Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Another contender for Super Rugby try of the weekend was this individual effort from 21 year old gas-man Gerhard van den Heever of the Bulls. They beat the Lions 24-20 in what was a closely contested affair at Ellis Park on Saturday night.
The Lions, who now have wealthy investors and subsequently a few new signings, put in a strong second half performance but couldnt quite manage to get through the defending champion Bulls, who had a healthy dose of Springboks in their ranks.
It was uncapped youngster Van Den Heever though who scored the try of the game, this great individual sprint effort from 60m out after a poorly chased kick ahead by Elton Jantjies.
The talented wing spotted a gap and went for it, burning up the turf while gliding through hapless Lions defenders, who will know too well in future that you cant give a guy of his ability so much space. We saw that last year against the Highlanders .
"Every Bulls try is special. One is not worth more than the other to me, as they all contribute to the team effort," Van den Heever said later.
"It is nice to start the season like this, but it is my job to score tries, after all. We talked before the match about the chip kicks from Elton (Jantjies) and I was ready for that. When I started to run, the gaps kept opening up so I just kept going," he added.