17 September 2022 – 18:48
Bulls winger Sbu Nkosi runs with the ball during the United Rugby Championship match against Lions at Emirates Airline Park on September 17, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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This Rugby Championship (URC) match produced a cracking opening quarter with the Lions and the Bulls intent on stretching each other’s defence at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
That opening burst, however, proved to be a false dawn.
They ran at each other with much verve and vigour in this URC opener but ultimately too many errors, especially from the home team, prevented the game from reaching the realm of spectacle.
Bulls coach Jake White however will be well pleased his team this time hit the deck running with a 31-15 win.
It of course helped that his team had the benefit of a proper build-up in preseason.
The Bulls received a baptism of fire at the start of last season’s campaign but this time they got going against a team that is hoping to elevate their status as SA also-rans.
While the Lions gave a decent account of themselves on the evidence of this match they still have some catching up to do.
While they don’t lack enterprise their game needs more cohesion and refinement. Routinely
…. to be continued
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