The Blue Bulls produced a strong performance as they powered to a 29-50 victory over the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg.
The Bulls were initially under pressure, as Butch James slotted two penalties, and a brilliant bit of counter-attacking led to a Michael Rhodes’s try, giving the Lions an early 13-3 lead.
Steyn was the catalyst to help his team claw back, as the flyhalf slotted a composed dropgoal, and followed it up with two more penalties.
Jacques Potgieter then burst through a lovely gap and sprinted 50 metres, being stopped just short of the tryline but not before unloading to Bjorn Basson to crash over for the try and take the lead.
A lapse of concentration for the Lions saw Kirchner tap back an up-and-under into the hands of Arno Botha, who surged forward before offloading to Jano Vermaak for the try.
Lions winger Anthony Volmink picked-up from a ruck and burst through to level the scores heading into the last quarter.
The Bulls then bounced back, and Botha was able to score from a driving maul after a lineout.
The last period proved to be the fall for the men from Johannesburg, as a quick throw went horribly wrong and Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter pounced to grab the loose ball and score. Butch James then slapped back a ball into no-man’s land, with Akona Ndungane on hand to scoop up the loose ball and round-up a solid Bulls performance.
Golden Lions – Tries: Michael Rhodes, Anthony Volmink. Conversions: Butch James (2). Penalties: James (5).
Blue Bulls – Tries: Jano Vermaak, Dewald Potgieter, Bjorn Basson, Arno Botha, Akona Ndungane. Conversions: Morné Steyn (4), Louis Fouchè. Penalties: Steyn (4). Drop goal: Steyn.