The Blue Bulls romped to a 58-22 victory over the spirited Griquas in a Currie Cup fixture played on Friday afternoon.
The Bulls ran in eight tries to the Griquas’ three and led 29-17 at half-time.
Playing with the wind at their backs in the first-half, Gareth Krause’s Griquas team gave a good accounts of themselves with the power-packed Bulls line-up finding themselves trailing 7-0 after six minutes and 10-7 midway through the first-half.
But once Victor Matfield’s talented team began to find their rhythm, there was really only one team side going to emerge with the spoils of victory and it was not Griquas – this despite their determined efforts.
The writing was on the wall as early as the 39th minute when Bulls’ hooker, man-of-the-match Derick Kuun scored his second try and his team’s bonus-point-earning fourth try to open up a 12- point lead at the changeover.
Kuun’s third five-pointer in the opening minute of the second half proved decisive and though nippy Griquas scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius then scored his team’s third try following an excellent break by skipper Gareth Krause, to make it 36-22 to the Bulls, that was as near as they got to upsetting the out-and-out pre-match favourites.
Though the visitors added a further seven points on the hour, it was only in the final 10 minutes that the flood-gates really opened with the Bulls running in a further three tries-two of which were converted by replacement flyhalf Burton Francis.
As hard as the Griquas tried throughout the match, the all-round quality depth in the Bulls’ squad is such that it will take a very good team to prevent them from winning this season’s competition.
Tries (8): Hooker Derick Kuun (3), centre Wynand Olivier, scrum-half Fourie du Preez, right-wing Akona Ndungane, left-wing Bryan Habana, replacement full-back Tiger Mangweni.
Kicks: Fly-half Morne Steyn : Penalties 2, conversions 4; replacement fly-half Burton Francis: Conversions 2.
Tries (3): Left-wing MJ Mentz, full-back Conrad Barnard, scrum-half Sarel Pretorius
Kicks: Full-back Conrad Barnard: Penalty 1, conversions 2.