The Vodacom Bulls claimed a convincing 57-12 victory in their Vodacom United Rugby Championship match against Scarlets Rugby at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
Playing in their third competitive match in seven days, following an impressive Vodacom URC win over Irish giants, Munster Rugby, a week ago as well as a mid-week Carling Currie Cup victory against the Cell C Sharks, the Tshwane-based side showed no signs of fatigue as they dominated proceedings in their clash against the Welsh side.
The Vodacom Bulls showed their intentions early in the match when they opened the scoring in the first minute of the match when young winger, Canan Moodie crossed over for the first of the team’s nine tries on the night.
The home side gained plenty of confidence from the fired-up start as they went on to score four more tries in the in the first half, with the visiting Welshmen managing a solitary converted try in the opening 40 minutes to go into the break with the Vodacom Bulls 31-7 ahead.
Scarlets Rugby was dealt a blow early in the second half when fullback, Ioan Nicholas, was sent to the sin-bin after receiving a yellow card for playing Vodacom Bulls winger, Madosh Tambwe, in the air in the 41st minute of the game.
The Vodacom Bulls continued holding a tight grip on the game, controlling proceeding almost for the entire 80 minutes of the game.
The home side went on to score four tries in the second half, with hooker, Johan Grobbelaar, and captain, Marcell Coetzee, each scoring a brace.
It was in the dying moments of the game that the visitors managed to add their only points in the second half when replacement prop, Rob Evans, scored an unconverted try in the 80th minute.
The Vodacom Bulls will be back in Carling Currie Cup action on Wednesday when they travel to Johannesburg where they will face the Sigma Lions. They will then return to Vodacom URC action on Saturday when they host another Welsh side, Dragons, at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Vodacom Bulls (31) 57
TRIES: Canan Moodie, Marcell Coetzee (2), Cyle Brink, Johan Grobbelaar (2), Elrigh Louw, Ruan Nortje, Robert Hunt
CONVERSIONS: Chris Smith (5), Morne Steyn
Scarlets Rugby (7) 12
TRIES: Sione Kalamafoni, Rob Evans
CONVERSIONS: Rhys Patchell