The Vodacom Bulls fell one converted try short as they suffered a 17-10 defeat to Scottish side, Edinburgh Rugby, in their Vodacom United Rugby Championship Round 4 match at the DAM Health Stadium on Saturday.
It was heartbreak for the South African side as a late Madosh Tambwe try, which, if converted, would have levelled the scores, was disallowed as the winger was ruled to have made a double movement in his attempt to reach the try line.
The home side had an imposing start, opening the scoring with a try as early as the seventh minute of the game and going into the half-time break with a 14-3 lead.
The Vodacom Bulls showed a spirited fight in the second half as they forged a comeback, in torrential rain and were consoled by a 69th minute try from captain, Marcell Coetzee. But it was not to be for the side from Tshwane, especially after the disappointment of the disallowed 76th minute Tambwe try.
“One thing is for certain; we can’t always be 14-3 down at half-time and keep fighting back for the win. I must say, I am proud that up until the last play we were still in the game, which is credit to the guys who came on,” said Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, after the game.
The Vodacom Bulls now take a break before their next fixture – a home clash against Munster Rugby on November 27.
Edinburgh Rugby (14) 17
Try: Henry Immelman
Penalties: Jaco van der Walt (3), Mark Bennett
Vodacom Bulls (3) 10
Try: Marcell Coetzee
Conversion: Morne Steyn
Penalty: Chris Smith