Vodacom Bulls 25 (19) Lions 17 (10)

The Vodacom Bulls recorded their 10th straight Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Lions at a wet and windy Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon when they won the first Gauteng-derby by 25-17.

The Lions outscored the Vodacom Bulls by two tries to one, but in the end they simply conceded too many kickable penalties. It was the second time that the team from Johannesburg scored more tries than the Pretorians, but still ended up losing – this also happened in 2008 when the Lions got three tries to two, but lost 31-17.

In a match where both teams defended well, the Vodacom Bulls looked a bit more enterprising with ball in hand, built on a proper platform laid by their pack of forwards. They stole a number of the Lions’ throws at line-out time and also got a couple of penalties from scrums, which Jacques-Louis Potgieter duly converted into points.

Potgieter contributed 20 of the Vodacom Bulls’ points in his first game back for the side from Pretoria since the Vodacom Super Rugby final in 2010.

Jan Serfontein scored their only try, which came from good counter-attacking play from a turn-over. Had the home team been better and finishing off, the score could’ve been even bigger.

The Lions tried hard to throw the ball around but the adverse conditions didn’t help. Both the Johannesburgers’ tries, by Stefan Watermeyer and Willie Wepener, came after they put the Vodacom Bulls’ kickers under pressure and charged down kicks close to the try-line.

Scorers:

  • Vodacom Bulls – Try: Jan Serfontein. Conversion: Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Penalty goals: Potgieter (5). Drop goal: Potgieter.
  • Lions – Try: Stefan Watermeyer, Willie Wepener. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalty goal: Boshoff.

Other results – Round 3:

  • Melbourne Rebels 35 Toyota Cheetahs 14 (AAMI Park)
  • Blues 35 Crusaders 24 (Auckland)
  • Chiefs 21 Highlanders 19 (Hamilton)
  • Waratahs 32 Reds 5 (Sydney)
  • Force 14 Brumbies 27 (Perth)

Logs – after Round 3:

  1. Waratahs (Aus leader)
  2. Cell C Sharks (SA leader)
  3. Chiefs (NZ leader)
  4. Lions (Wild card)
  5. Highlanders (Wild card)
  6. Vodacom Bulls
  7. Toyota Cheetahs
  8. Brumbies
  9. Reds
  10. DHL Stormers
  11. Hurricanes
  12. Crusaders
  13. Western Force
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About Alan

My ethos is espoused in the words of Nelson Mandela: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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