Blue Bulls remain unbeaten in Currie Cup

The Blue Bulls held on to their inbeaten status when they blew the Griquas
away 46-32 in a hard fought Currie Cup match at Griqua Park in Kimberley on
Saturday.

The Pretoria-based side scored six tries after a slow start to the match while
their hosts had one less try to show for their efforts in front of their home
crowd.

Accuracy kicking at goal proved to be a very decisive factor in the match and
on that front young Tian Schoeman enjoyed a stellar afternoon in the Northern
Cape.

Quick out of the blocks, the home side looked to assert their authority on
the opening exchanges and their unforgiving approach was rewarded in the third
minute of the match when wing Ntabeni Dukisa knocked over a penalty to give
his side a three-point lead.

The Bulls were equally impressive in their first real run of the afternoon,
but conceded a turnover deep inside Griquas territory and were chased back thanks
to a smart kick by Francois Brummer.

Brummer followed-up and ensured that an isolated Lappies Labuschagn e

received yellow carded in the seventh minute after the Blue Bulls captain desperately
tried to stop the opposition from
getting another turnover.

Griquas capitalised on the one-man advantage and after a few quick phases Dukisa
scored the first try of the match.

The winger was unable to convert due to a blistering headwind, which meant
that his side’s lead was kept down to just eight points.

Dukisa had to watch as another shot of goal was blown away by the wind, but
would extend his team’s lead to 11 points in the 16th minute when he knocked
over a penalty that was awarded closer to the target.

It took the Blue Bulls 20-minutes to get on the board through Tian Schoeman
who slotted a penalty.

Schoeman had a chance to pull back three more points in the 27th minute but
his shot hit the uprights.

The Blue Bulls flyhalf made up for the missed opportunity minutes later by
producing a neatly-timed pass that would see Travis Ismaiel score his team’s
first five-pointer in the 28th minute (11-10).

From there the floodgates opened.

First wing Jamba Ulengo put his side ahead on the half-hour mark when he outsprinted
the Griquas cover defence where after centre Dries Swanepoel completed a good
passage of play between forwards and backs further stretch the lead (24-11).

Swanepoel would score the bonus point try a minute before half-time and with
Shoeman making no mistake with the conversion the men from Pretoria enjoyed
a 29-11 lead at the break.

In similar fashion to the first-half, Griquas were again impressive during
the opening exchanges and replacement Carel Greeff would eventually stretch
over to make it 31-18 with 30 minutes remaining in the game.

The Griquas scrum was particularly impressive throughout the contest.

The Blue Bulls replied with a penalty by Schoeman, but Griquas scored the next
try of the match when hooker AJ le Roux barged over.

A stand-out feature of the Bulls during the opening round of this year’s
Currie Cup has been their accuracy on attack and Ulengo nullified Le Roux’s
try just within minutes of the returning kick-off (41-25).

Riaan Viljoen ensured for an interesting finish to the match when he gave his
team some hope with a try in the 71stminute, but by that stage the Blue Bulls
were an unstoppable force.

The visitors would have the final say when replacement Louis Fouche scored
two minutes from full-time to ensure that the Blue Bulls would join the Lions
at the top of the log standings.

Final Score Griquas 32 (11)

Scorers

Griquas
Tries: Ntabeni Dukisa, Carel Greef, AJ le Roux, Riaan Viljoen
Conversions: D

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