Griquas beat Blue Bulls in Currie Cup thriller

The Griquas pulled off a stunning 48-44 victory over the Blue Bulls in a thrilling
Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.

Both teams were resolute in their goal of securing a bonus-point victory over
the other as they scored 12 tries between them.

Bulls pivot Louis Fouche struck the first blow for his side as he punched
over a drop goal three minutes into the match.

Griquas replied, though, three minutes later with a penalty goal from the boot
of fullback Rudi Vogt to level the scores.

While both teams were conservative in the opening moments of the game, they
soon opened up for a high-paced match in the sweltering conditions.

As both teams were chasing tries, the ball was spread from end-to-end, with
the Bulls first finding a breach in the Griquas defences.

The ball changed direction three times before Gerhard van den Heever drew three
defenders and offloaded to Bjorn Basson who was waiting on the wing to score,
with Fouche converting.

Both sides’ wings were used well during the match as they pierced the advantage
line from the blindside at pace.

First up was the Bulls’ Akona Ndungane who ran off centre Francois Venter’s
shoulder to score, although Fouche failed to convert the try.

Griquas soon snuffed the notion of a runaway victory for the Bulls as Vogt
burst over the try-line after a good pass from lock Hendrik Roodt, with the
fullback converting.

The home side then took the lead for the first time in the clash as Man of
the Match Rocco Jansen scored in the 25th minute, with Vogt converting.

The Bulls retrieved the lead once again, in a match during which the scores
changed hands a number of times, when Basson scored his second try of the game.

Venter made the initial break, then pulled in the defence and offloaded to
Basson who scored behind the posts, with Fouche converting to give the
Bulls a five-point lead.

Three minutes later Vogt succeeded with a penalty goal to bring Griquas within
two points of the visitors.

Griquas wing Dusty Noble ended an exciting first half as he darted through
for his side’s third try.

Vogt converted to give the hosts a five-point lead going into the half-time
break.

The match continued with breathtaking tempo in the second half, with Bulls
scrumhalf Jano Vermaak scoring shortly after the restart.

Fouche converted the try and added another three points, thanks to a
penalty conversion two minutes later, to give them a five-point lead.

Bulls flanker Jacques Potgieter was rewarded for his hard work as he forced
his way over the tryline, with Fouche converting.

This, however, was the last time the Bulls enjoyed the lead as Griquas carved
into their 12-point advantage.

Their reign of terror started at the three-quarter mark with Matthew Rosslee’s
first of two tries.

His effort was followed by a converted try by Jansen to give Griquas a two-point
lead with 16 minutes left in the match.

With 11 minutes remaining, Rosslee finally broke the Bulls’ spirit as he ran
through for his side’s sixth try, with Vogt converting to take their lead to
nine points.

Despite a few probing runs, the Bulls could not find their way over the tryline.

Potgieter, however, managed to score a consolation try in the last minute of
the match to secure two bonus points for the Bulls.

Final Score Griquas 48 (27) Bulls 44 (22)

Scorers

Griquas
Tries: Rudi Vogt, Rocco Jansen (2), Dusty Noble, Matthew Rosslee (2)
Conversions: Vogt (6)
Penalties: Rudi Vogt (2).

Blue Bulls
Tries: Bjorn Basson (2), Akona Ndungane, Jano Vermaak, Jacques Potgieter (2)
Conversions: Louis Fouche (4)
Penalties: Fouche

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