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  • Engelbrecht, Ndungane, Vermaak, Spies,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (3),
    Conversions: Steyn (3),
35 - 18


  • Tanaka, Ellison,
    Penalty goals: Slade (2),
    Conversions: Parker,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 18th May 2013
  • KO 16:05
  • Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Super Rugby: Bulls make it five straight wins as Otago stay bottom

Last updated: 18th May 2013  

Super Rugby: Bulls make it five straight wins as Otago stay bottom

Francois Botha of the Bulls is tackled against the Highlanders

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The Bulls made if five straight Super League victories with a 35-18 victory over rock-bottom Otago Highlanders at Loftus.

JJ Englebrecht, Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies - in his 100th Super Rugby match - and Jano Vermaak scored the tries as the Kiwis' tough season continued.

The hosts scored the first try just two minutes in, Chiliboy Ralepelle pinching the ball and starting a move which ended with Englebrecht going over.

Colin Slade pulled two penalties back but Morne Steyn's boot pushed the Bulls further in front, the Springboks star kicking three three-pointers to make it 16-6.

The Bulls increased their lead with a controversial breakaway try for Ndungane, with TMO replays suggesting there was a forward pass in the build-up.

Early in the second-half Spies bulldozed over, Steyn's conversion bouncing in off the post to make it 30-6.

The visitors then went down to 14 when Tino Nemani was sin-binned for a high tackle on Lionel Mapoe, and then briefly down to 13 when prop Chris King joined him.

The Bulls pressed desperately for the bonus-point try, but a series of knock-ons, poor line-outs and forward passes let them down.

The Highlanders rallied, Japanese scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka diving over for a consolation try with eight minutes left.

But the Bulls ensured the bonus point when replacement scrum-half Vermaak sprinted over, Tamati Ellison's score after the hooter giving the Highlanders further respectability.

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