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Bulls spoil CA Brumbies’ South African farewell The CA Brumbies went down to the Bulls, 28-17, in the final leg of their South African tour at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Friday night.


While the visitors created a plethora of opportunities, they were cruelled by a lack of execution in the three-tries-to-two result.


CA Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock said his youthful side would learn and move on from tonight’s match.


‘It’s a bit of a reflection of where we’re at as a team,’ he said.


‘We’ve got a lot of young guys, particularly our decision makers ‘ our 9, 10 and 12. Our combinations are still very fresh and that takes time to steer a team around, particularly under these new ELV’s.


“You’ve got to be very quick and sharp to make decisions as you see the opportunities arise.


‘From our perspective ‘ as a team ‘ we’re creating a lot of opportunities in attack, it’s more a case of being able to capitalise on that and that takes time.

 

‘I think ELV’s or no ELV’s, we’re a bit frustrated at where we’re at but as a team we can learn from this experience.

 

‘Over the last two weeks we’ve played a lot of positive football and have got no pay for it’ which is disappointing.’

For the third consecutive week the CA Brumbies conceded an early try to their opposition when outside centre JP Nel found himself in space at the end of the Bulls’ backline after just four minutes.


Flyhalf Morn’ Steyn extended the lead to 8-0 when he landed a 51-metre penalty goal seven minutes later before the CA Brumbies responded midway through the term.


After working their way into the home side’s half, lock Alister Campbell hit a Tyrone Smith pass on a sharp angle before scrambling across the line for his first try of the season at the 20-minute mark.


The try bought a double result for the Canberra side with Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner receiving ten minutes on the sideline for a dangerous tackle on CA Brumbies debutante Afusipa Taumoepeau in the lead-up to the touchdown.


However, it was the Bulls that reveled in the extra space with flanker Wikus van Heerden burrowing across the CA Brumbies’ try line in the 24th minute for a 15-7 lead.


The Bulls lost their second player to a yellow card when hooker Derick Ku’n was penalised for a professional foul, gifting Mortlock a 32nd-minute penalty goal.


Steyn attempted to extend his side’s margin by three with a failed drop goal with three minutes remaining in the first half, before he got the desired result and an 18-10 half-time lead with a penalty goal one minute later.


The South Africans struck first after the break when another Steyn penalty goal and a converted Wynand Olivier try extended the score to 28-10 by the 54th minute.


The CA Brumbies appeared set to launch a second-half comeback when flanker George Smith scooted past three Bulls defenders before offloading to replacement Peter Kimlin to score his second try in as many weeks.

 

However, a continued inability to control the ball at vital stages in the final quarter of the match ensured the Bulls would maintain their 28-10 advantage at the final whistle.

The CA Brumbies will return to Australia to take on the Western Force in Perth on Friday, 16 May.

 

MATCH DETAILS


Bulls 28 (JP Nel, Wikus van Heerden, Wynand Olivier tries; Morn’ Steyn 2/3 conversions, 3/3 penalty goals, 0/1 drop goal) defeated CA Brumbies 17 (Alister Campbell, Peter Kimlin tries; Stirling Mortlock 2/2 conversions, 1/2 penalty goals) at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.
Referee: Steve Walsh (NZ)
Half time: Bulls18-10

Crowd: 19,544

 

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