Currie Cup

Bulls turned a corner with Griquas victory

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Blue Bulls eighthman Dewald Potgieter said that the team’s 25-24 victory over Griquas at GWK Park on Saturday represents a turning point for the side in this year’s Currie Cup competition.

Potgieter who was awarded the Man-of-the-Match prize for his stand-out performance against the hitherto unbeaten Currie Cup log-leaders said it was important for the Bulls to bounce back after their 24-15 defeat against the Cheetahs at Vodacom Park, in Bloemfontein, last weekend.

“The guys (the Bulls players) got together this week and said we can make this match a turning point in our season after our disappointment last weekend,” said Potgieter.

“We worked hard leading up to this match because facing Griquas, who deservedly head the (Currie Cup) log, is hard work and you must accept that it will be routine that you will have to work hard for 80 minutes.

“And that’s how we managed to snatch it in the end.

“This was a tough-as-nails game but that’s what we expected. Any one knows that when you come down to Kimberley it is going to be a hard game. I’m just glad that we came away with a win and the bonus point is going to be crucial for us this season.”

Bulls captain Derek Kuun, who scored one of his side’s four-tries in their bonus point win, was pleased that his side had finally managed to halt the rampaging Griquas. “I love playing here in Kimberley because it always produces a good type of rugby,” said Kuun.

“Griquas is a good side and they really played well today.

“Congratulations to our boys (the Bulls), they stuck to the task in the last 10 minutes and they finished off a great game. “It showed (when Griquas lost two players) that discipline is important.

There were a few calls in the first half that went against us but in the last 10 minutes the calls went our way and we capitalised on that.

“A bonus point, well, that’s always a bonus because you just set out looking for a win so the extra point was great.”

Griquas skipper Jonathan Mokuena, who was banished to the sin-bin along with his fellow loosie Rohan Kitshoff in the dying stages of the match, said the two yellow cards sounded the death knell for his side, who lost their unbeaten record in the process.

“In Currie Cup competition, if you have one yellow card it counts heavily against you,” said Mokuena.

“But unfortunately we had two, so yes it was a major setback.

“I think the boys (the Griquas team) did well this season because it has been a big ask of them.

“Today we were unlucky in the last 10 minutes but we’ve been doing well against the big sides this year.”

Despite their slender 25-24 defeat, Griquas have not been dislodged from the number one spot on the Currie Cup log and next week they’ll have another daunting task in their top-of-the-table clash against the Sharks, at the Absa Stadium, in Durban.

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