Blues v Vodacom Bulls (Result)



The Blues put a brilliant second half performance together on Saturday beating the Bulls 38-14 after the two teams went into the break at 7-all.

The Blues quickly put their marker down with a try in the third minute after they used quick hands down the line to get pass some ordinary Bulls defense.

This gave them a 7-0 lead and put the Bulls on the backfoot early on.

The Bulls tried to play with ball in hand but played behind the advantage line and with no real urgency in their back play which made it easy to defend.

With perfect conditions on the pitch both teams handling was a bit shocking and too many mistakes on attack which made the game very scrappy.

Pollard put the Bulls in the perfect position with a penalty kick and with a great drive from the Lineout the Bulls worked their way over to get their first try and level the scoreboard at 7-all.

The Blues got back in the Bulls half straight after the try and gave up a penalty kick for points to go for the line which they were unable to convert into a try.

The rest of the half both teams had their opportunities but every time they seemed to build on something, handling errors or penalties stop the good work being done.

They went into halftime with the score at 7-all and still all to play for in the second forty minutes.

The second half started again like a heavyweight boxing match with the two teams trying to find that punch.

The Blues got into the right area of the field again and with some poor defense from the Bulls they found the gap and scored the second try to take the lead to 14-7 after 46 min.

With the Bulls given away silly penalties they gave the Blues again the opportunities in their twenty-two and they worked hard but got their third try to take the lead to 19-7 after 57 minutes.

The Blues did receive a yellow card to give that slight believe that they can comeback in the match after a neck-roll on Kriel.

Just as you thought the Bulls had the upper hand they let a 14-man Blues side rip through some poor defense and score their forth try.

The Bulls seemed to fall apart in their defense at this stage as the Blues just kept ball in hand and scored their fifth try to stretch the lead to 31-7 after 70 min.

The problems continued for the Bulls with a brilliant try from the Blues as they almost run the full length of the field to score another try and made it the worst second half performance from the Bulls this season.

The Blues too the lead after that try to 38-7 after 75min.

The Bulls did manage to score a late try through Paige but that had little defence to a great Blues performance in that second half.

The Blues won the game at the end with 38-14.

The scorers:

For Blues:
Tries: Pulu, Duffie 2, West, Moulds, Nanai
Cons: Francis 2, West 2
Yellow Card: Tupou

For Bulls:
Tries: Gqoboko, Paige
Cons: Pollard, Schoeman


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Date Time Competition Season
March 25, 2017 8:35 am Super Rugby 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby 2017


QBE Stadium
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand


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63 Comments on Blues v Vodacom Bulls (Result)

  1. Something the Bulls need to get quickly is that they cannot afford to make mistakes, this Blues team will punish them all day

  2. A NZ team should never pick a scrum from a free kick on ten meter line against SA opposition, but let’s just forget basics, as long as we run everything. See we are second last with kicks from hand, reflects our log position as well.

  3. Bulls hit back TRY TIME!! after a brilliant penalty kick for the line from Pollard the Bulls worked to get their first

  4. @Aldo:

    Miles… not rocket science… particularly when you have two of the tallest locks in the comp… and Strauss throwing… pity they don’t contest LO’s…

    Hehe the ref must be blind not seeing Trevor messing with Blues LH’s bind… twice he’s gotten away with it when he was buckling…

  5. At least we’re still in it. We only wake up in the second half and the Blues go to sleep in the second half. Massive win for the Bulls coming up!

  6. As much as I could not wait to see the end of that half… it also irks me booting it out… surprise them… a decent move and they go into second half firing rather than ‘phew’…

  7. NZ commentators saying the Bulls look tired, interesting… will the speed of the game be too much for the Bulls?

  8. Why is it… the Blues and commentators say the Bulls are tiring because they are ‘huge’. Do they mean fat and unfit instead as apart from being taller… in many cases the Blue are heavier…

  9. Van Zyl passing has been shocking at times, his management poor behind the forwards and his kicking not up to standard

  10. And you have a lost Village People dude on flyhalve, and a replacement no 8 with a fucking franse vlegsel! Wat de fok gaan aan in Puhtoria?

  11. Jeez that was bad. Like I said in the week, I expect the Blues to hammer the Bulls, even though they have been the worse of the NZ teams.


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