Bulls blitz sinks Landers

The Bulls returned to the top of the Super 14 log with a 50-35 win against the Highlanders at Loftus on Saturday.

While the hosts produced a disjointed second-half performance, the game was won by the interval and they will be pleased with the five log points.

The Blou Masjien was in total command early on, claiming the four-try bonus point in the 25th minute and a 22-point lead at half-time.

The Bulls dominated the set-pieces and breakdowns, regularly stealing the Landers ball in the air and contesting ruthlessly at the tackle. With the battle won up front, the platform was set for the backline to run riot.

The home side exposed the Landers out wide, which saw hooker Gary Botha and wing Francois Hougaard go over in the corners. Gerhard van der Heever then scored the try of the match with an 80m run, showing great pace to beat several defenders and give the Bulls a 21-0 lead.

A counter-attack saw the Landers hit back with a try from fullback Israel Dagg, but the Bulls then scored twice through centre Wynand Olivier and No 8 Pierre Spies.

Dagg grabbed his second five- pointer, before Morne Steyn kicked a penalty to give the hosts a 36-14 lead at the break.

While the Bulls were far less impressive in the second half, they did score two more tries through Hougaard and Spies.

The Landers were rewarded for their efforts with a four-try bonus point when Dagg grabbed his hat-trick, and flank Tim Boys and replacement wing Robbie Robertson also crossed the chalk.

By Gareth Duncan