Bulls batter Cheetahs

The Bulls eased to a 39-16 victory over the Cheetahs in Polokwane.

The Bulls, who fielded a strong combination similar to the one that is expected to start in Super Rugby, struggled to establish any fluidity in the play initially but sparked to life in the second half.

The forward play was impressive and after wearing down a resolute Cheetahs pack, they cut loose. They also blunted the Cheetahs on attack, with their success in this regard rooted in a strong collision contest.

Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard was solid without being outstanding. He did, however, create a try for CJ Stander after breaking and making 40m before offloading. He’ll improve with an extended run in his preferred position.

Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen continues to grow his reputation as a competent flyhalf and deadly goalkicker, with two of his penalty attempts soaring over from 60m.

The match opened up with the introduction of substitutes and the Bulls’ superiority in this regard saw them gain the ascendency and ease to a convincing win.