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Bulls cruise to scientific opening win over Lions





The Bulls cruised to a cushty 31-15 (halftime 15-8)win over Lions in a scrappy opening sport of the United Rugby Championship (URC) for the 2 groups at Ellis Park on Saturday night.

Each groups made plenty of errors over the sport, but it surely was the house aspect who made essentially the most, whereas additionally gifting away plenty of penalties to permit the Bulls to tug away within the second half after that they had drawn the scores stage with 35 minutes to play.

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Within the match the Bulls received off to a flying begin, confidently working their approach up area from the kick-off, into the Lions 22m the place they earned a penalty, took a fast faucet, with captain Marcell Coetzee powering over for the opening rating, transformed by flyhalf Chris Smith for an early 7-0 lead.

The primary scrum of the sport then introduced the Lions their first factors, as from a Bulls put in a large scrum from the hosts earned them a penalty on the 10m, with Jordan Hendrikse nailing the kick to make it 7-3 after seven minutes.

Smith moved the Bulls again seven forward with a penalty within the 21st minute, after Lions centre Marius Louw was pinged for tackling a participant with out the ball on the 22m line in entrance of the posts.

Straight from the kick-off the Bulls then scored an excellent attempt, going finish to finish as they attacked from behind personal attempt line earlier than kicking the ball forward.

The guests then turned the ball over on the breakdown, attacked into the Lions 22m and Coetzee popped the ball to wing Cornel Hendriks to go over within the nook, with Smith lacking the conversion to go away the rating 15-3 after 24 minutes.

The ultimate 10 minutes of the half then belonged to the house aspect as they loved their greatest spell, as maul in midfield earned them a penalty, which they kicked deep into the Bulls 22m after which mauled the ball over from the lineout, with eighthman Francke Horn dotting down.

Hendrikse missed the conversion from contact after which missed a neater penalty three minutes later, earlier than a late mistake at a lineout deep within the Bulls 22m let the away aspect off once more as they received to halftime with a 15-8 lead.

Light away

The Lions then loved the right begin to the second half, attacking from a lineout within the Bulls 22m, swinging the ball a technique and again the following, with Louw bursting via a gap to attain, with Hendrikse changing to stage the scores after 45 minutes.

Nonetheless the house aspect then pale away terribly over the remainder of the sport as a plethora of errors and foolish penalties allowed the Bulls to tug away, with Smith kicking three penalties to maneuver them 9 factors forward.

The Bulls then shut the door on any doable comeback within the 73rd minute as they arrange a lineout deep within the Lions 22m, and powered a giant maul over with alternative hooker Jan-Hendrik Wessels dotting down earlier than Morne Steyn added the extras to seal the spectacular win.

Scorers

Lions: Tries – Francke Horn, Marius Louw; Conversion- Jordan Hendrikse; Penalty – Hendrikse

Bulls: Tries – Marcell Coetzee, Cornal Hendricks, Jan-Hendrik Wessels; Conversions: Chris Smith, Morne Steyn; Penalties: Smith (4)

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