Bulls clinch Soweto thriller

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Lions, Original Content on 4 Feb 2013 at 08:00
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A late flurry of tries saw the Bulls clinch a 38-32 victory over the Golden Lions at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, after the Johannesburg side had fought back valiantly to sneak ahead during the third quarter.

Bulls centre Jan Serfontein made the most of his chances in the first half, scoring the opener and also setting up the third as his side raced away to a 19-3 lead. Staring down the barrel of a big hiding, the Lions then upped their game, with two tries of their own – the first to former Bulls lock Franco Mostert – two bring them within two points, before a penalty to Bulls flyhalf Tiaan Schoeman stretched the Pretoria side’s lead to 22-17 heading into half time.

A try shortly after half-time by live wire Lions winger Anthony Volminck saw the men from Ellis Park briefly take the lead – at 27-25 – before a brace of Bulls penalties erased that cushion. The Bulls finally made it safe when Jurgen Visser scored his second and despite a late consolation by flank Jaco Kriel (also his second in the match), the Lions were left ruing their missed opportunities.

The scorers:
Tries: Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel 2, Anthony Volmink
Cons: Marnitz Boshoff 3
Pen: Boshoff
DG: Boshoff

Tries: Jan Serfontein, Jurgen Visser 2, Grant Hattingh
Cons: Tian Schoeman 2, Handre Pollard
Pens: Schoeman 3, Pollard


  • Disappointing result for the Lions but probably puts it into perspective of where they are at the moment. Lot of work to do, on and off the field, before they will be ready for Super Rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.13 08:47:25 by Baylion Reply
  • i feel the Lions are doing a sterling job considering they have many no names in their team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.13 10:02:04 by Dunx Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 2) : ummm – before we all get carried away… did anyone count the established stars in this Bulls lineup? There weren’t any… this was their Vodacom Cup team 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.13 10:06:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • The lions beat Cheetahs who beat Province so they doing ok. Well done to them. The Kings have only narrowly beaten two club sides in College Rovers and Dispatch. Well done SARU. We are heading for some record scores in the S15. Teams are guaranteed 4 points for a bye and 5 points vs Kings.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.13 10:42:14 by Amateur Reply

  • @Amateur (Comment 4) : Amateur, that’s a disingenuous comment if ever I saw one. The side that Rovers lost to was the Kings’ Vodacom Cup side, not their Super Ruby one. By the way, I see Rovers just beat the Lions Vodacom Cup side, so I guess that gives us a better indication of where the Kings stand relative to the Lions….

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.02.13 10:47:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Where did you see these results? Didn’t even know about them.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.02.13 10:50:19 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 6) : picked them up on twitter

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.02.13 10:54:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : No, I think this weekend’s match between the Lions and the Kings will give a better indication, if the Kings will risk fielding their strongest side that is, which I doubt.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.02.13 10:54:28 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 8) : yes of course – my point is that Amateur’s comment was a little silly. No disrespect to Lions fans, but it’s kind of an indication of how “important” this Lions Challenge thing is to the rest of the country that nobody else bothers to field their strongest side…

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.02.13 10:56:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Yes, the Lions attach more value to these games as the Lions Challenge is their Wooden Spoon Knockouts Preparation Programme with the “tougher” matches coming towards the end vs Samoa, French BaaBaas, Montpellier, Grenoble, Sharks and Stormers, albeit without their Boks.

    The programme has one objective, and only one, to win the knockout matches.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.02.13 11:05:39 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : and there’s nothing wrong with that…. play the best opposition you can and make sure you beat what’s in front of you.

    What I have a problem with is Lions supporters (or Kings detractors) making silly statements about relative team strength based on these matches.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.02.13 11:43:34 by robdylan Reply
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