Bulls smash hapless WP
REPORT: Bulls continued their impressive Currie Cup dominance with a comfortable 40-21 win over Western Province at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.
The Bulls were absolutely ruthless as they outscored the hosts six tries to three.
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The visitors from Pretoria simply had too much power, aggression and precision and went into the break with a comprehensive 28-0 lead on a perfect summer evening in the Mother City.
They registered four converted tries and managed to keep the home side scoreless with solid defence.
The Bulls added two more tries after the break but it was the home side who finished the match with a flurry of late tries – three in the last 15 minutes – to add some respectability to the scoreboard.
The men in light blue had seasoned Springboks Bismarck du Plessis, Marcell Coetzee and Morne Steyn in their ranks and they showed their class and experience from the outset.
They were off to a flying start when fullback James Verity-Amm ran through to score the opening try after only two minutes. Steyn converted the try which was at the end of an impressive, precise and powerful passage of Bulls play.
The powerful visiting forward unit did the damage to set up their second try, scored by right wing Canan Moodie, who dotted down for his maiden Currie Cup five-pointer. Steyn raised the flags with his splendid conversion from an acute angle to double lead to 14-0 on the 15-minute mark.
A strong scrum laid the foundation for their third converted try, scored by prop Simphiwe Matanzima, after a couple of piercing pick-and-go drives had punched a hole in the home defence.
Cyle Brink, another Bulls debutant, was the recipient of another patient forward build-up when he went over the whitewash for their fourth try of the first stanza. Unfortunately for Brink he had to leave the field with an ankle injury just before the end of the first half.
Du Plessis grabbed his try just after the restart as the Bulls continue their dominance, and he was soon followed by No 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren.
WP scored three late consolation tries through hard-working skipper Nama Xaba, his fellow loose forward Marcel Theunissen and fullback Tristan Leyds. Bulls replacement front row Jan-Henrik Wessels was red carded in the last minute of normal pay for a dangerous cleanout.
Man of the match: It was a solid performance by the Bulls side. Marcell Coetzee, Bismark Du Plessis and Morne Steyn’s experience proved to be the difference. While James Verity-Amm and Canan Moodie were lethal in the backline. However, our nod goes to Bulls prop Simphiwe Matanzima, who produced an incredible display. The prop made strong carries and his defence was just as solid.
For Western Province
Tries: Xaba, Leyds, Theunissen
Cons: Swiel 2, Schreuder.
Tries: Verity-Amm, Moodie, Matanzima, Brink, Du Plessis, Jansen van Vuren
Cons: Steyn 5
Yellow card: Keke Morabe (Western Province, 18 – deliberate foul)
Red card: Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Bulls, 79 – Dangerous tackle, contact to the head)
Western Province: 15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Leolin Zas, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Paschal Ekeji, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Thomas Bursey, 8 Keke Morabe, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Nama Xaba (captain), 5 Simon Miller, 4 Connor Evans, 3 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Kwenzo Blose.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Goosen, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Corne Weilbach, 19 Jarrod Taylor, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Chris Schreuder, 23 Mnombo Zwelendaba.
Bulls: 15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Sibongile Novuka, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18 Sebastian Lombard, 19 Reinardt Ludwig, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Frederik du Plessis, 23 Stedman Gans.
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Local
TMO: Marius Jonker