Currie Cup Rugby Review – Week 6

The Blue Bulls scored their first bonus point victory of the Currie Cup season when they emphatically beat Griquas at Loftus Versfeld on Friday afternoon.


After that, Western Province ended the Golden Lions’ winning streak at Newlands, but The Sharks struggled to put the Platinum Leopards away in Durban.


On Saturday, the Free State Cheetahs scored a huge victory over the Pumas in Bloemfontein.


The first round of the Currie Cup First Division ended with the EP Kings and Boland Cavaliers opening up a gap between them and the rest of the teams, as the Solar Griffons watched as they were consigned to the bottom of the log without even playing this weekend.


Blue Bulls v Griquas


The Blue Bulls’ first half performance in this Currie Cup encounter on Friday was probably their best 40 minutes thus far this season as they scored four tries before the break, eventually running out comfortable winners by 44-20 against Griquas at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.


Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar would’ve been a happy man after the game as his team finally put together good passages of play against a very difficult opponent. Before Friday’s game, Griquas scored three bonus point victories on the trot, but they could not contain the Bulls as the home team ran in six tries.


Young Blue Bulls pivot Louis Fouche played well in his first start in the light blue jersey and scored 19 points, which included a try, while the Pretoria team’s new scrumhalf, Jano Vermaak, also added some much-needed zip at the back. The home team led by 32-3 after the first half, with the bonus point secured by that time.


The visitors though never gave up and scored three tries after the break, through nippy scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, their captain and loose forward Jonathan Mokuena and tighthead prop Jacobie Adriaanse.


Final Score Blue Bulls 44 (32) Griquas 20 (3)


Scorers:


Blue Bulls – Tries: Jano Vermaak, Juandre Kruger, Bjorn Basson, Akona Ndungane, Flip van der Merwe, Louis Fouche.
Conversions: Fouche (4)
Penalties: Fouche (2).


Griquas
Tries: Sarel Pretorius, Jonathan Mokuena, Jacobie Adriaanse.
Conversion: Monty Dumond
Penalty: Dumond


Teams:


Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Arno Botha, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling.


Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter.


Griquas: 15 Monty Dumond, 14 Riaan Viljoen, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Jean Botha.


Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Wilmaure Louw.


Western Province Golden Lions


Demetri Catrakilis continued his remarkable Currie Cup season by kicking 23 points as Western Province ended the Golden Lions’ unbeaten run at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday evening.


WP won by 28-26 and were outscored by two tries to one in a game where defence featured strongly, but Catrakilis’ flawless kicking display – he was successful with all seven his kicks at goal and added a dropped goal – gave the home side a much-needed victory.


It was the team from Cape Town’s first victory in their last three Currie Cup games, while the Golden Lions lost their first game of the season after five successive wins.


Elton Jantjies,

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