Bulls Edge Pumas

The Blue Bulls ran in five tries to record a bonus point victory over the Pumas in their Absa Currie Cup encounter at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday.  The home side opened their account in the third minute when they built from the back going through phases and Marnus Schoeman picked the ball from the base of the ruck to go over to take a 7-0 lead.  The visitors looked to strike back straight away and they looked like they did in the sixth minute when Francois Hougaard fed Deon Stegmann who made it over the try line but the referee disallowed it as the ball was deemed to have been knocked on.
 
Six minutes later the Bulls and Stegmann had their try as the flanker scored from the back of the maul.  In a matter of minutes later the men from Pretoria took the lead through Jamba Ulengo who raced through the opposition’s defence to dot down in the corner taking the score to 10-7.  Both sides grappled to get ahead in the game with a number of attacking chances not coming to fruition.  Before the break the Bulls try scorer was sent to the bin for deliberately killing the ball at the ruck however they did manage to maintain their momentum going into the break as they slotted over a penalty with the score at 13-7. 
 
In the second half it was MJ Mentz’s men who scored the first points through a penalty after the men in blue were pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown.  However Nollis Marais’ charges hit back with two tries in quick succession from Steggmann and the bonus point try from Ulengo thus extending their lead to 15 as they took their score to 25-10.  The game was not quite over just yet as the Mbombela outfit stuck to their guns to run in two tries of their own from Rosko Specman and Rudi Mathee to reduce the 15 point deficit to just one.
 
Despite their spirited comeback it was a little too late as they had to settle for a losing bonus point as the Bulls ran out 25-24 winners.  The result sees the Bulls move to 39 points in second position with their opponents on 17 in sixth position.