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Bulls thumped by Leinster in URC opener

Bulls thumped by Leinster in URC opener

The Bulls were continually going to be in for a baptism of hearth on their United Rugby Championship (URC) debut away to Leinster in Dublin.

The South African blue bloods met bigger than their match in their Irish internet site visitors and in some method succumbed 31-3.

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Leinster, who were extra assertive and faster on the plan, held a 17-3 at the break.

The commemorated hosts stole the march on the Bulls and regarded a accurate pressure as they frenziedly surged forward in numbers in the opening phases. They were in particular proficient at the ruck and with the surfeit mosey-forward ball they’d the Bulls’ defence stretched.

Gary Ringrose became incisive in his midfield thrusts, while flankers Josh van der Flier and Rhys Ruddock displayed a vast amount of influence.

The hosts proved equally adept with out the ball as they repelled all the Bulls advances in the 2d quarter of the match.

Bulls too passive in opening minutes

The Bulls, initially passive, made uncharacteristic unforced errors, no extra evident than a botched kickoff that travelled straight into contact.

Instead of revisionary work on their repute items that were build to the blowtorch, the Bulls will additionally contain to label their attack. Leinster made four times the amount of metres the company did.

The Bulls defence became found wanting in Van der Flyer’s are trying and now not long after they came up quick below the excessive ball that led to a are trying for loosehead prop Andrew Porter.

That helped shoot the home crew into a 17-0 lead after 14 minutes and the Bulls will ruefully reflect on the main quarter.

Despite the toil of Marcell Coetzee, Ruhan Nortje and the on occasion sprightly incursions of Madosh Tambwe and Kriel, the Bulls had microscopic to crow about.

Leinster displayed all the bloody-minded qualities that helped propel them to four European Champions Cup titles. They revel in the trenches and while the Bulls threw everything at them for terminate quarters the Leinster defensive line held company.

Like the Lions and the Stormers the Bulls topple away in the 2d half of

The Bulls did the same after the break as they grimly tried to maintain on however they finally ran out of belligerence.

Like the travelling Lions and the Stormers earlier in round one, the Bulls too former in the 2d half of.

The Bulls came, saw and though they did now not triumph over they’re going to be richer for the journey.

Earlier in the day the Stormers relinquished their mid-game serve sooner than losing 22-18 to Benetton in Treviso.


Leinster — Tries: Josh van der Flier, Andrew Porter, James Tracy, Ross Byrne. Conversions: Jonny Sexton (3), Byrne. Penalty: Sexton.

Bulls — Penalty: Johan Goosen.

Bulls thumped by Leinster in URC opener