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Inspired Benetton too hot to handle for shell-shocked Bulls in Rainbow Cup final

Benetton proved too strong for the Bulls as they hammered the Pretoria-based side to win the PRO14 Rainbow Cup title in Treviso on Saturday.

2021-06-19 09:37:00 PM

.BenettonRugby proved too strong for the Blue Bulls Rugby as they hammered the Pretoria-based side to win the PRO14Official RainbowCup title in Treviso on Saturday. By ashfakmohamed | IOLsport

Benetton proved too strong for the Bulls as they hammered the Pretoria-based side to win the PRO14 Rainbow Cup title in Treviso on Saturday.

The 30-plus degree heat also seemed to sap the energy out of the Coetzee’s men, as they took a number of wrong options when in possession as well – in one instance, centre Marco Jansen van Vuren chose to go for the line instead of passing inside to Nizaam Carr or Ivan van Zyl, and he was tackled into touch.

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Benetton took full advantage, with left-footed flyhalf Paolo Garbisi driving them back with his tactical kicks, while also adding three points to the scoreboard to make it 8-0 after 20 minutes.ALSO READ: Benetton know the Bulls’ blue wave is coming, says captain Dewaldt Duvenage

The Bulls actually managed to get back into the game when hooker Johan Grobbelaar was stopped just short from a maul, and wing Madosh Tambwe dived over.Flyhalf Chris Smith then slotted a penalty from the halfway line to level the scores at 8-8, and it looked like the Bulls were back in the game. headtopics.com

But disaster struck from the subsequent kickoff when Coetzee let the ball bounce into touch, and a tap-back from the lineout was not fielded by Van Zyl, which saw former Bulls hooker Corniel Els dive on to the ball for the five-pointer.ALSO READ: Bulls’ Gio Aplon hoping for ‘secrets’ from an old pal Dewaldt Duvenage ahead of Rainbow Cup final

The knockout blow came on the halftime whistle, when Els charged towards the line and was high-tackled by Stravino Jacobs. Els lost the ball, but the match officials ruled that it was a penalty try.Suddenly it was a 20-8 lead for the hosts in front of a rowdy 1 000-strong crowd at the Stadio di Monigo, and they got even louder after the break when flank Michele Lamaro caught an offload from the lively Ioane to score the fourth try.

Garbisi added a penalty to make it 30-8, and right wing Edoardo Padovani finished things off by bursting through four Bulls tacklers to dot down in the corner.ALSO READ: Bulls must be ‘squeaky clean’ with tackle heights in Rainbow Cup final, says Marcell Coetzee

White brought on most of his reserves at the 50-minute mark, but the damage had been done by then.The Bulls just had no answer to Benetton’s skill, physicality and cohesion, and the Italian club were crowned worthy champions in the end.Points-ScorersMonty Ioane, Corniel Els, Penalty Try, Michele Lamaro, Edoardo Padovani. headtopics.com

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