Bulls bag first win

 IN DIRECT contrast to some of South Africa’s other Super Rugby franchises, the Bulls showed very few signs of rust when they raced to an impressive 68-5 victory over an invitational Premier XV side at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.
 The invitational side consisted of regular members of the Mpumalanga-based Pumas who beat the Blue Bulls at the same stadium during the Currie Cup.
 The Bulls’ only new acquisition for the season, former Griquas wing Bjorn Basson, scored a hat-trick on debut while most of the other regulars in the team performed well in their first outing of the year.
 It took Basson only five minutes to score his first try and he could not have asked for an easier finish as the Premier XV’s defence was already stretched.
 The home side came back with some aggression and, subsequently, enjoyed a brief stay in Bulls’ territory but, instead of taking the three points on offer, they attempted to get past the opposition’s intimidating defence. – Sapa
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