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Blue Bulls get winners’ medals

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 17 May 2008 at 06:48
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The Blue Bulls, pipped at the death last year, came back to take the winners medals this year by beating the Free State Cheetahs 25-21 in a dramatic Vodacom Cup Final in Pretoria on Friday.

Rugby 365 reports that Bulls flyhalf Burton Francis put on a match winning kicking display as the home team edged the visitors by holding on in the face of a fierce late onslaught – with the Free State side being denied victory by a TMO call four minutes into injury time.

Francis kicked six penalties, a conversion and was responsible for the cross field kick which fell into the hands of Blue Bulls wing Rocco Jansen – who scored the hosts only try in the 48th minute.

The Cheetahs led proceedings 10-6 at the half-time interval – courtesy of a Wilton Pietersen try in the 31st minute and a penalty by scrumhalf Jandre Blom.

It was the Bulls who got out the blocks first with two penalties from Francis in the sixth and 12th minutes, respectively.

The Cheetahs came close to scoring a try in the 21st minute, but lock Izak van der Westhuizen knocked on in the goal area.

Ten minutes later, the Cheetahs did take the lead through Pietersen’s try which was followed by Blom’s penalty.

In the second half, the Bulls were also first off the mark, from another Francis penalty before Jansen crossed over to retain the lead for the Bulls.

Blom struck a penalty in the 52nd minute, but Francis edged his team ahead by nine points when he slotted over another two penalties.

It was Blom again in the 68th minute with a penalty before Cheetahs centre Phillip Snyman carved up the Bulls defence at close range to canter over the line and haul the Cheetahs to within a point of their hosts.

Francis, though, would have the final say and his 77th minute, long range penalty ensured victory for the Blue Bulls and a first in domestic rugby with the ZAR1 million winners’ cheque.


Blue Bulls:
Try: Jansen
Con: Francis
Pens: Francis 6

Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Pietersen, Snyman
Con: Blom
Pens: Blom 3

Yellow cards:
Phillip Lemmer (Cheetahs, 60 – repeated infringements),
Frik Kirsten (Blue Bulls, 68 – repeated infringements)


  • There was a 2nd yellow card issued to the Bulls in extra time, I missed the name and it seems Rugby 365 missed the card. ;wink:

    It raises a question. HOW GOOD ARE THESE BULLS? For them to regularly get multiple cards in a match and still turn out as the winners.

    Speaks volumes for the ability of the players left on the pitch to still manage the wins.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.05.08 06:52:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • morning ksa. so, this francis, i have heard good things but never seen him play, is the hype true?

    great day today, can’t wait for the games but now i am off for a surf, 20 ft swell around the cape today, woo hoo, lets get dangerous!

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.05.08 08:21:10 by knersboy Reply
  • Kners he certainly was good last night.

    It was my first time seeing him play as well and on that ONE game i would say he is good.

    BUT i have this let’s see him at S14 attitude. Many Many players have looked good at CC and well below average at S14. This is only the VC.

    If he fullfills the promise he shows then he should make the steps up to CC and S14 with relative ease.

    The Bulls are going to have their hands full keeping him. Liefling and Steyn have re-signed with the Bulls (as far as i know) and a guy with this talent will be well sought after.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.05.08 08:26:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @knersboy (Comment 2) :


    what is he goiing to do CC time. Neither Steyn or Liefling will make the Bok group so that will leave him as #3 at the bulls. Little to NO game time for the rest of the season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.05.08 08:27:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • thanks ksa, interesting.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.05.08 11:24:54 by knersboy Reply
  • go reds!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.05.08 11:25:52 by knersboy Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I’m pretty sure Francis was a sub for the S14 Bulls team against the Tahs & Brumbies – from what I recall he didn’t look out of his depth when he came on. Was nothing specatcular though – granted he is very young still & Morne Steyn was also very unflash…

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.05.08 11:27:41 by Le Requinny Reply
  • The Bulls did not deserve to win this…

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.05.08 11:28:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Le Requinny (Comment 7) :

    Would be keen to see how much time he gets against the Cheetahs tonight

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.05.08 11:28:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Very bad communication between the teef 3rd ump and the dork ref….

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.05.08 11:29:12 by Hmmm Reply


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