By: Jacques Nortier (Bunny)
Now this is how rugby was supposed to be played and this game took me back to those classic games in the 80’s as the Blue Bulls and the Lions left everything on the field on Saturday. The Lions at the end came out winners with 36-28.
The top of the table clash started with a bag for the Golden Lions as the came out and almost run the Blue Bulls of their feet.
The Lions were just too clinical on attack and did everything at speed which caught the Blue Bulls out and they just did not had any answer to it. In a matter of minutes the Lions were leading the Blue Bulls with more than 20 points.
The Blue Bulls played into the Lions hands and mistakes they made cost them every time they tried to get into the game. The scrums and lineouts were also going more the Lions way and they were dominating almost every aspect of the game in the first half.
When the Blue Bulls had the opportunity on attack they did put the Lions under pressure but could not keep hold of the ball close to the Lions line. The Lions defense was also outstanding and kept the Blue Bulls out for most of the Blue Bulls opertunities that did come their way.
Only some magic from Hougie gave the Blue Bulls a try on the stroke of halftime to make the halftime score 30-7 and still hard work to do to stay in this game in the second half.
Many people thought that the game was over by halftime when the Lions had a 30-7 lead but how wrong that thinking was. The Blue Bulls came out in the second half and did to the Lions exactly what the Lions did to them in the first half.
Brilliant play from the Blue Bulls put them back into the game and with the Loftus faithful getting behind their team the atmosphere was electric. The Blue Bulls did not disappoint and they score brilliant tries and stun the Lions a bit with there qaulity of play. As quickly as the Lions went into that early lead in the first half the Blue Bulls got back into the game in the second half.
At the one point they were just 5 points behind the Lions and many through the comeback of the year is busy playing out in front of them, but it was one step too far for the Blue Bulls on the night as the Lions secure the game with a penalty to extend their lead to eight points.
The two teams showed why they are the favorites to lift the cup at the end of the season and it will take a massive effort from any other team to take it from them.
If this is what we can expect in the next couple of weeks, then we are in for a hell of a ride until the final.
For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Ulengo 2, Stegmann, Botha
Cons: Schoeman 4
For Golden Lions:
Tries: Skosan, Mostert, Combrinck
Cons: Boshoff 3
Pens: Boshoff 3
Drop goal: Boshoff