The Vodacom Bulls have stretch their lead on top of the Currie Cup log after beating the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday in round 2 of this years Currie Cup.
The other wins came from Phakisa Pumas against Tafel Lager Griquas on Friday night and the Xerox Lions snatching a late win against DHL Western Province in Johannesburg.
Here is the current log standings:
|2||DHL Western Province||12||7||3||2||37|
|3||Cell C Sharks||12||7||3||2||35|
|7||Tafel Lager Griquas||12||0||11||1||8|
The Pumas pack deserve much of the praises as they got another win over Griquas on Friday, beating them 22-17 in Nelspruit.
The Pumas were quick out of the blocks and display some entertaining rugby in that first half to take a 15-7 lead at the break.
Their pack was dominate in the scrums which lay the foundation for the backs to play attacking rugby.
The second half was much tighter and credit must go to Griquas to come back at the Pumas in that second half. They never gave up and played till the end to try and salvage a win in Nelspruit.
If one have to look at the whole game then the penalty try that was awarded to the Pumas was the difference between the two teams at the end.
Both teams scored two tries in the match with Smuts that opened the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute to take an early lead.
A few minutes later they got a penalty try after a powerful scrum which took their lead to 10-0.
Eduan Keyter got the visitors first points when the wing got the perfect pass to break the defence to score. The conversion was successful by De Beer and made it a three point game.
The Pumas then scored a brilliant try which saw Obi get over in the corner to take a 15-7 lead.
Both teams were good on attack and created enough opportunities but it was Maartens who got over for the host to extend their lead again.
With a lead of 22-10, Pumas prop got a yellow card for cynical play and that created the opportunity for Keyter to score his try for Griquas.
De Beer again converted the try and made the scoreboard ticking over to 22-17.
The Pumas were able to hold on to that lead till the final whistle to take the win.
Phakisa Pumas 22 (15) – Tries: Penalty Try, Luther Obi, Daniel Maartens. Conversion: Ginter Smuts (1). Penalty Goal: Ginter Smuts.
Tafel Lager Griquas 17 (7) – Tries: Eduan Keyter (2). Conversions: Tinus de Beer (2). Penalty Goals: Tinus de Beer (1).
With their general, Morne Steyn back in the starting XV, the Bulls showed their class in the second half to outplay the Cheetahs at Loftus on Saturday.
With both teams on 13 points at the break, the Bulls just shifted a few gears in the second half to beat the Cheetahs 40-13 to get their full 5 points for the match.
Marco van Staden has been putting up his hand for Springbok selection and earned a well deserve man of the match scoring two tries in the match.
The Bulls have been dominate this whole season after the restart in October and they are just getting stronger with each match.
The Bulls got off to a quick start and led 13-3 early on but it was the Cheetahs that ended the half stronger.
There was only one team on the field really in the second half as the home side scored 27 unanswered points.
With Vermeulen and Jansen van Vuuren involved it was Papier that got over for the first try to take the Bulls lead to 10-0.
A great scrum from the visitors earned them a penalty which Frans Steyn kicked over for their first points of the match.
He kicked their second penalty over minutes late and scored their first try after breaking the good Bulls defence when Fortuin crashed over.
Van Staden scored his first off two tries in the 51st minute of the game which opened the gates for the home side as they dominated all aspect of the game.
Steyn kicked two more penalties to give the Bulls a 13 points lead before tries from Chris Msith and Van Staden.
Vodacom Bulls 40 (13) – Tries: Embrose Papier, Marco van Staden (2), Chris Smith. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2), Chris Smith (2). Penalty Goals: Morne Steyn (4).
Toyota Cheetahs 13 (13) – Try: Reinhardt Fortuin. Conversion: Frans Steyn. Penalty goals: Frans Steyn (2).
For the second week in a row Province lost the game in the final minutes leaving them with two losses from tow matches in this years Currie Cup so far.
It was a penalty from Tiaan Swanepoel in the final minute of the match that secure a 22-19 win for the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
There was nothing between the two sides for the whole of the game and one felt a penalty will decide the match throughout.
What was a bit of a dull game, was brought to life with tries by Senatla for Province and Pienaar for the Lions.
There was plenty of mistakes by both teams throughout the match but both teams can take some heart from good defence in the match.
Province extended their lead early in the second half with another penalty from Swiel before Senatla stepped his way through a gap to pass the ball to Nel who send the wing away for the first try of the match.
Province had a 10 point lead after Swiel converted the try but the Lions stepped up and started to control the game. The Lions was kept out by brilliant defence from the visitors before Swanepoel added a penalty to reduce the lead to 19-12.
With the Lions on attack, it was just a matter of time before they got over and it was a quick take by Pienaar he showed his speed and scored the Lions try to make it 19-all with minutes left on the clock.
The Lions was still controlling the match and in the final minute of the game they got a penalty which Swanepoel kciked over to gave the home side a much deserved win.
Xerox Lions 22 (6) – Try: Stean Pienaar. Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalty goals: Tiaan Swanepoel (5).
DHL Western Province 19 (9) – Try: Seabelo Senatla. Conversion: Tim Swiel. Penalty goals: Swiel (4).
This weeks matches:
19:00 DHL Western Province v Phakisa Pumas
16:30 Xerox Lions v Toyota Cheetahs
19:00 Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Bulls