Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Super 14: Bulls repel Russian invasion
In a match that hardly gained much publicity, a largely Bulls reserve team romped home to a 64-7 victory over a Russian team.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls took care of Russia 64-7 at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in their friendly match.
The player who caught the eye the most was Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who played at inside centre for the first time for the Blue Bulls. He hit numerous gaps and proved that there is nothing wrong with his pace. His kicking was just as deadly.
Although the Russians could not really mix it amongst the backs, the Blue Bulls will be more than satisfied with their own performance. Especially the young players aquitted themselves well.
Danie van der Merwe is another man who shone and his eye for the gap lead to numerous outstanding breaks for the home side.
Pedrie Wannenburg also started the match and was in desperate need of some game time, but he injured his groin early in the match and the medical team will hope that it is not that serious. Wannenburg started to play his best rugby at the end of last year before an ankle injury kept him out of the Bok side. It will be hoped that injuries will not rob him of international representation yet again.
Blue Bulls: Tries: Jacques-Louis Potgieter (3), Danie van der Merwe (2), Riaan van der Bergh, Harry Vermaas, Werner Kruger, Jerome Williams. Conversions: Jacques-Louis Potgieter (6), Len Olivier (2). Penalty: Olivier.
Russia: Try: Sergei Sugrobov. Conversion: Denis Akulov
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