That cops scored four tries in a convincing performance against the Glasgow Warriors at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday night in their final home game of the league stage United Rugby Championship (URC) for a reward 29-17 bonus point win.
The win temporarily relegated the Pretoria men from eighth place in the table to second place, keeping them at home in contention for a place in the top four for a possible quarterfinal.
The first half was an arm wrestle as both teams struggled to make their presence felt in attack, but the Bulls managed to put themselves 17-10 up just before half-time when Madosh Tambwe (wing) hit the tryline crossed to add to an earlier try from Zak Burger (scrumhalf) and a penalty goal from Morne Steyn (flyhalf) while limiting the visitors to an early penalty try and a penalty goal.
The hosts drew apart in the second half through Walt Steenkamp (lock) and Cyle Brink (lose backup forward) while continuing to demonstrate their authority and they limited the visitors to a single try that allowed them to score the crucial five to secure log points.
Glasgow clinched the first points of the game in the fifth minute after being awarded a penalty try when home side No. 8 Elrigh Louw collapsed a strong maul near their try-line, earning him a yellow card.
The home side had an opportunity to equalize two minutes later with an encouraging offensive phase, but a kick-off failed. They continued to attack with purpose and it paid off as Burger picked up the ball from the base of the scrum and dived over the chalk after Ruan Nortje (Castle) landed just short of the tryline with a man down to level the score .
Glasgow fought hard in attack as half-time progressed and managed to get close to the try-line twice, but a stolen line-up from the Bulls and a good ruck defense prevented them from scoring any tries before half-time.
The visitors extended their lead to 10-7 in the 20th minute thanks to a penalty goal from flyhalf Duncan Weir, but that was equalized a few minutes later by Steyn, who overplayed a three of his own.
Steyn had another chance at the post just before half-time, but his attempt went awry.
The Bulls dominated the second half
However, a yellow card for Scotland’s Zander Fagerson base in the 41st minute after repeated breaches by the visitors paved the way for the home side to take a 17-10 lead before the break with a stunning try from Tambwe, who conceded the goal Ball in space far out.
The hosts were denied a possible third try in the 52nd minute after Tambwe collected a nice touchdown chipkick, but was ruled in front of the kicker.
They continued to make their presence felt and their efforts finally paid off in the 59th minute when Walt Steenkamp (suspension) fell at a pace near the try-line after receiving the ball and Steyn’s extra two gave them a 24-10 lead.
This boosted their confidence as minutes later they sealed their fourth try for the crucial bonus point thanks to a strong forward play that saw backup striker Cyle Brink dive over the try-line and give them a 19-point lead that boosted morale.
Glasgow hit back with a try from full-back Ollie Smith in the 74th minute as he quickly broke through the defense to reduce their deficit to 29-17 with just minutes left and they were dealt another pass shortly after denied a forward pass cost them and the Bulls ended the win.
Goalscorers: BULLS V GLASGOW WARRIORS
Tries: Zak Burger, Madosh Tambwe, Walt Steenkamp, Cyle Brink
Tags: Morne Steyn (3)
Attempts: Penalty try, Ollie Smith
Conversion: Ross Thompson
Penalty: Duncan Weir
The Bulls get a big SA weekend with a winning start
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