Blue Bulls come from behind against WP in Currie Cup

Jamba Ulengo scored a try for the Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls earned a resounding 47-29 Currie Cup win over Western Province
in the ‘North-South’ derby at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, on Saturday evening,
after trailing 16-15 at halftime.

It was a spectacular turn around by the Bulls in the second half when they
ran the Currie Cup champions ragged to record five unanswered tries en route
to their third successive bonus-point win.

With this kind of form, the Bulls are looking formidable and deservedly head
the log after three rounds in the 2015 competition. In the process, Province
suffered their first defeat for the season and now find themselves in third
position.

The place-kickers Demetri Catrakilis (WP) and Tian Schoeman (Blue Bulls) scored
all the points in the first 24 minutes of first-half play as referee Craig Joubert
awarded a succession of penalties. Schoeman goaled four times against two from
his opposite number to give the Bulls a 12-6 lead.

The second of Catrakilis’ strikes was landed from the halfway line.

Both teams were full of running but defences stood firm and the most promising
moves were checked before it could make an impact on the scoreboard.

The Bulls held the upper hand at the breakdown and were rewarded with turn-overs,
one of which they secured under their posts after Province staged a penetrative
break-out from the halfway line in the 28th minute.

A freak moment followed straight after this turn-over when the ball was relayed
to flyhalf Schoeman who opted to clear for touch. Province skipper Nizaam Carr
managed to partially charge down the clearance attempt and the ball ricocheted
some 30 metres across the in-goal area where leftwing Seabelo Senatla pounced
and dotted in a flash for the only first-half try.

Catrakilis’ conversion gave Province a one-point lead (13-12).

In the play ahead of the halftime break, the place-kickers each goaled once
more before the teams headed to the dressing room with the Province’s
slender one-point lead intact (16-15).

Second-half play had hardly settled down when Province wing Dillyn Leyds pulled
off an intercept on his own 22m line and raced the length of the field to snatch
a converted try (23-15).

Around the 50th minute, the game changed dramatically as the Bulls unleashed
the full might of their attack and went on to score five tries.

Centre Burger Odendaal, leftwing Jamba Ulengo (2), rightwing Travis Ismaiel
and fullback Warrick Gelant ended up scoring tries as the Province defence were
left in tatters. Two of the tries were converted and the Bulls’ tally
progressed to 44 points.

In between that massacre, Catrakilis landed two penalties but it hardly threatened
the Bulls’ commanding lead (44-29).

Replacement Louis Fouché goaled a penalty four minutes before the final
whistle to cap a resounding second-half performance by the Bulls.

Final Score Blue Bullls 47 (15) Western Province 29 (16)

Scorers

Blue Bulls
Tries: Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo (2), Travis Ismaiel, Warrick Gelant.
Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2).
Penalties: Tian Schoeman (5), Louis Fouch

Western Province 29 (16):
Tries: Seabelo Senatla, Dillyn Leyds
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2)
Penalties: Catrakilis (5)

Teams

Blue Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal,
11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Hanro Liebenberg,
7 Roelof Smit, 6 Lappies Labuschagne (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis,
3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling.

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