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Potgieter inspires Bulls victory

Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked 20 points to inspire the Bulls to a 25-17 victory over the Lions and their first win of the Super 15 season.

Potgieter kicked five penalties and a drop goal as well as converting Jan Serfontein's try as the Lions slipped to defeat, despite outscoring their hosts by two tries to one.

Stefan Watermeyer and Willie Wepener crossed for the Lions in the rain at Loftus Versfeld.

Potgieter also impressed with his tactical kicking and his early accuracy helped the Bulls into the lead.

He slotted over his first penalty after eight minutes and another three minutes later.

But the Lions struck a minute after that as Watermeyer charged down a Jurgen Visser clearance to touch down, Marnitz Boshoff converting.

The Bulls responded in the 23rd minute when Serfontein rounded off a flowing move with a try. Potgieter's conversion put them 13-7 up.

A Boshoff penalty reduced the deficit, but Potgieter slotted a drop goal in the 35th minute and added another penalty two minutes later to put the Bulls 19-10 ahead at the break.

Potgieter pulled the Bulls further clear with two more penalties to all but seal victory.

The Lions grabbed another try through replacement hooker Wepener, Boshoff adding the extras, but they had fallen too far behind to mount a comeback.

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