The Blue Bulls redeemed themselves somewhat by beating the Valke 38-15 in their final game at the Craven Week.
It will not be much consolation for them, however, seeing it was an early game, on the B field and against distinctly ‘B section’ opposition – a far cry from what has been produced by the Bulls at this tournament over the years.
And they were given an initial scare by the Valke. The Eastern Gauteng side went 6-0 up, thanks to two penalties by fullback Ruan Barnard before Bulls scrumhalf Poerie van Rooyen scored an unconverted try. Barnard then slotted his third penalty for the Valke to lead 9-5, and it was only on the stroke of halftime that Bulls fullback Thys Smit scored close to the posts, converted by flyhalf Tony Jantjies, to give his side a 12-9 lead at the break.
The Bulls forwards took control of proceedings in the second half and the Valke, although they defended bravely, could not plug all the gaps, and the Bulls ran in four more tries.
Prop Justin Forward was first to cross over, followed by speedy winger Richmond Collins and centre Brink Botha, before Van Rooyen got his second try, five minutes from the end. Jantjies was successful with four conversions in the end.
Barnard added two second half penalties for the Valke.