Chris Smith (Gallo Photographs)
The Bulls have overwhelmed the Lions 22-15 in a hard-fought Currie Cup encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday afternoon.
AS IT HAPPENED | BULLS vs LIONS
The primary half noticed the Lions run right into a 9-0 lead by the 18th minute because of the trusty boot of fullback Tiaan Swanepoel.
However the Bulls slowly clawed their approach again into the competition with their very own sharpshooter, flyhalf Chris Smith succeeding with 4 makes an attempt at purpose as the house aspect led 12-9 on the break.
The one attempt of the match got here within the forty sixth minute because of Bulls scrumhalf Embrose Papier who pressured his approach over from a scrum close to the Lions’ line.
Smith transformed because the Bulls led by 19-9.
Swanepoel’s prodigious boot reduce the result in simply seven factors with one other profitable penalty within the sixtieth minute for the Lions.
The Lions fullback then added one other monster effort of round 57m within the 66th minute to carry the rating to 19-15 after the Bulls have been penalised for offside at a scrum.
Regardless of the Lions making an attempt their utmost to breach the Bulls’ defence, it was the house aspect that prolonged their lead when a collapsed scrum from the Lions allowed veteran Morne Steyn to fit a penalty to push the rating out to 22-15 with simply three minutes left within the encounter.
A Marco van Staden yellow card after the hooter gave the Lions some hope as they secured a lineout 5m from the Bulls line.
However a poor lineout allowed the house aspect to say the ball and Steyn cleared to the touch to verify the Bulls’ victory.
The identical two groups will now meet within the semi-finals of the 2020/21 Currie Cup subsequent weekend.
Bulls: 22 (12)
Strive: Embrose Papier
Conversion: Chris Smith
Penalties: Chris Smith (4), Morne Steyn
Lions (15) (9)
Penalties: Tiaan Swanepoel (5)
15 Tiaan Swanepoel; 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan; 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 André Warner; 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Wandisile Simelane, 23 Francke Horn
15 David Kriel, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Jay-Cee Nel, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith. 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Arno Botha 23 Tim Agaba