Morne Steyn was deadly with the boot as he kicked 20 points to lead the Bulls to victory over the Waratahs at Loftus.
Steyn rounded off the match with a try as well, scoring 25 points in the process, countering the three tries scored by the Waratahs, to win 32 – 19.
It was a build up of penalties in the first half as Steyn kicked four to have the Bulls leading 12 – 5 at half time, Israel Folau scoring a superb try for the Waratahs. The Waratahs continued the try scoring, going over the white wash twice more, prop Paddy Ryan scoring early in the second half, and Bernard Foley scoring to take the lead at one point in the match.
This got the Bulls out of first gear and the momentum shifted back in the home side’s favour. First, Francois Hougaard scored while Steyn continued with two further penalties, before Steyn rounded off the match with a well worked try.
The three tries from the Waratahs goes a long way to show how they played the match, taking their opportunities with both hands and never quite being out of the game. The score line is somewhat flattering for the Bulls, who had to really step up in the last quarter of the game to take the four points.
As expected, the Bulls’ lineouts were outstanding and in the scrums they held their own, but were penalised by a referee who had no idea. Morne Steyn showed why he is the Springbok flyhalf, keeping the scoreboard ticking throughout the match, and surprising the opposition with a few runs of his own.
The Waratahs were their own worst enemy, conceding silly penalties at key times, and not getting on top of the Bulls when they had the chance to do that.
The Bulls next host the Hurricanes while the Waratahs complete their South African tour against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Bulls: 30 (12)
Tries: Francois Hougaard, Morne Steyn
Conversions: Morne Steyn (1)
Penalties: Morne Steyn (6)
Waratahs: 19 (5)
Tries: Israel Folau, Paddy Ryan, Bernard Foley
Conversions: Brendan McKibbin (2)
By Richard Ferguson