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Bulls too strong for Benetton

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The Bulls were made to work hard for a 46-29 United Rugby Championship victory over Benetton in Pretoria.

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Benetton were shock 35-8 winners when these sides met for the first time in last season’s Rainbow Cup final in Treviso but were not fancied to repeat the feat on South African soil.

However, Marco Bortolami’s men dominated the early stages at Loftus Versfeld, opening up a 13-0 lead thanks to a Tommaso Menoncello try and the boot of Rhyno Smith.

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Cyle Brink and Kurt-Lee Arendse went over before half-time to reduce the deficit to 16-12 before a second Arendse touchdown and more from Marcell Coetzee, Canan Moodie and Simphiwe Matanzima saw the Bulls to a bonus-point win.

Menoncello added a consolation after Niccolo Cannone had been red-carded for a closed fist to the chin of Arno Botha.

The result strengthens the Bulls’ play-off prospects, having come into the weekend in the eighth and final qualifying berth.

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