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Pollard boots Bulls past Stormers

Handre Pollard's faultless kicking display hauled the Bulls back from the brink before setting them up for a 28-12 victory over the Stormers in Pretoria.

The Stormers, bottom of the overall Super Rugby standings, raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries from Kurt Coleman and Juan de Jongh, before Pollard pulled it back to 18-12 with five penalties and a drop goal.

Akona Ndungane's try ensured there was no way back for the visitors before Pollard added a conversion to round off his 20-point display, while Jacques-Louis Potgieter slotted a late penalty to complete the scoring.

After a scrappy opening fly-half Coleman got the Stormers off the mark, finishing a superb counter-attack.

Nizaam Carr's turnover put the Bulls on the backfoot, before a flowing move, which included a great offload from captain Schalk Burger, put Coleman through in the corner. The stand-off added the extras himself to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

The Stormers' running game had started to look ominous for the hosts, who were searching for their fifth win of the season on home soil.

Carr and Jean Kleyn took full advantage of this frailty with rampaging carries, before outside centre De Jongh beat four defenders to cross in the corner. This time Coleman was unable to convert from the touchline.

But just when the Stormers seemed to be running away with it, Handre Pollard hit back for the Bulls with three penalties and a drop goal to tie the scores at the break.

Pollard soon completed the turnaround, adding two more penalties to give the Bulls an 18-12 advantage with 25 minutes left to play.

With the Bulls now firmly in control, Ndungane put the game beyond doubt in the 65th minute after latching on to a grubber kick in behind the Stormers back three to touch down. Pollard converted to make it 25-12.

Substitute Potgieter, on for Pollard, added a late penalty to finish the scoring but the Stormers were well beaten long before that.


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