Brain Fart Almost Cost Vodacom Bulls A Well Deserved Win Over Munster

 

Apart from the first ten minutes of the game, the Vodacom Bulls dominated third-placed Munster to surprisingly, win this much-hyped contest with 29-24. 

The Vodacom Bulls were in full control during the last 30 minutes of the first half dominating most of the collisions while Chris Smith at flyhalf directed the game like a seasoned conductor. However, the last ten minutes of the game followed by a brain fart from Bismarck du Plessis gave Munster the opportunity to almost win the game.

02:38 Chris Smith converted a penalty for the Bulls. (03-00)

05:10 Ben Healy converted a penalty for Munster to level the sores. (03-03)

08:40 Chris Smith converted his second penalty for the Bulls. (06-03)

15:33 Madosh Tambwe controlled a loose pass to score a great individual try. (13-03)

20:00 Munster started like a house on fire and was "unlucky" twice not to be awarded two tries in the first ten minutes of the match. The try from Tambwe allowed the Bulls "back" in the game after which they slowly started to take control of the match.

21:33 Chris Smith converted his third penalty of the game. (16-03)

29:22 Chris Smith converted another penalty after Alex Kendellen (Minster) was shown a yellow for not using his arms in a tackle. (19-03)

32:34 Walt Steenkamp scored the Bulls' second try after some great handling by the Bulls. (26-03)

40:00 The Vodacom Bulls were in full control during the last 30 minutes of the first half dominating most of the collisions while Chris Smith at flyhalf directed the game like a seasoned conductor.

46:27 Chris Smith converted a penalty to open the scoring in the second half. (29-03)

53:57 Alex Kendellen scored Munster's first try of the match followed by a quick tap and go. (29-10)

60:00 The dominance by the Bulls continued throughout the third quarter. Munster is doing their best to avoid any contact with the Bulls, using quick passes to try and create opportunities. Unfortunately, for the visitors, it did not work.

64:53 Damian De Allende scored the visitors' second try after the Bulls could not control a lineout ball that was reflected into their in-goal area. (29-17)

69:57 Bismarck du Plessis (Bulls) was sent off with a red card.

72:39 Jack O’Donoghue scored a forward try for Munster after the visitors set camp on the Bulls try-line. (29-24)

Scorers:
Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Walt Steenkamp. Conversions: Chris Smith (2). Penalties: Chris Smith (5).
Munster: Tries: Alex Kendellen, Damian De Allende, Jack O’Donoghue. Conversions: Ben Healy (2). Penalty: Ben Healy.

Teams:

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Madosh Tambwe, 10. Chris Smith, 9. Embrose Papier, 8. Elrigh Louw, 7. Arno Botha, 6. Marcell Coetzee (c), 5. Ruan Nortje, 4. Walt Steenkamp, 3. Jacques van Rooyen, 2. Johan Grobbelaar, 1. Gerhard Steenekamp. Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Simphiwe Matanzima, 18. Robert Hunt, 19. Janko Swanepoel, 20. WJ Steenkamp, 21. Zak Burger, 22. Morne Steyn, 23. Canan Moodie.

Munster: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Calvin Nash, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Simon Zebo, 10. Ben Healy, 9. Neil Cronin, 8. Alex Kendellen, 7. Chris Cloete, 6. Jack O’Donoghue (c), 5. Fineen Wycherley, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Stephen Archer, 2. Niall Scannell, 1. Josh Wycherley. Replacements: 16. Diarmuid Barron, 17. Mark Donnelly, 18. John Ryan, 19. Eoin O’Connor, 20. John Hodnett, 21. Paddy Patterson, 22. Jack Crowley, 23. Damian de Allende.