The Blue Bulls dominated their 2007 semi-final rivals in Pretoria with an awesome show of controlled force. It was the type of rugby everyone knows can come from the Bulls.
They scored four tries in less than 25 minutes. The Blues had no answer for the structured play and innovative variations the Bulls produced.
Bryan Habana (3 min), Dewald Potgieter (16 min), Zane Kirchner (21 min), Pierre Spies (23 min), Fourie du Preez (48 min), Spies (77 min) and Wynand Olivier (79 min) were try-scorers for the Bulls.
Rene Ranger opened the Blues account after 25 minutes after the Bulls' fourth try. He showed some blistering pace and great strength on his feet to out-sprint the Bulls defence with ease.
Anthony Tuitavake also scored after finding a gap in the Bulls back-line and making it look wider than it was.
Half-time score was 32-14 to the Bulls and the only thing that looked like stopping the Bulls from winning would be their tendency to fizzle out in the second half and the referee's confusing interpretation of the game and its laws.
Benson Stanley (60 min) and Isaia Toeava (67 min) scored for the Blues in the second half and Jimmy Gopperth kicked a penalty, but were the only scores for the Blues in the second half.
Fourie du Preez had complete control of the Blue Machine as he directed play brilliantly until he was replaced by an equally confident and innovative Heinie Adams. The final score was 59-26 to the Blue Bulls.
The Blues managed a bonus point and really looked dangerous in attack. Their younger players were most impressive and it was hard to believe they were missing a number of All Black regulars. 11 tries in the match made it a joy to watch.
The Bulls were better in every department than last week's performance against the Reds, except discipline. They seemed to struggle to adapt to the referee...something that is crucial in top-level rugby.
Deon Steggmann spent 10 minutes pondering what a player is supposed to do, as we all are, at the breakdown.
The Bulls game plan has been successfully adapted to the new(er) ELVs and they look destined for a home final if they can keep going along the same path.
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