamp, Coertzen
Cons: Whitehead 4
Yellow Card: Jansen van Vuren
For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Warner, Naude, Visagie, Jackson, Marutlulle, Venter, Van Zyl
Cons: Libbok 5
Yellow Card: Visagie
Golden Lions 47 – 14 Free State Cheetahs
The Golden Lions were just to good for Free State beating them 47-14 on Saturday. The Lions dominated the match from the first minute and never looked like losing the match.
Tries from Marvin Orie, Howard Mnisi, Hacjivah Dayimani and two apiece from Sylvian Mahuza and Shaun Reynolds proved too much for the visitors, who scored through Louis Fouche and Rudy Paige.
Free State did score two tries but was never really in the match being dominated in all aspects of the match. Free State struggled to find momentum and were just not good enough to challenge the Lions.
For Golden Lions:
Tries: Mahuza 2, Reynolds 2, Orie, Mnisi, Dayimani
Cons: Reynolds 6
For Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Fouche, Paige
Cons: Fouche 2