Pedrie lashes Lions

Springbok discard Pedrie Wannenburg inspired the Bulls to a 39-24 victory in their Absa Currie Cup match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

After an unconvincing 18-16 win against the Valke at Loftus last weekend, this was the perfect result for outgoing coach Heyneke Meyer.

The Lions were competitive in the first half, but the Bulls took charge in the second and claimed a bonus point by scoring five tries.

Wannenburg was the best player on the park and showed that his Bok days are far from over.

The Lions got off to a good start when left wing Louis Ludik regathered his own chip ahead to score his side’s first try.

Morne Steyn kicked a penalty to keep the Bulls in the game and when another Bok reject, Tim Dlulane, reached out to score with 10 minutes to go until half-time, the visitors grew in confidence.

Morne Steyn grabbed another try just before the break to put the Bulls 15-11 in front, although Mark Harris responded with a penalty to reduce the gap to just one point.

Left wing Marius Delport struck a crucial blow four minutes after the interval when he beat several Lions defenders to score the Bulls’ third try.

Harris again kept the Lions in touch with a penalty, but when Wannenburg went over for the bonus-point try the result was put beyond doubt.

A try from Jaco Engels made it 39-17 to the Bulls, although Harris went over on the stroke of full-time to add some respectability to the scoreline.

Lions - Tries: Louis Ludik, Mark Harris. Conversion: Mark Harris. Penalties: Harris (4).
Bulls - Tries: Tim Dlulane, Morne Steyn, Marius Delport, Pedrie Wannenburg, Jaco Engels. Conversions: Steyn (3), Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Penalties: Steyn (2).