The Vodacom Bulls produced a clinical and disciplined performance to outplay the Cell C Sharks 37-14 in their South African Conference match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening.
This victory also enabled the Vodacom Bulls (13 points) to overtake their opponents at the top of the South African Conference table and they are now second overall on the combined log behind the unbeaten defending champions, the Crusaders.
The home side, playing in their Captain America #SuperHeroes outfit, enjoyed a comfortable 19-0 lead at halftime.
It was the Vodacom Bulls forwards, with Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits and Lizo Gqoboka all in outstanding form, who provided the home side with a solid attacking platform.
Skipper and pivot Handre Pollard was again the general in the home backline and he scored a tally of 22 points with the boot, while Rosko Specman (2) and Jesse Kriel were the try scorers for the winning team.
Unfortunately, it was not a day to remember for Cell C Sharks captain and former DHL Stormers No 9 Louis Schreuder, who made his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby appearance.
Two early second half tries through Jeremy Ward (centre) and Dan du Preez (No 8) gave the Durban side hope after the restart, however, the Pretoria outfit continued to keep the scoreboard ticking mainly via the accurate boot of Pollard.
Vodacom Bulls 37 (19) – Tries: Jesse Kriel, Rosko Specman (2); Conversions: Handre Pollard (2); Penalties: Pollard (5); Drop goal: Pollard.
Cell C Sharks 14 (0) – Tries: Jeremy Ward, Dan du Preez; Conversions: Rob du Preez (2)
Other Round Four results of the weekend:
Friday, 8 March
Hurricanes 25, Highlanders 22
Rebels 29, Brumbies 26
Saturday, 9 March
Crusaders 57, Chiefs 28
Blues 28, Sunwolves 20
Waratahs 28, Reds 17