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Carling Currie Cup SF 1 – Clinical Bulls secure place in Final

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It was a clinical performance in the first half that saw the Vodacom Bulls secure a home final to defend their title next week.

They beat Province eventually 48-31 at Loftus on Friday outscoring the visitors who could not keep them from scoring.

It was an early penalty after the kickoff that gave Goosen the opportunity to put the home side on the board.

With both teams trying to get into the other half of the field it was Province who made the mistakes to give the Bulls the advantage. That gave the Bulls the opportunity to get over for their first try of the match with a brilliant pass form Goosen to send Cornal Hendricks over.

The Bulls extended that lead quickly after that after yet another penalty saw the Bulls putting some great passes together to send Goosen over.

Province had to score next and they done just that when a quick tap from a penalty by De Wet saw Van der Merwe going over for the visitors first points of the match.

The Bulls replied with another try when they ran direct at the Province defence to send Botha over. Province replied with a try by Hacjivah Dayimani after they got into the Bulls twenty two and put pressure on the Bulls defence.

Province had plenty of opportunities but handling errors stop any progress they had with ball in hand.

The Bulls got the scoreboard ticking over again after they showed great hands moving the ball through the line to send Mapoe over with Province defence breaking down.

The Bulls were camping on the Province line leaving Province to defend but could not keep the power of Coetzee out as he score for the Bulls.

Province did not look bad on attack but with a good Bulls defence they did not make any more inroads in that first half. The Bulls looked like a championship team against a Province side that looked more like a club side as the team went into halftime with the Bulls leading 38-12

Province made most of the play in the second half and they were rewarded with a try by Van der Merwe after some brilliant hands by the visitors.

Province kept the pressure on the Bulls and Van der Merwe looked like he scored his hat-trick but the TMO judges that he had no control on the ball.

With the Bulls able to handle the Province attack they worked their way into the visitors half and it was Cornal Hendricks that got his second going straight over the forwards.

Province got one back as the got Venter over from the lineout showing off his power to get through the Bulls defence.

Province shown throughout the second half that they have the ability on attack but little mistakes and good defence from the bulls stop the momentum.

The final try was scored by Van der Merwe who got his hat-trick who deserved it as one of the bets players in the Province side.

Scorers:

Vodacom Bulls: Tries – Cornal Hendricks(2), Johan Goosen, Arno Botha, Lionel Mapoe, Marcell Coetzee  Conversions – Johan Goosen(6) Penalties – Johan Goosen

DHL Western Province: Tries – Edwill van der Merwe(3), Hacjivah Dayimani, Andre-Hugo Venter Conversions – Tim Swiel(3)