Bulls hold off Crusaders
Hosts forced to hang on in closing stages
Last Updated: 07/04/12 7:20pm
Dean Greyling: Bulls tryscorer
The Bulls climbed to fourth in the Super Rugby table with a dramatic 32-30 victory over the Crusaders in Pretoria.
The Crusaders had the better of the first half - skipper Kieran Read galloping over to add to Dan Carter's drop-goal and bag a 13-9 lead at the break.
Loosehead prop Dean Greyling eased home fans' fears when he collected a pass from flanker CJ Stander to force his way over in some style for the Bulls early in the second period.
The boot of Morne Steyn then came to the fore as he kept the scoreboard ticking and the hosts took a seemingly unassailable 32-16 lead when an error from New Zealand full-back Israel Dagg saw Wynand Olivier touch down.
But converted tries from Zac Guildford and replacement Tom Marshall suddenly made a game of it, and it took brave Bulls defence to hang on to victory at the death.