Weekend of home wins in Currie Cup

BULLS RECORDS A WIN:Tinus de Beer of the Bulls tackled be Bobby de Wee of the Lions. Photo: Gallo Images.

It was a weekend of home wins in the Currie Cup, as the hosts won all three matches with bonus points.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls outplayed the Xerox Golden Lions 54-22 at Loftus Versfeld for their second bonus-point win in as many games, while DHL Western Province defeated the Steval Pumas 34-10 at DHL Newlands and the Cell C Sharks earned back-to-back home wins as they registered a 41-3 victory against Tafel Lager Griquas at Growthpoint Kings Park.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls started their clash against the Xerox Golden Lions with a bang as they raced to a 21-0 lead in the first 11 minutes thanks to three converted tries.

Their Johannesburg neighbours, however, hit back with three unconverted tries within 10 minutes – two of which were scored when the hosts were reduced to 14 men and the other when they were down to 13 men – but another seven-pointer by the Vodacom Blue Bulls on the stroke of half-time handed them a 28-15 lead. They added another four second-half tries to take their tally to eight, while the opposition was only able to add one, which steered them to a rewarding 54-22 victory. The Xerox Golden Lions’ last try, however, ensured that they earned a bonus point.

DHL Western Province bounced back from a 19-10 deficit shortly after halftime to secure a 34-10 victory against the Steval Pumas and their first victory of the season. The hosts scored six tries to three by their Mpumalanga counterparts as they found their rhythm in the second half to cross the try line four times after trailing 12-10 at the break. The Capetonians, however, could have registered a much bigger victory had it not been for errors at crucial times in the first half and a disappointing goal-kicking display in which they only slotted over one conversion.

The Cell C Sharks capitalised on their try-scoring chances throughout the match against Tafel Lager Griquas and supported this with a solid defensive effort, to outscore the Kimberley side six tries to none for their bonus-point 41-3 victory. The KwaZulu-Natalians scored twice in the first half and added a penalty goal for a 17-3 lead at the break, and they added another four second-half tries, with 2016 Junior Bok winger Sbu Nkosi touching down twice in the match.

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Annette van Schalkwyk

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