Pollard puts boot into Cheetahs

Handre Pollard kicked 13 points in the Bulls’ surprise 26-10 win against the Cheetahs at Loftus.

The Bulls, having taken a beating from the Lions and Sharks in the last fortnight, struggled again for the first 30 minutes and the Cheetahs should have led by more than just 5-3 at the break.

But the second 40 proved very different and the Bulls forwards found form and Pollard’s boot did the rest.

The win took the Bulls from the foot of the table.

Blue Bulls – Tries: Paul Willemse, Wiaan Liebenberg. Conversions: Handré Pollard (2). Penalties: Pollard (4).
Free State Cheetahs – Tries: Riaan Smit, Elgar Watts.

Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Clayton Blommetjies/Tiaan Schoeman.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (c), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian Du Preez, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie Du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.