The Blue Bulls outclassed the Free State Cheetahs 57-19 in their Absa Currie Cup encounter in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The Cheetahs got off to a fantastic start, scoring their first try within five minutes through Boom Prinsloo before Neil Marais added the extras. The home side had the best of the game in the first phases but a brilliant sniping break by the Springbok scrumhalf, Francois Hougaard saw Jamba Ulengo go over to score as Tian Schoem slotted over the conversion to level matters.
Five minutes later, a copybook set piece line-out move saw Deon Stegmann cross the whitewash before Tian Schoeman added the additional two to hand them a seven-point buffer. It was end-to-end stuff in the latter stages of the half, but Schoeman’s penalty in the 37th minute and Hougaard’s try which Shoeman converted wer the only points as the half ended 27-7 with the Free State side trailing.
After the interval, the men from Pretoria started where they left off with a try through Warrick Gelant in the 46th minute and Schoeman added the sundries. The away side played some exciting running rugby and was awarded a penalty in the 55th minute which Schoeman slotted over. Franco Smith’s side replied with a try in the 60th minute through Shaun Venter as Marais added the two pointer.
Nollis Marais’ men scored two more tries through Hougaard and Travis Ismaiel as Schoeman converted both and a penalty to hand them a 54-14 lead. A late try by Clayton Blommetjies wasn’t enough as Schoeman added one more penalty to his tally to secure a comfortable 57-19 win at the Free State Stadium.