The Falcons gave the Vodacom Blue Bulls a mighty scare, but it was not enough for an upset victory.
In the end the Bulls had to endure a frightful final ten minutes before emerging 18-16 in a scrappy opening Absa Currie Cup match played at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
The Bulls led 18-6 at the break after tries by centre JP Nel and fullback Stefan Basson. Flyhalf Morne Steyn managed one conversion and matched his opposite numbers’ two penalties for a healthy lead.
However, the Bulls failed to get any points in a dreadful second half as the Falcons clawed their way back into the game. An intercept try by winger Riaan Viljoen was converted by Louis Strydom. The flyhalf added a penalty with ten minutes on the clock.
It meant the result was in the balance right until the final whistle, but ultimately the Bulls held on for a win that was not pretty, but certainly welcome.
Tries: JP Nel, Stefan Basson
Conversions: Morne Steyn 1
Penalties: Steyn 2
Tries: Riaan Viljoen
Conversion: Louis Strydom 1
Penalties: Louis Strydom 3