Burger double helps Bulls beat Connacht

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MATCH REPORT: The Bulls recorded their third consecutive United Rugby Championship win of the season, beating Connacht 28-14 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The Bulls outscored the visitors four tries to two.

The hosts dominated proceedings, taking a 21-0 lead at the break.

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The scorers:

For Bulls: Tries: Arendse, Burger 2, Coetzee Cons: Goosen 4

For Connacht: Tries: Aungier, Hawkshaw Cons: Hawkshaw 2

Yellow cards: Marco van Staden (Bulls, 15 - foul play, lifting the player horizontal), Johan Goosen (Bulls, 51 - foul play, head-on-head collision); Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Bulls, 68 - late tackle)

Teams

Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 David Kriel, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Izak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Marco van Staden, 6 Marcel Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Francois Klopper, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.. Replacements: 16 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Reinhardt Ludwig, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Lionel Mapoe.

Connacht: 15 Oran McNulty, 14 John Porch, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Tom Daly, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 David Hawkshaw, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Jarrad Butler (captain), 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Oisín Dowling, 4 Leva Fifita, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Dave Heffernan, 1 Denis Buckley. Replacements: 16 Grant Stewart, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Jack Aungier, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 21 Colm Reilly, 22 Byron Ralston, 23 Ciarán Booth.

Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy) Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Griffin Colby (South Africa) TMO: Matteo Liperini (Italy)

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