The Vodacom Bulls, playing with a raft of new signings and a new head coach in former Springbok mentor Jake White, had to fight real hard for their 30-23 win over a very gritty Tafel Lager Griquas Saturday evening in Pretoria.

The men from Kimberley led for more 60 minutes before the home side finally kicked into gear to secure the win, thanks mainly to the accurate kicking boot of experienced former Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn after both sides had scored three tries.

In the earlier match on Saturday in Bloemfontein, the Toyota Cheetahs raced into a 41-3 halftime lead before easing to a 53-31 bonus-point triumph over the Phakisa Pumas.

The Cell C Sharks kicked off the weekend’s action on Friday night in Durban where they held on for a nail-biting 19-16 win over the Emirates Lions.

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Vodacom Bulls made to work hard against gritty Tafel Lager Griquas | Highlights

Free-scoring Toyota Cheetahs off to impressive start in Bloemfontein | Highlights

Cell C Sharks clinch nail-biting win over Emirates Lions in Durban | Highlights

Vodacom Super Rugby Round 1 results:

Friday, 9 October

Cell C Sharks 19, Emirates Lions 16

Saturday, 10 October

Toyota Cheetahs 53, Phakisa Pumas 31

Vodacom Bulls 30, Tafel Lager Griquas 23