The Bulls opened their Super Rugby Match in the most ideal style, overwhelming the Stormers from the opening whistle to guarantee an embarrassingly uneven reward point triumph at Loftus Versfeld.
Former South Africa Blizboks Sevens star Rosko Specman scored support of attempts as he made a shocking Super Rugby debut for the Bulls, while Springboks fly-half Handre Pollard conveyed a masterclass kicking show as the hosts vanquished the Stormers 40-3 in Pretoria. Unbelievably, Lood de Jager’s group verified the main home success of the opening round, with the various outcomes going the method for the visiting team.
Specman demonstrated a fine mix of footwork and pace, the signs of his play in Sevens, to finish his twofold before individual wing Johnny Kotze contacted down on the opposite side of the pitch to finish a brilliant group move. Pollard, then, kicked the changes and a punishment objective as the hosts went to halftime driving 24-3.
Springboks focus Jesse Kriel crossed soon after the break, finishing a wonderful first-stage set play from a lineout when he gathered a perfectly weighted chip kick from Pollard to score under the posts. Pollard kicked the transformation and three resulting punishment objectives from separation to complete the match with a 100 percent kicking record and man-of-the-coordinate distinctions.
Beginning was delayed by 20 minutes due to a mishap on the N1 motorway near Pretoria, which had brought about the late landing of the Stormers’ transport at Loftus Versfeld, and the guests honestly appeared to be never to leave the evolving rooms.
Much as the Bulls were great in all aspects of the match, the Stormers were basically terrible from the whistle and their inconveniences were exacerbated when commander Siya Kolisi left the field in the 27th moment following head damage evaluation.
Televison film of the vistors’ head mentor, Robbie Fleck, looking astounded and dumbfounded halfway through the main half will unfortunately be the key memory for enthusiasts of the Cape Town-based side, and Pieter-Steph du Toit’s post-coordinate remark that “we have a couple of little things to take a shot at” likely won’t be outperformed as the greatest modest representation of the truth of the period.
The Bulls face the Jaguares in Buenos Aires in Round 2, while the Stormers will go up against the Lions at Newlands.