The Blue Bulls crushed Western Province 47-29 in a thrilling Absa Currie Cup clash in Pretoria on Saturday. The hosts displayed devastating running rugby in front of a good home crowd at Loftus to secure a bonus point win and announce themselves as early title contenders. Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis opened the scoring but his counterpart, Tian Schoeman returned the favour shortly thereafter before landing a long-range effort to make it 6-3 to the hosts.
The Preotria outfit’s flyhalf would land two more to make it 12-6 but then the visitors struck.. Seabelo Senatla caught a charged-down kick to score in the corner in fortuitous circumstanes. Nevertheless the away side was rewarded for its persistance and determination. Catrakilis’ successful conversion handed John Dobson’s side a 13-12 advantage.
In the second half the hosts were utterly dominant. But first Dillon Leyds made a run with the ball to give Province daylight and after Catrakilis landed the sundries as well as another penalty. Dobson would have felt confident with his charges leading 26-15 after 50 minutes. Burger Odendaal went over to bring the home side back into it and after Catrakilis put another three-pointer over to make it 29-22, the Streeptruie would not score again.
Jamba Ujengo, who was a man on a mission, scored the second Bulls try in the 56th minute and Nollis Marais’ men were taking the game away from the Streeptruie as Travis Ismail would also score before Ulengo crossed the line for a second time, all in the space of six minutes. To compound matter Province lost Leyds after he was yellow carded for a foul.
Warrick Gelant was the man who scored try number five for Marais’ men on 65 minutes to complete the rout. Province held on and prevented further damage but the Pretoria was nothing if not impressive on a warm August night.