Bulls down Chiefs in Brisbane friendly
The Vodacom Bulls won their second pre-season match in a row as they defeated the Chiefs 28-7 in their friendly clash in Brisbane on Thursday.
The match heralded the return of a number of Springboks for their first game of the season and was pretty close to a full-strength team for the Bulls as they outscored the New Zealand side four tries to one, with one of the tries being a penalty try.
With the match providing the first outing for Bok flyhalf Handre Pollard after a long injury and also the first outing for new recruit Lood de Jager, the Bulls didn’t struggle much with what was basically a second string Chiefs side missing several regulars.
The Bulls opened the game well, scoring first through Burger Odendaal after the midfielder intercepted the ball, and the second came from a driving maul that went over the line, but was illegally sacked, leading to the penalty try.
Both tries were converted by Pollard, with Brad Weber scoring the only try for the Chiefs.
In the second half Dries Swanepoel and Warrick Gelant both scored to secure the game, with Gelant’s try coming on the final whistle to seal the match.
The Bulls beat a second string Lions side 38-17 a week ago in Harare in their only other pre-season match.