The Vodacom Bulls claimed a crucial 10-40 victory over the Sigma Lions in a Carling Currie Cup encounter at Emirates Airline Park on Wednesday night.
The game was expected to be a hotly contested affair between the two sides, and the opening half proved to be exactly that as the teams played to a 0-0 stalemate until the 32nd minute of the match.
It was the visiting Vodacom Bulls who managed to secure the first points of the night when they were awarded a penalty try with only eight minutes remaining on the clock in the opening 40 minutes.
It was in the 37th minute that the side from Tshwane extended their lead when replacement winger, James Verity-Amm crossed the try line and pivot, Juan Mostert, converted to give the Vodacom Bulls a 0-14 lead which they held on to until the half-time break.
It was the home side that got the first points of the second half when flyhalf, James Teddler successfully kicked over a penalty for the Sigma Lions’ first points of the night.
The home side went on to score one try via replacement scrumhalf, Jurich Claasens, and a Teddler conversion to take their tally for the game to 10 points.
The Vodacom Bulls grabbed a hold of the game with four tries from Morne Steyn, Muller Uys, Joe van Zyl and Cebo Dlamini, as Steyn converted three of those to ensure that the visitors secured a comfortable 10-40 victory at the end of the night.
The Vodacom Bulls will next face DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday, April 6. Kick-off for that match will be 20h00.
Sigma Lions (0) 10
TRY: Jurich Claasens
CONVERSION: James Teddler
Vodacom Bulls (14) 40
TRIES: Penalty Try, James Verity-Amm, Morne Steyn, Muller Uys, Joe van Zyl, Cebo Dlamini.
CONVERSIONS: Penalty Try, Juan Mostert, Steyn (3)
Carling Champion of The Match: WJ Steenkamp