Bulls battle past Jaguares

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:00
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SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Bulls secured their second Super Rugby victory after a hard-fought 26-13 win against the Jaguares at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Bulls bounced back from last week's terrible 20-21 defeat against the Sunwolves. It was not the most clinical performance from Nollis Marais' men but they did enough to edge the Jaguares.

The Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard converted tries by wing Trevor Ismaiel and lock Lood de Jager and slotted four penalties in a flawless goal-kicking performance.

Flyhalf Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias converted a try by scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou and kicked two penalties for the South Americans.

Bulls led 13-3 at half-time in a scrappy round eight match at Loftus Versfeld stadium that provided little entertainment for a small Easter holiday crowd

The result was far more important for the hosts than the manner in which it was achieved after a humiliating loss to the lowly Sunwolves in Tokyo last weekend.

"We desperately needed a win after a disappointing tour to New Zealand and Japan," said Bulls hooker and former Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss.

"This result will bring some joy back to the team, even if we did not perform at our best.

"I was happy to see more width in our play, but we need to get over the advantage line more often and retain possession for longer periods."

Jaguares lock Guido Petti said: "The Bulls were a very aggressive side and we learnt a lot from playing them.

"Our aim is to keep improving and try to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition this season."

Victory moved the Bulls up one place to second in the Africa One conference, 16 points behind runaway leaders Stormers.

Jaguares remain third in the Africa Two standings, nine points adrift of leaders the Lions and three behind second-place the Sharks.

With Stormers and Lions looking likely conference winners, the Sharks and Jaguares are set to fight for the best runners-up slot which secures a quarter-finals place.

Pollard and Iglesias exchanged first-quarter penalties before Ismaiel scrambled over the line after a break by scrum Piet van Zyl.

Another penalty from Pollard, who missed all of last season through injury, gave the Bulls a 13-3 half-time advantage.

Pollard slotted his third penalty on 44 minutes to stretch the lead before the Jaguares scored 10 points during their best spell.

Bertranou claimed a try and Iglesias kicked the conversion and a penalty to narrow the Bulls lead to 16-13 just before the hour.

But the Buenos Aires outfit could not sustain the momentum and a De Jager try and a conversion and penalty from Pollard left the Bulls comfortable winners.

Man of the match: There was glimpse of the familiar Handre Pollard making an appearance which delighted the Loftus crowd, the flyhalf had a 100 percent kicking success rate. However our man of the match goes to Jessie Kriel, the fullback forced his way through Jaguares' defence with amazing clean breaks.   

The scorers:

For Bulls:
Tries:
Ismaiel, De Jager
Cons: Pollard 2
Pens: Pollard 4

For Jaguares:
Try:  Bertranou,
Con: Gonzales Iglesias
Pens: Gonzales Iglesias 2

Yellow card: Gonzales Iglesias (Jaguares, 39 - high tackle)

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Agence France-Presse

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
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Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19