Epic second half fightback helps Bulls secure first URC win


Jake White. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Gallo Images)

The Bulls have beaten Cardiff 29-19 in their United Rugby Championship clash at Cardiff Arms Park in a match in which they staged an epic second half fightback.  

There was some bad news for Jake White’s men, however, after flyhalf Johan Goosen had to leave the field early in the first half with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

In the first half, the Pretoria-based franchise struggled at the breakdown and gave away numerous penalties that Cardiff flyhalf Rhys Priesland happily dispatched.

Priested slotted three penalties as well as converting Matthew Screetch’s 17th minute try.

Replacement Chris Smith kicked a lone penalty for the Bulls as Cardiff lead 16-3 at half time.

The Bulls started the second half off far better, with No 8 Elrigh Louw scoring soon after play resumed.

Smith converted and added a penalty as the visitors cut the Cardiff lead to 16-13 with a quarter of the match left. 

The Bulls then hit the lead for the first time after speedster Madosh Tambwe scored.

Smith converted to move the score out to 20-16 in the 62nd minute.

Two further penalties by the Bulls pivot extended the lead to 26-16 in the 70th minute.

Priestland then cut that lead to 26-19 in the 73rd minute as Cardiff finally had their first points of the half. 

But another Smith penalty in the 77th minute secured a first United Rugby Championship victory for the Bulls. 

Scorers:

Cardiff 19 (16)

Tries: Matthew Screech

Conversions: Rhys Priestland (1)

Penalties: Rhys Priestland (4)

Bulls 29 (3)

Tries: Elrigh Louw, Madosh Tambwe

Conversions: Chris Smith (2)

Penalties: Chris Smith (5)

 

 

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Publish date : 2021-10-09 20:38:29

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