A dominant performance by the Vodacom Bulls ensured that they claim a title defence of the Carling Currie Cup with an emphatic 44-10 victory over the Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The Vodacom Bulls, who went into the 2021 Carling Currie Cup final as defending champions, showed their intentions in the early stages of the match when they went ahead 19-3 at half-time after a good attack, which resulted in three tries in the opening 40 minutes, and solid defensive act.
The home side accelerated their efforts in the second half by scoring a further three tries and two penalties to put the game out of the visitors’ reach.
The victory for the Vodacom Bulls was the first back-to-back title win in 17 years, with the Tshwane-based side also adding their name to the history books with the largest winning margin in a Carling Currie Cup final.
Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, expressed his satisfaction after the game: “I am very happy with the result. I’m quite happy with the performances in the last two weeks, and the definite progression in our game.
“We were spot on with our conditioning and play. We have to give credit to the coaches, the conditioning team, the players and everyone involved. We are really happy to finish on a high note.
The Vodacom Bulls will briefly enjoy the success of the domestic competition before switching focus to the United Rugby Championship which kicks off with a clash against Irish giants, Leinster, on September 25.
Vodacom Bulls (19) 44
TRIES: Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Marcell Coetzee, Janko Swanepoel, Zak Burger, Cornal Hendricks
CONVERSIONS: Chris Smith (4)
PENALTIES: Smith (2)
Cell C Sharks (3) 10
TRY: Thomas du Toit
CONVERSION: Curwin Bosch