It was not easy but the Bulls came away with a bonus point win on Friday night against the Pumas in Nelspruit. They were in control throughout the match and eventually won the game 33-19.
They did let the Pumas back in the game throughout due to some silly mistakes but was the better team in rainy conditions.
It was not the best start for the Pumas lossing the ball in the first drive from the kick-off but Bulls with the knock-on and first scrum went to the home side on their twenty two.
Massive scrum from teh Bulls gave them the first penalty of the match. Smith missed the penalty with the Pumas getting the chance to get out of their half. The Bulls pressure was telling on teh Pumas and the visitors almost scored through Tambwe but the TMO came in to point out that he was in touch.
The Bulls pressure had to tell at some stage and it did when the Pumas madea mess of a scrum and Papier was the man that dived on a loose ball for the fist try of the match. That gave the Bulls a 5-0 lead as Smith missed another kick to the stick.
The Pumas discipline was not great and they gave away a few penalties in the first twenty minutes. This time around Smith got his aim right and added three points to the Bulls lead. Another penalty saw Smith extend the Bulls lead a few minutes later again.
The Pumas finally got some ball in hand and was able to put some pressure on the Bulls whihc resulted in a penalty which Thinus de Beer knocked over for the home side first points of the match. The Bulls started to give away penalties which gave the Pumas great field position.
The Bulls was making mistakes and kept the Pumas in the game and in their half. De Beer could have reduced the lead with a penalty but hit the upright. The next penalty the Pumas decided to go for the attcking lineout.
The Pumas had their chances but the Bulls defence hold them well and went into the break with a 11-3 lead.
The Pumas started the second half the better of the two sides and showed their worth in the scrums as well as got a penalty from the set piece which Thimus de Beer happily kicked over to reduce the Bulls lead to 11-6.
The Bulls answered back with a penalty from a massive scrum with Smith kicking the penalty over to extend the lead again.
The Bulls was able to put sme phases together and with the pack their made good meters and at the end it was Nortje that went over the line for their second try of the match. With the conversion over from Smith the Bulls took a handy lead of 21-6.
The Pumas immediatly pulled three points back with a great penalty kick from De Beer to reduce the visitors lead again to only 21-9 with 20 minutes left to play. It was again the Bulls that gave away another penalty and De Beer was happy to kick another to reduce the lead even more.
The Bulls pack on the charge is something great to see and it was the power of Johan Grobbelaar that saw them get their third try of the match.
The Pumas again getting easy penalties and they setup a lineout a few meters out of the Bulls line. They then got a great maul going and a penalty try was awarded after the Bulls pulle dthe maul down. That left the Bulls with only 14 players to end the game and a 7 point lead.
The Bulls had one more try in them from a tap penalty to send Steenkamp over the line for the bonus point try as well.
Pumas: Tries – Penalty TRY Penalties – Thinus de Beer(4)
Bulls: Tries – Embrose Papier, Ruan Nortje, Johan Grobbelaar, Steenkamp Conversions – Chris Smith(2) Penalties – Chris Smith(3)
Carling Currie Cup 2022
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