The visitors from Pretoria simply had too much power, aggression and precision and went into the break with a comprehensive 28-0 lead on a perfect summer evening in the Mother City. They registered four converted tries and managed to keep the home side scoreless with solid defence.

The Vodacom Bulls added two more tries after the break but it was the home side who finished the match with a flurry of late tries – three in the last 15 minutes – to add some respectability to the scoreboard.

The men in light blue had seasoned Springboks Bismarck du Plessis, Marcell Coetzee and Morne Steyn in their ranks and they showed their class and experience from the outset. They were off to a flying start when fullback James Verity-Amm ran through to score the opening try after only two minutes. Steyn converted the try which was at the end of an impressive, precise and powerful passage of Bulls play.

The powerful visiting forward unit did the damage to set up their second try, scored by right wing Canan Moodie, who dotted down for his maiden Carling Currie Cup five pointer. Steyn raised the flags with his splendid conversion from an acute angle to double lead to 14-0 on the 15-minute mark.

A strong scrum laid the foundation for their third converted try, scored by prop Simphiwe Matanzima, after a couple of piercing pick-and-go drives had punched a hole in the home defence.

Cyle Brink, another Bulls debutant, was the recipient of another patient forward build-up when he went over the whitewash for their fourth try of the first stanza. Unfortunately for Brink he had to leave the field with an ankle injury just before the end of the first half.

Du Plessis grabbed his try just after the restart as the Vodacom Bulls continue their dominance, and he was soon followed by No 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren.

DHL WP scored three late consolation tries through hard-working skipper Nama Xaba, his fellow loose forward Marcel Theunissen and fullback Tristan Leyds. Bulls replacement front rower Jan-Hendrik Wessels was red carded in the last minute of normal pay for a dangerous cleanout.


DHL Western Province 21 (0) – Tries: Nama Xaba, Tristan Leyds, Marcel Theunissen. Conversions: Tim Swiel (2), Chris Schreuder.

Vodacom Bulls 40 (28) - Tries: James Verity-Amm, Canan Moodie, Simphiwe Matanzima, Cyle Brink, Bismarck du Plessis, Marco Jansen van Vuren. Conversions: Morne Steyn (5).