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Blues outplayed by four-try Bulls

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Update: 7:22AM THE Bulls scored a late try to snare a bonus point and overwhelm the Blues 38-22 in a surprisingly entertaining Super Rugby match in Pretoria.

The home side scored four tries to one in a game where both sides attacked with ball in hand despite the heavy nature of the Loftus Versfeld pitch, which was waterlogged 24 hours earlier following several days of rain.

Up 25-12 after scoring the only three tries of the first half, the Bulls were overshadowed for much of the second spell but defended well and summoned the energy to score in the final minute through replacement hooker Marcel van der Merwe.

It handed the Bulls a second straight win after opening the season with two losses while the Blues went into the game off a loss to the Highlanders and a 35-24 win over the Crusaders.

There was to be no repeat of the remarkable comeback against the Crusaders, Blues making too many mistakes and outpointed at the set pieces.

Captain Luke Braid had no regrets about the attacking approach they adopted.

"We wanted to keep the ball in play, use our skill and run them around. To their credit, they held in there and defended really well," he said.

His side produced some bright attacking moments and first five-eighth Simon Hickey belied his inexperience again with a composed display.

In just his second game at this level, the 20-year-old landed six from six shots and set up their only try, in the 57th minute, with a deft grubber kick. It struck centre George Moala on the shoulder before replacement second five-eighth Pita Ahki pounced on it to score on debut.

Hickey's counterpart Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked 16 points, including a 47m dropped goal, while also notching the opening try with a weaving cross-field run.

The other Bulls first-half tries went to No.8 Jono Ross and second five-eighth Jan Serfontein.








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