Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Cup

Boland stun Blue Bulls



The Boland Cavaliers shocked the defending champion Blue Bulls on Saturday when they ran out deserved 20-17 (halftime 10-5) victors in a Vodacom Cup match played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

The Cavaliers bounced back brilliantly following a disappointing first-round loss (42-25) to Griquas last week.

For the Blue Bulls, it was their second successive defeat after they succumbed to the Sharks XV (30-19) in Durban on the opening weekend.

Both teams scored three tries but the Bolanders were full value for the win, fullback Jacquin Jansen proving the difference between the sides with a penalty six minutes from time.

The Bulls’ centre Stefan Watermeyer put his team 5-0 in front in the sixth minute with the first of two tries, but that proved to be the champions’ only score of the half as the Bolanders began to assert themselves.

Wing Cornal Hendricks made it 5-5 in the 25th minute before hooker Clemen Lewis got his team’s second six minutes later. Flyhalf Elgar Watts could not convert either five-pointer.

The Bulls were dealt a blow two minutes after the restart when prop Dean Greyling was yellow-carded, a situation which was made doubly alarming when wing Akona Ndungane followed his teammate to the sin bin five minutes later.

Old fox Bolla Conradie was the Bolander who made the most of the two-man advantage, crossing the line in the 49th minute for a try converted by new kicker Jansen to suddenly make it 17-5.

Watermeyer scored a second try with 15 minutes left, converted by flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, to give his team hope, but Jansen kicked a penalty on 74 minutes to increase the lead to 20-12.

Replacement flyhalf Pieter van der Walt had the final say with a third try for his time just a minute out from full time, but it was just not enough to prevent the Bolanders from recording a famous victory.

SCORERS:

Blue Bulls 17 Tries: Stefan Watermeyer (2), Pieter van der Walt. Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff.

Boland 20 – Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Clemen Lewis, Bolla Conradie. Conversion: Jacquin Jansen. Penalty: Jansen.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Losing not an option for some
Four matches this weekend have the potential to whittle the chase for the playoffs down.

Gavin Rich
A case for change to Bok front row
The final league fixture of the Vodacom Super Rugby season could disappoint.

Kyle Brown
Bloodied but unbowed
It will take a bit of time for the pain to settle and for us to realise that the sun will rise...

Brendan Venter
Success determined by injury list
As we approach the business end of the Super Rugby season, I believe that the team which has their...

Brenden Nel
Where is the Blitz in these Boks?
The spectacular implosion by the Blitzboks to hand their World Series lead – and then the title –...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: Week 14, 2015
An optimist will look at a glass of water and call it half-full. A pessimist will look at that same...