The Vodacom Blue Bulls finally broke their 2014 Currie Cup duck with a 30-25 victory over the EP Kings at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Akona Ndungane scored a brace of tries as Frans Ludeke’s men clinched their first win of the season. However the hosts showed they still need to improve to boost their confidence in the Absa Currie Cup as their performance was not that convincing.
Coach Ludeke made some influential changes when he brought in fullback Jesse Kriel. The Kings, however showed some improvement in their game and they were better than their last game which they lost 60-19 to the Xerox Golden Lions. Taking into account their player budget, rich and proud history and the resources they have, the Bulls will be happy to finally be on the winning side.
Hooker Bongi Mbonambi was one of the key performers giving the Kings side a hard time. Missed kicks by Tony Jantjies put unnecessary pressure on the Bulls. The visitors started really well and capitalised on poor defending by the hosts as Tim Whitehead opened the scoring.
The home side went back to their strength of rolling mauls to capitalise on the away side’s weakness as Deon Stegmann placed the ball over the line. Jantjies scored a penalty in the 28th minute to extend their lead and the hosts went to the break with a three point lead. After Jantjies received a yellow card the Pretoria side trapped Carlos Spencer’s side in their own half trying to capitalise on their mistakes.
In the end, experience won the game for the Blue Bulls, who are now up and running in the 2014 Currie Cup.