Blue Bulls win 12 try Currie Cup thriller

Tian Schoeman clears the ball for the Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls came out on top 49-35 over the EP Kings in a 12-try Currie Cup thriller at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

The Bulls outscored the visitors seven tries to five, after holding a narrow 28-25 advantage at the break.

Many pundits thought this was going to be one-way traffic for the Pretoria side, following the Kings’ terrible build-up ahead of this Currie Cup campaign and last week’s home defeat to Boland.

But the Kings came out firing and led 14-0 after six minutes when former Western Province players Mike Willemse and Burton Klaasen went over to score for the visitors.

The Bulls hit back with two tries of their own in the 13th and 19th minute respectively when their flyhalf Tian Schoeman and right wing Jamba Ulengo rounded off two quality team moves.

Kings flyhalf Kobus Marias kicked a penalty in the 24th minute to regain the lead for the visitors, but Jannes Kirsten crashed over for the home side to hand the advantage back to the Bulls.

Bulls wing Bjorn Basson and Kings fullback Johan Tromp then scored a try each before halftime to end a pulsating first half.

The Kings kept up their intensity 15 minutes into the second half, and they were rewarded when their livewire wing Siviwe Soyizwapi scored their bonus-point try in the 56th minute.

However, they couldn’t keep up the tempo, and the Bulls started to dominate just before the hour mark. Burger Odendaal and Ulengo scored a try each in the 58th and 65th minutes to give the home side some breathing space for the first time in the match.

The Kings tried to start another comeback in the 67th minute when replacement hooker Martin Bezuidenhout went over from close range, but the Bulls had the final say in the match when Joshua Stander went over in the right corner in the 71st minute.

Final Score Blue Bulls: 49 (28) Eastern Province Kings: 35 (25)

Scorers

Blue Bulls
Tries: Tian Schoeman, Jamba Ulengo (2), Jannes Kirsten, Bjorn Basson, Burger Odendaal, Joshua Stander
Conversions: Schoeman (7).

Eastern Province Kings
Tries: Micheal Willemse, Berton Klaasen, Johan Tromp, Siviwe Soyizwapi
Conversions: Kobus Marais (2)
Penalties: Marais (2).

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Ruhan Meiring
TMO: Johan Greeff.

Teams

Blue Bulls

15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 an Kriel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboko

Replacements: 16 Edgar Maruthlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Joshua Stander

EP Kings

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