Bulls 29-17 Glasgow Warriors: Visitors beaten again in URC

Ollie Smith
Ollie Smith recorded a second half try in Pretoria for Glasgow
Bulls (17.) 29
Tries: Burger, Tambwe Steenkamp and Brink Cons: Steyn 3 Pens: Steyn
Glasgow Warriors (10) 17
Tries: Smith, Penalty Try Con: Thompson Pen: Weir

Glasgow Warriors lost their second consecutive defeat in South Africa to Bulls, who won 29-17 and moved up to second place in the United Rugby Championship table.

Bulls lead 17-10 at break. Zak Burger and Madosh Tamba crossed after Warriors' first penalty try.

Walt Steenkamp scored the hosts' third try, while Cyle Brink secured them a bonus-point.

Glasgow rallied in final stages, and Ollie Smith's converted attempt brought them back within 12 points.

Danny Wilson's team fell one place to seventh. Munster can finish Friday in second place if Cardiff beats Munster at home.

Warriors sought the win that would lift them up four places. Second-placed Stormers were only two points behind at the beginning of play.

They got off to a great start, winning a penalty in the first scrum, and then forcing a penalty attempt. Steenkamp received a yellow card for his role in the collapsing of the maul.

Bulls won despite their numerical disadvantage and Burger jumped over after Ruan Nortje was held up on the line. Morne Steyn converted.

Steyn and Duncan Weir traded penalty points – the Bulls kicker missed another – but the hosts still led at the half-way mark.

Zander Fagerson was sin binned for repeat offences. The hosts then moved left to right in an attempt to bring the Tambwe in. Steyn converted.

Thomas Gordon was on the Glasgow bench, but was forced to retire due to a head injury. Kiran McDonald took his place.

Tambwe thought he had extended Bulls' lead when he grabbed on to a grubber kicke to touch down, but the TMO ruled that he was offside.

Steenkamp smashed through several defenders to cross the line and was able to pass the maul.

Bulls realized that there was a bonus point in the near future and a series stages led to substitute Brink moving over. Chris Smith, Steyn’s replacement, made the conversion attempt by hitting the outside of the post.

Glasgow was outmatched for most of the match. However, Smith finally gained momentum and Sione Tuipulotu released Smith for Smith to run in close to the posts. Substitute Ross Thompson converted.

Smith thought he had scored five more points, but a forward pass from Josh McKay to Tuipulotu earlier in the move gave Bulls an assist at a scrum. They soon had the ball in their hands for full-time.

Bulls: Moodie, Verity-Amm, Mapoe, Hendricks, Tambwe, Steyn, Z Burger; Steenekamp, J Grobbelaar, M Smith, W Steenkamp, Nortje, Coetzee, Botha, Louw.

Replacements: Wessels, Matanzima, D Smith, Swanepoel, Brink, Papier, C Smith, Vorster.

Glasgow Smith, McKay, Tuipulotu, McDowall, Forbes, Weir, Price; Bhatti, Turner, Z. Fagerson, Harley, Gray, Wilson, Darge, Dempsey.

Replacements: Brown, Kebble, Berghan, McDonald, Gordon, Dobie, Thompson, Johnson.

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