Former Boland Cavaliers, Leopards, Southern Kings, Sharks, Southern Kings and now Bulls player – 27 year-old SP (Sarel Petrus) Marais, a Kings Army supporters favourite – crossed the line twice against his former (twice) team in the game which kicked off at 17H15 on 9 April in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Southern Kings’ flyhalf, Louis Fouche scored the first points through a penalty kick in the thirteenth minute, but the lead was short lived as the Vodacom Bulls struck back with three successive tries.
The first, a charge down by Jan Serfontein followed by a foot race to dot it down, saw the Bulls add 5 points of their own as Bulls flyhalf Tian Schoeman missed the conversion.
Bulls winger Jamba Ulengo scored their second try after quick ball saw him dot down in the right hand corner, Schoeman again missed the conversion, as the Bulls extended their lead to 10 – 3 after 21 minutes.
SP Marais scored their third try after cutting into the backline from fullback, Schoeman added the two points on offer to extend their lead to 17 – 3.
The Southern Kings added another three points just before half-time to trail, 6 – 17, with four minutes to go.
In what could be a first for Super Rugby the second half dragged on and on after the hooter as the Southern Kings attacked and attacked the Bulls tryline with no success for more than 10 minutes. With bulls players RG Snyman and Marcel Van Der Merwe both off the field with Yellow Cards after the hooter the Southern Kings struggled vainly to cross the whitewash but it was not to be.
The first half finally ended with when Jurgen Visser crossed the line for a referred try to the TMO – he was held and the half ended 6 – 17 to the Bulls.
The Bulls entered the second half determined and added another three tries as both Marais and Ulengo went over for their doubles.
First half yellow card recipient Snyman scored the third one, Schoeman added another two conversions, with replacement Francois Brummer converting Marais’ try.
The home side had a few opportunities out wide but the Bulls defended well as the final score ended 6 – 38 to the visitors.
The Southern Kings have a bye next week and then meet the Lions on 23 April 2016 at the Nelson mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, kick off is at 17h10.
Man of the Match: Jamba Ulengo
- Southern Kings (6) 6 – Conversions: Louis Fouche.
- Vodacom Bulls (17) 38 – Tries: Jan Serfontein, Jamba Ulengo (2) SP Marais (2) RG Snyman. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (3), Francois Brummer (1).
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