United Rugby Championship: Bulls 63-21 Scarlets – Guests undergo file nine-try rout at Bulls

Bulls hooker Johan Grobbelaar
Bulls hooker Johan Grobbelaar clinched a bonus-point fourth attempt inside 25 minutes
Bulls (28) 63
Tries: Nortje, Hanekom 2, Grobbelaar, Kriel, Gans 2, Van der Merwe, Simelane Cons: Goosen 9
Scarlets (14) 21
Tries: McNicholl, Plumtree 2 Cons: Lloyd 3

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel admitted his crew have been “blown away” by Bulls in a file nine-try United Rugby Championship (URC) rout in Pretoria.

Taine Plumtree scored twice on his debut after Johnny McNicholl crossed.

Nevertheless Bulls had already wrapped up a bonus level inside simply 24 minutes via Ruan Nortje, Cameron Hanekom and Johan Grobbelaar.

The South African then added 5 occasions within the second half to rack up the best rating towards Scarlets.

It was the primary time Scarlets have conceded 60 factors in a league match whereas the 42-point dropping margin was second solely to their final go to to Loftus Versfeld two seasons in the past.

Scarlets haven't received their opening sport of the season since 2019, however by no means have they began with such a brutal lesson.

Tom Rogers impressed on the left wing, fly-half Ioan Lloyd kicked properly and younger back-row pair Dan Davis and Ben Williams had moments on the breakdown.

Remarkably Scarlets have been even chasing a bonus level within the ultimate moments that may have given them one thing to cling to earlier than going through Stormers in Cape City subsequent weekend.

However they have been totally over-powered by Bulls, who reduce the Scarlets defence to shreds after the break.

Bulls haven't been crushed by a non-South African aspect at dwelling within the league and that file hardly ever regarded at risk after they crossed twice within the first six minutes.

Lock Nortje powered over from shut vary and Tom Rogers might do little to cease quantity eight Hanekom within the sixth minute.

Hanekom barged previous reverse quantity Williams for his double earlier than Grobbelaar clinched the bonus.

Rogers, a part of the Wales World Cup coaching squad this summer time, sparked a mini Scarlets revival earlier than half-time.

His gliding run previous 4 defenders ended with a penalty that noticed McNicholl rating within the nook.

Rogers then denied Elrigh Louw a attempt with a last-ditch sort out after which mixed with Plumtree following an extended line-out throw for the flanker to attain his first Scarlets attempt to reduce the result in 28-14.

Nevertheless Scarlets' defence fell aside within the second half as David Kriel, Stedman Gans, twice, Akker van der Merwe and Wandisile Simelane all crossed and the pin-point boot of fly-half Johan Goosen, who transformed all 9 tries, took the rating previous 60.

Joe Roberts' break arrange a second for Plumtree towards the run of play, however the comfort of a bonus level eluded Scarlets as they ensured all 4 Welsh areas misplaced on the opening weekend of the brand new marketing campaign.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel stated:

“It was a lesson in execution. Bulls have been very medical within the first 25 minutes and errors value us dearly.

“We managed to get again earlier than half-time and the following rating was most likely essential, however Bulls have been bodily and we have been blown away.

“We have been dissatisfied to not get the bonus level for 4 tries ultimately, however we did not deserve it due to our errors.”

Bulls: Devon Williams; Sebastian de Klerk, David Kriel, Harold Vorster, Wandisile Simelane; Johan Goosen, Embrose Papier; Gerhard Steenekamp, Johan Grobbelaar, Wilco Louw, Ruan Vermaak, Ruan Nortje (co-capt), Marcell Coetzee (co-capt), Elrigh Louw, Cameron Hanekom.

Replacements: Akker van der Merwe, Simphiwe Matanzima, Mornay Smith, Reinhardt Ludwig, Nizaam Carr, Zak Burger, Jaco van der Walt, Stedman Gans.

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl; Tom Rogers, Joe Roberts, Jonathan Davies (capt), Ryan Conbeer; Ioan Lloyd, Kieran Hardy; Kemsley Mathias, Shaun Evans, Sam Wainwright, Alex Craig, Sam Lousi, Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis, Ben Williams.

Replacements: Isaac Younger, Steff Thomas, Wyn Jones, Jac Worth, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Archie Hughes, Charlie Titcombe, Ioan Nicholas.

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)

Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs & Cwengile Jadezweni (SARU)

TMO: Sam Grove-White (SRU)

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