Bulls 36 - 26 Western Force

Match info: Super Rugby at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Date: 02/03/2013 KO: 15:05

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Bulls

TriesSteyn (2) Mastriet (43) Cook (71) Kruger (80)ConversionsSteyn (72, 80)PenaltiesSteyn (18, 34, 40, 69)

36
vs
26

Western Force

TriesCottrell (47) Lynn (56)ConversionsEbersohn (48, 57)PenaltiesEbersohn (27, 30)Drop GoalsEbersohn (10, 42)

FT (ht: 14-9)

  • Last Updated: March 2 2013, 18:44 GMT

The Bulls made it two victories from two at the start of the new Super 15 season after coming from behind to beat winless Western Force in Pretoria.

Chris Alcock Tom Lynn show their disappointment
Chris Alcock Tom Lynn show their disappointment

The Bulls, champions in 2007, 09 and 10, saw off South African rivals the Stormers 25-17 in their opening match but looked in danger of defeat today after finding themselves 26-19 down with 11 minutes to go at Loftus Versfeld.

However, converted tries from Jean Cook and Juandre Krugar, plus a penalty from Morne Steyn, in the closing stages saw the hosts over the winning line, earning a bonus point in the process.

Victory leaves the Bulls third in the standings as they prepare to head to New Zealand and Australia for the next four rounds of matches, while Western Force are still struggling at the wrong end of the table after suffering a third successive defeat.

Steyn, the hero of last week's win with a superb kicking display, helped the Bulls into a 14-9 half-time lead today with an early try and three penalties, with Force responding through two penalties and a drop-goal from their South African fly-half Sias Ebersohn.

Another Ebersohn drop-goal at the start of the second half reduced the deficit to 14-12 but the Bulls responded immediately with their second try of the match, Sampie Mastriet going over to extend their advantage back to seven points.

The Australian side refused to give in, though, and converted tries from Angus Cottrell and Toby Lynn put them 26-19 ahead going into the final quarter of the match.

However, they could not hold on and the Bulls' late charge saw them claim the victory and the bonus point.


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