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EP late show stuns Blue Bulls
MWP
May 04, 2013

The EP Kings scored three late tries to stun the Vodacom Blue Bulls 34-31 (half-time 6-17) in their Vodacom Cup quarterfinal at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls had looked comfortable as they eased to a 31-13 lead after 64 minutes but the Kings scored three tries in the last seven minutes of the match to secure a semifinal place against the MTN Lions.

The Kings began their fightback when replacement scrumhalf Mpho Mbiyozo sniped over in the 73rd minute for a converted score.

Three minutes later the score was 31-27 when replacement loose forward Dalton Davis crashed over for a converted try and two minutes into extra time the Kings sealed a magnificent win when loosehead prop Lizo Gqoboka crashed over from close range.

The Kings made an early impression on the scoreboard and they fashioned a 6-0 lead after 19 minutes courtesy of two penalties from fullback Scott van Breda.

However, the Bulls struck back through a 19th minute penalty from flyhalf Handre Pollard before the hosts took control of the contest with two converted tries in the space of three minutes.

Left wing Sampie Mastriet rounded off a fine team try in the 34th minute before outside centre Dries Swanepoel seared through a gap in Kings’ defence after being put into a gap by sumptuous pass from his centre partner Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

The Blue Bulls went to the break holding at comfortable 17-6 lead but the EP kings struck back six minutes after the restart when lock Stefan Willemse rumbled over for a converted try to narrow the gap to four points.

However, the hosts grabbed their third try 13 minutes later when flank Wiaan Liebenberg crashed over for a converted try after a powerful rolling maul.

The Blue Bulls’ powerful pack of forwards was starting to assert their dominance and the home team nabbed their fourth try when replacement prop Basil Short dotted down for a converted try after yet another rolling maul.

But if the hosts thought that they had the match sewn up they received a rude awakening.

SCORERS

Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Sampie Mastriet, Dries Swanepoel, Wiaan Liebenberg, Basil Short; Conversions: Handre Pollard (4); Penalty: Pollard.

EP Kings – Tries: Stefan Willemse, Mpho Mbiyozo, Dalton Davis, Lizo Gqoboka; Conversions: Scott van Breda, Wesley Dunlop (3); Penalties: Van Breda (2).

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 19 2014
15:00 - Golden Lions U19 vs Sharks U19
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
15:00 - Border U19 vs Griquas U19
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:40 - Golden Lions U21 vs Sharks U21
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Currie Cup First Division
17:00 - Border Bulldogs vs Leopards
BCM Stadium, East London
Inter Provincial Women A 1
19:00 - Border vs Western Province
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Xerox Golden Lions vs Steval Pumas
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park

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