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                  Vodacom Cheetahs vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Saturday 5 August, 2006 – Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein

Blue Bulls (14) 24 Cheetahs (3) 12

The Vodacom Blue Bulls scored three tries to nil to beat the Vodacom Cheetahs
24-12 in a pulsating match in front of 33 458 supporters in Bloemfontein. The
Cheetahs points came via four penalties by flyhalf Willem de Waal, who missed
three attempts at goal that could have made a difference to the result.

The Cheetahs took the lead they took when De Waal kicked his first penalty in
the fourth minute. In the 16th minute, Bulls flank Johan Wasserman anticipated
superbly to intercept a Cheetahs pass. He forged 30 metres ahead, and the good
work was carried on by loosehead prop Jaco Engels. Flank Tim Dlulane then
latched onto the ball and muscled through the scrambling defence to score the
first try of the match for the Bulls.

There were ten minutes left in the first half when centre Dries Scholtz made the
hard yards to within a metre of the Cheetahs' line. The ball popped out of the
resultant loose scrum, and winger John Mametsa was on hand to pick up and dot
down.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn converted the try to put the visitors 14-3 ahead. Early in the
second half De Waal kicked a pair of penalties to slash the Bulls' lead to five
points.

Going into the final quarter, Bulls flyhalf Steyn landed a drop goal to make it 17-9.
Five minutes later, De Waal added another three points from the kicking tee.
With 13 minutes left, De Waal missed a kickable penalty that would have left the
Bulls just two points ahead.

The Bulls delivered the decisive blow three minutes from time when Scholtz
again smashed through the defence before offloading to replacement Derick
Kuun, who dived over to score.
Scorers: Cheetahs - Penalties: Willem de Waal (4). Blue Bulls - Tries: Tim
Dlulane, John Mametsa, Derick Kuun. Conversions: Morne Steyn (3). Drop goal:
Strydom.
Saturday 30 September, 2006 – Loftus Versveld, Pretoria

Blue Bulls (26) 41 Cheetahs (12) 31

The immense physicality of the Vodacom Blue Bulls triumphed over the sparkling
play of the Vodacom Cheetahs as the home side won a spellbinding Absa Currie
Cup match 41-31 at Loftus Versfeld.

Centre Dries Scholtz used his strength to maximum effect to claim the opening
try in the third minute, having sparked the attacking move earlier when he
pounced on a loose pass in the Cheetahs backline by prop Ollie le Roux.

The Cheetahs replied seven minutes later with a characteristic rolling-maul-after-
a-lineout-try, eighthman Ryno van der Merwe being the scorer.

Both tries were converted by the respective flyhalves, Derick Hougaard for the
Bulls and Willem de Waal for the Cheetahs, leaving the thriller poised at 7-7 after
the opening ten minutes.

Four minutes later, the Bulls set up their own rolling maul off a lineout and
colossal flank Danie Rossouw was the perfect man to force himself over for the
try.

Later, Bulls fullback Johan Roets launched an up-and-under but he was out-
jumped by his opposite number Philip Burger, who then burst down the
unguarded right touchline for the try. Four minutes later, the Bulls reopened a
nine-point lead (21-12) when the burly Scholtz sliced through De Waal's channel
to score. Hougaard comfortably nailed his third successive conversion.

The Bulls claimed their bonus-point try with just a minute remaining in the first
half when Rossouw showed impressive skill to go with his power as his overhead
pass in the tackle freed wing Marius Delport for the try in the left corner.

The Bulls scored soon after the restart when scrumhalf Noel Oelschig's pass
was intercepted by wing Akona Ndungane, who dashed over from the ten-metre
line.

The conversion by Hougaard put the Bulls 33-12 up, but a moment of inspiration
by Burger just three minutes later gave the Cheetahs hope of a miracle
comeback. The visitors launched another seemingly desperate attack from deep,
but Burger joined the line with such immaculate timing and pace that he breezed
past the lumbering Bulls defenders for his second try, speeding away to the left
corner.
Three minutes later, the Bulls went back into a 38-19 lead when lock Bian
Vermaak dropped the ball in his own 22 and, after taking the ball through a few
phases, flank Pierre Spiesscored a fine try with a show of the ball before surging
over from 15 metres out.

The Bulls' sixth try was to be their last as the Cheetahs pushed them to their
limits in the last 20 minutes. They used the same move that resulted in Burger's
second try to maximum effect again, but this time from their own 22. Wing Eddie
Fredericks drifted diagonally before passing to the on-rushing Burger, who ran 40
metres before passing to the other wing, Gavin Passens, who sped over for a
magnificent try.

De Waal converted to make the score 38-26 with the final quarter beckoning, but
the Bulls gave themselves some more breathing space with a Hougaard penalty
(41-26).

Just three minutes later, Passens took possession of a long pass out on the right
wing and made the early yards before passing to Burger, who came flying up on
his shoulder and dashed away for another fine try that sealed his hat-trick.

Scorers: Blue Bulls - Tries: Dries Scholtz (2), Danie Rossouw, Marius Delport,
Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies. Conversions: Derick Hougaard (4). Penalty:
Hougaard. Cheetahs - Tries: Ryno van der Merwe, Phillip Burger (3), Gavin
Passens. Conversions: Willem de Waal (3).

Ends



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