Bulls Edge Sunwolves

The Bulls overcame the Sunwolves 30-27 in a close Super Rugby encounter at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday.  The visitors found themselves on the back foot in the opening exchanges as they fell behind in the first minute when Andrew Durutola dotted down for the home team.  For the next 20 minutes both sides traded penalties with the men from Pretoria coming out trumps edging ahead 10-9 with three successful kicks from Tiaan Schoeman.
 
They extended their lead further as they scored their first try of the match in the closing stages when Adriaan Strauss went over for the five-pointer to take them into the break with a 16-10 lead.  In the second stanza the Gauteng side picked up where they left off opening the half with a try from Roelof Smit who crossed the whitewash for their second of the match.  The Japanese side followed suit with a penalty from Tusi Pisi and Akihito Yamada’s try reduced the deficit to just three.
 
The Loftus Versfeld outfit maintained their lead by completing a hat-trick of tries when Jamba Ulengo broke through the opposition defences and crossed the try line.  The hosts did score a try of their own from Yuki Yatomi in the final minute but it was just not enough as the Bulls ran out 30-27 winners.  The result sees Nollis Marias’ men find themselves in fourth place after recording their second win of the tournament while their hosts remain in seventh position.