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Currie Cup Match Report – Specman magic give Blue Bulls first win of the season

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We have seen so many times the magic of Specman in the Blitzboks jumper and he was the difference for the Blue Bulls when they beat the Pumas in a crucial Currie Cup match on Friday.

It was a close affair with the Blue Bulls leading 12-10 at the break to eventually take the win 25-17.

This was the Blue Bulls first win of this years competition and a much needed one.

The Pumas are still without a win in three close losses on the trot which makes their chances of making the playoffs very slim.

It was desperate from both side going full out for the win and only two points separating the two sides at the break.

Most of the rugby was played with ball in hand but some desperate defensive systems stop both sides from pulling away.

Specman got two tries in that first half, one with an intercept and the other from a great pass.

It was the Pumas that scored first with Taljaard that got over the line and an early 7-0 lead.

The Pumas were playing in the right areas and has enough of chances which they could not convert.

They were able to add to the score with a penalty to make the halftime score only 12-10 for the Blue Bulls.

Boshoff knocked over a penalty in the second half to extend his side lead again but is was cancelled out with a try from Engelbrecht who charged down a ball to score.

The Pumas kept the pressure on but handling errors start creeping in again which cost them big time.

With a few minutes to go Libbok kicked a penalty to give the visitors the lead again, 18-17.

It was then Specman who sealed it for the Blue Bulls with a try after a grubber by Sage which gave them a great win away from home.

Scorers:

Phakisa Pumas 17 (10) – Tries: Etienne Taljaard Willie Engelbrecht. Conversions: Chris Smith, Kobus Marais. Penalty Goals: Chris Smith.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 25 (12) – Tries: Rosko Specman (3). Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok. Penalty Goals: Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok.

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