What a greta game we saw at Loftus on Friday which the Bulls just about hang at the end. Both teams showed their skills and ability to make it a great game to watch.
It was great to see that the two teams brought it on the night but at the end the Bulls just about the better side and deserved the 34-29 win.
The Bulls started the match well first with their defence and then with attack that was direct and with speed. Great hands saw Kriel go over for the Bulls first try and the early lead.
The next ten minutes the Stormers took control of the ball and played in the right areas of the field putting the Bulls under pressure.
They had a few opportunities with attacking line outs but the Bulls defence held them out and eventually it was Kade Wolhuter that kicked the first points for the Stormers in the match.
From a line out the Stormers got the ball to the back who send it down the line and with some skills Zas got passed two Bulls defenders to score the visitors first try.
This gave the Stormers a 10-7 lead.
Both teams contributed to a great match to watch tested each others defence. It was the Stormers that broke free with Pretorius breaking down the line to send Zas over for his second try of the match.
This gave the Stormers a good lead of 20-7 with a few minutes to go before halftime.
The Bulls had a last chance at the end of the first half to get some points and did just that. From a great line out five meters out they got the maul going and send Joe van Zyl over for their second try of the match.
This reduced the Stormers lead to 20-14 and it was the score which the teams took into the break.
Another try came from a set piece this time from the Bulls as they spread the ball wide and send Jansen van Vuuren over to reduce the lead of the Stormers to only one.
The Bulls had the momentum early in the second half and the Stormers had to defend all their worth to keep them out but it was the Stormers that got a penalty when they got in their twenty two with a penalty from Wolhuter.
With both team attacking mindset we saw long periods of attacking play going fro one side to the other with both teams defences stretch to the limits.
It was the Stormers that eventual got some points on the board as they extended their lead to 26-19.
The Bulls hit back in a big way with another attack line out which Van Staaden broke free and a pick and dive from Nortje gave them another try.
The Stormers then loss Nel with a yellow card and gave a penalty try away as Nel deliberate knocked down the ball close to his own line.
Steyn extended the lead minutes later with a penalty to give the Bulls a 34-26 lead.
With a penalty in the last minute the Stormers gave themselves a chance to get the win reducing the lead to 34-29.
The Stormers had to come from deep and they did just that as they worked their way to the Bulls line and with Augustus over the line he dropped the ball as he went for the try. The TMO came in and confirm the knock-one to give the Bulls the win.
What a great game although some real poor refereeing at times almost derail the spectacle. Maybe Pieter de Villiers had a point in complaining about the standard of our referees.
Bulls(34): Tries – Richard Kriel, Joe van Zyl, Ruan Nortje, Penalty TRY Conversions – Chris Smith(2) Penalties – Morne Steyn
Stormers(29): Tries – Leolin Zas(2) Conversions – Kade Wolhuter(2) Penalties – Kade Wolhuter(3) Tim Swiel(2)
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