By: Jacques Nortier
The Blue Bulls had to fight hard to get a win over the Free State Cheetahs on Friday night when they beat them 24-17 in Pretoria.
The Blue Bulls were defending most of the first half of the match as the Cheetahs were running the ball from everywhere on the field. Some would have say they were running the ball, did all the work but got nowhere as the Blue Bulls defense hold them out for the better part of the half.
The Bulls too the field with a more territorial approach in their game plan but execute it brilliantly and were able to score the first try of the match as well through some brilliant interplay again from there exciting backs.
Unnecessary penalties gave the Blue Bulls also some opportunities to kick for points.
The Cheetahs were also given a yellow card for a late tackle on Hougaard which was silly but got over the Blue Bulls line finally to score there opening points just before half time.
The Blue Bulls went into the break 11-7 in front.
The Cheetahs kept attacking after the break and made all the play as in the first half. The Blue Bulls were living of scraps and only attack from turnover ball.
One must credit the Blue Bulls defense and the way they close the space for the Cheetahs and keep them out. They also took the little changes they got their way and score points to keep ahead of the Cheetahs.
There was yet again some controversy from another TMO decision but it had little effect as the Cheetahs did score just after the try was disallowed.
Serfontein came on in the second half to get his school days centre partner Swanepoel on the field next to him and they cause some havoc when the Blue Bulls were able to get their hands on the ball. It was exactly a bit of brilliance from the Springbok Serfontein to send Swanepoel over for the match winning try.
The Blue Bulls will look back on this match and know that they did not perform well on the night but got away with a win. Some clever dudes usually say the mark of a good team is to win when they not performing on the day and the Blue Bulls done just that.
Tries: Burger Odendaal, Dries Swanepoel
Conversions: Louis Fouche
Penalties: Schoeman (2), Louis Fouche (2)
Tries: Rayno Benjamin, Sias Ebersohn
Conversions: Fred Zeilinga, Clayton Blommetjies