Basson triple helps Blue Bulls beat Griquas

Bjorn Basson scored a hat-trick of tries to help the Blue Bulls to a 46-12 Currie Cup victory over Griquas at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Basson’s third try takes him to a record of scoring 50 tries in 55 Currie Cup matches to date.

The Blue Bulls went into the match knowing that they had already qualified for the Semi-finals and that they would be playing Western Province at Newlands for their do or die match next week.

Griquas finished the match with 14 players after Ryno Barnes was red carded for verbal abuse of the referee eight minutes from full time.

The Light Blues will once again feature in the playoffs after missing out last
year and will face the pace-setting Western Province in Cape Town.

The host ran in six tries to two, with Bulls flyer Bjorn Basson scoring a hat-trick
of tries.

The Bulls’ performance in the first half against a spirited Griquas side fighting
to move into the top-six, was all forgotten in the second half as they pulled
away from the visitors in emphatic fashion.

Griquas gave the Bulls an uphill battle and for most of the first half they
were within striking distance of their more esteemed opposition.

The Bulls opened the scoring only a minute after the kickoff when wing Bjorn
Basson intercepted a Tian Meyer pass to sprint from the half-way line to score
under the posts, with flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter converting.

The Peacock Blues bounced back from the early setback as they crossed the whitewash
10 minutes later following a counter attack deep inside their half.

Griquas flyer Ederies Arendse scored a classic try as he stepped inside then
out to beat his opponent to run through for the try, with Francois Brummer converting
to equalise.

Potgieter put his side back in the lead with a penalty conversion on the 20-minute
mark before extending the lead to six points eight minutes later.

On the half-hour mark, Arendse struck again for his side’s second try of the
evening, with fullback Jacquin Jansen failing to convert for the lead.

Four minutes from the half-time break Griquas were reduced to 14 men when prop
Simon Westraadt copped a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

The Bulls made full use of the advantage as they set up the attacking lineout
five metres out with captain Deon Stegmann dotting down from the back of the
driving maul, while Potgieter converted for a 20-12 lead going into the break.

Shortly after the restart Basson, showing a return to form, scored his second
and easiest try of the evening as he trotted over on the blindside following
a five-metre scrum.

The on-fire winger scored his hat-trick and his side’s bonus-point try of the
evening in the 61st minute after receiving a well-weighted pass from replacement
hooker Callie Visagie.

Eight minutes from time replacement Griquas hooker Rayno Barnes, playing in
his 100th Currie Cup match was given his marching orders with match referee
Pro Legoete showing a red card for swearing at the assistant official.

Two minutes later Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard made his presence felt by
stepping past the defenders inside the Griquas 22 for the fifth try, which he
also converted.

With a minute left on the clock it was winger Akona Ndunage’s turn for a five-pointer
as he collected a Pollard chip kick to run through for the try.

Final Score Blue Bulls 46 (20) Griquas 12 (12)

Scorers

Blue Bulls

Tries – B.Basson 3, D.Stegmann, H.Pollard, A.Ndungane

Pen – J. Potgieter 2

Con – J. Potgieter 3, H.Pollard 2

Drop –
Cards –

Griquas
Tries

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