at the Union Buildings in Pretoria
Welkom - The Blue Bulls claimed an emphatic 49-10 victory over the Griffons in Welkom on Friday evening to occupy the top spot in the Northern Section of the Vodacom Cup competition.
The Bulls scored a total of seven tries, with tight head prop Hencus van Wyk and full back Clayton Blommetjies each crossing the white wash twice. They also starved the Griffons of any points in the second half because of a good defensive performance.
The Griffons took the early lead via a penalty by fly half Franna du Toit, but Bulls fly half Tian Schoeman answered back with a good attempt of his own to level the scores.
Griffons winger Vuyo Mboto gave the Welkom faithful something to cheer about when he scored the first try of the game in the 18th minute. Du Toit converted, but it was the last time that the hosts would trouble the scorers.
The Bulls showed little mercy and tight head Van Wyk scored the first of his two tries, with Blommetjies duplicating the effort later on. Bulls winger Sampie Mastriet also scored before half time to help give the Pretoria based side a half time lead of 25-10.
Replacement winger Ryan Nell and Blommetjies scored in the first ten minutes after the break to put the game beyond the Griffons reach. In the next 20 minutes both sides attacked at will, with the Griffons not finding a single gap and the Bulls seemingly happy to defend their lead.
In the final ten minutes before full time the Bulls showed that they still had some grunt left with prop Van Wyk earning his second five pointer of the evening before Bulls centre Burger Odendaal rounded off a well deserved five pointer to leave the Griffons in dire straits.
Scorers: Blue Bulls 49 (25): Tries: Hencus van Wyk (2), Clayton Blommetjies (2), Sampie Mastriet, Burger Odendaal, Ryan Nell. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (3), Joshua Stander. Penalties: Tian Schoeman (2).
Griffons 10 (10): Try: Vuyo Mboto. Conversion: Franna du Toit. Penalty: Franna du Toit.