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Match Report – Bulls outplay Lions at Emirates Airline Park


The Bulls came to Johannesburg and surprised the Lions when they outplayed them to take a important victory.

Taking their points when on offer they always kept the Lions at a distance on the scoreboard. They beat the Lions at the end 30-12.

As we expected both teams came out hitting the ground running with the Bulls enjoying field possession early on.

The Lions was asked more than once in that first ten minutes to make try saving tackles and prevent the Bulls from crossing the line.

It was no surprise then when the Bulls were first on the board with a penalty from Pollard.

They just kept the Lions pinned in their own half and soon extended the lead when Duane Vermeulen went over for the first try of the match.

This came after sustain pressure on the Lions in their twenty two.

Pollard extended the lead to 14-0 after yet another penalty just before halftime.

The Bulls controlled most aspects of the match with the Bulls had made 75 carries against the Lions 32 carries.

The second half started with Pollard kicking yet another penalty to extend their lead to 17-0.

The Lions got an attacking lineout after a high tackle from Specman on Combrinck which they took full advantage off sending Sadie over for their first try.

The Bulls took their opportunities when it was there and another penalty extended the lead again to 20-5.

Pollard knocked another penalty over before the Lions hit back with a seven point try by Dylan Smith to make the lead for the Bulls only 23-12.

The Lions have been their own worst enemy for two weeks now in a row and it did not surprise when they messed up a line-out on their line to give the Bulls another try.

This gave the Bulls the lead of 30-12 with minutes to go.

The Lions tried some more but at the end was outplayed and outsmarted by the Bulls on the day.


Lions Lions  12  30 Bulls Bulls

Lions – Tries: Sadie, Smith. Conversion. Jantjies.

Bulls – Tries: Vermeulen, Gelant. Conversion: Pollard. Penalty: Pollard (6).

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  1. The most pleasing aspect of the 2 Bulls wins, were that we have found that forwards and territory wins games again. Added the basics to the running everything of last year. There is a calmness about the team as well. Just stick to the plan. I reckon that is what duanne and Schalk brings. Plenty of positives but we really need some depth in the front row. If either of Trevor or lizo goes down, we are in deep trouble.

    Now is also the time to start thinking of giving Vermeulen some rest. Think he’s gone full 80 in all games.

  2. Jeez Schalk can still add so much value to this team. Was nice to see an SA hooker again who does the basics of hooker play correctly before being lauded for all his other exploits. Marx would do well to take a leaf out of the his book.

  3. @Craven: Indeed, but Schalk was also nowhere in the Jaquares game. So let’s see what he can muster against more teams, albeit he outshined Bongi and Marx now with ease.

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