In the Blue Bulls vs EP Kings game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, 11 September 2014, the Kings started the game playing left to right – according to pundits and old rugby experts playing left to right is always a good sign. But that also depends on your perspective, in this case I will say that he side that the media are on is the most important so left to right it is and shall stay so.
Seven minutes in with the scores level at 0-0 the EP Kings, after dominating play and territory, conceded a penalty just inside their first half which Blue Bulls flyhalf Piet van Zyl sent sailing through the poles to put the Blue Bulls 3-0 up after 8 minutes.
Undaunted the Kings camped in the Blue Bulls half and attempted to penetrate the flat blue line forcing the mistake on the 10th minute – penalty to EP Kings with Scott van Breda to kick from just inside the Blue Bulls half – short and off target.
A bit of relief for the EP Kings in the 10th minute as the Bulls hooker, Bongi Mbonambi, was sent to the naughty corner for 10 minutes after flying into the ruck with no hands to barge his opposite number Kings player away.
A tactical substitution saw Blue Bulls number 16, Bandise Maku come in to take hooker duty.
The Bulls slowed down the game with good defence and